Olissippo Lapa Palace
What We Love
- Three pools cover all the bases—indoor, outdoor and kiddie—plus a sauna
- Lush, sub-tropical garden setting on a hill above the River Tagus
- Oozes history—the Tower room was the Count’s dressing area
What To Know
- Each room is decorated in a different style—consider whether you’re feeling more art deco or colonial
- Located in the quiet embassy quarter, a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi from the city center
- The Villa wing was built in 2002; rooms lack the royal backstory, but each has a balcony
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From antique ceramics to free WiFi in every room, the drama of this 109-room converted palace is in the details. Suites swagger with gold-leaf walls and the original royal furniture; the Rio Tejo bar has a terrace overlooking the river, a pianist performing in the evenings and over 42 different kinds of tea; and there’s rare blue lobster on the menu in the Mediterranean-themed Lapa restaurant. It’s this kind of elegance that makes the hotel the crowning jewel in a neighborhood chock full of embassies and consulates.
In the Area
At the top of Lapa hill, the palace is surrounded by diplomatic buildings (and bodyguards), the gorgeous Basilica de Estrela with its stunning views of the city, and the Jardim de Estrela gardens. Wind down the hill to enjoy central Lisbon’s cobbled alleys, famous galleries such as the Ancient Art Museum, and renowned restaurants, like the Bica do Sapato, which serves modern Portuguese fare in a warehouse on the banks of the river and would be a sought-after reservation even if it weren’t co-owned by John Malkovich—but it is.
How to Get There
In mid November we visited Lisbon for the first time and stayed at the Olissippo Lapa Palace for 5 days. We arrived at the hotel around 7am on Saturday morning hoping for as early a check-in as possible as we had been up for over 20 hours and had slept very little on our 8 hour flight from Miami to Lisbon.
The gentleman at the Front Desk was very efficient and courteous. Our plan was to have breakfast and then take a taxi into town and return around noon. Imagine our surprise and delight when he informed us that he had changed our room since the reserved one was not ready and he could check us in right away. We stayed in a River View room on the 6th floor in the Garden Wing. The room was spacious and beautifully decorated with a wonderful view of the Tagus river. This level of excellent service was maintained throughout our entire stay.
Although the hotel is about 10 minutes from central Lisbon, it was very easy to get around. It is in a great area with a lot of embassies. Crime is very low in Lisbon therefore we felt safe walking around at night. We also found taxi fares and food surprisingly less than we expected, especially for Europe. The food was also nicely seasoned and very tasty.
We thoroughly enjoyed Portugal and found its people to be very engaging and friendly. We also would highly recommend Olissippo Lapa Palace and plan to return on our next visit to Lisbon.
Our stay at Lapa Palace was extraordinary. The hotel is beautiful and offered many amenities. However, the staff there truly made our stay memorable. The staff at Lapa Palace are very friendly and welcoming. The concierge was so helpful and patient with our many questions about tours and sites to see. It happened to be my birthday during our stay. I was greeted that morning with a “happy birthday” and later surprised with a cake and champagne. That gesture will definitely not be forgotten. Their breakfast was also amazing (try their mangos!!). I will recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Portugal. Thank you Lapa Palace for helping make our stay in Portugal amazing!
We hope to visit you again!
-The Pavlakos Family
My wife and I stayed here three nights while in Lisbon. The elegant hotel had an extremely friendly & helpful staff and front desk. Our room was very nice, quiet, and comfortable. The bed was ‘king-sized’ and very comfortable. Wifi was fast, reliable, and secure. Buffet breakfast was tasty and satisfying. The room TV seemed somewhat smaller than most newer hotels.
If I had to add a minor comment it would be that there are few if any restaurants near this residential area of Lisbon. However it is very easy to take a taxi or tram to get to ‘downtown’ Lisbon.
Would definitely stay here again!
There’s a lot to like about this hotel, situated in the embassy district of Lisbon. It’s a short Uber trip into the old town, and a great place to be based to explore around the bridge and Belém.
It has plenty of character as you would expect from a ‘palace’ but needs to take some tips from Indian palaces that have managed to retain their character but stay fresh and provide modern amenities. It just looks a bit worn, and at the room rates they charge, that’s not really OK.
The staff were great - always very helpful!
We have stayed here many times over many years and it feels like a home from home. Sadly this time we had a lot of discussion about room rates as they no longer allow a third adult to share a bedroom which makes it very expensive for a family of 5 adults as you now have to pay for 3 rooms. This seems unnecessarily expensive and will put us off staying here. In the end we were allowed to do this so I don't see why they can't do this every time. The hotel also needs to make some improvements to stay competitive - we also stayed at Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve which is another hotel we have stayed in over the years. Vila Vita has made substantial investments to keep the hotel up to date and it was noticeable that Lapa is starting to look tired in places. The hotel restaurant is very dated and breakfast was too busy and overcrowded. We have always given the Lapa very positive reviews but it now needs to make some improvements to ensure it remains the best. The massage is still the best part of a visit here and we really appreciated Teresa's massage - she is lovely and wonderful.