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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We were attracted to the hotel from the photos and it exceeded our expectations. The views are lovely and the grounds are wonderful. We had a very large and comfortable room. We were greeted warmly and professionally and had great service throughout our three night stay. Unfortunately, we were not able to take advantage of what looked like a very nice spa and were not able to check out exercise facilities. The outdoor pool is very nice and well-maintained.
Our room had a very nice view towards the river and of the grounds. We enjoyed a small terrace with a table and chairs.
The breakfast room is bright and outdoor seating is available. A wide range of breakfast items are available. The lounge is very comfortable and it features a very good pianist. A very high quality restaurant is available on site for dinner service. The restaurant has outdoor seating when the temperature allows and the breezes are not too strong.
The location is very good. It is in an area where there are many embassies. It is a short ride to the center of the city. Several superb restaurants, including Alma and Pesca, are 10-15 minutes away by taxi.
We had a wonderful first stay in Lisbon. It will not be our last. We are anxious to return to the city and to Lapa Palace.
I love it when you book a hotel because the photos are really beautiful, and when you get there you find it's even more beautiful in real life. This is a superb place - large enough to have a bar and a restaurant, small enough to feel a bit exclusive. The staff are friendly and super-efficient, and the rooms are comfort itself - ours had a little terrace outside with table and chairs. We had our pre-prandial drinks in the bar, where Oscar played the piano beautifully. There are any number of outdoor spaces, but the garden is well worth a visit with it's lovely pool and bar. It's not in town centre, it's in the district of Lapa which is chocablock with embassies but it's only a €7 ride into town, max. And the area is definitely worth wandering around - there are some wonderful buildings nearby, including the American Embassy.
Completely relaxing and utterly classy.
Like real palace...Big rooms,good location.some areas look old,but generally it’s high standard hotel. Well-maintained outdoor swimming pool area with a nice service.Good breakfast with many different products
It was our first trip to Lisbon. The Lapa Palace was an extraordinary experience. We had a lovely room overlooking the garden. Spacious, immaculate and quiet. The staff is awesome. Great concierge staff were so helpful. The doormen were great about getting us taxis. Our breakfast was included and we dined al fresco when we had room service. Luckily, the weather was perfect. The fruit was simply the best. We went to the bar area and enjoyed their great port selections while listening to the pianist. We did not to bring swimsuits but the pool area looked so inviting. We would go back in a heartbeat.
I am very thankful to be able to give this hotel a wonderful review because I normally do not do the vacation planning for our family and this time I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed this hotel but I most enjoyed the service that the staff provided. They were all incredibly friendly and helpful and were so polite and went out of their way to make us feel special. We had two rainy days in Lisbon and each and every time we left or arrived by cab we were offered umbrellas to take with us and someone was waiting by the door and came out to the cab to greet us with an open umbrella when we returned. The doormen gave instructions to our cab drivers as to where we were going because many of the cab drivers do not speak English so we really appreciated being brought directly to our restaurant or destination. The concierge recommended four restaurants for us to try and we chose two of them and both were excellent and fun. We found another on our own by accident which I will review separately but it is called Sala de Corte or "house of beef" and it was amazing!! I highly recommend it if you like beef! All beef restaurant with flavors you won't believe all served on a cutting board plate. Anyway, the Lapa Palace is beautiful and the views of Lisbon from some of the rooms are spectacular. The breakfast is incredible, served in a lovely dining room with patio/courtyard for nice weather adjoining the dining room. There are new items each morning such as almond cake, apple cake, savoury croissants and the most delicious custard tart I have ever tried. The display is spectacular with yogurt, fresh fruits and each morning I was asked if there was anything I would like from the kitchen such as fresh cooked eggs, etc. The only reason I gave this resort 4 stars rather than 5 is because we were surprised to see that the outdoor swimming pool was closed as there had been no mention of that on the website or at the time of our booking and we had read that it was an "outdoor heated year round pool" so that was a bit disappointing but we soon learned about the lovely indoor pool and since it was raining that became a lovely option for us. Still, I feel like hotels should tell people when there is construction of any type being done or a pool is being maintained. I am sure the new outdoor pool and cabana area are going to be spectacular as we walked down through the lovely gardens and could see what is in store for new guests this coming season! If you are hoping to be located right in the middle of town where you can walk to restaurants, etc. then this would not be a good choice as the location does require you to take cabs everywhere as it is up on a hill but we did like that it was centrally located between Belem Tower area and Baixa area because it doesn't take long to get to either location and the cab rides are very affordable. Just something to be aware of when making your choice on hotels but we loved the hotel so much that it made the cab rides and service so much that it was well worth the trip. You feel as though you are staying in the most luxurious hotel. Closets are built in and beautiful, bedding is superb and towels are plush and soft. Again, the staff is always at your service and ready to help in any way they can. To finish off our stay we saw a rainbow over the city of Lisbon from our room on the 7th floor on our final night. It was a wonderful vacation thanks to the people at Olissippo Lapa Palace!