Verride Palácio Santa Catarina
What We Love
- Tagus River views from the Deluxe Suites
- The hotel’s outdoor patio, with a petite plunge pool
- Oysters and champagne at the rooftop bar
- Aesop toiletries in all guest bathrooms
What To Know
- Local architect Teresa Nunes de Ponte restored the former palace
- Due to preservation restrictions, there is no spa or gym onsite
- Although there isn’t a formal room service menu, light snacks and drinks can be ordered to your room
- Smartphones are available on loan
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Restored 18th-century treasure in Lisbon’s historic hub, with 360-degree red roof views
Once a count’s residence, a bank, and the backdrop to a pop-up art festival, the latest incarnation of this hilltop haven is its most stunning look yet: a meticulously refurbished boutique sleep with some of the best service in Portugal’s coastal capital. From à la minute eggs by the alfresco pool to round-the-clock butlers who service the property’s two Royal suites (think original stucco work and azulejos that date back to 1901), the individualized experience here is fit for a modern monarch. Not that that means a stay here is devoid of warmth. The careful restoration ensured that rooms retained their accessible charm with lots of natural light and walls covered in silk wallpaper or raw linen, and hotel’s public spaces (including Suba, a rooftop marvel with a notable degustation menu) are equally inviting.
In the Area
Bica, the quaint surrounding neighborhood, is known for its centuries-old bars and funicular, a canary-yellow tram that glides up and down the area’s iconic hill. Must-dos in stylish Chiado include sampling custard tarts at Manteigaria (both tourists and locals endure the serpentine line here) and getting lost in the shelves at Bertrand, considered the world’s oldest operational bookstore. History buffs won’t be able to resist wandering around the Sao Roque Church, one of the very few buildings in Lisbon that emerged unscathed from the catastrophic 1775 earthquake.
How to Get There
This was a last minute trip - a weekend tacked on to a business trip - and a first visit to Lisbon. I wanted to stay somewhere central, but which was also a destination in itself, and this didn’t disappoint. The hotel has spectacular views over the river - whether viewed from your room or the cosy rooftop bar. It had everything I look for in a hotel - excellent, friendly service which is not over attentive and the rooms are large and well proportioned. The setting is a beautifully refurbished historic townhouse, done in a very tasteful contemporary style. The Michelin-style alternatives to the “mint on the pillow” were a highlight each evening when I returned to the room. Highly recommended.
Ideally situated on the top of the hill with superb views over Lisbon. Our room ("Infant's Room" = Prince's room) had a balcony and fabulous view across the city with a series of French doors opening onto our private balcony. We could luxuriate in the bath while admiring the view! Our room was large and well appointed. The bath tub and shower were open to the whole room (no door) but the toilet and bidet were in a separate room with door. The bathroom products are Aesop - fabulous. Strangely I could not find a powerpoint anywhere in the room close to a mirror or bathroom so blow-drying hair was challenging. Perhaps I missed it or the hotel might consider fixing this very minor issue? Next to our room was the Queen's Room, which is an awesome suite with original features of the palace. The hotel offers a fabulous view across Lisbon from the roof and bar/terrace and also the pool area and breakfast terrace. So if your room doesn't face the view (the Queen's suite doesn't), don't worry, you will have plenty of opportunities to experience it from elsewhere in the hotel. The breakfast menu and service was superb. So attentive and absolutely every food offering you could desire. The Portuguese custard tarts available for breakfast were some of the best we experienced in Portugal - I could have eaten a plate full. In-room dining options were also delicious. Although this hotel is atop a hill, it is an easy and pleasant stroll to the main streets of the old town and the historical trams are so close you can easily catch one and take the ride down the hill if you prefer. We arrived with a rental car which the staff parked for us in the hotel's private parking area and it remained perfectly safe for the duration of our 3 night stay. There was no charge for parking for that time. I highly recommend this beautiful accommodation.
We stayed 5 nights at this amazing boutique Hotel - just open only a few months ago. The location is superbe as everything to be seen in central Lisboa is in walking distance. It views over the city amd river are just amazing. The renovation has taken this 18th centiry palace into our modern area without taking away the historical feel. Service and staff are really friendly amd helpful. Pricing is mot cheap but worthwhile for a short trip in this city.
The hotel is very newly opened, the rooms are beautifully restored - it’s still very much an old palace but with beautiful modern aesthetic and a simple, understated and elegant feel to all the rooms. The rooftop is wonderful for sundowners and the views over the sea are stunning. The staff manage to be beautifully attentive without feeling intrusive. Can’t wait to go back!
Had a wonderful stay. I was upgraded to a different room with a great view which was fantastic. Not sure what the basement rooms are like but the thought of it isn't appealing for a 5-star property.
Great building and the interiors were stunning with a balance of contemporary furnishings against the interiors of a historic building. Everything tastefully decorated down to the color palette. Suggestion is to add heavy black out drapes to darken the room and soften the interiors.
I had dinner at the restaurant upstairs and it was excellent. Service was excellent (note there were very few people at the time - not sure what it would be like full). I do agree with other reviewers that while breakfast was good, Euro30, is a bit much for what you get.
Staff are great...all very warm, helpful and willing to please. While my service during my stay were perfect, reading some of the negative review, I can understand how there might have been some service misses as it's a new property. Looks like most have been ironed out.
Have stayed at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon and this hotel competes with it. While Hotel Ritz is old world luxury, some people may prefer this more modern approach in a stunning building. The neighborhood is great...sure there are annoyances with drunk or drugged up bums but it's part of the charm of the neighborhood. With very good quality restaurants with innovative chefs tucked in many of these old buildings in the neighborhood.
Excellent hotel overall. Highly recommended and the price is fair for what you get.