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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Lovely slightly colonial-style hotel right in the old town (Bairro Alto) area of Lisbon, close to the water and loads of bars and cafes. We booked a Bica room, which is the standard basic room but still roomy and with a beautiful bathroom with a bath and shower.
Staff were all great and the hotel was very clean and well presented. Breakfast was a highlight, presented like a tasting menu with multiple courses of fruit, yoghurt, pastries, eggs and so on. There is also a rooftop bar with great views over the city.
Strongly suggest you book a Superior View room. Our Bica room looked straight onto the steps (and therefore pedestrians) outside so we couldn't really open the curtains. It also doesn't feel very "vibey" as the limited footprint of the building means that the facilities are spread over multiple floors and you never really saw anyone else, but that is more of a personal preference.
Bottom line: I would go back but I would book a Superior room for a five star experience.
The location is wonderful...in a quiet area where vehicle access is restricted.
The staff are massively kind and helpful.
The shower was one of the best I have ever used. The linen is luxurious...breakfast wonderful.
Stupidly, we went out for dinner every night apart from the last night ...it was our most delicious meal of the trip and the cheapest by a country mile. We both wished we had discovered this sooner.
The flowers are stunning...everything definitely 5 star.
We spent a lovely weekend in Lisbon staying at this great hotel with the best view in the city and an incredible full service breakfast including Yogurt, fruit, eggs, crepes, greasy squeezed juice coffee and more.