It is worth the effort of walking up the steep hill from downtown Lisbon to reach this gem of a hotel, situated next to the Castelo Sao Jorge. The hotel itself is a charming boutique hotel with a spacious lounge and an equally charming courtyard. The personnel of the hotel are courteous, attentive, helpful and competent and the service they provided during our stay at the hotel provided the perfect framework for having a wonderful out-of-season vacation in Lisbon. We can highly recommend staying at the Solar do Castelo.
I stayed for two nights last week and loved my time there. The staff was very friendly and professional. You have the option of adding breakfast and it was wonderful. The rooms were neat and clean and the location excellent in the Alfama area of Lisbon. It was so nice to come "home" to this hotel after a day of walking along the busy Lisbon streets. This area is very quiet and within walking distance of some excellent restaurants. It's just a door down from the entrance to the old castle. I'm so glad I made this choice. I researched several neighborhoods and decided to go with old and historic. Perfect choice.
Loved this hotel that was like an island in the city. Located inside the outer area around the castle, it was a great spot to walk the neighborhood, shop and visit the castle itself. They had a wonderful assortment of breakfast and happy hour foods and an honor system bar. Would highly recommend it!
This is a truly beautiful, well maintained property supplemented by an attentive and gracious staff. The common spaces are inviting and exceptionally clean. The private rooms are comfortable and well appointed with the added consideration of a complimentary decanter of port in every room. If possible, I highly recommend a room with a balcony. We were charmed by the view of the courtyard and beyond, with extra special sightings of the peacocks. There are a couple things to consider: 1) As the hotel states, it is located in an historic neighborhood which is not open to automobile traffic. The hotel offers mutliple solutions for handling this, just ask. (It is worth saying that we managed a taxi to/from the hotel door and the airport, so don't be too dissuaded by the restriction.) 2) The area is quite heavily trafficked by tourists during the day, but relatively early in the evening it clears out completely, leaving mostly just the residents of the neighborhood. Restaurants are not particularly plentiful or open late nearby, so plan accordingly. 3) We did notice the unfailing attentiveness of the castle groundkeepers nextdoor in the mornings. (Read, noise.) If you wish to sleep in or are a light sleeper, perhaps consider ear plugs (even with the window closed). 4) While the hotel is in a beautiful part of the city with its own very special appeal, this hotel may not be ideal for anyone looking to be in the heart of activities and night life. (That is one reason we liked it!) The Castelo is undeniably worth your time, but many other sights worth seeing are further afield. All in all, we enjoyed our experience here and will remember it fondly for a long while to come. …
This is a gem if a hotel. It’s all in the little things, tea coffee pastries in the afternoon, beautiful rooms and the gorgeous courtyard to sit in at night around the fire pit. There is also an honesty bar which is a lovely touch, and very well stocked at sensible prices The staff especially the receptionist, Maria and everyone who looked after us made us both feel welcome ; nothing was too much trouble. I’m planning on returning with my book club. If I could give them 10 stars , I wouldn’t hesitate.