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Hotel Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel 5 star
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RUA PAU DA BANDEIRA 4, 1249-021 LISBON, PORTUGAL Lisbon, Portugal -
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The Lapa Palace hotel is one of the Lisbon's finest, overlooking the city and the Tagus from its hillside perch. As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, it offers the high-quality service you would expect of such an establishment, and is recommended for a peaceful holiday with excellent views and an ambience fit for the Portuguese aristocracy.

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    Location 6.0 /10

    The Lapa Palace is located, as its name suggests, in the district of Lapa, a residential area where various embassies and consulates are based. Although it is a little far from the city centre, it does at least offer peaceful surroundings and superb views over the Tagus, and the docks, where you'll find a plethora of trendy restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, are just a ten-minute walk away. Various means of public transport are also just a few minutes' walk away.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The hotel's 109 guest rooms are housed in 3 separate sections, namely the Palace wing, the Garden wing and the Villa Lapa (built in 2002), each decorated differently. The decor in the Villa Lapa is more traditionally Portuguese, and all the rooms in this part of the hotel have a television, DVD-player, MP3-player, Nespresso coffee machine and high-quality tea. An Internet connection is also available, though this does incur an additional charge. A complimentary bottle of Port, some truffles and Pasteis de Nata, traditional Lisbon pastries, will also be waiting for you on your arrival. The Moorish-style bathrooms have a shower and a bathtub, a hair-dryer, hospitality products (including a toothbrush, toothpaste, foam bath, body lotion, etc.) and scales. Some of the rooms are more original, or simply different, from the others, such as one suite which comes complete with a kitchenette, or the room in the tower, so called because the room extends into the adjoining tower, offering panoramic views over Lisbon and the Tagus. The Royal Suite, where De Niro, Tina Turner, Catherine Deneuve, George Bush and even Robin Williams have stayed, is a little more flashy, with Louis XV-style decor and a large panoramic terrace.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Lapa Palace was the home of aristocratic Portuguese families in the days before it began its transformation into a luxury hotel, in around 1988. The work was completed in 1993, and the Lapa Palace has belonged to the Orient Express group since 1998.The long and colourful history of this beautiful building, which dates back to 1870, has seen it transform from a family home to a residence for artists and host to many a flamboyant party. It has retained its charm of old and visitors to Lisbon can now also enjoy this beautiful building when holidaying in the city. One of the hotel's assets is undoubtedly its shaded garden full of flowers, whilst the outdoor swimming pool is perfect for getting in a few lengths after a day sight-seeing in the city. For the ultimate in relaxation, head for the spa, where a variety of massages and treatments are available, as well as a gym (with Power Plate) and an indoor pool. If relaxing in the garden sounds more up your street, terraces and patios are dotted around the grounds for guests to make the most of the weather.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The restaurant at the Lapa Palace serves traditional Portuguese cuisine along with a selection of excellent Italian dishes, all prepared using fresh produce. Various small round tables are laid out in a room adorned with Murano glass chandeliers; indeed, the Venetian style is omnipresent, extending to the frescoes on the ceiling. Breakfast is served as a buffet in a room which leads out onto a patio, whilst on Thursday nights during the summer, Fado evenings are organised here. During the summer months, lunch is served at the Pavillon, next to the pool, where the menu consists of a selection of sandwiches, salads and other snacks as well as fresh fish and seafood dishes. The Rio Tejo bar offers a selection of 42 different teas from around the world, taking on the ambience of a piano-bar from 7:00pm from Monday to Saturday.

    To know

    The Lapa Palace is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, and its spa was renovated in May 2008.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, beach volley, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Located in a magnificent residence surrounded by gardens full of flowers.
    • The quaint charm of the place.

    disadvantages

    • A little out of the way.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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