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Hotel Solar do Castelo Hotel 4 star
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2, Rua das Cozinhas - 1100 LISBONNE - Portugal - Lisbon, Portugal -
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If you are looking for somewhere to spend a romantic weekend, the Solar do Castelo is the ideal place to whisk your lover away to. Charm, authenticity,and tranquillity are the watchwords here, as you will be the only ones sleeping within the castle grounds. It is a real favourite for a romantic weekend.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    As its name suggests, the Solar Do Castelo is actually located inside the Lisbon castle grounds. It is also close to lots of restaurants and not far from the Se Cathedral and the district of Alfama. The airport is a 30 minute bus ride away.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The hotel has a grand total of 14 guest rooms (standard or superior category), each bearing the name of a king. Four of the standard rooms (16, 17, 18, and 19) have a balcony and their decor is all identical, with a colour scheme based on shades of grey, beige, ochre, and black. The end result is just as stylish as in the superior rooms; the only difference is that the latter are adorned with more decorative features. Fitted with parquet flooring, the rooms are equipped with a television, DVD player, free Wifi access, a telephone, and air conditioning. The bathrooms are decorated in a traditional style featuring azulejo tilework and marble and they all have a bathtub, except rooms 20 and 21, which have just a shower. The superior rooms are decorated in a traditional but refined manner, with parquet flooring, a wicker headboard, and antique furniture. They too have a television, a DVD player, free Wifi access, a hair dryer, and air conditioning. A free bottle of Port is offered in each of the rooms. It may be handy to know that 2 of the double rooms can be converted to sleep 3.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The building housing the Solar Do Castelo dates back to the 18th century, although a newer extension was added as recently as 2002. The owners have also bought a neighbouring building in which they plan to add 6 more guest rooms. The Solar do Castelo is sure to win you over. Its combination of authentic charm and refined, sophisticated decor makes it one of the most appealing places to stay for a few days in Lisbon. The owners have done a tasteful job of converting the premises, managing to hold onto the old while adding touches of modernity. Exposed stonework can be seen in the walls, while the furniture takes inspiration from Asia, the United Kingdom, and North Africa. Outside, there is a patio adorned with olive trees, plants, and ponds, providing a bit of respite from the summer heat. A few peacocks have even elected to live here. A room originally used for storing water has been adapted to house a little museum containing a few archaeological artefacts found in the house.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The breakfast room on the ground floor opens directly onto the garden patio, so you can choose to eat outside if you so wish. The room is furnished with various little tables and big leather sofas, as well as leather cushions to rest your feet on. There is also a small bar where wood and leather are the main decorative elements. At breakfast you will be served tea or coffee, and orange juice. There is a little restaurant nearby where you can go for dinner.

    To know

    The Solar do Castelo is the only hotel inside the castle grounds. A little golf buggy can come and collect you and your luggage and take you to the entrance. The Solar do Castelo hotel is classed as a historical monument.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, golf, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • This little hotel in the castle has a certain charm about it
    • The stylish decoration

    disadvantages

    • It is hard to locate, and once you do find it, you'll have a bit of a climb

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
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