10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My fiance and I recently stayed here on our honeymoon. What beautiful views from our room and the deck outside the inviting library!! We loved watching the ships along the river. This place is a hidden treasure with a very comfortable room and thoughtful staff. They gave us great suggestions for local touring and helpful directions. Every request was promptly attended. We just loved this place and would recommend it to others looking for a special getaway. The museum next door was an added bonus - don't miss the cafe in the scupture garden. We didn't try the breakfast (which seemed a bit pricey), but the hotel is within walking distance of the pastries in Belem."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of October 2006
beautiful hideaway in the center of Lisbon
"This intimate hotel in the old part of Lisbon is well worth discovering! On the outside it looks simple, but once inside you will discover a charming world of bygone romance and old English decoration!
The library overlooking the river Taag is very relaxingand has a small balcony with bartables ans chairs.
There is a well furnished open bar there, where one takes whatever he likes , after filling in the "roomservice" voucher.
The breakfast is very fulfilling, especially in the cosy interior garden.
Personnel and frontoffice are very helpful. There is a small garage downstairs, which can come in very handy in this bustling city.
My room was a bit small but the overall experience was excellent !
We will be back !
- Travel date: Fri 11th of August 2006
What a great hotel!
"We found this hotel on the internet and we were pleasantly surprised! It was beautfully decorated with antique furnishings and lots of color. They even faux painted some columns and molding to look like marble. It was pretty impressed the amount of time and detail that went into the decor. Aside from that the rooms were huge and the bathroom even larger. The staff was extremely accomodating and spoke multiple languages. They arranged dinner reservations, taxi rides and more. Even breakfast was sent to our room on the morning we were leaving for the airport (4 am). Another nice little touch was a bottle of port with two glasses on the bedside table. The only thing that I didn't care for was the mattress. We are spoiled with our Eurotop plush mattress at home I guess. But not too bad. I would highly recommend this hotel and stay there again as well. It's also close by to many attractions by a short 5 min bus ride. You can walk as well, just note there are lots of hills in Lisbon. Sort of like San Francisco. Enjoy your visit! We did."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of November 2005
Style and comfort
"We booked our five night stay at the As Janelas Verdes on the strength of the TripAdvisor reviews. Thank you previous reviewers - we were not disappointed.
This hotel has both charm and style. It is small enough to be friendly while being big enough that you can maintain your own space. The staff were courteous, very helpful and spoke an amazing number of languages well. Our room was clean and well appointed and the public rooms are comfortable, beautifully furnished, fresh and welcoming. The self-service bars on the ground floor and third-floor are well stocked and maintained - just fill in a form as you imbibe. Good views from the Library terrace of the harbour (cruise ships and sailing ships berth opposite) and of the Cristo Rei statue, both by day and night.
Breakfast was fresh and served over several hours - perfect for lazy mornings.
This hotel is quite pricey but gives much better value for money than many other, larger, hotels that make themselves out to be superior. We felt it was worth the expense for a special stay.
The cost of a taxi from the airport is currently around EUR12 to EUR15. This is quite a good location for walks into the local Lapa areas and longer (45 mins) interesting walks into the central Baixa and Bairro Alto areas. Fairly good tram connections into Estrella, Bairro Alto and Baixa and out to BelÃ©m.
An unassuming but excellent restaurant, Cento e Doce, is ten minutes walk away at 112 Rua da EsperanÃ§a. Like most small restaurants it focuses on the day's special (it depends what's fresh and available and what the chef fancies cooking). Very little English spoken but that didn't stop the owner making us feel very very welcome. Amazingly cheap - EUR18 for lovely food and drinks for two."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of October 2005
"Every detail of our stay at this hotel was exquisite. The setting, overlooking the Targas River was splendid; the room was cozy, yet spacious and the staff was first rate."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2005
Beauty and the Beast
"Janeles Verdes Hotel is arguably the most charming, small hotel in Lisbon. Near the Tagus River on a trafficked street of Embassies and reclaimed Palaces, it is a jewel of an aristocratic townhouse. Luxuriously decorated in the chic Luso-English style with traditional flair, it is homey and personal with agreeable staff in crisp, formal uniforms. A crystal decanter of Port wine awaits you in good-sized rooms, well appointed, and the superb library on top has a large terrace overlooking the water. A substantial breakfast buffet is found in the leafy patio, served so late it could double as brunch. Complimentary tea, coffee, juices, and soft drinks are available all day, and there is a complete honor bar in the library available 24 hours. Thatâs the Beauty part. The Beast part is the difficult in parking, unless you are one of the lucky ones to find space in their small garage. Americans will find the beds uncomfortably hard, and the air conditioning (at maximum) is inadequate to cool the rooms to temperatures they are used to. I was in a party of five, and all of us hard a hard time sleeping. The bed of our driverâs ground floor room was infested with fleas, and he was forced to sleep on the bathroom floor. That problem was fixed immediately the next day, but the air conditioning was not. I would be delighted to return to this hotel if and when management can supply a foam supplement to the mattress for those who require it, and upgrade the air conditioning system. The hotel is simply too good to allow these small, but quite perceptible flaws."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of August 2005
perfect little hotel
"I stayed here in the summer of 2000. Everything was fantastic. The hotel is in an old mansion, in a residential neighborhood away from downtown. The staff was very helpful and friendly; the public areas (a living room/salon and back garden where breakfast is served) are inviting; our room (in the back of the hotel, overlooking the garden) was quiet, large and very, very nice (especially the blue and while ceramic tiled bathroom); and the complementary port decanter was a nice touch."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of May 2005
18th Century Splendour in Lisbon
"My husband and I have just returned from a long weekend in Lisbon. We tucked ourselves away in Hotel As Janalas Verdes, in Lapa, the peaceful embassy district in Lisbon. The hotel is part of the small Heritage chain of hotels in the city and is housed in a renovated 18th century townhouse. The rooms and hallways are festooned with draped curtains and dark wood furniture. Whilst our bed room was not over large, the bathroom was very roomy and the room was quiet and opened out over a small characterful garden and the nearby River Targus. The road running at the front of the hotel can be busy, particularly during the day, although the rooms are double glazed and airconditioned. If you are worried about noise a room at the back of the hotel may be best. American breakfast was included in the room tarriff. A choice of cereals, cooked breakfast, fruit, bread and cakes was available. It was certainly the freshest and tastiest fruit salad I have had in a long while.
The reception staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and professionally dressed in grey suits. Nothing was too much trouble, including locating some very out of the way corners of Lisbon for us to indulge in our dance passion, Argentinian Tango.
Cleaning staff and waitresses slipped noiselessly around the building, efficiently carrying out their duties, dressed in crisp light green and white striped uniforms with puffy sleeves. This contributed to an overall tranquil atmosphere at the hotel. At the end of a day's sightseeing it was good to sink in to a large armchair on the third floor, renovated as a period library, complete with an extremely shiney brass telescope and enjoy a drink from the honesty bar. The library opened on to a small terrace, with additional seating."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of May 2005
Secret garden superb value
"The secret of the wonderful few days we had at this lovely small hotel, was not the excellent position, not the tasty breakfasts, not the free gratis full carafe of vintage port that I downed on my own before bedtime, not even the free small box of handmade choccies that my partner scoffed while I was enjoying my port. Nor was it the beautiful intimate garden where we sometimes ate breakfast or the fact that the cosy sitting room was available at all times, was full of lovely tasteful antique furniture and almost uniquely had an honesty bar. In fact it was a combination of all these things.
Important though, is to get a room at the back where you have a view over the steeply walled garden and maybe even access from your bedroom with its twisting spiral staircase. The rooms at the front are apparently a bit noisy especially first thing of a weekday morning when the bustle of activity can cause problems.
It is a rare gem of a hotel. The staff could not be more friendly (or more attractive) and helpful. This is the best value hotel we have stayed in Lisbon - by far and away!"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of March 2005
Beautiful little hotel
"My wife and I and a couple of friends stayed here in 2001 but I'm sure that it is still wonderful. Situated away from the city centre in the Embassy district overlooking the Tagus and close to the national Museum. A small intimate hotel with great character, furnished with antiques but with modern amenities. Lovely breakfast room and friendly, helpful staff who arrange everything for you and give good advice on what to see and where to eat.
- Travel date: Sun 4th of July 2004