11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Elegant Relaxing Atmosphere
"Beautiful, sophisticated property. The staff was very accomodating, assisted in recommendations for tours and some great restaurants (Eleven, Sacramento and the Pousado at the Castle). While others have noted that the rooms are small, they are very nicely appointed and comfortable. Turndown service was provided every evening, tidying of bathroom along with a bottle of Port to end your evening - again very relaxing! Breakfast was good - although it would have been nice to have some service provided - delivery of coffee, juice and an explanation of the buffet. The courtyard and downstairs living area were enchanting - loved relaxing at the end of my afternoon with a glass of wine and reading or checking on emails from home. FYI - they provided a laptop for my usage free of charge The location was good - provided a great workout at the beginning and end of my day (although there is a bus/tram for transportation). If you are interested in a more "partying" area of town you may want to try the Barro Alto area, but did love the quaintness of the Alfama. When back in Lisbon will definitely stay at the Solar Do Castelo again!"
- Travel date: 8th October 2007
"This is a small, well appointed & elegant hotel. It is beautiful, serene & relaxing. The caretakers are engaging & will go that extra mile to accommodate you. The rooms are cozy and accent the personality of the hotel. It fosters goodwill & I was impressed. Sitting in the courtyard (where there always seems to be a caressing breeze) during late afternoon will most likely afford you the company of a beautiful peacock (from the castle proper). You can use the free laptop in the well ventilated inside sitting area or have a cocktail from the honor bar (you pay upon checkout). The hotel is situated within the outer walls of the St George castle so therefore on a hill. You can see the castle from most points in Lisbon. I found the hotel great for couples of all types and ages. Would definitely return again. Downside: The rooms tend to be a little dark and the breakfast is typically continental & not worth the 15e/day. Also you cannot pick your room ahead of time (esp if you get in at a cheaper rate). But ask for a room with a balcony, anyway. And oh, you may want to talk to your taxi driver to book a private tour to Sintra, Fatima, etc., rather than go through the hotel as its almost highway robbery boarding on extortion (as prices can change several times). The one booked thru the hotel provided a great driver in a black Mercedes but (as we discovered later) greatly overcharged. The next time, we hired our taxi driver (Rui) who was just as engaging and knowledgeable for just over 1/3rd of the private tour price. And yes, do splurge and eat at the resturant within the castle walls. It was superb!"
- Travel date: 13th September 2007
Idyllic city gem
"We stayed here for our 5th wedding anniversary & would highly reccomend it. As a previous trip advisor has said, the courtyard is a welcome addition to a city hotel as it gives you somewhere to sit & relax after a busy days sightseeing.. so much nicer than feeling confined to your room. The rooms are pleasantly decorated & again the double doors are a bonus for shutting out any noise from the corridors, so many hotels fail to realise how corridor noise can travel & these doors were perfect in maintaining a peaceful nights sleep. The hotel staff were friendly & not overfacing. We rarely saw them but they were there whenever we needed them to dispense advice or help with dinner reservations. We would highly recommend eating at the restaurant in the castlewhich has fabulous views over Lisbon. The food was excellent & the service outstanding. There does not seem to be many restaurants of such calibre in the city & certainly few with such a lovely atmosphere & view. A tip being that you gain free access to the castle from 8pm should you have a recommendation but beware the bulldogs on the castle entrance!! All in all a superb stay, highly recommended for a romantic weekend break."
- Travel date: 11th September 2007
Peace and quiet
"To find peace and quiet right next door to one of Lisbon's busiest tourist attractions is quite incredible. Solar do Castello's real charm lies in its wonderful terraced courtyard complete with water feature and day bed piled high with brightly coloured cushions. It compels you to relax, grab a drink from the honesty bar and laze in the cool shade of the parasols. The hotel offers an excellent American breakfast buffet with a vast array of options available for such a small hotel. All of the staff were very accomodating and charming. Our room was spacious, comfortable (huge bed) and has shutter doors so you can actually close off the main room from the bathroom and front door. I would certainly return to this peaceful, romantic hotel which is perfectly place for exploring the castle and Alfama."
- Travel date: 29th August 2007
"A little gem. Perfect in every way from the small but perfectly formed rooms to the staff who are so helpful and friendly."
- Travel date: 28th May 2007
Lovely hotel but noisy this weekend!
"Four of us stayed at this lovely boutique hotel in May; however what we were not aware or informed of, was the planned festivities in the Castle next door.. we left home at 3am and thought we would have a rest in our rooms,after a lovely lunch at the castle before our planned evening at a very special restaurant. The bands started at 3pm - 10pm both Saturday and Sunday, unfortunately the bass was incredibly loud and resounding off the castle walls and crashing into the usually peaceful hotel. It was impossible to stay in the hotel during those hours, and considering we were only there for three nights, spoilt our stay considerably. We work long hours in the UK, seven days a week so this really had been chosen for the peace and quiet, so imagine our disappointment at having to vacate for 7 hrs of each day, I had been looking forward to spending some time reading in the exquisite courtyard early evening with a gin and tonic!! The staff were lovely and helpful and our room was very comfortable. Breakfast was tasty and the overall impression of the actual hotel was very good. I would be much more careful about checking if there would be any disturbances etc before booking though... I had booked a good 8 mths in advance so would have appreciated some notice of the disruption to our peaceful break. This is the first time I have felt the need to write on trip advisor."
- Travel date: 27th May 2007
nice and quiet
"we spent 5 very good nights here in mid-december 2006. we received superb attention and assistance from the whole staff. we were experiencing a temporary (4 day) lack of luggage and they called the airline people constantly. the hotel itself was very nice and is a great base for seeing Lisbon. the bus and walking were both very convenient. breakfast was good, in a very nice room. we had a room with a view which was almost a suite. the neighborhood is very quiet at night and there are some good places to eat. the hotel is unusual but we liked it and wil stay here again.the bathroom will not impress anyone with its size but it was perfectly clean."
- Travel date: 24th January 2007
This is the place to stay in Lisbon
"My partner and I just returned from a four-day, three night stay in Lisbon at the Solar Do Castelo Hotel. In a word, it is perfect. The rooms, though not large, are beautifully appointed with elegant Portugese matalaise bed linens, beautiful hardwood floors, and a small Juliet balcony overlooking the stunning courtyard below. The tub is deep enough for soaking and the plumbing is pleasantly new and in fine working order. There are even antique Portugese tiles inlaid with more contemporary tiles in the bath. The lobby is a refined mix of Portugese antiques and more contemporary pieces, and it is all put together by someone with exquisite taste. The staff are very pleasant and went out of their way to try to track down my lost luggage (which appeared finally on the last day), as well as to offer directions and restaurant recommendations. From the moment you walk in the imposing front door, you are awash in a sea of tranquilty. It is that nice. And I spent a lot of time agonizing about whether I should stay here or at the Brittania, since it was the number one pick on Trip Advisor, so I went and checked it out, too -- and it is a very nice property, and the staff was very warm and took us on a tour of the hotel and several of its rooms-- but I was glad we had chosen the Solar Do Castelo. It just feels more like the way Lisbon should feel. Do yourself a favor and stay here. Oh, and get a Lisbon card from the tourist office in the arrivals area just pass the baggage claim -- it is so easy to get around on the trams, buses, and even the train to Sintra -- not to mention free admission to tons of museums and other sites -- all for one flat fee for either a one-day, two-day or three-day card. It saves time finding correct change and it is well worth it. Also, I booked my stay through Tablet Hotels and was able to get a room for $135 Euros per night, taxes included. This was an incredible bargain and I couldn't have been happier. One last thing: We had dinner at Pap A'corda, a restaurant that makes most of the lists of must sees. I have never been treated so poorly at any restaurant anywhere in the world. Unless you are one of the air-kiss-blowing, cell-phone chatting glitterati of Lisbon, avoid this place. There are many, many fine restaurants with better food and much better service. Brian Killgore & Dean Sargent. Seattle."
- Travel date: 30th November 2006
Great Hotel but a nightmare to get there by hire car.
":Lovely, small boutique hotel set in a peaceful setting adjacent to the very popular Castle. Access is possible by car, but even the taxi driver had to ask for directions and the roads are SO narrow that I literally had my eyes shut. The hotel offers a golf buggy to get you up and down to the taxi stand (5 mins walk). There are a nice variety of resturants near by and the main shopping area was either a 15 min walk down a steep road or a 5 minute bus ride away. Highly recommend the hotel, lovely rooms, if not small and our bathroom was very small, only room for a shower. The quality of the fittings, the peaceful courtyard and the friendly girl only staff (never saw a male staff member) together with the hotel only having 21 rooms meant for a great atmosphere. You cant eat evening meals here. its just a bed and a good breakfast althought there is a good honesty bar, and loads of restaurants nearby. DO NOT go if you are not able to walk i.e dont take granny - the steep roads nearby and the walking mean its really only suited for the able bodied. DO NOT hire a car !!! - taxis and a good bus and tram service mean that it really would be a serious pain - imagine hiring a car in central London when you are stopping on Oxford street - its not worth it. Overall, great hotel and highly recommended."
- Travel date: 16th September 2006
"Highly recommended !! Small boutique style hotel which is hidden inside the walls of Lisbon castle. Staff are charming and very helpful with e.g. restaurant bookings. The setting was very picturesque and had fantastic views, even over to the river from some rooms. It's quite a steep climb up to the castle but a small bus goes up almost all the way from 8 a.m. until about 9 p.m. Taxis are cheap and again go almost all the way up the cobbled streets towards the hotel. There are some good restaurants neaby - notably Chapito and Senhora Mae. The hotel will be able to make bookings for you. Rather than over-priced hotel minibars, it's really refreshing to find a hotel where stylish, proper refrigeration is used to house a wide range of drinks for guests on an honesty bar basis (large ice bucket included and regularly topped up -in 38 degree celcius heat of August). Prices were very fair, compared with all other hotels we've stayed in !. Breakfasts were a bit pricey but that's to be expected. The well furnished patio / courtyard was relaxing and quiet regardless of the time of day - morning, late afternoon and at later on at night. The interiors combine more modern minimalism with elegance of antique pieces. Despite being on holiday, we found the free internet access a real benefit. Altogether very relaxing and somewhere we'd return to and recommend."
- Travel date: 18th August 2006
Small and quiet sitting right by the Sao...
"Small and quiet sitting right by the Sao Jorge Castle. Very modern accommodations, but maintaining the old charm of Old Lisbon. Donât drive there, instead take a taxi to get there with the luggage. The hotel does not have a full restaurant, but you'll find several small bistro-style restaurants within a five minute walk."
- Travel date: 1st March 2004
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