Alicja McCarthy

Palacio Belmonte

  • Where:
  • Why:A weekend break.
  • When:May 2013
  • Who:Me & my bestie for her birthday.
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Palacio Belmonte The garden pool with a relaxed, secluded deck.

The garden pool with a relaxed, secluded deck.

Palacio Belmonte The bedroom.

The bedroom.

Palacio Belmonte Simple, rustic, clean bedroom decor.

Simple, rustic, clean bedroom decor.

Palacio Belmonte Our mini studio with a peeping window.

Our mini studio with a peeping window.

Palacio Belmonte Perfect for party hosting, the dining room is surrounded by restored ceramic tiles.

Perfect for party hosting, the dining room is surrounded by restored ceramic tiles.

Palacio Belmonte View of the installation in the courtyard.

View of the installation in the courtyard.

Palacio Belmonte Fresh Jasmine every morning is a lovely touch.

Fresh Jasmine every morning is a lovely touch.

Palacio Belmonte Cascading terracotta views for the grounds.

Cascading terracotta views for the grounds.

Palacio Belmonte Try some local wine in the courtyard café and team it with a plate of fine charcuterie.

Try some local wine in the courtyard café and team it with a plate of fine charcuterie.

Palacio Belmonte Walk or take a tram and do some exploring!

Walk or take a tram and do some exploring!

Palacio Belmonte One of the many classic antique pieces <br data-src=

One of the many classic antique pieces
of furniture dotted around the ‘hotel’.

Palacio Belmonte A place to just sit.

A place to just sit.

Palacio Belmonte Can’t miss the great big red door!

Can’t miss the great big red door!

Highs & Lows

  • A wonderful piece of restored architecture that is a must-see.

  • Your stay is so relaxed you feel you actually own the place.

  • No TV which is a good thing!

  • The interiors are true to Portuguese tradition and style.

  • Wifi doesn’t get through the old stone walls (probably a good thing too)

  • Our suite at the front was a little noisy due to the courtyard café, request one of the hidden suites towards the back.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A luxury home palace rather than a hotel.

  • Vibe

    Elegant, palatial, rustic, luxury and fabulous.

  • Location

    In the historic Alfama region of Lisbon, it's close to most places.

  • Rooms

    8 suites.

  • Music

    Various music stations provide CD players including classical, latin, jazz, opera, blues music.

  • Year Opened

    2004

  • Designed By

    The owner Frédéric Coustols an ecologist and philanthropist.

  • Health & Wellness

    No gym but has an outdoor pool.

  • Restaurant

    No but there is an adjacent café and concierge can bring in any chef in Lisbon to cater for any type of meal. You just have to ask.

  • Bar

    Complimentary drinks cabinet is available.

  • Children

    Sure, but more a couples retreat.

  • Price

    Expensive but something altogether unique.

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