"Regal opulence in the heart of Lisbon"

Need to know

    • 9 suites
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Peerless privacy in a central location

We love

  • The outdoor terraces overlooking Lisbon
  • The complimentary drinks cabinet, which means you can take a nightcap back to your room
  • The stunning octagonal living/dining room at the heart of the Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite

Top Secret

If you’re looking for some Ginjinha (a Portuguese cherry liqueur), then look no further than the complimentary alcohol cabinet on the piano nobile

Origins

Frenchman Frédéric Coustols bought Palácio Belmonte in 1994 and set about restoring it to its former glory. Authenticity has been a priority: traditional materials and decorative touches are ubiquitous. Environmentally-friendly thinking has also shaped the design: careful thinking about airflows has obviated the need for air-conditioning.

The Review

It is not an exaggeration to describe Frédéric Coustols and his wife Maria as the ‘creators’ of Palácio Belmonte, rather than simply its owners. Palácio Belmonte is their work of art, fashioned around a maze of ancient passages. Despite its grandeur it is studiously unassuming. The entrance is a stately red door in a quiet courtyard, only metres from the crowds of tourists heading for São Jorge Castle. Our suite, Bartolomeu de Gusmão, is modestly marketed as split across three levels, but I counted five, all arranged around a spiral staircase hewn from grey stone. At the top of the staircase a door opens out onto a sun-drenched private terrace overlooking the rest of Lisbon. We took breakfast out there one morning and were treated to the pleasant peals of bells from the churches nearby. If you would prefer to eat elsewhere, then why not relax on the terrace near the garden and swimming pool? Every part of the hotel, whether public or private, feels unequivocally private. From the cosy Red Library and White Library to the imposing ballroom, the whole hotel feels like your own personal palace. If you want to add to the decadence, give the staff some notice and they can arrange for you to dine in your room on the creations of a Michelin-starred chef. We instead asked for them to make reservations in town at vegetarian-friendly restaurants: despite the short notice they set to work and had everything arranged by the time we returned from an afternoon stroll. Rarely does the centre of a capital city seem so tranquil.

Location

Palácio Belmonte

  • Address: Páteo Dom Fradique 14, 1100-624 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Travel info: 20 minutes drive from Lisbon airport. Chauffeurs are provided for airport transfers.

Key Features

  • Pet Friendly

  • Free Wifi

  • Butler Service

  • Pool