“A colourful B&B hotel up on the hill close to the castle, with long views down the river”
All the rooms are similarly furnished, but none are carbon copies of the others. They come in vibrant colours with comfy beds and lots of art. Often you find one wall of colour, the others in white to soak up the light. Expect red, orange, green, yellow, duck-egg blue. There are minibars, TVs and CD players in every room.
Double Rooms are a pretty good size (16sq.m) and are tucked away on the ground floor. Superior Suites tend to be huge (42sq.m) and have partial castle views. River View Suites offer charming vistas that drift on for miles across the river. Some also have alcoves with room for a table and chairs.
The Duplex Suite has silky golden throws on a sofa, big mirrors, a rocking chair from which to watch a plasma-screen TV and a big window to frame the view. The bedroom and bathroom are located upstairs on the mezzanine floor. On the fifth floor, at the top of the building, is the amazing Deluxe Suite. Its enormous terrace and panoramic views over Lisbon are a real plus, although be aware that it has sloped ceilings and is accessed via a spiral staircase.
In all rooms you’ll find bamboo mats, a couple of armchairs, blond wood floors and marble bathrooms.
You eat breakfast in the ground-floor dining room or have it brought to your room. There’s fresh bread and toast, plates of cheese and ham, freshly-squeezed orange juice, cakes, yoghurt and fruit. There’s a small room-service menu (sandwiches, toasted sandwiches) and guests can take drinks at the tables in the small water garden.
Local restaurants are close by. You can eat in the castle grounds overlooking the city: you pay for the privilege, but the view is worth it - just make sure you book a good table. There are quite a few fado restaurants about – places where you eat to the strains of live traditional Portuguese music. Clube de Fado is local and one of the best, but again you pay handsomely for the pleasure. Conquistadors offers good traditional Portuguese food and is reasonably priced. The most stylish place is Chapito. You can eat inside, outside, order a drink, dip into tapas or scoff a big meal. Views tumble down hill to the River Tejo and beyond. Zambeze is also recommended - African and Portugese food.
Children are welcome; baby cots and extra beds are available on request.
All rooms except the Deluxe Suite can fit 1 baby cot or 1 rollaway bed
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking