Lisbon, Portugal

Verride Palacio Santa Catarina

Rates per night from$367.16

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR320.75), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Eighteenth-century seduction

Setting

Cool-cat Chiado

Nobody’s short of reasons to visit Lisbon, but here’s another one anyway: Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, in the city’s historic heart. Rooms are pale and pearl-like, there’s a duo of restaurants and a ravishing rooftop terrace with a bar and pool. Days unfurl here nibbling oysters and sipping champagne poolside, toasting the red-tiled roofs, ticking off traditional Portuguese shared plates in Criatura, gliding up and down the stately staircase and planning adventures, beyond your bedroom or otherwise…

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Free breakfast each, daily

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nineteen, including 14 suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $367.16 (€321), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include free return airport transfers. Breakfast (à la carte) is from €30.

Also

In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged on request.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Nespresso machine, an on-loan smartphone loaded with local info and Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The river-spying suites are eye-poppingly, breathtakingly lovely: our favourites include the Arch Suite for its original – yup – arch, the King’s Suite for its incredible wooden coffered ceiling and the Queen’s Suite for its stucco work and unabashedly romantic white-and-blue bathroom, whose tiles date back to 1901. Deluxe rooms also merit mention for their views of the Bica neighbourhood.

Poolside

A city hotel with an alfresco swimming pool? Yes please. The Palácio’s diminutive pool comes with panoramic views of the Tagus River and beyond.

Packing tips

Bring cobble-friendly footwear and a hunger for custard tarts.

Also

Communal areas are suited to wheelchair-users; one room has a wheelchair-adapted bathroom.

Children

Over-8s can come, too, but the hotel is designed with adults in mind.

Eco‐friendly

The restaurant champions organic produce and serves organic wine. You’ll find fragrant, earth-kind Aesop products in the bathrooms.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a table on the edge at Suba – they come with bonus bridge views.

Dress Code

Lisbon lounging: silks, linens and leather. Bring something slinky and seductive to flit down the staircase in.

Hotel restaurant

Informal Suba showcases Verride Palácio’s more modern side: it’s bright, light and decorated with pale marble and wooden flooring. The views take centre stage, but the playful fusion food comes a close second. Dishes fuse Portuguese and Mediterranean influences; try the moreish black-truffle oxtail ravioli.

 

Hotel bar

The rooftop bar is another jewel in the Palácio’s gem-studded crown, thanks to its 360-degree views of the city, river and ocean. Traditional Portuguese crockery decorates the bar’s chunky wooden tables; the overall look is pleasingly relaxed.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7.30am until 12pm; drinks are rustled up between midday and midnight.

Room service

Light snacks and drinks can be ordered to your room.

Location

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Address
Verride Palacio Santa Catarina
Rua de Santa Catarina 1
Lisbon
1200-401
Portugal

Planes

Lisbon’s airport is 10 kilometres away, a 20-minute drive; call Smith24 to sort your flights. Free return airport transfers are included with most stays.

Trains

Nearby Santa Apolonia station connects to Faro, Coimbra, Porto, Madrid and other city hubs, with services run by Comboios de Portugal.

Automobiles

If you’re driving, head to downtown Lisbon. The hotel is in Lisbon’s famous Santa Catarina neighbourhood, in front of the Pharmacy Museum. The hotel has free parking, but there’s limited access to the property due to its historic locale: contact reception before you arrive for the street’s access code.

Other

You could also nip here by Metro: the closest stop is Baixa-Chiado, a four-minute walk away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start by soaking in that amazing rooftop pool and topping up your tan on the sundeck… Don’t miss a ride on Lisbon’s iconic Tram 28, which connects Martim Moniz with Campo de Ourique. Visit the astonishingly beautiful Igreja de São Vicente de Fora, a church and monastery that dates back to the 17th century. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is one of Europe’s leading fine-art museums, famed for its impressive collections. Continue the culture kick at MUDE, Lisbon’s lauded museum of design and fashion. Don’t miss the Torre de Belém, a classic starting point for Lisbon cultural itineraries. The Unesco-listed heritage site is one of the country’s most famous monuments.

 

Local restaurants

Grab pastries and coffee from Tease bakery; Time Out Market Lisboa is a food court housed within Lisbon’s historic market hall; come hungry, with plenty of spare change. Have a fabulous fish and seafood feast at Cervejaria Ramiro, beloved of the locals. Belcanto in Chiado is a labour of love from top Portuguese chef José Avillez; head there for a dinner worth writing home about.

Local bars

Cinco Lounge on Rua Ruben A Leitão has a hard-to-beat atmosphere and a tempting drinks list. You should also take your thirst to quirky, laidback Matiz Pombalina, on Rua Trinas.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Santa Catarina and unpacked their Portuguese tiles and tarts, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Verride Palácio Santa Catarina in Lisbon…

Live like ye olde Lisbon nobility at elegant, historic Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, an 18th-century townhouse with 19 bedrooms and a prime location. There’s not a shabby corner in sight – rooms are kitted out with milk-and-honey hues, ornate tiles, ornamental ceilings, marble flooring and pops of aqua – but the rooftop terrace is particularly winsome. Its not-so-secret weapons include a bar and swimming pool, both of which have 360-degree views of the city, the river and the ocean. Since R&R is hungry work, Verride Palácio Santa Catarina has a dazzling duo of restaurants up its sleeve: an inventive gastro bar by the name of Suba and the more formal Criatura, where sharing plates get a classic Portuguese spin. If you can take your eyes off the hotel for a second (unlikely), the best of Lisbon awaits outside.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Verride Palacio Santa Catarina’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel is a remodeled small palace that is high on a hill near the river. Views from the top two floors are breathtaking - either city view or the river. Don't get a room below the main Florr as it will look out at the street level and there is no privacy if you open the curtains. The staff, in particular Eric, were outstanding! Extremely friendly and helpful in every way. It felt more like a huge to come back to each day after seeing Lisbon. Breakfasts are wonderful and the views great from the area.

Don’t expect

To be immobile. Lisbon is a vibrant city and it requires energy to keep up. The old part is wonderful and the people are warm and helpful to strangers. We walked over 6 miles a day and a lot of it was uphill so bring good walking shoes.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Oct 2018