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 gourmet restaurant and a ravishing rooftop terrace with a bar and pool. Days unfurl here nibbling oysters and sipping champagne poolside, toasting the red-tiled roofs and gliding up and down the stately staircase and planning adventures, beyond your bedroom or otherwise…
Double rooms from $410.85 (€368), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates don't usually include breakfast (à la carte), which is available from €30. Some rates include airport transfers for some room categories.
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.
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.
Bring cobble-friendly footwear and a hunger for custard tarts.
Communal areas are suited to wheelchair-users; one room has a wheelchair-adapted bathroom.
Over-8s can come, too, but the hotel is designed with adults in mind.
The restaurant champions organic produce and serves organic wine. You’ll find fragrant, earth-kind Aesop products in the bathrooms.
Nab a table on the edge at Suba – they come with bonus bridge views.
Lisbon lounging: silks, linens and leather. Bring something slinky and seductive to flit down the staircase in.
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.
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.
Breakfast is available from 7.30am until 12pm; drinks are rustled up between midday and midnight.
Light snacks and drinks can be ordered to your room.
This tempting townhouse has a prime location in the historic heart of Lisbon; its bedrooms enjoy sweeping views of the Old Town, Tagus River and the Atlantic.
Lisbon’s airport is 10 kilometres away, a 20-minute drive; call Smith24 to sort your flights.
Nearby Santa Apolonia station connects to Faro, Coimbra, Porto, Madrid and other city hubs, with services run by Comboios de Portugal.
If you’re driving, head to downtown Lisbon. The hotel is in Lisbon’s famous Santa Catarina neighbourhood, in front of the Pharmacy Museum. There's no parking on site, so you'll need to find a spot elsewhere (the nearest is roughly 700m away).
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 Praça 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.
Grab pastries and coffee from Tease bakery or take a gastronomic tour ofTime Out Market Lisboa, 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. Belcantoin Chiado is a labour of love from top Portuguese chef José Avillez; head there for a dinner worth writing home about.
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.
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.
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.
The service and the location are just wonderful. Centrally located in Lisbon and perched on a hill creating fantastic views. The staff at this hotel seem personally invested in making your stay perfect. They can not do enough to help you. This hotel has exceptional service.
A party in the hotel. This hotel is a peaceful oasis in the lively capital. Even the wonderful roof bar, with some of the best views in town, feels like a perfectly kept secret.
Stayed on 11 May 2019
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.
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.
Stayed on 19 Oct 2018
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