Add Verride Palácio Santa Catarina to your lengthy list of reasons to hit Lisbon: the historic townhouse woos with a faultless location, whiter-shade-of-pale rooms and gourmet restaurant – not to mention the rooftop terrace with a sun-kissed bar and pool. Days here are spent sipping champagne and devouring oysters poolside, toasting the red-tiled roofs and gliding up and down the stately staircase.
Double rooms from £329.87 (€374), including 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 (70B Rua Quintinha) 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.
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