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The 19th century Lapa Palace is situated on the hilltop overlooking the Tagus River in the diplomatic quarter of Lisbon. The sub-tropical gardens surrounding the hotel make it a peaceful oasis from the busy city.
The 109 bedrooms are distributed between the Palace wing, Garden wing and Villa Lapa. All have been decorated in a range of styles, with touches from the original décor of the palace. Some bedrooms have floor to ceiling windows looking out over the stunning rooftops and down to the river of this elaborate neighbourhood, whilst others look onto the sub-tropical private garden and outdoor swimming pool.
The restaurant Lapa serves Italian influenced cuisine; the hotel also has a poolside restaurant where guests can order cocktails and fresh fruit juices along with light snacks. For a more lively option the Rio Tajo bar is the place to be in the evenings with live piano music. With a range of 40 types of tea from around the world, the Rio Tajo bar is also perfect for a relaxing afternoon catch up.
Lapa Palace has extensive facilities including a spa, sauna, steam room and gym as well offering massages and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. However if guests want to venture out of the hotel, it's central location means the historic heart of Lisbon and the Unesco world heritage site of Belem are only a short taxi ride away.
Why we love it
Some bedrooms come complete with original furnishings from the palace and have their own private turrets.