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Palacio Ramalhete

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Palacio Ramalhete

If you went to school in Portugal, the word “Ramalhete” will immediately remind you of Eça de Queirós and his novel “The Maias”.

The word means “bouquet”, a theme reflected in the sunflowers portrayed in tiles along its stone steps. Located in the Janelas Verdes street, near the Museum of Ancient Art, this is much more than just a hotel with a pretty facade. Every one of its nine rooms and seven suites is unique. Some of them have a view to the Tagus, the others to the inner courtyard, but all of them are faithful to its original architecture, with wooden floors, big windows and painted ceilings. The “wow” moment will come when you open the door to a suite that used to be the palace's kitchen, and gaze at an enormous fireplace. But even that might not be as wondrous as the chapel suite, with its tiled walls and king-sized bed. Ramalhete has something of a double personality: a classical side allied to a more modern perspective. Outer areas include a delightful heated swimming pool and a couple of small terraces and verandas, where you can have a buffet-style breakfast or some of the bar's specials (there is no restaurant but the bar has some good indoor dining options).


Venue name: Palacio Ramalhete
Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes, 92
Price: €€€
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It’s always a bit of a gamble when you’re looking for a hotel room in a city you’ve never been to before and when you’re a bit anti-social fond of small, quiet hotels like I am, it can be even more of a challenge. It’s this that makes me almost loath to spread the word about Palacio Ramalhete but I will do because it is quite frankly, utterly charming and deserving of all the praise it’s about to get.

Location wise, it’s great. There are bus stops on the narrow cobbled street that it sits on and you can be in the centre of Lisbon in 10-12 minutes on one of those. If you fancy walking off all the custard tarts that you’ll have eaten at breakfast, it’s only 25 minutes and mostly downhill all the way. The legendary Mercado de Ribeiro aka the Time Out Market is only a 15 minute stroll away and although there’s not a huge amount to do around the hotel itself, I’d suggest its location is pretty perfect for those who want to be close to the capital but not right in the heart of action. It’s also only 20-30 minutes from the airport by Uber depending on the time of day.

The place itself is super pretty. Communal lounges are spotless, airy and beautifully decorated with a blend of antique & modern touches that I could easily have become accustomed to. There are only 10 bedrooms and these range from smaller, internal-courtyard-overlooking rooms to suites that open onto a glorious rooftop pool that’s just the right size for cooling off between sunbathing sessions on one of the loungers nearby. The loveliest touches can be found in the rooms themselves; a long stemmed, creamy petalled rose in the bathroom and a bag of home-made chocolate dipped fruit & nuts on the dresser are just two we experienced in ours. The hotel is very old so be warned that sometimes the creaking, wooden floorboards above can be a bit noisy but never to the point of being unable to sleep or enjoy a quiet siesta.

Breakfast spreads here are impressive; fruit, yoghurts, cereals, home-made pastries, cakes & Portuguese tarts plus excellent fig bread and personal dishes of cold meats & cheeses. The daytime menu itself is small but more than enough to keep you happy if you’re having a day poolside and you won’t be short of places to eat if you venture further out.

Staff are incredibly welcoming and charming; if there’s anything you think you might like, they’re eager to help assist you 

before you’ve even verbalised your thought. They’ll also keep your bags if you arrive early or have time after checking out before your flight which is handy as the windy stone streets aren’t the most conducive for rolling your luggage around on.

If you’re after a delightfully local place to base yourself from for a break in (literally) one of Europe’s hottest cities, this place is an absolute gem and worlds away from anything monstrously big or scarily impersonal.