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Olissippo Lapa Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This 19th-century palace overlooks the Tagus River in the peaceful Lapa embassy district
  • Previous guests have included Rod Stewart, Cher & Paul McCartney
  • Home to the only outdoor pool in Lisbon that is open all year round, a spa & gourmet restaurant
  • St Jorge’s Castle is nearby & it’s a 5-minute walk to the Santo Amaro Docks


Sitting high on a hill in Lisbon’s embassy district, the 5-star Olissippo Lapa Palace is in an excellent position to offer guests impressive views over the city. And what guests there has been -- Rod Stewart, Cher, Bono and Paul McCartney have all stayed in the past. The property was built in the 19th century as a palace for local nobility and many of the original features are still scattered throughout.

While a little removed from the city centre, the hotel is a short (and inexpensive) taxi ride away from town, and just two blocks from the nearest tram stop (Estrela Basilica). The upside of not staying in the heart of the action is the peace and space that this resort benefits from. It's surrounded by tropical gardens and boasts the only outdoor pool in Lisbon to be open all year round (heated May-September). For those who also want to appreciate the local nightlife, the bars and restaurants of Santo Amaro Docks are five minutes away.

Back at the hotel, the rather formal Lapa Restaurant serves impressive Mediterranean cuisine. There is a tasting menu available, or order dishes such as the truffled egg soufflé over a white asparagus broth, a taglioni verdi au gratin, or hand fished sea bass from the à la carte menu. There is also a poolside restaurant (open April-September), and light meals are served at the Bar Rio Tejo, as well as more than 50 types of tea and live piano music on Tuesday-Saturday evenings. In the mornings, Champage is served alongside an impressive hot and cold buffet.

The bedrooms in the Palace Wing are decorated in several different styles, including Art Deco, colonial and oriental finishes. Rooms in the Garden Wing are plainer but have their own balconies with views of the grounds. Across both, expect impressive bathrooms with toiletries that include sun cream and after sun, free Wi-Fi, and an impressive pillow menu (try the aromatherapy option). Small bathrobes and slippers are provided for children (on request) and there is a DVD player and film library in every room.

Younger guests will also enjoy the separate outdoor children’s pool, and there is an opulent spa for grownups with an indoor pool, well equipped gym, steam baths and massage rooms. 

Rooms & Rates

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  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Please note, some room types at this property are not available when booking a stay with children.

Pets: Pets not allowed. Only service animals are allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

Additional details:

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The seasonal pool will be open from April to October.
  • Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: EUR 55 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 80 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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