Have you ever dreamed of staying in a castle set in the modern world? A palace-like accommodation in Lisbon gives you a once in a lifetime experience of being royalty. Palacio das Especiarias is the place to be if you want to know what it feels like being a prince or a princess. This beautiful hotel made our stay in Lisbon more memorable.
A sophisticated place with a vintage vibe
Highlighting its gold and red finishing in most rooms, Palacio das Especiarias gives you a glimpse of the royal life. I love how spacious the room was, leaving more room for me and my luggage lol! And of course, the fancy decors and sophisticated inclusions are so hard not to notice―like the red wine and cheese spread!
The room I stayed in costs $300 for two nights via Booking.com. A piece of advice though, book directly with the hotel to save more money. Also, to give you a heads up, there is no room service and housekeeping. So, if you need new towels or some flatware, you need to walk your way down and up the stairs to your room! Yep, there’s also no elevator. Well, Palacio das Especiarias is actually an old palace that was revamped, so modern fittings like an elevator aren’t included.
Quirky amenities to love
Setting aside the hotel’s gorgeous aesthetic and old-world charm, Palacios das Especiarias also offers delicious continental breakfast. This quirky hotel takes pride in their excellent breakfast selection that is amped up with beautiful garden views and relaxing piano songs. The free morning spread is something to look forward to in your stay! And since the hotel is a refurbished palace, there’s no free parking, though there’s a garage located two blocks away from the hotel premises, which is at 14 Euros/ day. For convenience, they provide airport shuttle service and WiFi to their guests.
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Right in the heart of Lisbon
Palacio das Especiarias is genuinely something to consider if you’re eyeing for a place near the central district. This beautiful hotel is just a few meters away from the Lisbon city center and is close to public transportation like the subway station. Not only that, you’ll love the array of attractions dotted nearby like Escultura de Fernando Pessoa, Carmo Archaeological Museum, Church of Sao Roque, Carmo Convent, Time Out Market, and Santa Justa Lift.
A melting pot for foodies
Because of its location (not to mention its unique interior style and features), Palacio das Especiarias has become one of the most popular hotels in Lisbon. Accordingly, restaurants and stores are all over the area, surrounding this traditional hotel like a beauty.
If you have a legit craving for Portuguese and Japanese seafood cuisine, then head to Sea Me. Then, there’s Sanskar Nepal and Casa da India, two of the finest Indian restaurants in the city. Tasca Do Chico is one of the top choices when it comes to tasty Portuguese dishes, served in a cozy, traditional bar. And for the best burgers in town, visit A Cultura do Hambúrguer. To satisfy your sweet tooth visiting the nearby pastry shop Manteigaria is a must. They specialize in the iconic Portuguese custard pies, Pastel de nata and will leave your palate beyond content.