I was offered a glass of champagne when I arrived and kicked back in one of the 3 beautiful lounges until my room was ready. Champagne on arrival really sets the tone; it’s a little gesture but a very luxurious touch. My room, the Dove Room, was on the first floor and it was stunning. It used to be the palace’s chapel and is one of the largest rooms in the hotel; beautiful motifs feature on the ceiling, big windows look out over the river, original Portuguese azulejos decorate the walls, there’s a desk and sofa, and a beautiful spacious bathroom too. Like the rest of the hotel, it felt wonderfully fresh and airy, and was flooded with natural light. Alas, I was only in Lisbon for 24 hours so only got to spend one night in that sumptuous king size bed. On my one evening of exploring the city, I found myself thinking, ‘is it time to go back to my room yet?’
I didn’t spend too much time in the hotel’s library nor in its pool in the stylish courtyard, but I did indulge in breakfast. It was a simple yet sophisticated affair with platters of hams and cheeses, breads, pasteis de nata, fresh fruit and juices. Despite the fact that the hotel was half full, I only saw one other couple during my stay, and I had the breakfast room entirely to myself. (That said, most people aren’t hitting the breakfast buffet at 7:30am on a Sunday…!) Whilst there isn’t an enforced no-children policy, it does feel much more suited to couples than families.
If you are planning a trip to Lisbon, I would 100% recommend staying at Palácio Ramalhete; it’s a charming, blissful hideaway that will totally make your trip. Double rooms from £120/night.