Santiago De Alfama Hotel Review

January 12, 2017

Santiago De Alfama Review:

City Honeymoon Hotel in Alfama


  • our review
  • the property
  • Restaurant
  • location & Amenities

First Glance

​Driving into the heart of Lisbon city this past December, Love & Lavender couldn't wait to arrive at Santiago de Alfama Hotel. And for good reason, this 15th century Palacio dos Castros on the brink of ruin was lovingly restored and turned into a 21st century 5-star boutique gem.

Motoring up the steep, narrow, one-way cobblestone street in our rented Fiat Punto was a bit nerve wracking to say the least. Then again, we've never backed down from an exciting wedding hotel review challenge. Arrive in the early afternoon and you may be as lucky as we were to find prime parking spot right near the hotel!

A stay at an upscale European hotel during the Christmas season is always a treat.  Not only were we warmly greeted by the reception staff who quickly offered a traditional welcome drink called Ginjinha, a lovely festive Christmas tree stood in the lobby and a big beautiful frosted wreath adorned the front door.  Stepping down to a high ceiling reception area revealed a trendy boutique shop feeling reception area. Chocolate brown color shelving displayed all sorts of gourmet Portuguese products to buy as gifts to take home.  

After enjoying a welcome drink, we quickly inquired about where to park on a longer term basis. As it turns out, a few spots are available near the hotel, however a larger multi-story car park is located within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The bellman promptly took our car keys to move the car to a free space right in front of the hotel.

Getting Acquainted

Lana, a lovely receptionist who speaks five languages fluently, gave a us a quick tour around the boutique hotel. 

The interior design of the hotel had a clear vision and purpose. Each room has a clean white palette and a fresh feel, reminiscent of something straight out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

The compact nature of the hotel makes it easy to navigate. Each of the four floors offer a unique surprise around every corner - whether an open air courtyard complete with vertical living wall, ancient Roman ruin staircase found below the floor, or a common area balcony with impressive views of Alfama. 



The Verdict

The family owned and operated boutique hotel is well situated, complete with stunning views of old Alfama rooftops down towards the river. The hotel manages to capture the spirit of the old Alfama District through architectural character, highly polished Portuguese staff, and fresh, modern interior furnishings.

At Santiago de Alfama, pride in what they have accomplished thus far is evident.

The hotel offers a very comfortable, enjoyable, and romantic (see next tab) space to hang your hat after a long day touring the streets of Lisboa. We wish we could've stayed a few more nights!


 
Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this hotel review, LoveAndLavender.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.


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