Torel Palace is an exclusive boutique hotel that occupies two nineteenth-century palaces, one pink and one blue, perched on one of the hills of Lisbon and accessible from the city’s oldest lift. Located in a verdant area on the Santana hill, it offers breathtaking views of the city and the river directly from the private terrace as well as from the pool, and each guest feels like being in a real retreat far from the metropolis despite being really few steps from the main monuments and attractions of Lisbon.
The Torel Palace is decorated in lovely rococo style and pays tribute to its royal past with rooms in the pink palace that are named after the Portuguese queens while the rooms of the blue palace are named after the kings of the past. This hotel is undoubtedly the perfect choice for those in search of a quiet place without having to be hundreds of miles away from the city, but at the same time it is close to the bustling city center. With parquet floors, colorful furniture and an attentive and discreet staff, the Torel Palace lobby combines well with the charm that the whole hotel conveys.
As mentioned above, the Torel Palace consists of two palaces dating back to 1902 and 1904 and it has 26 rooms and suites, all with unique and personalized decorations. In addition to its 26 rooms, Torel Palace offers an independent villa and an apartment. All rooms are furnished with great character and style and embellished with original works of art as well as elegant bed linen; and an important plus of this hotel is that each room is really unique and no two rooms are alike. The furniture is in classic-contemporary style and some rooms have a balcony that offers a spectacular view. The villa and the apartment have a kitchenette and private access to the gardens. All bathrooms of the rooms are furnished with great care as well the rooms and feature decorated mirrors, products by Saboaria Portugueza, vintage style sinks and comfortable showers for ultimate relaxation.
Cave 23 is Torel Palace’s restaurant that attracts guests and locals who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to enjoy a delicious and talented cuisine. Among the top culinary delights, fish dishes are those that conquer the scene and should not be missed out. The Cave 23 has a fine dining room, but when the weather is nice (as usual in Lisbon), the terrace is the ideal place to enjoy the cuisine of Cave 23. Furthermore, the terrace is one of the favorite places among the locals who choose Torel Palace for sip a good cocktail accompanied by a nice view. And the view becomes breathtaking at sunset…one need only think, for example to the sky that turns pink and orange and the lights of the city start to sparkle, and you watch this great show sipping your tantalizing drink…a real dream!
Torel Palace has a swimming pool that is a real plus considering the central location of this hotel gem. Set amidst lush gardens, it’s hard to believe you’re in peace and just outside the hotel door, there’s a lively city rich of life and activities. The Torel Palace is undoubtedly the ideal choice if you are looking for elegance, discretion and comfort. Because at the end of everything, if you think about it…you will find yourself in a wonderful city, in a unique place, surrounded by an excellent service and delighted by a tasty cuisine; So what else can you ask by a vacation?
Torel Palace is located high above the heart of Lisbon, on the city’s most central hill with wonderful views across the red roofed capital and to the River Tagus beyond. The main street, Avenida da Liberdade, lies just beneath the hotel and can be reached in five minutes either by steps which run between the levels, or by the Lavra funicular, the oldest one in Lisbon, which dates from 1884. The airport is a 20-minute drive away.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 120,00 in low season; and from Euro 300,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Basically yes: the villa has a sofa bed in the sitting room and the apartment has two bedrooms.
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My journey through memories: Lisbon
This is the phrase that can be read on one of the walls of the famous Miradouro da Graça. Yep! “What love is this that makes me go back and forth, Lisbon?”. Lisboa is not a city like any other, this is understood right away: the capital of Portugal is a city of magical light, a city of great contrasts, a city that has repeatedly had to recover after the fires and earthquakes that, in centuries, they tormented it.
My memory trip can only start from the city center: Baixa. One of the most important districts in all of Lisbon, the Baixa is certainly the most pleasant place to walk around. Here through an intricate maze of streets you arrive on Rua Augusta, full of historical buildings in which are located some of the most famous pastry shops where you can taste the famous pastéis de nata. From here, do continue to the Praça do Comércio, the main square of Lisbon on the banks of the river Tagus, commissioned by the architect of the city: the Marquis de Pombal. Absolutely unmissable, for photographers and not, is the ascent of the Arc de Triomphe, it is definitely majestic with its 30 meters of height from which you can enjoy the view of the Praça.
From the narrow streets leading to the Praça do Comércio, you go up to Chiado: here are the suggestive ruins of the Igreja do Carmo, built in the fourteenth century and now home to the homonymous museum, as well as the “A Brasileria” café, famous for being the favorite meeting place of Ferdinando Pessoa, the greatest Portuguese poet of all time.
From the neighborhood of the Baixa, near the main square, also starts what, today, is one of the symbols of the Portuguese capital: Tram 28, the most famous of the os amarelos, nickname of trams in Lisbon. The ascent is an experience in itself: you will meet lisboetas who go directly to work, you will discover a lots of narrow streets full of shops which sell the typical products of the city. You will pass close to houses from which it is not possible to go out in the moment of passage of the tram.
Special City Guide: Lisbon
Bathed in pure Atlantic light, crowned by the storybook St. George’s Castle and straddling seven hills, Lisbon is one of Europe‘s most visually striking capitals. Looks aside, the city will surely win you over with its genuine friendliness and blissfully laid-back pace. At once nostalgic and progressive, Lisbon’s charm shines through in everyday life, listening to the mournful fado songs in the Moorish Alfama’s alleys, indulging in custard tarts in gilded Art Nouveau patisseries and living it up at a Bairro Alto street party.
Nothing says Lisbon like a ride on century-old tram 28, which trundles past stately plazas, Estrela Basilica’s graceful dome and the Romanesque Sé Cathedral. Jump off at hilltop St George’s Castle for a rampart stroll and views reaching to the Tagus River. Just steps away, the Moorish Alfama quarter’s mazy lanes are full of laundry billowing, neighbors gossiping and melancholic fado songs. Down by the river, Jerónimos Monastery’s fantastically ornate Manueline cloisters whisk you back to Portugal‘s Age of Discovery.
Many visitors use Lisbon as a base for exploring nearby sites, but they often neglect the cultural gems tucked away in the Portuguese capital. One reason Lisbon gets overlooked is that visitors don’t budget enough time for it. You need at least 5 days to do justice to the city and its environs. In addition, even Lisbon’s principal attractions remain relatively unknown, a blessing for travelers tired of fighting their way to overrun sights elsewhere in Europe.
If your time is limited, explore the National Coach Museum, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Alfama and the Castle of St. George. At least two art museums, although not of the caliber of Madrid’s Prado, merit attention: the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.