Palácio Belmonte

  • Location: City
    Restaurants: In walking distance
    Castelo de S. Jorge: In walking distance
    Museo do Fado: In walking distance
    Beach - Praia de Carcavelos: 21km (45 mins by car)
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS): 8km (25 mins by car)
    Faro Airport (FAO): 281km (2h 50 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Free parking

When staying at the Palácio, you can almost feel the centuries-old soul of this national monument.
It might just be the most veiled secret in Lisbon and it offers the luxury of peaceful relaxation.
You could go for a swim in the black marble infinity pool, then take a nap under the orange trees.

There is no air conditioning, but who needs AC when you're staying in a hotel with such grandeur.

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An introduction to Palácio Belmonte

How would you describe Palácio Belmonte in a nutshell?

Palácio Belmonte is the oldest palácio in Lisbon. The house had been in the same family for more than 500 years. It is a stunning sculpture, a 2197-year-synthesis of Portuguese history and culture, located on top of the historical centre of the city. In a few words, Palácio Belmonte is about silence, beauty, exclusivity and insider information.

What was the inspiration to open Palácio Belmonte to the public as a boutique hotel?

When I saw it for the first time from its courtyard, I just felt an overwhelming attraction. My heart started to beat faster. I felt as if arriving home. It happened to be for sale and bought it the next day without even visiting it.

When I came to see it again six months later there were so many windows and terraces, each one with incredible views of old Lisbon and the Straw sea. It was so beautiful, so special, so unique that I felt compelled to share it with a few guests.

The refurbishment obviously respected the rich history of Palácio Belmonte, but there are also contemporary elements. How would you describe the interior design?

Six years of work, a labor of love, were necessary to bring the house back to its former splendor — the huge terrace facing east, 5 other terraces private to the apartments and suites of the former palácio, the dining and sitting rooms with 8m high ceilings, a ‘caisson’, two libraries...

Architect Pedro Quirino da Fonseca, head of the National Monument and a wonderful Portuguese craftsman, helped us during all those years. We had endless discussions on Portuguese history. The first year, I remember walking days and nights to understand and write down a pitch on a ‘2197-year-old house coming back to life’, the changes of light, the sound of rain, the sun, the wind, the boats’ horns, the textures, the volumes, the colors.

We rediscovered all the different layers of construction, hidden frescos, walled rooms and found fabulous archives, letters of queens and kings of Portugal, an escape dating from the Roman time leading to the Tagus, cisterns, roman tower, 59 panels of Azulejos.

You are also hosting exhibitions and other events at Palácio Belmonte. Please tell us a bit about the Belmonte Cultural Club.

The Belmonte Culture Club is a unique place where the world's finest artists along with people from all walks of life enjoy being together to inspire and be inspired by art, conversation and good cigars while tasting some Portuguese specialties.

The group Soundwalk opened its new creation ‘Ulysse’s journey’ in June 2011, the international renowned New York based Concert Pianist Elisha Abas gave a concert in July. In August 2011 the Belmonte Culture Club in association with DaST received 20 students and professors from China, Russia, France and Portugal to prepare a sustainable regeneration program for the São Jorge Castle in Lisbon and at midnight of September 30th opened Maria Pia Oliveira’s exhibition ‘clouds’.

Our motto: create private live concerts, lectures, exhibitions and close contact with great artists while discovering the finest Portuguese wines, cakes and cheeses... another memorable moment at Palácio Belmonte.

How would you like your vacation guests to remember their stay?

The Palácio Belmonte experience is about bringing our vacation guests back to their roots, to their childhood, to fantasy. I would like Palácio Belmonte to be their house while they discover the wonderland of Portugal. My dream is to make everybody become an Ambassador of Portugal, a truly friendly country filled with great people.

Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

Yes, W. Churchill once said ‘Portugal discovered the world. Let us, now, discover Portugal.’ We would love to welcome you!

Garden and pool night shot
Belmonte cultural cafe
Palácio Belmonte interior
Ricardo Reis suite
Amadeo Souza Cardoso suite
Amadeo Souza Cardoso suite
Amadeo Souza Cardoso suite
Gil Vicente suite
Gil Vicente suite winter garden
Gil Vicente suite view
Alberto Caeiro suite
Padre Himalaya suite bathoom
Egas Moniz suite
Egas Moniz suite
Fernão Mendes Pinto suite
Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite
Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite
Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite balcony

Palácio Belmonte rooms & rates

Fully restored, our boutique hotel offers 10 suites on 3700 sqm, each of them uniquely decorated with modern paintings, sculptures and antiques collection, many with private terraces and beautiful views over Lisbon and the Tagus river. As a tribute to Portuguese personalities that have earned the greatest respect in history, the rooms’ names, including books and information on each one of them, are another featured element that make Palácio Belmonte your house for a day or a year.

The library, with more than 4000 books, publications and papers in a variety of languages and themes, is open to our vacation guests as well.

Outside, the beautiful black marble swimming pool is surrounded by lush gardens, totally redesigned on five levels and planted according to organic principles. Palácio Belmonte has its own organic ‘pottager’, orange trees, and scented herbs among other local plants.

  • Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite for 2 people / 110 m²
    1200 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Considered by Condé Nast to be one of the most beautiful suites in the world, this is a 3 level double suite built in one of the 8th century Muslim towers. It has a superb terrace with an expansive view over the Alfama and the river Tejo and a very rare octagonal living room with a high ceiling and original XVIII century azulejo tile panels.

  • Ricardo Reis suite for 2 people / 90 m²
    900 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    A double suite with a stunning view to the river and garden and an incredible natural light, the bedroom has original azulejo tile panels by Master Valentim de Almeida as well as original frescoes. There is a very large living room with ‘caixotão’ ceiling, a small kitchen and a terrace.

  • Amadeo Souza Cardoso suite for 2 people / 120 m²
    3000 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Presidential suite. An extraordinary suite lined with an impressive collection of XVIII century 'azulejo' tile panels and sporting a cathedral ceiling, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room and a queen size half-canopied bed hung with deep red silks. Running along the length of the suite there is a large veranda with a stunning view of the garden and the river beyond, giving the entire suite incredible lighting. It has a most fascinating marble bathroom, and an additional private terrace with a beautiful river view.

  • Gil Vicente suite for 2 people / 162 m²
    800 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    A double suite, and our largest, due to the beautiful enclosed winter garden and a terrace on an upper level with an amazing view of the Castelo São Jorge and the River Tejo, this is a very relaxing and romantic suite, with a bedroom, living room with a fireplace and large white marble bathroom.

  • Egas Moniz suite for 4 people / 100 m²
    750 / night
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Family suite. A two bedroom suite (two doubles or two twins) with one bathroom and a living room, lined with original XVIII century azulejo tile panels and having low, Arabic vaulted ceilings, creating an evocative atmosphere of past times. View to the lower Patio D. Fradique.

  • Alberto Caeiro suite for 4 people / 100 m²
    800 / night
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Family suite. A two bedroom suite with beautiful low ceilings (two doubles or two twins - your choice) a living room, a bathroom and one shower room. View to the garden and pool.

  • Agostinho da Silva suite for 2 people / 61 m²
    650 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    A double suite that transmits a feeling of intimacy and peacefulness, with traditional Portuguese wood ceilings, original XVIII century azulejo tile panels in the hall and the most relaxing view of the sky and Palácio roof tops from the silk draped bed, as well as a little surprise!

  • Padre Himalaya suite for 2 people / 77 m²
    1300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Honeymoon suite — a romantic 2 level double suite built at the top of the Roman tower. With windows on all sides the bedroom is certainly one of the most extraordinary rooms in the world with a 360° view over the Alfama and the river Tejo. The spacious marble bathroom features a sunken bath as well as a shower.

  • Fernão Mendes Pinto suite for 1 people / 29 m²
    550 / night
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    Our smallest but perfect single suite with a stunning river view. There is a bedroom with high ceilings, an antechamber and a marble bathroom, including a crack in the Roman wall from Lisbon's famous earthquake of 1755! The bed is draped in a luminous yellow pure silk.

  • Fernão Magalhães suite for 2 people / 45 m²
    500 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room

    A peaceful double suite located on the first floor of the western Muslim tower, with incredible Roman ceilings and a marble bathroom, relaxing natural light and pleasant views over our Páteo and Palace.

  • Francisco d’Holanda suite for 4 people / 129 m²
    2000 / night
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The most recent suite, beautifully restored within our garden walls as an independent home from the palace and direct access to the garden, pool and sauna, and lovely view over the narrow streets of the S. Jorge Castle neighbourhood. This two bedroom suite (doubles or twins) has a private patio and garden, WC, living room and two bedrooms (one with a private mezzanine library). Its magnificent light and surroundings reflect a fusion of the modern Portuguese architecture and our peaceful garden ambience.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast, room service from 11am until 11pm, housekeeping, all linen and towels, Wi-Fi, onsite parking, and concierge services.
Optional extras
Services on request: babysitting, personal shopper, personal trainer, Pilates or yoga in suite, spa treatments, car rental, programs for children, laundry services, and several activities such as horseback riding, scuba diving, windsurfing, ballooning, and Jeep rides.
Extra charges payable at the property
Tourits tax of EUR 2 per person/night charged separately.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots are available free of charge. Extra beds are available for EUR 65 for children from 4 to 12 years of age and EUR 130 for any guest over 13 years.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • Sauna
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Room service
  • Business facilities
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

Palácio Belmonte is not a standard boutique hotel, but a few days in one’s life where one can lose track of time in a house where you will really feel ‘at home’. We try to provide our guests with the highest level of exclusivity and ‘a la carte’ services. Palácio Belmonte’s concierges and butlers bring our guests an insider’s knowledge of Lisbon and Portugal in general. Of course, we point our guests to the busy shops and restaurants on Lisbon’s main avenues but the difference is in the details. The little things. The Lisbon behind the curtains. The small ‘tascas’ with great food and a family-like welcome. The narrow streets going up and down the hills. The old lady singing fado while hanging out her clothes.

Our philosophy, the essence of Palácio Belmonte is of total freshness, natural comfort, privacy, astounding simplicity and freedom in the historical centre and cultural heart of Lisbon. Silence, the songs of birds and the bells of the seven neighboring churches.

Things to do in Lisbon

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips

Although it makes you feel like you just want to stay in and be pampered all day, it is crucial to get to know Lisbon, especially because we are just in the heart of the old city, in the soul of its culture and history. Right ‘next door’ there is St. George’s Castle, Lisbon’s Cathedral, Baixa downtown district, the Judaria... Very close also is the Tagus river from where one must see Lisbon by boat. But upon check-in the concierge will give suggestions that best suit each individual.

The location of Palácio Belmonte

Perched on top of a hill in Lisbon’s old town — Alfama — next to St George’s Castle, and in the city's center, Palácio Belmonte is an oasis outside the city’s buzz and stress. The Padre Himalya suite is built on top of the roman tower with a 360º view, and the Bartolomeu de Gusmão suite is on top of a Muslim tower over a 40 meters high rock.

The views over Lisbon and the Tagus river from the rooms or one of the six private terraces as well as the gardens are breathtaking and memorable.

Being 15 mins away from the Airport, no more than five mins away from the shopping city centre, the main train station and the cruiser ships’ dock, and still staying among birds, trees, fresh air and the sound of seven church bells is unique.

When is the best time to visit Lisbon?

August is the hottest month of the year. We would recommend visiting Lisbon in spring or late summer for lots of sunshine and moderate temperatures.