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Updated: August 14, 2020
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Luxury palace hotel with great service and views.
Verride Palácio is a high-end hotel in every way, with a focus on personalized, attentive service. It is housed in a glam eighteenth-century mansion on a hill and offers ravishing views. The design is swish, contemporary, light-filled, calm, and in pastel shades, though the Royal suites, in particular, retain splendid historic features. The rooms and suites have thoroughly modern high-end comforts – huge windows, heated floors, spacious bathrooms in different shades of marble, and custom furnishings supplied by Portuguese artisans. The elegant sixth-floor restaurant and the rooftop bar are classy, and the experience is elevated by exceptional views of the city and the river. Breakfast, with dishes made to order and served by the small, jewel-like swimming pool on the terrace, is a particularly nice touch.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Location
- Address: Rua de Santa Catarina n° 1, 1200-401 Lisbon.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Baixa-Chiado is a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) away.
- Area: Winning location on a quiet hilltop in Santa Caterina, on the edge of the historic center. To the east is well-heeled Chiado for excellent food and shopping. Great nightlife is close by, with the bars of Bairro Alto just to the north, and Cais do Sodré’s famous Pink Street 9 minutes (0.4 mile) to the south. Praça do Comércio (0.8 mile, 15-minute walk) and the historic Alfama district (0.7 mile, 16-minute walk) are both walkable. Be aware that the streets around the hotel are very hilly, often with stairs; the nearby funicular Ascensor da Bica (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk) is useful for getting down to the river and back.
- How to Get There: From Lisbon Portela Airport, it is a 25-minute trip on the metro to Baixa-Chiado: take the red line to Alameda, then change to the green line. From here, it’s a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the hotel. If arriving by train at Gare do Oriente, similarly, take the metro, changing at Alameda. From the main bus station at Sete Rios, take the blue line from Jardim Zoológico direct to Baixa-Chiado.
- Handy to: Bairro Alto, Mercado da Ribeira, Convento do Carmo.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples looking for an intimate, special occasion stay. The feel is adult; though children over 8 are welcome, there is limited availability for reservations with younger ones.
- View: Uniformly great views of the scenic Bica area or the river, or both.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry, dry cleaning, ironing, and shoeshine services are available (extra charge).
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Parking: Not on-site, but valet parking is available to a location nearby. Note: The street requires an access code to drive in.
- Extras: Concierge service and 24-hour reception. Airport shuttle available (extra charge). Welcome drink and flexible check-in/check-out (depending on availability). Loan of a mobile phone for your stay. App with access to international newspapers. Turndown service available. Pillow menu, Nespresso machine, minibar, and complimentary home-baked cookies in the room. Generous supplies of complimentary Aesop toiletries, robes, and slippers in the bathroom. Glamorous Yellow Lounge and an adjoining small office for communal use.
- When to Book: Book 3-4 months in advance for the summer high season.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +351 211 573 055
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: verridesc.pt
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Amenities
- Pool: Small but attractive pool on a roof terrace, with splendid city and river views.
- Spa: No spa. In-room massages from a partner spa are available.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center but the hotel has a collaboration with a local gym.
- For Disabled Guests: There is an elevator to all rooms and step-free access from the street. There is 1 specially adapted room with a roll-in shower and grab rails in the bathroom.
- For Families: Extra beds can be requested (check if your room can accommodate one). Kids’ meals and babysitting can be arranged.
- Activities: The excellent concierges will be more than happy to help with organizing activities for you in the wider city according to your interests and aim to exceed expectations.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The sleek restaurant Suba is up on the 6th floor, with a contemporary luxe style similar to the rooms. It delivers reinterpreted Portuguese dishes that respect local, seasonal produce, accompanied with splendid views. Open 12:30-3:00pm and 7:30-11:00pm daily. $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: The rooftop bar is a casual, open-air space with a 360° view that is hard to beat. Open 12pm-12am daily. There is an even higher viewing platform just above. Drinks and snacks are also served poolside and in the winter garden during the day.
- Breakfast: The tailor-made breakfast can be included in the room rate, otherwise, it is €30 per person. It is served till noon daily in the Winter Garden on a long communal table and also by the adjacent pool (but room service is available outside usual hours). There is a buffet of treats like homemade bread, cheeses, and ham, along with a chef making different dishes depending on the day and guest requests.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service is available.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Double • Superior Double with City View • Superior Double with River View • Suite • Prestige Suite • Premium Suite • Royal Suite • Royal Wing
- Smoking Rooms: Verride Palácio Santa Catarina is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The suites are all individual. The Prestige Suites are spacious corner rooms on the upper floors to take advantage of the views on two sides. The Royal Suites are extravagant, with unique historical features, and a bedroom, separate living room, and 2 bathrooms in each. The King Suite has a dramatic sculptured wooden ceiling and a balcony the length of the suite, while the Queen has stucco decoration and a bathroom at the entrance with azulejos painted in 1901 by the Count Verride himself. It is possible to book both with the connecting Yellow Lounge as a 200m² Royal Wing.
- For Families: Interconnecting rooms are available. Each Royal Suite has a bedroom as well as a sofa bed in a separate lounge and 2 bathrooms, and thus can sleep 4 people easily.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Local Transport
- Walking: Walking in Lisbon is great fun, provided you have good footwear and do not mind hills and cobblestones. The streets around the hotel tend to be steep. Lots of big attractions are walkable: Praça do Comércio is a 15-minute walk (0.8 mile), Alfama takes 16 minutes (0.7 mile), and the Mercado da Ribeira is 7 minutes (0.3 mile) away. The nearest metro at Baixa-Chiado is a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Metro, Tram, and Bus: Public transport in Lisbon is good and includes the metro, buses, historic trams, and 3 funiculars; the nearby Ascensor da Bica (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk) is handy. There are also local trains to Sintra and Cascais from Rossio and Cais do Sodré respectively. Consider getting the Lisboa Card, which covers unlimited trips, including on the trains, as well as free entry to lots of attractions. The metro is good for getting to the airport, while trams are both popular and practical. The famous tram #28E starts at Calhariz-Bica, 3 minutes (0.1 mile) away, and is a fun way to see the winding streets of Alfama, while #15E and #18E will take you west along the river from Cais do Sodré (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk) to Alcântara and Belém.
- Taxis, Uber: A taxi from Lisbon Portela Airport will take around 20 minutes (6 miles) and should cost around €16, plus a luggage charge. There is a risk of drivers seeking to cheat tourists on this route; to avoid this, buy a prepaid voucher from Ask Me Lisboa in Arrivals. Uber and other ride-sharing services are cheaper (starting at €10 from the airport), and more so in the city center.
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Lisbon Street Art Tours – If you are curious about Lisbon’s growing urban art scene, go on a dedicated 3-hour stroll. There are open, small group, and private tour options (Open Tours are tips-based). Learn about local and international artists here contributing to this form of art – part of the proceeds goes toward funding the creation of more street art. MishMash tours depart from Praça Luís de Camões (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk).
- SANDEMANs – Become a Lisbon insider by booking a walking tour with a passionate local guide. Fun options include an Alfama tour (€14) and a pub crawl (€15). The most popular offering is the 2.5-hour Free Tour of Lisbon, which is tips-based and takes in Bairro Alto and Baixa. It starts conveniently on Praça Luís de Camões, a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) away.
- Devour Lisbon – Spend half a day seeing a new side of the city and Portuguese culture and tasting its iconic foodie highlights. Devour’s tours are decent value at €69 per adult for 3.5 hours. There are over 10 stops, enough for breakfast and lunch, taking in specialties like salted cod, cheeses, pastel de nata, and port. Starts at Praça da Figueira, a 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Taberna da Rua das Flores – A local favorite, this cute tavern serves up Portuguese classics at lunch. The evening menu is much more freewheeling, with chef André Magalhães making the most of local produce. Cash only and no reservations. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Alma – Unpretentious yet Michelin 2-starred, Alma is a soulful foodie destination from Henrique Sá Pessoa in a gorgeous historic warehouse. His crack team blends global influences into beautiful modern Portuguese dishes in the open kitchen, complemented by bold wines. Tasting menus (€110-€120) celebrate local fish and seafood and the chef’s Asian-influenced classic dishes. Reserve well in advance. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Belcanto – Formal, Michelin 2-starred Belcanto is star chef José Avillez at his most experimental. A showcase for Portuguese gastronomy as well as Portuguese wine, it promises to take you on a memorable voyage. Tasting menus start at €165. Reserve well in advance. Look out for Avillez’ other restaurants around Chiado. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- 100 Maneiras – One of the hot tables in town, with daring chef Ljubomir Stanisic serving imaginative Yugoslav/Portuguese fireworks. The tasting menus (€80-€110) are ‘stories’ that tell the tale of his life’s journey. Reserve in advance for this relaxed, intimate Bairro Alto location. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile). The team also runs Bistro 100 Maneiras in nearby Chiado (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk).
- Flor da Laranja – Cozy, flamboyantly decorated Moroccan place in Bairro Alto. Rabea Esserghini is a wonderfully warm host as well as chef. Ask her advice on the delicious menu and taste rich tagines, such as lamb with prunes and almonds, fragrant couscous, and more. Book ahead. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Boa-Bao – Buzzing Pan-Asian place in Chiado which has won many hearts with traditional dishes from Thai tom yum to Chinese dumplings, Malaysian curry, and Japanese mochis. A pretty terrace and craft cocktails complete the experience. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Local – An intimate chef’s table in Príncipe Real, Local serves just 10 people in 2 sittings each night. Great for surprising, seasonal dishes from the rotating cast of chefs, and for making new friends. Book ahead. 10-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- A Cevicheria – Super-popular Peruvian table from chef Kiko Martins, in a sleek white venue with a dramatic octopus hanging from the ceiling. Be prepared to wait, then enjoy green gazpacho with scallops, ceviche that shows off Portuguese fish, and pisco sours. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Tapisco – Spanish and Portuguese small-plate cuisines (tapas and petiscos) meet at this casual fusion spot from Henrique Sá Pessoa. Great for sharing with friends and washing it all down with a glass from the vermouth bar. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Chutnify – Enjoy modern South Indian dishes in a hip and fun Príncipe Real location. Their specialty dosas (crisp and savory Indian rice crêpes) are a must-try. Great for vegetarians and spice lovers. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Prado – Hip yet affordable spot in Alfama for sharing farm-to-table small plates, pretty with greenery on the ceiling and pendant lights. Young chef António Galapito’s ever-changing menu is all about organic and seasonal Portuguese ingredients. Look out for delights like line-caught squid served with ink and Iberico pork loin and chard. 18-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Loco – Avant-garde Loco offers edgy Michelin-starred dining from chef Alexandre Silva. The dining room has a relaxed air, with a huge open kitchen at its heart turning out a tasting menu of 17 ‘moments’ bursting with creativity (€113). The top team delivers food which is micro-seasonal and zero waste, while also being delicate and surprising. Reserve in advance. 22-minute walk (1 mile) or 15 minutes via the #28E tram from the Santa Caterina stop to Estrela.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Le Consulat Bar – Relaxed-chic bar and brunch venue with exciting cocktails and great service. Huge windows open over Praça Luis de Camões for people-watching. There is also an atmospheric corner wine bar/smoking room with a surrealist film projection. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto – Tiny wine bar with a big reputation due to its collection of over 200 wines and passionate staff. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations and try the selection of hams and cheeses too. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Mini Bar – José Avillez’ fun gourmet bar is all about entertaining, drinking, and eating. It is decked out like a theater, the largely Portuguese wine selection is great, and the small plates playful and mouthwatering – think green apple margarita as a starter. All this plus DJs every Friday and Saturday night. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Pensão Amor – Cheeky Pink Street favorite that winks at its past life as a brothel. The décor is flamboyant and velvety, there are burlesque and jazz performances on the little stage, and usually a line out the door. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Park – Never has a car park been this cool. Take the elevator to the roof and find Park, for yummy cocktails and a hip young crowd amid lush plants, DJ sets, and stunning river views. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Duque Brewpub – Beer aficionados looking for some local flavor should head for Duque, a pub dedicated to Portuguese craft beers, including their own creations. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Topo Chiado – Hidden behind Convento do Carmo is this laidback, lounger-strewn terrace bar. Perfect for a romantic evening cocktail with a stunning view of the Elevador de Santa Justa and across to the Castle. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Cerveteca Lisboa – Lisbon’s original craft beer bar, with a rotating cast of the best and freshest brews on tap from over 100 producers in Portugal, Northern Europe, and the US. 6-minute walk (0.4 mile) to the Mercado da Ribeiro branch; 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) to the Príncipe Real branch.
- Ginjinha Sem Rival – Hole-in-the-wall near Rossio making and selling ginjinha, Lisbon’s specialty sour cherry liqueur. The family has been running this famous bar since 1890. Join locals queuing up outside for a shot. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Red Frog – Hidden 1920s New York-style speakeasy in Lisbon. Ring the bell to be admitted to a world of vintage sights and sounds and an ever-changing menu of mouthwatering cocktails. The bartenders here are topnotch, so be adventurous. 20-minute walk (1 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Fábrica Coffee Roasters – Serious coffee lovers adore this topnotch coffee house. Head here for single-origin coffees, bought directly from producers and roasted by Fábrica themselves. 6-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Rua das Flores branch.
- A Brasileira – Grand Art Deco jewel and Lisbon’s most famous café. Enjoy your coffee and cake knowing you follow in the footsteps of legendary poet Fernando Pessoa whose statue sits on the terrace outside. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Copenhagen Coffee Lab and Bakery – Danish import bringing excellent espresso and Nordic minimalist vibes to Lisbon. Their cinnamon swirls are scrumptious and they do a mean all-day breakfast for €12. 8-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the Rua de S. Paulo branch; 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) to the Rua Nova da Piedade branch.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Manteigaria – Look no further for (possibly) the best pastéis de nata in town. The title is hotly contested, but these custard tarts are certainly an unmissable Lisbon classic, and Manteigaria gives everyone else a run for their money. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Fábrica Sant’Anna – Handcrafted azulejos (tiles), produced using the same traditional techniques since the factory opened in 1741. Great for souvenirs and gifts. 6-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Rua Garrett – The best place to start for high-end shopping in Chiado. Highlights include colorful, young outfits at Gardenia and jewelry in a very glamorous interior at Tous. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Maison Nuno Gama – Menswear from one of Portugal’s most famous designers. Expect fine tailoring, use of bright colors and azulejo patterns, and an in-store barber shop. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Livraria Bertrand – The oldest-running bookstore in the world, open since 1732. Bertrand is a bookshop, café, and cultural landmark where Portuguese intellectuals once gathered. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- A Vida Portuguesa – Your one-stop shop for artisanal Portuguese products, from tinned sardines to pencils, ceramics, and notebooks. The brands are carefully chosen to maintain traditional production as well as make excellent gifts. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Rua Dom Pedro V – Príncipe Real’s main drag is known for its design studios and is a big draw for fashion-forward shoppers. Find Lidija Kolovrat for a local designer with a love for fine materials, Shon Mott for ‘slow fashion’ and timeless style, and Amazingstore for eco-friendly accessories. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Embaixada – Award-winning shopping gallery in a neo-Moorish palace. It beautifully houses a variety of cool Portuguese designs and crafts (and some international brands), from high fashion to organic baby clothes, cosmetics, and eco-friendly homeware. There’s a lovely bar, Gin Lovers, and a steakhouse, Atalho Real, for when you need a break. 13-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Rua Augusta – The main artery of Baixa, or downtown, has plenty of high-street fashion, as well as arty finds like locally designed T-shirts at Typographia. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Bettina & Niccolò Corallo – Find chocolate heaven at this artisanal, family-run chocolate shop and café. They roast their own coffee and cacao and make the best chocolate in town fresh daily. Try thin bars containing up to 100% cocoa, cakes, luxurious hot chocolate, and even cocoa sorbet. 14-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Garrafeira Nacional – Local wine-selling institution with its own little museum. A great place to stock up on all manner of Portuguese wines, ports, and spirits. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile) to the Rua de Santa Justa branch.
- Manteigaria Silva – Venerable gourmet grocery store stocking the best of Portuguese specialties for over 100 years. It’s all about fine traditional products including charcuterie, cheeses, salt cod, and local wines. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the Mercado da Ribeiro branch; 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) to the historic Rossio branch.
- Igreja de São Roque – One of the first Jesuit churches anywhere, built in the 16th century, with an adjoining museum of sacred art. The church’s baroque interior, richly decorated in many kinds of marble and gold, illustrates the Jesuits’ influence and wealth. 10-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Museu Nacional De Arte Contemporânea – Small but intriguing collection that takes visitors through 150 years of Portuguese art, from mid-19th-century romanticism up to far more modern pop art and installations. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Elevador de Santa Justa – Lisbon’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, this cast-iron lift was built in 1902 by Raoul Mesnier, Eiffel’s apprentice. It’s a very classy (if pricey and packed) way to travel from Baixa up to Largo do Carmo. The viewing platform with its gorgeous views can be accessed for just €1.50 from behind Convento do Carmo. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Convento do Carmo – Haunting skeletal remains of a convent destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Now an atmospheric ruin, with an archaeological museum showcasing azulejos (traditional tiles), mosaics, and sarcophagi. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Street Art – Lisbon is known for its vibrant urban art scene and it is worth taking time to seek out some of the best pieces or joining a dedicated tour if you get really into it (see above). Nearby standout locations include Escadinhas de São Cristóvão with its fado mural (0.7 mile, 16-minute walk); Travessa dos Fiéis de Deus, one of many streets worth noting in boho Bairro Alto (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk); and the Calçada da Glória, where the entire steep street acts as an outdoor gallery (0.5 mile, 13-minute walk).
- Alfama – Get lost in Lisbon’s oldest and most romantic district. Once the city’s Moorish quarter, its winding streets feel lost in time and are a magnet for tourists. Climb up to the imposing ramparts of Castelo De São Jorge crowning the hill, gaze out from the many miradouros (viewpoints), and mix with the locals in the bars and cafes. At night, with the soulful sounds of fado coming from restaurants, it feels truly magical. 16-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros – Fascinating site that reveals layers of ruins under Baixa. Book a tour with an archaeologist and explore the mainly-Roman structures, including Lisbon’s only Roman mosaic as well as traces of later Visigoths, Moors, and the medieval city. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Praça do Comércio – Lisbon’s grandest square impresses with its massive scale and graceful 18th-century colonnades which are beautifully lit at night. Here you will find the triumphal arch, Arco da Rua Augusta (you can take a lift to the top for the view), plenty of fine restaurants and cafes, and Lisbon Story Centre, an interactive museum where you can learn all about the city’s history. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Sé de Lisboa – Also known as Lisbon Cathedral, the Sé is the most austere and monumental of Lisbon’s churches. Built in 1147 in a Romanesque style, it takes visitors back to the Christian Reconquest of Portugal from the Moors and stands on the site of a former mosque. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
- Museu do Aljube Resistência e Liberdade – Important, somber museum in a former prison that bears witness to Portugal’s 20th-century fight against dictatorship. It preserves the memory of the dictatorial regime which was in power from 1926 to 1974, its repressive tactics, and the resistance to it, leading to the Carnation Revolution that ended it. 21-minute walk (1 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Mercado da Ribeira – Time Out turned half of this 19th-century market hall into a curated food court in 2014. So now it is half traditional fish and produce market, half Lisbon’s gourmet greatest hits, and a hugely popular hangout. There are over 40 kiosks, serving everything from great burgers (Ground Burger) to wine (Garrafeira Nacional), seafood (Marisqueira Azul), and budget creations from star chefs Henrique Sá Pessoa, Marlene Vieira, and co. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Mercado Biológico do Príncipe Real – Find healthy, organic produce galore by the pretty Jardim do Príncipe Real. Wares include honey, jellies, fresh bread, organic wine, and handmade soaps as well as fruits and vegetables. 9am-3pm every Saturday. 14-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Mercado da Baixa – Tented street food market that takes over Praça da Figueira for about a week each month. Great for browsing and tasting everything, from hot sausages and cheeses to suckling pig sandwiches and sangria. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).