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"A super chic palace, hotel, and private residence that captures the best of Portugese hospitality."

Need to know

    • Ten sprawling suites.
    • On a hill in Lisbon’s busy Alfama district.
    • Check out is at noon, but exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

We love

  • A meal at Leopold’s, the hotel’s hugely popular restaurant.
  • Chatting with the charming, cosmopolitan staff about how they make the city their own.
  • A personal book collection so impressive, it could pass for a public library.
  • Views of the River Tejo from the palace’s multiple terraces.

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

A bottle of wine upon arrival and a free upgrade upon availability.

Top Secret

The owners lived in many of the suite for several months at a time. They enjoyed more than a few breakfasts in the bathtubs with the city at their feet.


The palace dates back to 1449. After Frederico — the hotel’s current owner and landscape collector—bought the property from its heirs, he preserved as much of the original structure as possible. With his wife Maria, and a team of more than sixty dedicated staff, they transformed the dilapidated building into one of the country’s most impressive examples of architectural preservation.

The Review

A curious red door seals off Palacio Belmonte from Lisbon’s busy Alfama district. While most travelers may miss this understated entrance, those in-the-know are aware that inside these doors lies a sprawling palace, super chic hotel, and personal residence - all in one.

With hundreds of original azulejo tile panels, the palace’s spacious suites are artistic wonders, each boasting a lived-in museum feel. The suites are connected by common outdoor and in door spaces that are replete with views of the city, acid pink bouganvillas, and statement furniture that is surprisingly comfortable. The entire palace feels like a large family mansion where big and small decisions were made over homemade meals, and daily news from the city was digested with aperitifs. Today, palace guests can relive this imagined story with some convenient additions; a dip in the black slate pool for example, is a wonderful way to cool off at the end of a hot day on Alfama’s streets.  

Getting to know the owners -- Frederico and Maria -- is part of life at Palacio Belmonte. It is rare, the couple say, to have a guest who does not naturally share the values embodied by the property: curiosity for the world, a politically liberal mindset, and an intrinsic love for cultural miscegenation. Whether guests find themselves enjoying a cocktail in the well-kept but unfussy garden or sleeping way past breakfast in one of the suite’s plush beds, they will find themselves surrounded by a milieu of privileged ease.


Palácio Belmonte

  • Address: Pátio de Dom Fradique 14, 1100-160 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Travel info: A short, twenty minute drive from Lisbon Airport.

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Car Parking