Here I am at the end of my trip to Lisbon. During its few weeks, I renewed my discovery of the city. I remain convinced, now, that one begins to know a destination after coming 5 times, it is my instinct that speaks. It took me a long time to create strong links with the people of Lisbon. They are a bit cautious at first, but after overcoming that, they offer you their joyful melancholy. The city still hides some well-kept secrets like this sublime hotel called the Palaçio Ramalhete. I’m writing these few lines, almost instantly, from the pool overlooking the Tagus and I’d like to share this moment with you…
My journey continues at the Palácio Ramalhete
Located in the elegant Janelas Verdes neighborhood, one of the 7 hills of the city, the Palácio Ramalhete is the perfect end point of a last stroll. The name of the hotel does not suit it as long as this place is full of character.
Boutique-hotel, a little more. Mediterranean Sanctuary for sure. The Palácio Ramalhete exudes the charm and quiet strength of these sun-spoiled townhouses.
Seen from the outside, there is nothing to suggest such magnificence behind this discreet green porch. From the first glance, it bewitches you. A stone staircase leads to the first floor. The reception discreet, almost invisible service. This is not a standard hotel. Modernism has not taken possession of the place. At the foot of the staircase of this “palace of flowers”, I notice sunflowers in azulejos erased by time, memories of a family coat of arms dating back to the 18th century, and which announce the color from the entrance: the hotel is mainly oriented towards the sun.
In this seigneurial residence, discreet and bewitching, authenticity is a trademark et each of its nooks and crannies makes you want to linger or to sit in the comfortable sofas and armchairs surround coffee tables on which are placed, here a chess game, there a collector’s book.
The main decorator of the place is the outside light. It caresses the precious wood floors and the antique furniture. No overload, no flashy effect. A rare feeling of harmony and well-being.
Bright and spacious, each room is unique in its own way, in the detail of a molding, a section of wall or authentic ceramic tiles. Period furniture found in the hinterland, oak walls or a fireplace with a copper roof are all unique details. But they all come together on the luster of the parquet floors and the height of the windows.
By losing it a little. A small, almost hidden staircase leads to an outside courtyard and its enclosed garden. The terrace is colorful with its seasonal flowers flying over the tiled roofs and facades.
Further on, another staircase leads you to a beautiful terrace with swimming pool. In the background, the Tagus river. Magical effect. Having breakfast here is a dream moment. The homemade omelette brought here is delicious.
Passing the door, from the Palaçio, I am propelled into a typical neighborhood of Old Lisbon, bars or cafes, the options are not lacking. Around the corner, the Museum of Ancient Arts houses one of the most beautiful collections of paintings in Lisbon. And the Design District of Santos, whose nightlife now rivals that of Bairro Alto, is only a hundred meters away. It’s up to you to see who, from Albrecht Dürer or your art teacher, has left the greatest mark on your college years.
The experience at the Palaçio Ramalhete should be enjoyed by two people. Each one will find a special sensitivity to share with the other.
The charm is crazy, it’s really romantic.
R. das Janelas Verdes 92, 1200-692 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 213 931 380