Torel Palace | Lisbon

district: Arroios

Located on top one of Lisbon‘s seven hills, Torel Palace is a unique boutique hotel with a singular style of Portuguese antiques and modern furniture. It is set in 2 traditional city palaces, one pink dating from 1902 and one striking blue (the former guesthouse of the Bishop of Lisbon) – from 1904. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the buildings offer stunning views over the city centre, the Tagus River and the São Jorge Castle.

The individually decorated rooms and suites in various categories feature a royal theme, with each of them names after a Portuguese king or queen. Room facilities include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safe, a minibar and a Nespresso machine. Elegant bathrooms come with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. 24-hour room service.

A quality buffet breakfast, with typical Portuguese products, fresh orange juice and homemade cakes is served -all day!-  in the elegant Blue Room. The quirky, chic bar is a great stop before dinner at the hotel’s gourmet Cave 23 restaurant where modern and traditional Portuguese dishes can be enjoyed. Outside, the beautiful garden with its terraces, swimming pool and bar awaits – all with breathtaking views.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 25 rooms & suites (20-110m2) (215-1,184 sq ft) • hotel opened: December 2013 • interior design: Isabel Nogueira • bathroom amenities: Saboaria Portugueza • parking possible on-site (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk and concierge • laundry and cleaning services

The DNA: Torel Palace is a story of three people whose paths crossed in Lisbon after all of them decided to change their lives. In 2013, João Pedro Tavares, who had left a career of over 20 years in banking, decided to start a new project. He rented a beautiful, but abandoned villa on top of the Sant´ana hill in the heart of Lisbon and transformed it into a bed and breakfast. In early 2014, Barbara Ott from Austria visited Torel Palace as a guest, and was smitten by the charming palace – and by Lisbon. After a few months of reflection, she decided to leave Austria, settle in Portugal – and become a partner in Torel Palace. Together, Joao and Barbara renovated the second building alongside, which in spring 2015 became part of Torel Palace. In autumn of the same year another Austrian, Ingrid Koeck, who was looking to establish a B&B in Portugal, walked into the bar of Torel Palace, where she met Barbara. It was only a question of time before she became the third partner in what has become a slowly but steadily growing hospitality business marked by passion for people, dedication to personal service, and a joy for life.

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