On our spring trip to Spain and Portugal we stopped off at one of our favourite cities, Lisbon, for a spell in the beautiful Portuguese capital. We adore Lisbon, it’s full of charm and character and is picture-perfect in every season. We were only stopping for a couple of nights and wanted to stay in the heart of the city and picked what we think has to be the best hotel in Lisbon, the Corpo Santo in the heart of the city. From the moment we arrived it felt like we were somewhere very special with staff that care and a genuine welcome. The special touches, to both the interiors and overall guest experience are exceptional and it’s by far our favourite hotel in Lisbon.
The best hotel in Lisbon? The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal
The Corpo Santo is in a wonderful location, close to Chiado, set back from the Tagus River amongst beautiful historic squares and picturesque, grand buildings. You feel as though you are living in a beautiful Lisbon house from centuries ago, at the heart of the community and it’s just beautiful in every direction.
Outside is a tram and bus stop to easily get you to other areas of the city. We wandered out to São Jorge Castle and the sights of Lisbon on foot, finding everything really easy to wander to and it was a great way to see parts of the city.
The hotel is a good size – not too big that you feel lost amongst so many guests but not so small that you feel on show. With 77 rooms the hotel is divided amongst its five floors which are each based on a different Continent with different wallpaper and even the scent of the area such as coffee or cinnamon.
The history of the area was brought even closer to home when the hotel began excavating the basement only to discover part of the 700 year old wall built to keep the Spanish out. You can go down to see this all excavated which is such a wonderful treat, all the carvings on the stones and imagining the time and care that went in to building it.
The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal – Sleeps:
We slept in two of Corpo Santos interconnecting rooms which were the perfect space for a family.
We had a main bedroom with a really comfy bed (and a pillow menu to help you get the best night’s sleep).
There was a large dressing room with mini bar and Nespresso machine and as much coffee as you need to enjoy the day.
The bathroom was a lovely space, big and bright with a rainforest style shower and bath.
The bath and shower had their own chromotherapy system which used colour and sound to help create a mood which the kids thought was the best thing ever.
I loved the Molton Brown products and the hotel included products especially for the children which was a really lovely touch.
Then there was a second bedroom interconnected which had three single beds in for the children.
Like the main bedroom there was a little interior balcony with beautiful views over the square and the trams coming and going.
We loved the little details like the azulejo tiles dotted about and giving it that unique Portuguese feel.
The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal – Food:
We ate breakfast each morning at the Corpo Santo which was a lovely spread of food from cereals and breads to fruits, cheeses and juices. There was also a hot buffet to help yourself to and the pastries were amazing (the almond cake in particularly was one of the best I have tasted).
We also ate at The Porter one evening which was a delicious meal. Set within the hotel but with the ambience of a local restaurant, it looks out over the main street so feels very atmospheric with the trams trundling past. Inside it is cosy and filled with staff who, as they are throughout the hotel, will do just everything to make the guests happy. We loved the food here, the cauliflower and almond soup was the perfect starter and my mushroom and asparagus risotto was so flavoursome I thought I might have to return just to have it the following evening. The children loved the fish on offer including a simple fried fish and rice dish and we all dug in to the deserts from a loverly tart tatin to the most amazing chocolate mousse. We really enjoyed our meal here (full review coming soon).
The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal – The Best Bits:
It’s hard to know where to stop and start with Corpo Santo, there are so many things we loved about our stay there. It was lovely to stay in the historic centre of Lisbon, amongst all the grand buildings and trams trundling past.
We absolutely loved all the treats throughout the day in the lobby, particularly the pre-dinner complimentary canapes and wines.
The rooms are beautiful, location amazing and the staff are so helpful, genuinely wanting to ensure that every guest feels at home and has the best experience.
The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal – Worth Bearing in Mind:
The hotel doesn’t have its own parking but can organise it for you. I’m struggling to think of anything else you should bear in mind, it really is a wonderful hotel.
The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal – Child Friendly?
My children adore Corpo Santo. They travel a lot and are desperate to return to Corpo Santo and it’s not hard to see why.
We would return from sightseeing to the hotels pancake machine set up in the lobby, sauces and fruits ready to add and they could have as many as they liked. It was such a treat to enjoy as soon as they came back in. Throughout the day in the lobby there was a stand with glass jars full of sweets and chocolates which they were told to help themselves to, which they loved.
The welcome towards kids at the Corpo Santo is wonderful and for me this is key. It’s clear children are welcome and we love that there’s a calm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it simply a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city whenever you need it.
Is the Corpo Santo the best hotel in Lisbon? It certainly could be, we all love it and can’t wait to return.
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We were guests of The Corpo Santo, Lisbon, Portugal but as always all opinions are our own.