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Lapa Palace | Lisbon

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[LISBON] — Coming back through Lisbon on the flipflop back to the airport, got to spend a night at the Lapa Palace, a fancy Old School hotel in the Lapa District, the Embassy quarter high above Lisbon. Best part about the hotel is the expansive grounds and pool stepped below the rooms overlooking the city.  It is movie-quality, like a CIA meet up place or where they’d film an Embassy party in a spy film.  Very cool. And great to come back for a dip after traipsing all over the hills of Lisbon.

They were very friendly, even though I had to jostle rooms so I could stay an extra night on the cool coast.  But still, they upgraded me to a suite for some reason, enormous and something my parents would have raved about.  Very cool and elegant Old School, especially is you like mauve. Nice balcony.  There’s an old wing and a new one, the rooms in the new one feel like they’ve been around.  One other surprise: I got in late and had a 4am wakeup, so I decided to treat myself to Easy at the extremely elegant restaurant in the lobby, with a terrace overlooking the pool, the cool shade of the trees and Lisbon off in the distance. Really a fine meal and quite honestly, for the one-star level of service and food, it was pretty reasonable. White dinner-jacket service, cocktails, several courses, wine and port for around $70.

Lapa is a very nice district, if somewhat removed from the rest of the heart of Lisbon.  Many embassies, consulates and nice mansions, but definitely I’d put it as a destination neighborhood.

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The pool and grounds of the Lapa Palace are a cool oasis in the city. Nothing better than taking a dip and a cocktail after a day of traipsing up and down the hills of Lisbon.

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The terrace restaurant is really excellent, with one-star service and quality, overlooking the cool shade of the trees and pool.

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I was pinching myself because of the huge suite they upgraded me to.

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Ahhhhh a nice, cool negroni to top off a day of travel.

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The Lapa district has many mansions and embassies, great for an end of day stroll.

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