The One Palacio Da Anunciada Hotel Review: After a delightful three-night stay at Sublime Comporta during our family Portugal vacation this Summer, we drove one hour up to Lisbon to spend two nights at the newly opened boutique hotel, The One Hotel Palacio Da Anunciada.
Review by Contributing Editor Romi Howard
Just opened in February 2019 as an 83-room boutique luxury hotel, The One Palacio Da Anunciada was once a 16th century aristocratic family home and palace. After sitting empty for decades, the hotel underwent an extensive refurbishment by One Hotels (the high-end division of the Spanish H10 chain) to restore the palace back to its original splendor while adding welcome modern tech touches and a contemporary design to counterpoint the ornate architecture. We couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves.
Admittedly, we grew a bit hesitant as we drove our car past a Hard Rock restaurant and other tourist stops as we made our way to the hotel. We had nothing to fear. By the end of our stay, we all agreed that the hotel’s location – close to bustling Avenida da Liberdade (where all the designer stores and hot restaurants are located), the lively Rossio Square and the funicular train – was key to making our stay so easy and enjoyable.
Quietly nestled on a little side street, The One Hotel Palacio is tucked away from all the fray. The entrance is so non-descript and setting so discreet, we almost missed the entrance, save the strategically placed doorman.
As soon as we walked through the hotel doors, however, the luxurious One Hotel Palacio is anything but discreet. We were immediately struck by the magnificent high gilded painted ceilings, grand stone staircase to the insanely beautiful original marble floors of the palace, it is simply magnificent. The intricate details – the stunning murals, frescoes, stained glass windows and mosaics – were all evident throughout the grand spaces. And, I loved the juxtaposition of the restored 16th century architecture with the modern furnishings throughout the spaces – a balance of old and new.
Likewise, as we walked outdoors, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful grounds which include a substantial patio terrace, gardens and a sleek, modern pool perched high on another level with views over Lisbon’s rooftops. Considerable for an urban, boutique hotel.
The garden patio is a beautiful space to enjoy cocktails as well as breakfast in warmer weather months. The O Jardin Wine bar is directly underneath the expansive outdoor pool area and another great place to have cocktails in the warmer months.
Another free-standing bar is located at the end of the 60 foot pool. This pool was a fantastic city hotel pool – an oasis within the hustle and bustle. I felt like I was at a resort rather than a boutique hotel. Here, cabanas abound with a lounge, music piping through the speakers, and spectacular views of the hotel garden, the courtyard beyond and the colorful surrounding rooftops.
Restaurant Condes de Ericeira is the hotel’s gorgeous main restaurant located on the second level, where you can dine under the stunning restored frescoed ceilings. During the summer, the terrace off to the gardens is a lovely place to linger near the fountain and 100-year old preserved dragon tree (the hotel was restructured during the renovation so the tree was not harmed) that is a focal point of the outdoor space. Breakfast is served here in the colder months or in inclement weather.
Boémio cocktail lounge sits adjacent to the lobby and is a wonderful place to have a drink or read a book in the daytime (it doubles as a chic library). Interestingly, it is not open for drinks in the warmer months but you can certainly hang out there. This bar originally housed the stables, the shops and the workshops on the street open to the locals and the public.
There are 83 guest rooms and suites located across two buildings separated by the grand lobby. All the rooms and suites feature Bassol 1790 bedding and robes of pure Egyptian cotton, 100% goose feather pillows, rain shower heads, USB chargers and international plugs, and complimentary Nespresso coffee machines and tea/coffee selections.
Hand painted ceramics by local Portuguese artists hang above the beds in every room of the hotel. Rooms are contemporary/modern in design with an understated tone using bleached wood walls to showcase the art on its walls. Most overlook the private gardens.
The smallest category are the Cozy rooms at 269 square feet, some facing the pretty courtyard gardens. The Deluxe rooms, at 322 square feet, are a bit more spacious. For families with young children, the 484 square foot Deluxe Family rooms is ideal with a King bed and pull out sofa.
The Junior Suites, which we were upgraded to at booking by Inviato, are also a spacious 484 square feet. Some of the bathrooms have double vs. single sinks so make sure to request ahead of time if this is important to you.
There are three suite types: Tower suite (located in the old tower building in a loft style with a spacious bathroom featuring free standing tub), the Attic suite on the top fourth floor (with a sloping ceiling) and the Garden suite which has direct level views of the garden and two separate rooms (bed and living space) for more privacy. The latter also has a complimentary cocktail trolley!
Note as this an original palace, each room has different architectural characteristics. Ceilings can be low in some and sloping in other rooms.
OUT AND ABOUT IN LISBON: OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND VISIT
JncQUOI. Just a 5-minute walk from the One Palacio, this is the place to see and be seen. There is a great restaurant upstairs and a great concept store and popular bar downstairs.
Restaurante 100 Maneiras. We loved this forever hot spot in Bairro Alto neighborhood. My husband had a beet tartare that he said was the best fish he ever had in his life.
Any of the Jose Avillez restaurants (the Danny Meyer of Portugal):
Mini Bar Teatro. Tapas style lounge, low-key but sophisticated.
Cantino do Avillez. Informal bistro style restaurant.
Bel Canto. His original Michelin-starred restaurant that put him on the map.
Beco Cabart Gourmet. His latest concept restaurant with cabaret show.
A Cevicheria. Great fish place for lunch They take no rezzies but it is worth the inevitable wait. A giant octopus hangs over the balcony. Yummy food, hip place. A must visit.
O Ramiro. Gained instant fame when Anthony Bourdain featured this seafood restaurant on his show.
Other notable places to eat and drink:
Alma (Michelin Star chef Henriques Sa Pessoas)
Eleven (Michelin Star chef Joaquim Koerper)
Peixaria da Esquina. In Campo da Onique, a charming neighborhood, this is a local place with yummy food, local ingredients, and excellent service.
There are MANY rooftop bars in Lisbon, especially in the Bairro Alto district, where locals and tourists alike congregate.
OUR FAVORITE SIGHTS IN LISBON
Cabo da Roca. The westernmost point in continental Europe, the cliffs are really something spectacular. Tourist attractions but well worth it. Think cliffs of Moeher in Ireland. We had a private car and driver take us there and combined it with the sights of Sintra and Cascais along the way (Note it can be windy!).
Panteao National (pantheon). An incredible baroque structure in the Alfama district honoring all the famous Portuguese from past to present. The terrace rooftop of this structure showcases the best view in all of Lisbon. This was hands down our favorite monument to see in all of Lisbon.
Sāo Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Great viewpoint adjacent to the graffitied tram cars.
Alfama District (the old city quarter)
Bairro Alto district
Museo do Chado
Padrāo dos des Cobrimentos on the banks of the Tejo Estuary.
Photos by Jeff Howard and The One Palacio da Anunciada. Copyright protected.
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The One Palacio da Anunciada
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- Hotel welcome amenity
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- Complimentary in-room Internet
- Room upgrade, subject to availablity
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