A hotel with a history…
Even before you reach number 17 of Rua de Santa Catarina, you can notice the history and beauty of the surrounding area: a genuine Lisbon architecture, views of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River), a statue that takes us back to the time of the Portuguese discoveries and a viewpoint from where one used to spot the ships that had arrived from India at the height of the Portuguese maritime expansion.
According to tradition, the viewpoint of Santa Catarina, once termed as Monte do Pico e do Belveder, was a retreat for observers who admired the movement of ships between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, and hence the popular colloquium “See ships in Alto de Santa Catarina”. Legend has it that it was in this place that the French soldiers saw the Portuguese royal family flee to Brazil.
The Alto de Santa Catarina is thus considered one of the most beautiful and emblematic places in Lisbon, located a short distance from Chiado and Bairro Alto but with a tranquility that surprises those who pass by.
The Monte Belvedere Boutique Hotel by Shiadu building is part of the history of the Alto de Santa Catarina: built in the 20’s, for years it housed a French family and their perfume factory, subsequently sold in the family’s store in Chiado. Throughout the years, the factory that was located in the basement closed and the building was used exclusively as this family’s housing until the year of 2011.
It was Shiadu’s mission to rehabilitate the building, maintaining its architectural traces and decorative details in its interior, such as the wooden stairs, original windows, some utensils of the old factory and of course, the terrace of 170m2! Since the summer of 2012, Shiadu marks its presence in one of the most reputable viewpoints of Lisbon, with 12 double and family rooms, stunning views of the Rio Tejo, and a meeting room and a restaurant in the terrace that opens every day from 12h00 to 00h00: the Madame Petisca Restaurante, Bar e Terraço.
Follow your instinct, the best view of Lisbon awaits you…
At Shiadu, each guest sees their stay complemented with a series of services already included in their room rate, as well as other services that can be solicited before or during their stay, at an additional cost. For added convenience, the payment of all services not included in the room rate must be made during check out, with our guest relations.
Services included in the room rate:
- Breakfast between 08h00 and 10h30;
- Daily cleaning service;
- Free wireless internet in the room and common areas;
- Private restroom;
- Individual climate control;
- Satellite TV;
- Electronic safe;
- Blow dryer;
- Bathroom toiletries;
- Printing Boarding Passes;
- Luggage storage on check-in and on the day of check out;
- Restaurant reservations, taxis and other services;
- Iron and ironing board upon request.
Services not included in the room rate:
- Transfer service FROM and TO the airport;
- Late check in (24h00 – 01h00);
- Additional bed*;
- Baby crib*;
- Room Service;
- Coffee / Tea maker, wine bottles and minibar;
- Relaxation massage with a professional therapist;
- Bar and restaurant service at Madame Petisca Restaurante, Bar e Terraço;
- Laundry and dry cleaning.
* Check availability of the desired room and book in advance with the reservation department.
In addition to the services mentioned above, between 08h00 and 24h00 daily, there is a guest relations team available for personalized service and always attentive to every guest.
“Home away from home”
We arrived early Sunday hours before official check-in but were immediately invited to a large delicious espresso and breakfast. I had forgotten my Lisbon guidebook at home and when the staff heard this they began pouring out information about the city-really inside tips for which we were grateful all through the trip. The staff really made you feel at home and was attentive to each and every one of our needs, questions or desires and always in a very warm and genuine fashion. The location of this guesthouse is simply ideal with a breathtaking view over the river especially from the roof-terracewhere in the summer months one can be served breakfast. The hotel is very close to the very strategical number 28 tramline which can take you through downtown Lisbon and up past the citadel on one side and past the parliament building in the other direction. The hotel being on a side street on a cul-de-sac is very quiet and peaceful. Breakfast was always a feast of new tastes-fresh squeezed-out orange juice,delicious assortment of morning pastries,fruits and,and,and. The pastries are home-made and were always fresh and many times still warm. The rooms were all separately and tastefully decorated with very large and firm beds. Another aspect of the hotel which we appreciated very much was the fact that it only has nine rooms which helps to create a cozy and homely atmosphere. Although we were satisfied with our room facing the street I would recommend taking a room facing the river-the view is wonderful and one can avoid hearing late-comers walking by. We are not late eaters but one can order a 3 course evening meal with a different wine to each dish-and we heard from other guests that these dinners are simply superb!
“Sweet like the pasteis”
Everything about the hotel was perfect, from the staff, the location, the stunning views from the roof terrace to the great breakfasts.
We were welcomed by the lovely Ines who gave us great insider tips ensuring we saw the true Lisbon and avoided all the tourist traps. Her restaurant recommendations were fantastic and we tried them all! She knew we liked having our breakfast on the roof terrace so always had a tray ready for us in the mornings so we could load up and enjoy breakfast with a view. She had such great attention to detail and really made our stay.
The location was perfect, close enough to Bairro Alto for bars and restaurants but away from all the hustle and bustle. The room was large and modern with all the facilities you could need.
Would definitely recommend the Monte Belvedere and would stay here again on a visit to Lisbon.