Hotel da Estrela Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Rato, Lisbon, Portugal

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Pros

  • Charming historic boutique in a quiet residential area
  • Near iconic tram 28 and Rato metro station
  • Spacious rooms have modern amenities and school-inspired decor
  • Outstanding pay-what-you-want cantina on-site
  • Clean, attractive bathrooms with deep Japanese-style tubs
  • Large business center with fun, quirky decor and an [honesty bar
  • Pleasant garden with a fountain

Cons

  • Located a bit out of the way of major attractions
  • Fee for Wi-Fi (though free wired in-room Internet)
  • Tubs have no curtains and floors get wet

Bottom Line

The 19-room Hotel da Estrela is a stylish, quirky boutique in a quiet residential area a little out of the way of major attractions. The building was once a school, and the fun decor reflects that history (think: chalkboards, desks and shelves with school material). Rooms are spacious, bright and modern, with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and plush beds, plus upscale bathrooms with deep Japanese-style tubs and Castelbel toiletries. There’s a business center in the lounge, an honesty bar, and a pleasant garden, but the highlight here is the wonderful on-site cantina, in which patrons rate the food made by student cooks and pay what they feel is a fair price. But Wi-Fi is only free in the common areas (there’s free wired Internet in the rooms), and its location is not the most convenient for exploring the city on foot.

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 Location

Near the beautiful Basilica da Estrela, but a 20-minute metro ride from most major attractions

The hotel is located in Rato, a quiet residential neighborhood between the Bairro Alto and the Marques de Pombal areas. There are a few local stores and some cafes on the wider streets, but few attractions can be found within walking distance. The Rato metro station and the famous tram 28, which is perfect for sightseeing, are both a short walk away. There’s a pretty park home to the Estrela Basilica, and a few other interesting churches nearby.

  • 20-minute drive to Lisbon Portela Airport
  • 5-minute walk to the Estrela Garden
  • 8-minute walk to Rato metro station
  • 9-minute walk to Estrela Basilica
  • 17-minute walk to Eduardo VII Park
  • 25-minute walk or 6-minute drive to the National Museum of Ancient Art
  • 16-minute metro ride to Chiado
  • 18-minute metro ride to Rossio, a main square
  • 18-minute metro ride to the Santa Justa historic elevator, with great views
  • 19-minute metro ride or 23-minute walk to Bairro Alto
  • 20-minute metro ride to the heart of Baixa
  • 21-minute metro ride to Praca do Comercio, a beautiful plaza facing the river
  • 21-minute metro ride to Casa dos Bicos
  • 28-minute metro ride to Alfama
  • 11-minute drive to the National Coach Museum, the largest museum of royal coaches in the world
  • 13-minute drive to St. George's Castle
  • 14-minute drive to the Belem Tower
  • 14-minute drive to the Jeronimos Monastery

 Bottom Line

The 19-room Hotel da Estrela is a stylish, quirky boutique in a quiet residential area a little out of the way of major attractions. The building was once a school, and the fun decor reflects that history (think: chalkboards, desks and shelves with school material). Rooms are spacious, bright and modern, with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and plush beds, plus upscale bathrooms with deep Japanese-style tubs and Castelbel toiletries. There’s a business center in the lounge, an honesty bar, and a pleasant garden, but the highlight here is the wonderful on-site cantina, in which patrons rate the food made by student cooks and pay what they feel is a fair price. But Wi-Fi is only free in the common areas (there’s free wired Internet in the rooms), and its location is not the most convenient for exploring the city on foot.

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Address

  • Rua Saraiva De Carvalho 35, Lisbon, , 1250-241 Portugal

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Suite
  • Suite Hastens

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 19
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Rato, Lisbon
Address: Rua Saraiva De Carvalho 35, Lisbon, , 1250-241 Portugal
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