NileGuide Expert Says:
This spotless, well maintained former mansion house is a lovely surprise.
Rua da Escola Politécnica 159
1250-100 Lisbon, Portugal
+351 (0)21 396 3166
NileGuide Expert tip:
Take a look at the rooms first. Those facing the side street are particularly quiet.
This handsome family-run pensão is a charming reminder of yesteryear Lisbon. The lemon-hued building dates from 1758 and was originally the home of a city dignitary. It became a hotel in 1948 and while refurbished, the solid interior retains a hushed, noble air about it. Polished azulejos (decorated tiles), chandeliers and stucco embellish the hall and grand stairway above which a beautiful stained glass window honours the mansion's namesake, Saint Mamede. Some of the 28 rooms have double, four-poster beds; all have satellite TV and private WC bath-shower facilities. Breakfast is served in a sunlit dining room. The location is ideal for exploring the restaurants and nightlife of the city's leafy Principe Real area and neighbours include the Jardim Botânico. Also within easy walking distance is the Rato Metro station. The friendly and knowledgeable owners are happy to impart more helpful hints and sightseeing suggestions. © NileGuide2011