The York House Lisbon is located at only 10 minutes from Lisbon downtown, in Janelas Verdes Street, close to the Ancient Art National Museum and to the Lapa district.
"Charming inner city hideaway!"
York House is not for the Four Seasons type traveler, but if you are looking for old world charm, warm hospitality and a true Lisbon experience then this hidden hotel is just what you need. Located on a narrow street without any grand entrance, in fact the entrance is hard to spot. You enter into a small foyer and proceed up ancient stone steps. There is quite a climb, maybe 3 stories up these windy outdoor tree covered stones. There is no elevator that I know of. The bellman is quite good and deserves a great tip for climbing those stairs. Once at the top you enter a very nice courtyard with mature trees and nice tables. There is a very nice drink and snack menu available and the service is good. The front desk folks are well versed in English and check in was smooth. Our room was really spacious, a little dated but super comfortable. There was a complimentary decanter of port in our room which was a highlight for me!! The air conditioner was ok but not great, but we did sleep good. Breakfast was the European standard with sliced meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, yogurts, pastries and an addition of eggs, bacon and sausage. I was impressed by their level of detail for breakfast. There are many restaurants nearby and it is a safe are to walk. All in all we had a very nice real Lisbon experience. We would definitely return.
"Out of the past"
Visited York Hotel decades ago. Still remember with delight. Converted monestary I think with the great plaça depicted on the street with the most delightful name: Street of the Green Windows. Room was across the street, simple stroll over to the plaça for meal or snack. My daughter will visit Lisboa in early fall; recommending it to her.
"A charming small hotel"
York House is a small charming hotel in a peaceful area of Lisbon. After ascending a long and steep set of stairs you arrive at a very pleasant courtyard which was an oasis of calm and tranquility. Breakfast is served there in the morning and it made for a good start to the day. All the staff were friendly and helpful and I would certainly afford them the highest praise for their commitment. Our room was rather basic and although architecturally beautiful it did not have the wow factor. You could say that everything necessary was there; however one bath towel each is inadequate and the hairdryer was basic. Combined with the lack of tea and coffee making facilities which would have certainly improved our stay I have to give this hotel an average rating.. This was particularly important as we had an early morning departure to the airport where we encountered chaotic queues
I was attending a conference at Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, and the nearest hotels were all fully booked. York House appears to be a reasonably priced 4-star choice somewhere in between the Congress Center and Cais do Sodré, a Metro/tram/bus/ship hub near the city centre. While the distance of 2-3 bus stops from Cais do Sodré is a 15-20 minute walk up a gentle slope (please take the bus or tram), there are 49 rocky steps of stairs from the roadside curb to the hotel lobby and courtyard. Just imagine dragging your luggage up those bumpy stairs on a hot summer day. Then there are 29 steps of squeaky wooden stairs before getting to my room. The door key is chained to an enormous silver medallion, which adds more noise to the ambience. The room is old-fashioned but comfortable, the wardrobe is spacious and the bathroom is tidy. Although the walls transmit sounds from neighbouring rooms as well as the corridor, there is not much problem getting a quiet night's sleep. The free wifi and air conditioning work properly. There is complimentary bottled water every day. Beware of small fruit flies that come into the room during housekeeping. The courtyard is refreshing and uplifting, good for breakfast and dining, basking in the sun, or simply reading a book or sipping a glass of wine. The morning buffet breakfast is simple but adequate, with Pastéis de Nata, eggs, bacon, sausages, fresh fruits, juices, bread, cake, croissants, cereal, cheese, salmon, cold cuts, tea and coffee. It is supposed to begin at 7:30am, but when I get there at 7:00am for an early breakfast on the conference days, majority of the foodstuffs are available. There is a hotel restaurant down the stairs too, but it seems to be very quiet.
"The favorable reviews are right."
My wife and I stayed two nights here before a cruise to Barcelona. The place is charming, the staff knowledgeable and accommodating, and the facilities ample and well-appointed. The 714 bus is right outside to take one to Belem or the center of town. We found the restaurant elegant but not pricey, and the food good with an excellent selection of reasonably-priced very palatable Portugese wines. The only caveat is that it is a longer stair clmb to reach the delightful patio and rooms than those for whom mobility is a problem may be able to manage. We are "senior citizens" and had no problem. We highly recommend York House.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Maestro
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM
Starting from the 11th of January 2016 to the 28th of January, the restaurant will be closed for renovation. In this period the guests can still enjoy some refreshment.