All Piano Nobile Rooms

Maria Ursula Ballroom + Governor’s Room + Library + Chapel + Music Room + East terrace

Former residence of a noble family dating back to 1449, the hotel has sitting rooms like no other: More than 3,800 blue-and-white Portuguese tiles from the 1700’s cover the walls, complemented by dreamy fado music. I felt as if we had the entire palace to ourselves, as though we were breathing in living history of those walls.


About the Piano Nobile Room

Maria Ursula Ballroom

With 100 square meters, the Maria Ursula is the biggest hall in the palace.

Decorated with 27 hand painted blue tiles panels of the first quarter of the eighteenth-century referring to biblical scenes, a vaulted roof 8 meter high, departing from a wooden cornice, marble painted, and three specially designed enormous chandeliers, each with 150 candles.

Facing the beautiful arch that gives way to the inside of the Páteo D. Fradique four long windows allow us to see the magical and glorious sun set.

Governor’s Room

The four walls of this ancient dining room are decorated with hand painted tiles dating from the first quarter of the XVIIIth century. The design and the colour are luxurious and shows rare picnics parties. This room is also 7m high decorated with a splendid wooden painted roof in box. It leads to the music room and the terrace.


The Library of the Palacio is divided in two rooms. We enter the white library through a big double door from the first floor hall with it’s old black and white “mosaicos de papa”. Two other big double doors connect the white library, one to the red library and the other to the chapel and the suites.

To honor it’s name, one of its walls, facing the chimney is covered with shelves that contain part of the 3.500 books you will enjoy reading during your stay at the Palacio and also a beautiful collection of butterflies. On the other wall we can see a big mirror above a beautiful wooden fireplace marmored in red and on the sides well-kept original letters signed by Portuguese and Spanish kings, D. Pedro e Dª Maria and one from Isabel Queen of Castela, Leão e Aragão. The roof is vaulted and the soil is made of red tiles. The red library obviously painted in red with all its books dealing mainly on ecology and sustainable development, framed letters from long-gone Portuguese kings, old alphabetic letters from primitives press and two paper panels, part of a serie representing the different languages still spoken in the world in the middle of the 20th century will encourage you to immerse in diversity.

Music Room

The music room is small but of wonderful proportions; it gives way to the great terrace. The tiles “azulejos” have been painted around 1720 and represent music players in the fields. The ceiling, in box painted wood, is much lower than in the Governor’s room. From above a fake door we can see the huge rock that sustain a magical octagonal room (suite Bartolomeu de Gusmao) that was probably once a Moorish musk during the VIIth century. The original floor tiles cooked by the sun “tijoleira” reflects the outdoor light. All these rooms, en enfilade, provide a magical impression of freedom and peace.

East Terrace

Huge terrace built in 1640 with stones coming from Russia facing the “straw sea” and the old Alfama district, magnificient view. A unique place in town to receive your friends or business partners for a cocktail or a diner or whatever you may think of.

Make a Reservation

Tel: (+351) 218 816 600 / (+351) 218 860 431


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