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Origin and History

The Origin

The Romans version, pointed the Greek hero Ulisses, as having been the founder of the city of Lisbon. Lisbon, when of the arrival of the Romans already was a city with forts and old bows with other peoples of the Mediterranean.

It is likely that the Romans found that way, some Hellenic traces apart of the existence of commercial routes where there would not miss products from Greek colognes. In to the eyes of the Romans, the creation of a “founding myth” with Hellenic roots was also one way to perfectly integrate the city in the “Greco-Roman world”. When making it, the Romans deliberately moved away the influence from “Barbarous” people as well as the ancient rivals of the same “world”, Phoenicians and Cartages.

It says the legend that Ulisses and its brave soldiers, after won the war of Troy, would have initiated an erratic trip for the Mediterranean, making discoveries and committing new exploits. Between them it is deduced the foundation of Olisipo (Lisbon), that it would have the name to the hero (Ulisses / Olísis / Ulisseia / Olisipo).

Between the Greeks, the city was known as “Olissipo” and “Olissipona”, which the popular etymology associated to Ulisses.

Our History

Olissippo as a Brand was born in January 2001 and as a Hotel Chain appeared on the market in 2003. Since then it has grown and consolidate its presence in the Portuguese Market.

Presently, Olissippo Hotels owns and manages 5 hotels, fully operational, and has other projects:

- The Olissippo Marquês de Sá is a 4 Star, opened since 1996. Its room’s capacity was increased and completed renovated in 2009. Here we offer 164 rooms, 7 meeting rooms, bar and restaurant.

- The Olissippo Castelo, a little 4 stars charm hotel, located aside the walls of St. George Castle, where its 24 rooms offer the most impressive panoramic views of Lisbon.

- The Olissippo Oriente, a 4 Star hotel located in Nations Park(Expo 98), equally in Lisbon, where we offer 182 comfortable and modern rooms, 5 meeting rooms, Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Bar.

- The Olissippo Lapa Palace, a Luxury 5 star, was acquired by Olissippo Hotels in 2009 and is located in one of the seven hills of Lisbon, at the traditional Lapa quarter, with 109 rooms divided in 3 distinct wings, 2 Restaurants, a Piano Bar, 7 Meeting Rooms, Outdoor and Indoor Swimming Pool, Spa, fully equipped Gymnasium, Sauna and Turkish Steam Bath.

- The Olissippo Saldanha, a 4 Star, opened in March 2013, with 49 rooms, in a privileged location for those who want to visit Lisbon City either in leisure or business mode.

Our main target is the development, growing and expansion of the Group, as a quality and prestigious trade mark.


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