Forget Paris and Rome this summer—travelers in the know are going gaga for Lisbon. Once one of western Europe’s most underrated capitals, Portugal’s largest city is suddenly on everybody’s radar. Here are the best hotels from the city, a plus reason to pack your bags and head there as soon as possible.
Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument
The hotel was former known as The Valle Flôr Palace (its construction ordered by the Marquis de Valle Flôr in the late-19th century) and is surrounded by imposing tropical gardens that include the original lake and a superb pavilion with a series of paths that is the place for encounters of lovers and intrigue. As the Marquis also had a palace in Paris, it influenced his choice of decoration and selection of styles in the Valle -Flôr Palace.Frescoes, hand-painted tiles, marble and vintage design details are some of the valuable pieces of art that can be found in today’s Palace. It is classified as a National Monument and is an icon of excellence.
Lisbon’s historical landmarks are just a short tram ride away, but with all the hotel has to offer, you’ll be tempted to stay in. Savor refined versions of traditional Portuguese dishes in the Valle Flor Restaurant. Have tea in the Oriental pavilion. Wander through the lush gardens, so exceptional and extensive that they’ve been classified as a National Monument, or lounge by the spectacular pool and take in the views over the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge. The hotel has 194 rooms and suites.
Four Seasons Ritz Hotel
Long considered the city’s finest hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon reflects the nobility and charm of historic Portugal, and offers vistas of Eduardo VII Park, St. George’s Moorish castle, the Old Town and the Tagus River from atop one of Lisbon’s seven hills.
Within walking distance of the historic old town, a landmark hotel enhanced by outstanding contemporary art. Spacious guest rooms, many with balconies overlooking the city, Lisbon’s most sophisticated dining and the impeccable standards of Four Seasons.
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
Built in the 19th-century, this luxurious palace is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River and presents guests with the ideal base for an unforgettable stay in Lisbon.
Tucked away in the city’s diplomatic quarter, Lapa Palace is set in a beautiful sub-tropical garden. Sunbathe on a lounger in the pool area or pay a visit to the Spa, where you can treat yourself to hours of relaxation in the sauna.
The Hotel is divided into three different sections, Palace wing, Garden wing and Villa Lapa with a total of 109 rooms. The rooms and suites of the new wing have been redecorated with Portuguese style fabrics and furniture and different the decoration on every floor.
The 21 rooms and the Suite Count of Valenças of the original Palace built in 1870 were all redecorated too in 2003, with Portuguese furniture made in the North of Portugal, in Paços de Ferreira, where excellent craftsmen have recreated the furniture in the styles D. João V, D. Maria I and D. José. Every room and suite in the Palace has a different style; you will find Art deco, Colonial, Algarvian and Neo-Classic styles. The Lapa Palace has styles for all tastes.
The Suite Count of Valenças and five other deluxe rooms are located on the 5th floor of the Palace, the noble floor. These rooms have been carefully redecorated with lamps, mirrors and furniture recovered from the original Palace’s furniture. The gold leaves of the walls of the Suite Count of Valenças (originally part of the ballroom) have been restored as well as two big mirrors, placed in the living room.
In all rooms of the Palace you will find the beautiful Portuguese porcelain Vista Alegre, founded in 1824.
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
This a luxury hotel where supreme style reigns. Located in downtown Lisbon, on the prestigious Avenue of the same name, its 163 luxurious rooms will live up to your expectations. Near Lisbon’s convention center and business district, and bordering historic neighborhoods,the hotel combines business and relaxation but won’t mix the two.
Add to your list AdLib restaurant, a fusion of French culinary know-how and Portuguese cuisine and your Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade experience is complete.
Internacional Design Hotel
Located right in Lisbon’s historic centre, the International Design Hotel is a superior 4-star Boutique Hotel set on Lisbon’s main square, the plaza D. Pedro IV (also known as Rossio). Unique and trendy, the Hotel International offers an unrivalled blend of cosmopolitan comfort, personalized service and local insider knowledge that set’s it as a place apart.
Just a few minutes away from the traditional districts of Bairro Alto, Chiado and St. George’s Castle, the International Design Hotel’s enjoys a strategic location that allows our guests to enjoy the most varied attractions in Lisbon. From the traditional cable car nº 24 or a visit to Pastéis de Belém to enjoy delicious pastries to more cosmopolitan alternatives like a walk around Chiado or the Design Museum.