The outstanding choice of luxury hotels in Lisbon is exemplified by five-star properties like the Pestana Palace Hotel, which in fact is a classified National Monument.
Palácio do Governador
The Palácio do Governador is a beautifully maintained 60-room boutique hotel sited in the historic centre of Belém, west of central Lisbon. Named after the former residence of the governor of the Torre de Belém, the five-star property features outstanding guest amenities including a gourmet restaurant set under a fabulous vaulted ceiling. Residents also have the use of an exterior wellness facility, the Vintage Spa. Accommodation is divided between sumptuously appointed Deluxe, Club and Mansarda Rooms and eight suites. The palatial Governor Suite has its own lounge and dining room and enjoys panoramic views over the district. Helping to define the top-notch facilities is a swimming pool set in the gardens. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the world-class visitor attractions of Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Museu Nacional dos Coches. (+35 (21) 300 7009)
Pousada de Lisboa
An historic 18th-century building that once housed a government ministry is now a striking pousada – a property suitably branded a Monument Hotel. Sited on Praça do Comércio near the city's waterfront, this new accommodation option features 90 rooms divided into Classic, Superior, Deluxe and Duplex. There are also several suites. Luxuriously appointed throughout, the renovation nonetheless honours the original design signature to regale guests with a memorable historical and architectural ambiance. Rooms combine a veneer of traditional elegance with contemporary and stylish amenities. Generous floor space makes many of them suitable for family stays. The Suite Praça do Comércio meanwhile is ideal for couples seeking a refined city break atmosphere, while the splendid Dom Perignon Suite, the pousada's premium room, will appeal to the most discerning of guests. Both offer magnificent views across the square towards the river. Regional gourmet cuisine is served in the restaurant and external guest facilities include pool and spa options. (+351 (21) 040 7640)
Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa
Built on the site of a former palace, this regal property nestles on the Lisbon coast near the charming resort town of Cascais. The 124 superbly appointed guest rooms with either sea or garden views include 10 junior suites, eight suites and three remarkable penthouses. As its name suggests, the outstanding leisure draw at the hotel is the spa facility. Specialising in thalassotherapy, the Real Spa Marine also offers hydro massage and chronotherm treatments, plus an enticing selection of face and body treatments. Two outdoor seawater swimming pools, one with a pool bar, further enhance the wellbeing factor. The hotel's two restaurants specialise in Mediterranean cuisine and offer terraced dining with views across the ocean. There are plenty of distractions for children too, with their own splash pool, play area and games room. Meanwhile, those on business can make use of excellent conference facilities.
Fortaleza do Guincho
Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the magnificent Guincho beach is Fortlaleza do Guincho, a former 17th-century military garrison that's now one of the most prestigious and enticing hotel properties in the Lisbon area. Accommodation is made up of just 27 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with sea views. The three Junior Suites are particularly enchanting, each one classically styled and commanding a jaw-dropping Atlantic Ocean panorama. This exclusive retreat facilitates some memorable wild and romantic encounters with Nature. The stunning Sintra National Park, which encompasses Cabo da Rocha, the westernmost point of continental Europe, is on the doorstep, while the windy coast attracts experienced surfers and windsurfers to the beach. And the Fortaleza guest experience is further heightened by the Michelin star that shines above the restaurant – a gastronomic accolade that's been maintained since 2001!
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa
One of Lisbon's most prestigious luxury hotels, this landmark property has 282 guest rooms and suites, 272 of which have private terraces overlooking the hotel's gardens and Parque Eduardo VII. The building itself dates from 1959 and is a fine example of Portuguese modernist architecture. Interiors are decorated with reproduction 18th-century furniture and contemporary Portuguese tapestry and sculpture. The rooms are some of the largest in Lisbon and feature the very latest amenities. Leisure facilities extend to a fabulous multi-sensory spa facility where rejuvenating massage and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in a blissful Zen-styled environment. A unique aspect is the outdoor running track built around the top-floor gym where guest can enjoy superb city views. The hotel's Varanda restaurant is one of Lisbon's gastronomic reference points where the menu errs towards flavoursome Mediterranean cuisine: many signature dishes celebrate fresh fish and seafood.
A total renovation of all 306 rooms and suites has added a stylish and contemporary veneer to this centrally located hotel. Noted for its state-of-the-art conference and business meeting facilities, the property is also a superb base from which to explore mid-town Lisbon. Rooms are generous in size and divided into several different categories and offer views of Avenida da Liberdade or the hotel's interior patio. Highly regarded for its restaurant offer, guests can indulge in delicious French cuisine at Brasserie Flo where there's also the informal Tivoli Caffe. The top floor Terraço Restaurant turns heads – quite literally – with its stunning city views. The menu features traditional Portuguese gastronomy and together with Brasserie offers a superb wine list. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the Sky Bar opens its doors where guests can relax over a drink and soak in that same terrific downtown panorama.
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa
Lisbon's tallest hotel can be seen from across the city, its lofty tower accommodating no less than 369 rooms and suites. Standing tall over the capital's bustling commercial centre, the upper floors command glorious views across mid-town and over towards the castle and the river beyond. The Sheraton's Mediterranean-themed Spirito Spa is 1500 sq. m – one of the largest in the city. Seven treatment suites, plus a team of expert therapists offer the gust the ultimate in pampering and wellbeing, with aromatherapy regarded as the specialist ritual. The landmark property is a favourite with business travellers and is well regarded on the meetings and conference circuit. Located on the 26th floor, the Panorama Restaurant is the highest restaurant in Lisbon. The menu showcases an intriguing fusion of Portuguese and international dishes, described as urban gastronomy. The after dark skyline views are staggering.
Myriad by SANA Hotels
Arguably the most visually striking of any Lisbon hotel, every one of the 186 rooms and suites of this majestic five-star captures envy-inducing views of the broad Tagus estuary. Rising to an impressive 140 metres from the Parque das Na?--?--es riverbank, architect Nuno Le??nidas attached a classy and contemporary hull to the existing Vasco da Gama tower while wife Teresa furnished the decks with a chic and glossy interior. Depending on the category, accommodation is replete with workspace and desk, whirlpool bath or hydro-massage shower and separate lounge, among many other amenities. Free Wi-Fi is standard. If money is no object, consider the Presidential Suite, perched regally on the 21st floor. Guest leisure facilities extend to the fashionable River Lounge Restaurant & Bar, partly set on a fantastic outside deck. The Sayanna Wellness spa, also open to non-residents, sits on the 23rd floor and dazzles with its indoor plunge pool that allows guests to gaze across the river from the pool's edge. And if you're on business, the hotel's dedicated state-of-the-art MICE facilities are among the best in the city.
Olissippo Lapa Palace
The Lapa Palace is one of Lisbon's most exclusive hotel properties. The original building was indeed a palace, built by the Count of Valenças in 1883. Refurbished to its 19th'century splendor, it was converted to a hotel in 1992 and sits in lush, sub-tropical gardens in one of the city's most select neighbourhoods. The preferred choice of the rich and famous – Paul McCartney is a former guest – the Lapa Palace is divided into three different units – the Palace Wing, the Garden Wing and Villa Lapa. Comprising 109 rooms and suites, each individually decorated in Art Deco, Colonial, Algarvian and Neo-Classical styles. The River View rooms and Garden Suites have connecting rooms - very convenient for family stays! The upscale leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, sauna, Turkish bath and gym. The gourmet Restaurant Lapa is noted for its delicious Italian cuisine.
Pestana Palace Hotel
This outstanding property is classified a National Monument such is its historical status and architectural merit. Dating from the 19th century, the main part of the building is the former Valle Flôr Palace, where the Royal Suites are located. Careful and extensive refurbishment has preserved much of the palace's original decoration to reveal a sumptuous and opulent interior furnished with antiques and illuminated by chandelier. Providing contrast against this neoclassical backdrop is the new contemporary-styled wing, where most of the 174 rooms are located. Guests have access to a spa and the beautiful Valle Flôr restaurant, set in one of the palace's salons and renowned for its modern interpretation of traditional Portuguese cuisine. Opposite the main building, across the road, is the conference centre, the palace's former coach house. The views from the rooftop terrace are inspiring and take in an expanse of Lisbon's riverfront.