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Travel and lifestyles writer Bryan Dearsley pays a visit to the best luxury Lisbon palace hotels guaranteed to treat you like royalty
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Lisbon never ceases to thrill. The enchanting capital city of Portugal so effortlessly blends its rich history with our contemporary sensibilities that it’s especially alluring to travellers interested in unique luxury and uber-luxury experiences.
If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to include one or two of the city’s lovely palace hotels on your list of candidates for your next Lisbon getaway. The epitome of elegance and sophistication, these regal retreats, once the homes of royalty and nobility, now offer world-class accommodations that showcase the very essence of Portuguese grandeur.
To find out more about how you can immerse yourself in the extravagance of bygone eras, indulge in exquisite culinary delights, and be pampered with unparalleled service, read through our list of the best luxury Lisbon palace hotels.
The Best Luxury Lisbon Palace Hotels
Pestana Palace Hotel
Set in a spectacular 19th century palace with a modern annex adjacent a lovely sub-tropical garden, Pestana Palace Hotel is definitely one of the very best palace hotels in Lisbon. Now fully restored and classified as a National Monument, this plush 5-star hotel boasts 190 modern, air-conditioned rooms, each beautifully decorated in neoclassical style décor. Standard features include spacious marble bathrooms with bathrobes, minibars, and safes.
On-site amenities include a health and fitness center with a heated indoor lap pool, as well as a sauna, Turkish bath, and hot tub. There’s also a fully equipped gym, as well as a large terrace on which to relax.
Be sure to sample the fine-ding Valle Flor Restaurant, too. Ornately decorated with gold painted coving and antique artworks, this excellent eatery offers views over the hotel’s private park and features Portuguese fusion dishes. A breakfast buffet is included with your stay.
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Located on one of Lisbon’s famous seven hills, the Torel Palace lies in the Colina de Sant’Ana district. Here, you’re just moments away from the Jardim de Torel and a short walk from the oldest elevator in Lisbon which will take you down to the upscale boutique shops and restaurants on the Avenida Liberdade.
Head to the Cave 23 bar for an aperitif before exploring the local nightlife, or grab a slow coffee and enjoy panoramic views of Lisbon from the palace’s large terrace. With a total of just 25 elegant rooms, an apartment, and even a villa to stay in, your holiday at Torel Palace will be exceptional.
A sophisticated balance of historic and modern with amenities, Torel Palace is undoubtedly one of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon.
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Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina
Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina is a superb example of how some of Lisbon’s most unique hotels have been created from former palaces, and. Located in the heart of the capital, the Verride has 19 rooms and suites, alongside its own restaurant and rooftop bar.
The décor here is subtle and refined, with pastel colours and neutrals used to create an oasis of calm in this bustling city.
Choose the Royal Suite for a truly luxurious Lisbon city break experience: the restored architecture here includes rococo stuccos, the famous Portuguese tile panels alongside wooden ceilings. Original ornate fireplaces, floor to ceiling French windows with views over the Tagus and Lisbon complete the regal atmosphere.
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Bryan Dearsley is Editor-in-chief of Riley International Media, a leading source of news and reviews related to luxury experiences, lifestyles, real estate, and travel in the world’s leading destinations.
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