Destination Guide


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Lisbon was once the Iberian Peninsula’s unsung destination, but the Portuguese capital has hit its stride. It has everything a traveler could want: great food, fabulous art, robust history, sensational wine and a bustling contemporary culture scene that’s reshaping the country’s international reputation as a nexus for creativity.


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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Located at the edge of Eduardo VII Park away from the bustling city center, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is all about the quiet elegance of Old World luxury.

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Bairro Alto

Located in the heart of the most charming area of Lisbon, between the bohemian Bairro Alto and chic Chiado neighborhoods, the hotel Bairro Alto has been a favorite retreat and watering hole for decades. It reopened in late summer 2019 after a multi-year renovation, during which two adjoining buildings were added to the original ones that face the Praça Luís de Camões. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Maura masterminded the merger of the four historic 18th-century buildings, which now feature 87 guest rooms and multiple suites.

The design respects historical elements but adds refreshing nods to today’s Portugal. Fabulous embroidered panels with swans (birds are of the hotel’s motifs) line the hallways, and the wood-paneled Mezzanine bar features mid-century furniture that evokes a private Lisbon apartment. An incredible handmade wall hanging that spans multiple floors is displayed in one of the interior stairwells.

The fifth-floor rooftop restaurant, BAHR, has views over Lisbon’s red roofs to the Tagus River as does its neighboring bar, probably the loveliest roof-top bar in town. Food is contemporary Portuguese, done well, but save room for a visit to the pastry shop with its lines of traditional Portuguese pastries.

There is a small spa, where the spa therapists are earning raves, and the hotel is clearly the place to stay for those who believe in the old adage: location, location, location.

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Valverde Lisboa Hotel & Garden

Housed in a renovated townhouse, Valverde Lisboa Hotel & Garden is a luxurious boutique option just steps from Lisbon’s best shopping. A three year renovation and expansion added a new wing to the property, and the hotel’s design displays an eclectic vision that emphasizes traditional touches but does not forego modern luxuries. Each of the 48 rooms is decorated in sophisticated, dark hues that are occasionally interrupted with a splash of color. Sprinkled throughout the accommodations are antique furnishings and historic paintings, but all rooms have satellite TV and WiFi. Bathrooms are sleek and modern, with black and white marble tiles, huge soaking tubs in certain rooms and glass-enclosed showers.

The hotel has a small elevated pool surrounded by greenery and sleek loungers where afternoon tea or cocktails can be served. The hotel’s chic restaurant, Sítio Valverde offers a bountiful buffet for breakfast and a traditional Portuguese menu at lunch and dinner, coupled with an extensive wine list. Throughout the year, the hotel plays host to a number of cultural programs, such as music nights with jazz or fado in the courtyard and bar. For those looking to relax or exercise, there is also a spa treatment room and small gym.

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