A luxurious look at Lisbon's past
Pousade de Lisboa’s position along historic Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio (“Commerce Square”) could not be more fitting. This 90-room stunner is a priceless example of how tradition (the 18th-century building once housed Portugal’s Interior Ministry) and the current times can come together in a structure that’s equal parts landmark and lovely European escape.
The hotel’s canary-yellow exterior surely commands a glance, but it’s the interior from architect Jaime Morais that has a real vibrancy, and you’ll see it from statement piece furniture and a bold staircase in the lobby all the way up to a Dom Pérignon Suite filled with polished hardwood floors, two balconies and a bathroom awash in Irish green marble.
When you step away from your sophisticated accommodations, follow your nose to a ground-floor restaurant, Lisboeta, serving a glorious sample of Portuguese dishes done with a modern spin. But because you’re in the heart of Praça do Comércio, you’ll find a wealth of other eateries just outside of the hotel’s front door.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Morais’ design touches — from candelabras dangling in the restaurant to carved headboards in the bedroom — assure that a sense of historical elegance is evoked throughout the property.
What to Know
• If the artwork on the walls appears to be gallery-worthy, it’s because it is. Area museums have loaned out many of the pieces that give the hotel such character.
• The Lisbon hotel may sit in a building that’s over two centuries old, but many of its rooms and suites have a contemporary vibe that comes through in muted hues, soft light displays and marble-covered bathrooms separated from the bedroom with glass walls.
• Though chef Tiago Bonito’s elegant tasting menu at Lisboeta is a gastronomic tour around the country’s most delicious regions, the restaurant’s impressive wine list is just as delightful.