Lisbon’s Lap of Luxury – Pestana Palace

Food, Hotels — By Zanni Davis on September 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The rise of Portugal’s colonial conquests coincided with a similar rise in wealth on the mainland. The royal house grew along with the nobles and marked their new-found wealth with a glut of castles, palaces and other royal residences. If you want to experience the glamor and sophistication like the Portuguese royalty did, stay at the Pestana Palace in Lisbon.

Set in a 19th century palace, which was recently classified a national monument, this hotel is one of the most luxurious accommodations in Lisbon. The hotel undertook the restoration recently, with high culture in mind. What resulted is a prime example of Portuguese elegance and high quality accommodation.

Don’t let the ‘palace’ name tag fool you – this mammoth hotel offers an impressive 196 rooms. A standard room comes stocked with the usual amenities, including cable television and a fully stocked minibar. There are also thirteen regular suites and four ‘royal’ suites.

Image: Christopher Jensen

Guests have access to the gym, two (indoor and outdoor) pools, Turkish bath, and Scottish showers. There are golf courses located about half an hour from the hotel and trips there can be arranged through the concierge. The hotel also offers a shuttle to all the main sites in Lisbon, so you can sightsee in comfort.

Pestana Palace’s restaurant Valle Flor will leave you searching for words to describe its magnificence. Set in a classic European dining hall, this restaurant has all the refined touches of a palace – including brocaded curtains and porcelain antiques. Try their special “Seven Wonders of Portugal” lunch menu, which features Portuguese food fused with global flavours like ylang ylang. A few steps from Valle Flor is the Allegro Bar, where you can enjoy live music in the evening. During the summer, you can dine in privacy at the Casa do Lago restaurant, which is idyllically set in a 19th century pavilion. Come here to enjoy a quiet, romantic evening with a loved one on a pleasant summer evening.