Love-struck travellers looking for that intimate holiday hideaway should follow cupid’s arrow to Lisbon. Here are five romantic hotel options to choose from.
If any hotel sets the scene for romance it’s Solar do Castelo. This charming boutique hotel tucked away within the walls of Castelo de São Jorge is located on the site of a former 18th-century palace. Beautifully designed in a medieval-contemporary style, this chic bolthole is ideal for couples seeking an intimate escape in historical surroundings.
Classical elegance defines this top-notch 19th-century landmark. Set in lush, sub-tropical gardens, Olissippo Lapa Palace is one of Lisbon’s most prestigious hotels. Indulgence is the byword here: It’s plush, posh and special – take a look at the marble! Guests can hideaway poolside or rejuvenate in the spa before taking in the sunset views over a glass of champagne.
Classified as a National Monument, the Royal Suites at Pestana Palace are a pleasant reminder of a more refined and dignified era. The main building dates back 200 years and it’s this 19th-century atmosphere that is so alluring. The sumptuous French-inspired décor is carried through to the public spaces – high tea in one of the salons is so aristocratic! Candlelit dining in the Valle Flôr gourmet restaurant further heightens the noble sentiment.
Arguably the most distinguished of Lisbon’s hotel palace properties, Palácio Belmonte perches regally on a hill overlooking Alfama. The outstanding interior of traditionally furnished suites conveys a wonderful sense of history, as does the unique collection of antique tiles (azulejos) decorating the walls. Once ensconced, you might not care to venture out such is the tranquil and captivating nature of this beguiling property.
Here’s a treat – an 18th-century palacete near the heart of the city full of period character. The history of As Janelas Verde (Green Windows) is associated with Eça de Queirós, one of Portugal’s most esteemed novelists. Those with a penchant for the written word can indulge their love of books in the hotel’s top floor library that overlooks the River Tagus. An added cultural attraction is the neighbouring Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.