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Hotel Pálacio Estoril | Portugal
Its elegant interiors seethed with intrigue during the Second World War when it was renowned for hosting British and German spies, whilst Ian Fleming was busy writing Casino Royale in the hotel’s Bar. 21st-century comforts have been added to the hotel but its antique furniture and décor captures the essence of 1930s glamour as reflected in the gleaming black-and-white, marble, chequerboard floors.
Curia Palace Hotel | Anadia, Portugal
Year opened: 1926. Situated between Lisbon and Porto, and 20 minutes away from Coimbra, the Curia Palace is one of Portugal's most legendary hotels and jewel of the "Golden Twenties". In Art Nouveau style it features a large park, vineyards, golf course and of the largest spas of Portugal.
Reid's Palace | Funchal, Madeira
A renovation has brought a lighter, brighter feel to this iconic hotel whilst maintaining its obvious respect for its cultural heritage and its period furnishings. The history of the hotel and the island are woven hand in hand into the fabric of the hotel, with various artifacts and memorabilia attesting to the stories of the British families who lived out here, and the history of Madeira wine.
Avenida Palace | Lisbon
Designed by master architect José Luis Monteiro in 1892 (making it Lisbon’s oldest five-star hotel), this privately-owned palace has retained its turn-of-the-century feel. Stained art nouveau glass lets light into the main lobby, which is decorated with leafy green plants, red fabric walls, gilded columns, marble floors and antique furniture. The cosy bar has a polished wooden counter with stained glass wall lights.
Grande Hotel do Porto | Porto
Push through the revolving door of one of Porto's oldest hotels (1880) and be whisked away to another era. This classic-style accommodation has greeted many dignitaries over its lifespan including the Dalai Lama and British Royal family. The lounge area past the reception channels the look of a 1920s movie set where dim mood lighting creates a surprising contrast to Porto's main shopping strip outside.
The One Palácio da Anunciada | Lisbon
It takes some nerve for a hotelier to think they can improve on a 16th-century palace in central Lisbon. But we’re grateful for the confidence shown by One Hotels. They’ve managed to transform this 1533-vintage aristocratic home into something more than a restoration, thanks to the work of designer Jaime Beriestain.
Aqua - Pópulo Eco Village | Ponta Delgada, São Miguel | Azores
There’s no place quite like the Azores, and at the moment there’s nothing quite like the new wave of high-end, high-design Portuguese luxury boutique hotels. Put the two together and you’ve got Aqua - Pópulo Eco Village. The name is partly a reference to its location, a short walk from Praia do Pópulo, a lovely little beach with a well-known surf break. And “eco village” is more or less self-explanatory.
Pousada de Lisboa | Lisbon
Interiors come courtesy of Brazilian architect Jaime Morais, who has managed the balance between contemporary necessities, a heritage-listed structure and original art pieces on loan from the city’s museums with aplomb. Modern pieces, from renowned artists such as Nadir Afonso, create a tapestry of Portuguese culture across the centuries. A central staircase with stained glass behind it forms the heart of the building. The exterior remains an integral part of the square’s Pombaline arcade.
Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães | Portugal
Once upon a time, this magnificent retreat was home to Augustinian monks and then Portuguese royalty. Now, Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães’ hushed halls play host to a luxury hideaway. Follow in the footsteps of its former residents through ornamental gardens and peaceful cloisters. Then open doors to discover a refined restaurant and character-filled rooms, tailor-made for 21st-century escapes.
Bussaco Palace Hotel | Luso, Portugal
Built in 1885 for the last king of Portugal as a hunting lodge, the fairy tale castle was turned into a hotel in 1917. It boats splendid decorative Manueline-Gothic architecture, both inside and out. You will be missing out on some modern conveniences, like airconditioning, but a unique charm, antiques and fine paintings and history will make up for that.
Hotel Astória | Coimbra, Portugal
The spread of Art Nouveau (Arte nova) in Portugal, although delayed due to slowly developing industry, flourished in cities like Oporto and Aveiro, in which can still be found numerous buildings influenced by European models, in particular by French architecture. The Astória, although it has seen better days, is one of the prime examples of Art Nouveau, both inside and outside.
Hermitage Castelo - Casa Saint Jorge | Lisbon
Casa Saint Jorge has been refurbished with great amounts of love and attention to detail. It is located within the citadel of Saint George’s Castle, in the very heart of Lisbon, on the top of Alfama and Baixa. The 7 apartments are spread over four floors, and each has been renovated with maximum care and flair. Cosy and light, the walls are painted with Farrow & Ball, bathing the spaces in shades of yellow and blue-green. Upper floor units come with sweeping Tagus River views.
Senhora da Rosa, Tradition & Nature Hotel | Ponta Delgada, São Miguel | Portugal
Set on an old orange farm from the 18th century, the hotel offers 35 elegant rooms among several suites and two special rooms, inspired by old cafuões (grain storage). Their terraces, in front of lush banana trees, are so well protected that it’s possible to sit on them and read, eat breakfast, work or whatever else even during a downpour. There's an outdoor pool, a spa, pilates studio and paddle courts. The restaurant serves Azorean cuisine (and wines!).
Noah Surf House | Santa Cruz, Portugal
Noah Surf House in Santa Cruz sounds like the purest essence of California — and it is, in spite of the fact that it’s not on the Pacific, but the Atlantic coast of Portugal. It’s everything you’d want from a hip, laid-back, bohemian boutique surf hotel, plus a generous helping of the ultra-sleek modernist architecture and design that has somehow become the new standard among Portuguese hotels.
Areias do Seixo | Santa Cruz, Portugal
Areias do Seixo is a sophisticated charm design hotel set in a futuristic concrete and glass eco-structure located in the dunes on the coast north of Lisbon. Inside dark wood floors, a polished concrete bar, sinuous wood stove, sparkling chandeliers, mismatched colourful chairs and chunky wooden tables set the tone.
The Magnolia Hotel | Quinta do Lago, Portugal
The bright and bold design, inspired by the glory days of the 1950s American motel, comes courtesy of interior design experts Bryan O’Sullivan Studio. It imbues the hotel with a sense of fun: from the neon pink welcome sign, to the pop of yellow and white pinstripe parasols at the poolside bar, to the uplifting turquoise bowls at breakfast. Think Palm Springs with downtown Miami under a bright blue Portuguese sky.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa | Praia da Rocha, Portugal
Bela Vista is a luxury boutique hotel set in a stately historical 19th-century villa, originally the Algarve's first hotel. Many details of the impressive building stayed intact: painted wooden ceilings, wall tiles, stained-glass windows and a wonderful turret. The hotel is situated on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha, with direct access to the beach. The original villa features a new wing added and the whole complex boats eclectic interior design and beautiful landscaped gardens.
Quinta do Vallado | Peso da Régua, Portugal
Quinta do Vallado, one of the oldest wineries in the Douro Valley, offers five rooms in an original 18th-century manor house and a further eight in the contemporary hotel next door, predominantly of local slate in smooth, sleek lines with interiors of slate, mixed with leather and wood. Beautiful gardens, with a swimming pool, surround them and the impressively cutting edge winery is right next door.
Convento Olhão | Portugal
Architect Filipe Monteiro saw the potential in this convento, once a safe house for women who worked in the sardine canning factories in town. White walls wrap around the stillness of the central courtyard with its arches and columns rising two storeys high. Bougainvillea, a riot of pink, adds colour to one corner. Stone stairs wind up to the rooftop where large white sofas shaded by wooden slats face the lagoon. A perfect slice of blue pool lies at your feet.
Casa Opala | Olhão, Portugal
Casa Opala is a cubic Moorish-style townhouse with private rooftop pool in the heart of historical Olhão. High ceilings, all the modern conveniences of a modern house, tall windows and typical roof terraces. The ground floor has two bedrooms (sleeps max 4 persons) and two bathrooms, of which the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.