Where to stay: PORTUGAL
For people who care where they stay. Authentic. Soulful. Charm. Design. Indie. Local.
Alentejo - Interior
Alentejo Litoral- Alentejo Coast
Costa da Prata - Silver Coast
Douro Valley & Trás-os-Montes
Baixa House | Lisbon
Bang in the centre of Lisbon’s Baixa (Lower Downtown), right on the route of the electric tram No. 28. is Baixa House. It provides a singular type of accommodation: serviced apartments including daily cleaning, breakfast and the icing on the cake: permanent support by super friendly staff to satisfy any need – like in a boutique hotel. Set in a stunning 18th-century building, its grand staircase is lined with traditional Portuguese tiles and its hallways are cool, white havens.
Imani Country House | Guadalupe, Portugal
Immersed in the glorious Alentejo countryside, between orange and cork groves (and next to the largest megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula), is Imani, a unique country house. Rustic elements like old beams and stone hearths, pots bursting with flowers, stone tanks are combined with vintage touches like a quirky display of antique sewing machines and salvaged neon signs in the garden plus walls full of modern art.
Six Senses Douro Valley | Lamego, Portugal
Set on magical 7 hectares of vineyards and woodlands this former farmhouse, is now a luxurious spa retreat under the famous Asian Six Senses brand (its first in Europe) and offers spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Douro river and valley. The Six Senses Douro Valley fuses 19th-century romantic architecture with contemporary interiors.
Conversas de Alpendre | Vila Nova de Cacela, Algarve
Conversas de Alpendre (porch talks) is a unique boutique hotel themed around life’s simple pleasures. And what better place than to do it here, in the Eastern Algarve, where slow life gets an extra dimension amidst rolling hills covered in orange trees and miles of spectacular empty beaches. Where the temperature is warm throughout the year, silence and comfort, charm and friendship, flavours and stars, will make you feel the true soul of this special place.
Convento do Espinheiro, Historic Hotel & Spa | Évora, Portugal
With a meticulously restored gilded chapel, a wine bar in the 15th-century water deposit, a restaurant in the vaulted cellars and, in summer, around the tranquil courtyard cloisters, the monastery is imbued with a rich sense of its previous life. There is a painting in the chapel of the apparition of the Virgin Mary above a thorn bush (espinheiro), an event which this monastery was built to celebrate.
The Albatroz Hotel | Cascais, Portugal
Rising high above the ocean, The Albatroz Hotel – an icon of the Portuguese coastal town of Cascais – has recently undergone a complete renovation, interior design practice, Viterbo Interior Design (led by Gracinha Viterbo), unveiling a timeless revival inspired by the 1940s and ’50s golden age of Estoril and Cascais.
Hotel Britania | Lisbon
The only remaining Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, designed in the 1940s by Cassiano Branco, a famous Portuguese Modernist architect. Original interiors, with chrome lamps and much marble, have been beautifully restored, among 32 rooms and one suite in a private, club-like, atmosphere with a library and bar where a nautical thread runs through, inspired by the Portuguese explorations. There's even a vintage Barber's shop.
Porto’s abandoned fish market was brought back to life when the Spanish hotel group Vincci converted the building into riverfront accommodation. Rooms are simple yet modern, staff are welcoming and the view from the rooftop bar is a knockout. The mezzanine balcony encircling the big sunlit reception reflects the space’s former function as an auction hall. The industrial theme is also evident in the dark corridors, which were designed to mimic produce trolley passageways.
Hilton Porto Gaia | Portugal
The brand new 194-room hotel is set in a former port warehouse. Interiors very much bare the signature of award-winning Portuguese designer Nini de Andrade Silva. The hotel’s rooms have also been designed with the building’s history in mind, and many offer excellent views of the Douro River and the historic centre of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. There are two bars and a restaurant headed by celebrated chef Hugo Portela taking his inspiration from authentic local cuisine. Extensive spa.
Boeira Garden Hotel Porto Gaia | Portugal
This five star hotel, part of Hilton's Curio Collection, is set on the Quinta da Boeira, which vineyards date to 1850. Rooms are set in an ultra modern extension by Portugese star architect Siza Vieira next to the heritage mansion from the early 20th-century. The port warehouses and Douro riverside are 2km away.
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.
Lawrence's Hotel | Sintra, Portugal
Opened by an Englishman in 1764, it is reputedly the oldest, still-functioning, hotel on the Iberian peninsula, although it has not been open continuously. It has welcomed such illustrious guests as Lord Byron and the great Portuguese writer, Eça de Queirós.
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.