Pestana Palace

Pedro Sampayo Ribeiro / Pestana Palace
Belem

First conceived in 1904 for Portugal’s Marquis de Valle Flor, this grand, bright yellow palace was designed to rival those in France. The main house (now a national monument) is a fantastic reflection of the Marquis’ ambition, with ornately decorated salons, sweeping marble staircases, and suites outfitted with frescoed walls, parquet floors, and gilded, well, everything. There are only three bookable suites in the original palace itself, and they are some of the most opulent in Lisbon. Accommodations in the other wing, a modern addition to the property, however, capture that same indulgent style via porcelain lamps, antique wood desks, beautifully embroidered blankets, and terraces overlooking the property. But guests shouldn’t spend too much time indoors, anyway. As far as hotels go, Pestana Palace boasts Lisbon’s most indulgent outdoor set-up, including a pool surrounded by a lush garden featuring tropical foliage imported by the Marquis. (Rooms, from $255)

Pestana Palace
Rua Jau 54Lisbon, Portugal
351-21/361-5600

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