Seemingly sculptured out of a rocky bluff on the outskirts of Cascais, this remarkable oceanfront hotel commands one of the most enviable and romantic locations on the Lisbon coast. Converted in part from a 19th-century nobleman's residence and extended to follow a bold and audacious contemporary blueprint, the property features 33 guest rooms, including three suites and nine so-called designer rooms – accommodation individually hallmarked by a select group of Portuguese and international fashion designers commissioned to decorate each unit in their own inimitable style. Guests are enviably indulged. An inviting saltwater swimming pool surrounded by comfortable sun-loungers is sunk into the exterior terrace, catered for by the On The Rocks bar. Inside, the super cool Farol Bar serves cocktails and snacks. The achingly chic Mix restaurant is the domain of chef Hugo Silva. His menu of fusion Mediterranean gastronomy is complemented by the exotic sushi and sashimi prepared by chef Pekel in the Sushi Design bar.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Also known as Farol Hotel On The Water, this fabulous property clings to a glorious coastline and is the perfect romantic getaway destination.
Sited just a few minutes from the central Avenida da Liberdade, Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade has all the characteristics of an urban resort. Built behind a historic façade which dates from the early 20th century, the five-star property combines traditional architectural features with high-tech modernity. The 98 guest rooms are located across five floors, each named after a Lisbon district. Leisure amenities extend to an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium and a modern spa facility that incorporates double treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath. The integrated design of the property allows for an interior patio, embellished with olive and lemon trees, where chic eatery Bistrô4 is situated, the menu of which has been designed by Benoît Sinthon, executive chef at the 1 Michelin star restaurant The Cliff Bay - Il Gallo d'Oro, and Porto Bay Liberdade's own João Espírito Santo. There's also the Aviator 6 Bar, also with esplanade and, perched on the top floor, the fabulous Deck7 terrace bar with outside lounge and Jacuzzi.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: One of the most respected brands in the Portuguese hotel industry, Porto Bay has consolidated its national and international presence with this plush urban retreat.
A genuine regard for sustainability has garnered this excellent four-star property a clutch of environmental awards, and the concept extends to the interior design where the 89 rooms and suites have been organized and decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui. Similarly, the highly regarded restaurant, Open Mediterranean Brasserie, features vegetarian, vegan, lactose free and suitable food for diabetes on its menu. And wherever possible, the seasonal cuisine is prepared using organic produce. Guests purchasing Inspira mineral water are also contributing towards the cost of funding the construction of fresh water pumps in remote African villages. Guest amenities include The Retreat, a bijou spa managed by Ritual Spa, and an energising fitness room. Meanwhile, executives can conduct meetings in an innovative "green meetings" environment, governed by paperless procedures, low-energy illumination and low-impact audio-visual equipment. A super convenient base from which to explore Lisbon's city centre, Inspira is sited near the luxury branded shops on nearby Avenida da Liberdade.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The first hotel in Lisbon awarded a Green Globe certificate for sustainability, Inspira leads the way in environmentally friendly hospitality.
Deserving of its reputation as Lisbon's most prestigious luxury hotels, this landmark property has 282 guest rooms and suites, 272 of which have private terraces overlooking the hotel's gardens and Parque Eduardo VII. The building itself dates from 1959 and is a fine example of Portuguese modernist architecture. Interiors are decorated with reproduction 18th-century furniture and contemporary Portuguese tapestry and sculpture. The rooms are some of the largest in Lisbon and feature the very latest amenities. Leisure facilities extend to a fabulous multi-sensory spa facility where rejuvenating massage and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in a blissful Zen-styled environment. A unique aspect is the outdoor running track built around the top-floor gym where guest can enjoy superb city views. The hotel's Varanda restaurant is one of Lisbon's gastronomic reference points where the menu errs towards flavoursome Mediterranean cuisine: many signature dishes celebrate fresh fish and seafood.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: "Ritz" - probably the most recognised name in the hotel industry and one that defines luxury. The Lisbon property ably upholds the reputation.
This elegant 55 room and suite boutique hotel property is a favourite city-break option and an ideal base from which to explore Lisbon's elegant Chiado district and Bairro Alto, its racy neighbour. Enjoying a prime position overlooking one of Lisbon's most picturesque squares, the fa?--ade of this historic building is late 18th century. Inside, the light, airy rooms are handsome but not too decorative and reflect a mix of contemporary and classic styles. Guest leisure facilities include a wellness centre and the Flores restaurant, where the menu lists an intriguing gourmet tapas choice among other signature dishes. A really appealing feature is the panoramic terrace where fantastic views take in the city's downtown area and the River Tejo beyond. Downstairs, the trendy Cafe-Bar BA is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: A favourite city break destination option, the five-star Bairro Alto commands an enviable central location. The rooftop terrace is a dream.
No less than 369 rooms and suites are generously fashioned into one of Lisbon's tallest hotels, a Starwood property, located in the city's bustling commercial centre. Accommodation ranges from stylish Deluxe and Club Room choices to the luxurious Executive Suites and their range of complimentary service. For the seriously indulgent, there's the sumptuous Presidential Suite replete with its own Jacuzzi. All rooms enjoy state-of-the-art audiovisual options and high speed internet connection. Personal touches include the availability of hypoallergenic bedding if necessary. A favourite on the meetings and conference circuit, this property also wins with its wellbeing options. The Mediterranean Spa features 7 treatment rooms, a VIP suite, hamman and sauna and two swimming pools, among other tempting experiences. Literally the height of good taste, the top-floor contemporary-styled Panorama restaurant serves up a truly impressive view along with creative gourmet cuisine and an inspired wine list.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This classic Lisbon hotel wins on several levels - from the spa on the ground all the way up to the top floor panoramic restaurant.
Arguably the most visually striking of any Lisbon hotel, every one of the 186 rooms and suites of this majestic five-star captures envy-inducing views of the broad Tagus estuary. Rising to an impressive 140 metres from the Parque das Na?--?--es riverbank, architect Nuno Le??nidas attached a classy and contemporary hull to the existing Vasco da Gama tower while wife Teresa furnished the decks with a chic and glossy interior. Depending on the category, accommodation is replete with workspace and desk, whirlpool bath or hydro-massage shower and separate lounge, among many other amenities. Free Wi-Fi is standard. If money is no object, consider the Presidential Suite, perched regally on the 21st floor. Guest leisure facilities extend to the fashionable River Lounge Restaurant & Bar, partly set on a fantastic outside deck. The Sayanna Wellness spa, also open to non-residents, sits on the 23rd floor and dazzles with its indoor plunge pool that allows guests to gaze across the river from the pool's edge. And if you're on business, the hotel's dedicated state-of-the-art MICE facilities are among the best in the city.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Positioned over the water, this is a magnificent hospitality statement where form and function meld seamlessly in a stunning location.
The stylish and contemporary four-star Memmo Alfama is currently the only hotel property situated within the city's ancient Alfama neighbourhood. This charm filled boutique bed & breakfast, beautifully converted from a townhouse, is tucked away in a quiet side street not too far from Lisbon's cathedral and is the perfect city break bolthole or romantic getaway option. Views from the 42 smoke-free guest rooms and suites take in amazing views of the vicinity and the sparkling River Tagus, and are offered in several different categories. Facilities include iPhone/iPod/iPad charging docks, in-room safes and TV and radio. Amenities extend to complimentary Internet access, daily newspapers and 24-hour loyalty fridge. An outstanding feature is the hotel's funky Wine Bar & Terrace positioned over a wood deck terrace where a small outdoor pool is sunk. The surrounding views are simply jaw dropping, especially at dusk when the old quarter starts to sparkle.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Memmo Alfama offers a unique opportunity to relax in the surroundings of Lisbon's oldest and most picturesque quarter.
As well as its striking 18th-century façade, this exclusive centrally located four-star hotel is celebrated for a truly remarkable rustic-chic-contemporary interior, the result of fastidious and imaginative renovation by top international designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan. Indeed, a standout feature of the public spaces is the traditional azulejos – a feast of blue and white tiled panels that honour this most iconic of Portuguese ceramic decoration. Accommodation comprises 89 rooms divided into double, superior double and deluxe units, plus a choice of suites. Guest amenities feature the excellent Azul e Branco restaurant that serves an appetising fusion of Spanish and Portuguese gastronomy. The Equestra Bar is an ideal coffee retreat while the Limão Chill Out Terrace affords glorious city views. Facilities also include a well-appointed meeting room, ideal for formal gatherings. There's free Wi-Fi throughout the building and, for a modest surcharge, guests can take advantage of private indoor parking.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Commanding a central location, this upscale hotel appeals to visitors seeking contemporary-styled facilities with traditional Portuguese design flourishes. Top-floor views heighten the sense of occasion.
Sited on the edge of Lisbon's picturesque Alfama district and overlooking the River Tagus, this extraordinary boutique B&B property is one of the most charming and beguiling hotels in the city. Combining neo-classical design elements with art nouveau and rococo flourishes, the hotel is an architectural gem. Beautifully appointed throughout with original period furniture and decorative art, the building – which dates from 1909 ¬-- comprises of just six guest suites, accommodation that includes the Grande Torreão, housed in a tower and commanding stunning panoramic views of the river and the old town. Each room is complimented by a host of modern amenities, including satellite TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi. Some of the suites face the river. Breakfast is taken in considerable style, served as it is in a room at the front of the hotel that's very often bathed in morning sunshine. Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei is known for its brunch, where guests can mingle with non-residents in the splendid "Mirror Lounge", a fabulous salon designed in the Brazilian art nouveau style – the hotel's highlight interior design feature. A balcony terrace, replete with gurgling fountains and, in summer, a blaze of purple bougainvillea, adds additional romantic appeal to this unusual and unique Lisbon hotel property.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei exudes period charm and refined character. Staying here is rather like accepting an invitation from a wealthy, somewhat eccentric relative.