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Altis Avenida
120 Rua 1° Dezembro
Lisbon
Portugal 1200 360
Tel: 351 21 044 0000
info@altishotels.com
www.altishotels.com

Altis Avenida is a luxury property with a dose of retro glamour on Rossio Square in the heart of Lisbon. The 1940s modernist landmark reopened in March 2010 after an 18-month, top-to-bottom refurbishment by the family-owned Altis hotel group (this is the sixth addition to the group's Lisbon properties, which include Hotel Altis Belém). From the Art Deco facade to the lobby's dazzling restored staircase and black Dalí-esque chairs, you can see from the get-go that this property is all about bold statements. The 68 guest rooms, spread over six floors, have LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi; the decor gives a nod to the 1940s with lots of wood, black lacquer, brass, and velvet, plus marble and gold bathrooms (stocked with L'Occitane products). Shell out for one of the two suites or a deluxe room; these all have higher ceilings and terraces overlooking tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade and the surrounding hills. If you don't want to spend extra for a good view, you can take in the marvelous panorama from the seventh-floor Rossio Restaurant. It has an outdoor terrace and a lovingly restored tile panel depicting the view of Lisbon during the reign of Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, in the 12th century.—Anja Mutić

$300-$399
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As Janelas Verdes
47 Rua Das Janelas Verdes
Lisbon
Portugal 1200-690
Tel: 351 21 321 8200
janelas.verdes@heritage.pt
www.heritage.pt/en/janelasverdes.htm

This 18th-century mini-palace was once home to famous local novelist Eça de Queirós, and you can easily imagine courting the muse as you wander through the public rooms here. Recline on velvet sofas in the wood-paneled library with its glass-doored bookcases, peer through a brass telescope framed by swagged heavy brocade drapery, or even pick out a mazurka on the piano. The 29 bedrooms, lit by sconces, have French bedspreads, mahogany headboards, and marble bathrooms. There's also a cute courtyard where breakfast is served. There's no restaurant, but here in the old town by the Museu de Arte Antiga and the Docas there are plenty of places to choose from.

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Bairro Alto Hotel
Praca Luis de Camões
Lisbon
Portugal 1200-243
Tel: 351 21 340 8288
info@bairroaltohotel.com
www.bairroaltohotel.com

The debut of the Bairro Alto in 2005, Lisbon's first true boutique hotel, was a telling sign that the city had become a style center in its own right. Fittingly overlooking Camões Square at the precise point where the bohemian Bairro Alto neighborhood meets the trendy Chiado shopping district, the converted 18th-century mansion doesn't entirely abandon tradition; the facade is a classic bright-yellow, while the terrazzo floor in the lobby is inlaid with a marble globe referencing Portugal's epic age of exploration. But the real local buzz focuses on the hotel's embrace of the modern. The street-level Portuguese-contemporary restaurant and the airy bar overlooking the square have become clubhouse central for Lisbon's scene-makers. The sleek sensibility continues upstairs, in the 55 bedrooms that shrink in size on top floors but never feel too cramped, thanks to their brightly colored paneled walls, tailored leather headboards, and slim walnut desks that convert into dressing tables by way of flip-up mirrors. The most unexpected, whimsical touch is the naturalist cameo of songbirds painted on each guest room wall. But the Bairro Alto's best feature is an open-air rooftop café where you can curl up on wicker sofas, eat a smoked salmon sandwich, and gaze out over Lisbon's red-tiled roofs to the Tagus River.

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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
88 Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca
Lisbon
Portugal 1099-039
Tel: 800 332 3442 (toll-free)
Tel: 351 21 381 1400
www.fourseasons.com/lisbon/index.html

Lisbon's Four Seasons may come as a surprise to the chain's fans. The ten-story, 1959 marble cube of a building, crowning one of Lisbon's seven hills, looks like a version of Eastern Bloc architecture at its most block-headed, and the swish 1950s interior doesn't conform to any accepted rendition of contempo chic. But anyone who appreciates genuinely quirky retro will lap up the Jean Cocteau meets Jackie O. glamour, starting with 282 epic-sized guestrooms that flaunt a dizzying mix of luxe references (everything from Louis XVI to a dash of Deco, swagged curtains to heated towel racks). The hotel really comes into its own, though, in the sweeping public lounges that double as galleries of Portuguese Modernist art; among the most eye-popping pieces are the neon-colored, Picasso-like tapestries of centauros by José de Almada Negreiros. Less of an acquired taste, especially in a city where service can seriously flag, is the impeccably efficient staff and an intrepid concierge desk that will do anything legal to snag that dinner reservation. Other big pluses: a new, state-of-the-art multi-sensory spa (try the nectar and papaya wrap for a fruity, organic glow) and the Varanda Restaurant's snaking lunch buffet, where you can sample every classic egg-based Portuguese convent dessert while watching the local power brokers make deals.

$300-$399
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Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel
28 Avenida da Liberdade
Lisbon
Portugal 1250-145
Tel: 351 21 340 4040
avliberdade@heritage.pt
www.heritage.pt/heritage_av_liberdade.html

Though he's the man behind the louche looks of Paris's Buddha Bar and London's Strictly Hush, Portuguese architect Miguel Câncio Martins has copped a luxuriously Lusitanian appearance for this 42-room hotel, which overlooks the sculpture-dotted Avenida Liberdade. Even the elevator has a stone mosaic floor reprising the sidewalks out front. Rooms, which are larger and quieter than those at the Bairro Alto Hotel ("Hot List," May 2006), have rich-looking eucalyptus parquet floors and wainscoting of azuelos, Portugal's traditional painted tiles. Limed wood paneling, ostrich skin headboards, and cut velvet and chintzes put a spin of contemporary chic on local tradition. There's also a charming mezzanine library with books in several languages, and breakfast is served in the armchair-filled lobby lounge, which includes antique mahogany cabinets used by the herbalists who occupied the building during the eighteenth century.

$200-$299
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Hotel Altis Belém
Doca do Bom Sucesso
Lisbon
Portugal 1400-038
Tel: 351 210 400 200
info@altisbelemhotel.com
www.altisbelemhotel.com

Few Lisbon hotels can match the Altis Belém's sublime waterfront location, wedged between the dramatic Monument to the Discoveries and a fairy-tale limestone folly called the Torre de Belém. Groovily modern, with its 50 rooms facing either the marina or the Golden Gate-style red girder bridge which spans the mouth of the Tagus River, the hotel's glass-fronted "less is more" design makes maximum advantage of its setting. Cool marble interiors are furnished by designers Margarida Grácio Nunes and Fernando Sanchez Salvador, who did not skimp on the five lavishly upholstered suites with rich colorful murals depicting colonial Portuguese outposts, a theme that runs throughout the hotel. Guest rooms named Mauritania, Goa, Macau, and Maldivas nod to past glories but it is the spices flowing from kitchen at the hotel's Feitoria restaurant that provide guests with the hotel's highlight. Michelin star chef José Cordeiro concocts seafood dishes with a hint of colonial flavor—like the amuse bouche with six variations of oyster. The trendy, ground floor 38º 41' Bar also serves a rooftop sun deck and infinity pool area overlooking the Tagus. BSpa's scarlet pajama-clad therapists contrast with milky white marble walls that form a hammam, treatment rooms, and a superb azure-blue heated pool.

$200-$299
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Hotel da Estrela
35 Rua Saraiva de Carvalho
Lisbon
Portugal 1250 242
Tel: 351 21 190 0100
info@hoteldaestrela.com
www.hoteldaestrela.com

School became cool when Hotel Da Estrela opened in October 2010 in the historic Palácio dos Condes de Paraty, which housed a school in the 1950s. Located in the residential Campo de Ourique neighborhood, the hotel is a short hop on the no. 28 tram or a few euros' cab ride from Bairro Alto. The hotel recruits its staff from among the final-year students at the neighboring School of Hospitality and Tourism. Portuguese interior designer Miguel Câncio Martins (Buddha Bar Paris) continues the education theme with a hall-like reception area sporting antique desks and large chalk-scribbled blackboards. The 19 guest rooms (including six suites) have blackboard floors and a green, white, and black color scheme; vintage maps on the walls; black-and-white mosaic tiles in the bathrooms; and do-not-disturb signs that read "Studying Hard/Out Playing (You May Clean the Room)." We recommend suite 18 on the first floor, which is bathed in sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows and has a lovely view of the hotel's small garden. The ground-floor restaurant, Cantina da Estrela, has school tables yet the creative Portuguese menu selections, such as balsamic risotto with mushrooms and foie gras, are a far cry from cafeteria meals. The Cantina also offers a unique "make your own price" concept—you choose the price according to your satisfaction with the dish.—Anja Mutić

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Hotel Inspira Santa Marta
48 Rua de Santa Marta
Lisbon
Portugal 1150-297
Tel: 351 210440900
reservas.ismh@inspirahotels.com
www.inspirasantamartahotel.com/PT/Homepage

From the outside, this 89-room hotel, located just off the capital's central Avenida Libertade, is all Portuguese gentility, with a classical facade punctuated with wrought iron balconies. But inside, it feels much more like a funky loft in San Francisco. From the long lobby lined with pretty wooden-slatted windows that let the Lisbon light stream in to the feng shui guest rooms made edgy with concrete floors and glass-walled showers etched with mod shapes, the interior is all West Coast hip. Service is professional yet warm, and the sustainability policy is flaunted to mostly good effect—witness the recyclable bottles of filtered water (although one would perhaps prefer a newspaper at breakfast to a sanctimonious lecture on the preferability of the computers available in the lobby). Which is not to say that the Santa Marta skimps on amenities. Rather, it has honed its list to the most appreciated ones: Rooms have Nespresso machines, for instance, as well as complimentary (if minimally stocked) minibars, and there's free Wi-Fi, an on-site spa and workout room, and a restaurant serving well-prepared Mediterranean cuisine—food that you might actually seek out rather than simply fall back on.

$199 or less
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Hotel Inspira Santa Marta
48 Rua de Santa Marta
Lisbon
Portugal 1150 297
Tel: 351 21 044 0900
geral.ismh@inspirahotels.com
www.inspirasantamartahotel.com

If you like your hotels eco-friendly, guilt-free, and good-looking, Hotel Inspira Santa Marta has you covered. Opened in September 2010 inside a renovated palace a couple of blocks from the buzzing Avenida da Liberdade, the hotel has an Escher-esque long wooden staircase in the lobby. Inspira Santa Marta buys renewable energy, recycles its waste, and uses only LED lighting. For every room booked, one euro is donated to charity. The profits from the water the hotel sells (in recycled glass, no less) goes to Pump Aid. The 89 guest rooms are designed around the feng shui themes of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal: The wood rooms have cork floors and green bedcovers; the fire rooms are decked out in purple, red, violet, and bold patterns. All come with a fair-trade tea and coffee station, Wi-Fi, and biodegradable bath products. The Retreat spa has six treatment rooms, and there is a fitness area with steam bath, hot tub, and sauna. At Open, the hotel's Mediterranean brasserie, you can watch chefs prepare your food in an open kitchen. Urban, a retro-themed bar, hosts art exhibits and live DJs.—Anja Mutić

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International Design Hotel
3 Rua da Betesga
Lisbon
Portugal 1100 090
Tel: 351 21 324 0990
info@idesignhotel.com
www.internacionaldesignhotel.com/

The International Design Hotel is a fun property smack-bang in the center of the city on Rossio Square. This 55-room boutique in two refurbished late 19th-century buildings has four floors offering different—rather disjointed—themes on each level. On the Urban floor, techno and house music is pumped through the corridors, which are lined with vinyl records and images of Bairro Alto's street art. The smell of the city is (relief) Chanel No. 5. The Tribal level is all wooden floors, fur rugs, earthy tones, tribal art, and the heady scent of cinnamon. If you opt for the Zen floor, expect a soothing brown-and-white color scheme, minimalist decor, and the aroma of green tea. The Pop Art floor is the least easy on the eye (and the nose), with Barbie pink and white decor and a bubble gum smell. All guest rooms have free Wi-Fi and range in size from 12 to 22 square feet. Some overlook a glass-interior atrium with funky lamps; others face the square. The hotel's Rossio Wine Bar, frequented by a young, hip crowd, is a good spot to sit back and take in the bustle of Rossio Square.—Anja Mutić

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Lapa Palace
4 Rua do Pau de Bandeira
Lisbon
Portugal 1249-021
Tel: 800 237 1236 (toll-free)
Tel: 351 21 394 9494
reservations@lapa-palace.com
www.lapa-palace.com

The pink palace set high on a hill in its own gardens—the chosen lodgings of President Bush, Sting, and Cher—remains as extraordinary as ever thanks to good management (it's in the Orient-Express stable) and recent refurbishments. Of the 109 rooms, you really have to get one of the Palace Rooms for the full 18th-century experience. Those in the modern Garden Wing and the more period-appropriate Villa Lapa lack that je ne sais quoi. If your bonus came in big, secure the Tower Room, #701—it has not only a private terrace but also a walkway to a second one, an octagonal tower-top perch just big enough for breakfast. Amenities are all you'd expect, with an outdoor pool in the grounds and an indoor one in the La Prairie (and MAC makeup) spa, with sauna, steam, and gym. Kids are well catered for too, with babysitting service and a playground. Last but not least, this hotel has its own fragrance, the 140-year-old mandarin-violet-cedar Agua de Portugal, legacy of King Louis I's bride, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy.

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LX Boutique Hotel
12 Rua do Alecrim
Lisbon
Portugal 1200 017
Tel: 351 21 347 4394
info@lxboutiquehotel.com
www.lxboutiquehotel.pt

LX brought a much-needed dash of color and fun to the unassuming Cais do Sodré area when it opened in September 2010. The once legendary Hotel Bragança, which for a time housed the famed Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa, emerged in its hip new incarnation after a $10 million refurb. Old suitcases decorate the 45-room property, and its five floors are named after Lisbon neighborhoods and landmarks. Room size ranges from the Xssential (smallest, with cabin-style bathrooms), to the Xpanded (more spacious) and Xplendid (a striking light-flooded suite, with panoramic river views, a skylight above the bed, and a small terrace). Views also are categorized: Choose from Backstreet, Citylights, and Riverside. Room 51 in the attic has the standout Riverside view, yet even a cheaper Backstreet room has its charms: The wall it overlooks has been cheered up with colorful street art commissioned by the hotel. It's fun touches like this—along with the lines of candles that lead you up to your room come nighttime, personal messages for each guest, and the unique Placebook at the reception (a guidebook made by guests)—that make LX a bit special. The hotel's Japanese restaurant next door, Confraria, has an open kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and breakfasts (at extra charge) in bright surroundings.—Anja Mutić

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Palacete Chafariz d'el Rei
6 Tv. Chafariz D'el Rei
Alfama District
Lisbon
Portugal 1100-140
Tel: 351 918 973 376
booking@chafarizdelrei.com
chafarizdelrei.com

Returning to Lisbon at the turn of the twentieth century after having made his fortune in Brazil, João Antonio Santos shocked the locals by building an opulent Brazilian Art Nouveau mansion with elaborate stained-glass windows on the edge of the ancient Alfama quarter. It slowly fell from grace over the course of a century, finally becoming the offices of import/export companies, until a history-loving Spaniard and his Portuguese partner bought it and restored it with lavish amounts of both cash and tender loving care. They opened three beautiful, individually decorated suites as a micro hotel within the mansion last summer, and it instantly became a favorite insider's address with an aesthetically discerning group ranging from Spanish filmmakers to German fashion designers. You'll feel as though you've arrived at a private mansion, with incense in the air, the ministrations of a soft-spoken Brazilian butler and housekeeper, and the warm welcome of Rui Teixeira, the partner who runs the property. The magnificent ground-floor public rooms are decorated with elaborate moldings and antiques, as are the suites, all of which have mesmerizing views of the Tagus River. The only drawback to this unique hotel is that it's so delightful you'll have to force yourself out the door to see the city.

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Palacio Belmonte
14 Páteo Dom Fradique
Lisbon
Portugal 1100-624
Tel: 351 21 881 6600
office@palaciobelmonte.com
www.palaciobelmonte.com

The ten painstakingly renovated suites of this ancient palace (part of it dates back to 100 B.C.) by the Castelo de São Jorge in the Alfama will feed your dreams for years. A French financier, Frédéric Coustols, conceived and carried out the $24-million conversion of this palácio, built in 1449, enlarged in 1640, and incorporating Roman fortifications in its north tower and a seventh-century Moorish tower in the west. The largest suite, named Gil Vicente after the 16th-century Portuguese writer, has its own winter garden, three terraces, and a huge white Estremoz marble bathroom. The most extraordinary suite, named after Jesuit explorer Padre Himalaya, has a bedroom aerie with vaulted, beamed ceiling and windows on all sides perched on top of the Roman tower and accessed by a spiral stone stairway. There's also a multilingual 4,000-volume library, a chapel, a black marble swimming pool, and a café (open till 8 p.m., also to the public). What you will emphatically not find are hotel amenities such as a concierge, 24-hour room service, and pay movies. The AC, for example, is via stone ventilation conduits—i.e., the breeze method. There are, however, three phone lines per suite and, it's sweet to note, far from being a plaything of the rich, this is a socially conscious community with rent-controlled tenants in four adjoining buildings and ecologically correct everything.

$300-$399
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Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
127 Avenida Da Liberdade
Lisbon
Portugal 1269-038
Tel: 351 21 322 8300
H1319@sofitel.com
http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1319-sofitel-lisbon-liberdade/index.shtml

The French hotel chain has redone its Lisbon property top to bottom, and the result is a hybrid of Gallic savoir faire and Portuguese flavor. The decor of dark woods with ocher and red accents distills the country's visual idiom, and Chinese porcelain (it was the Portuguese, of course, who opened up trade to India and China) and framed silhouettes of Portuguese subjects by local artists give the 171-room property an intensely local feel. Spacious rooms, with beds you want to dive into, are quiet despite the hotel's location on the central Avenida da Liberdade, a short imperial boulevard with mosaic sidewalks. Ad Lib, the Franco-Portuguese restaurant, is popular with locals.

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