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Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal, Europe: A guest room at the Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal
28 Avenida da Liberdade
Portugal 1250-145
Tel: 351 21 340 4040
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

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.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: April and May offer ideal weather.

Which room to book: Sixth-floor rooms (Nos. 60, 61, 62, 63) are quietest and have the best views.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym

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