Concierge.com's insider take:
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.