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Hotel Altis Belém, Lisbon 

Doca do Bom Sucesso
Portugal 1400-038
Tel: 351 210 400 200
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
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. —2010 Hot List

Which room to book: Splash out on one of the two riverfront suites with private Jacuzzi.

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