5 unusual places to sleep
1) Palácio Belmonte
Palácio Belmonte stands out in the Lisbon hotel scene, and deserves a class of its own. It’s a secluded place, hidden behind an imposing gate by the castle walls, and offering 11 magnificent suites, all with impressive views of the old city. The palace itself dates from the 1500s and was renovated with care by Fréderic Coustols, its French owner. It has a cosy garden with a pool.
2) Palacete Chafariz d'el Rei
This is yet another Lisbon palace that was converted to high-end accommodations after first undergoing a profound renovation to restore all of its past grandeur. The architecture is neo-Moorish – a very fashionable style in the 1900s. The existing six suites are all different but share a common charming, discreet and luxurious feel.
3) Palacio Ramalhete
This palace located in front of the National Ancient Art Museum is said to be the setting of one of Portugal’s most famous novels, The Maias. The exclusive hotel has only 12 rooms and suites, installed in the manor house’s living quarters. In the back there is an intimate garden with a small pool.
4) The Late Birds
This charming and gay-friendly hotel lies a bit hidden in the heart of one of the trendiest areas of the city, on the edge of Bairro Alto and Santa Catarina. After you enter its discreet door you will find four floors with twelve beautifully decorated rooms, an idyllic pool and a lounge bar.
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