A 19th century palace and member of the Leading Hotels of the World
City | History & culture | Short break
The luxurious Pestana Palace is found in the secluded Alto Santo Amaro district of Lisbon, with the finest beaches of Estori and Cascais – along with the storybook palaces and castles of Sintra – just a short distance away. That said, it still remains within striking distance of Lisbon's most important attractions, including the Centro Cultural de Belém’s world-famous exhibitions and the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos’ UNESCO-listed grandeur. It’s even surrounded by beautiful, subtropical gardens, which have been classified as a National Monument in their own right. From them, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Tagus River.
A carefully renovated 19th century palace, this luxury offering is a privileged member of the Leading Hotels of the World. As such, across its 177 spacious rooms and 17 elegant suites, you can expect the finest in traditional design and furnishing. Think historic artwork, dark wood furnishings and bright Portuguese tiles. Rooms come with either access to delightful garden terraces, or private balconies with views of the city or gardens. The Royal Suites are especially impressive, each individually designed, with everything from mosaic bathrooms to bright chandeliers.
With views over the hotel's magnificent private gardens, the acclaimed Restaurant Valle Flor serves perfectly prepared and elegantly presented Portuguese cuisine of the very highest standard. The foie gras is a particular speciality but, for something more traditionally homely, opt for the caldo verde – Portuguese cabbage soup. Light meals and drinks can also be enjoyed at Casa do Lago, a 19th century pavilion overlooking the hotel’s pool. Come the evenings, head to the Bar Allegro for cocktails and live music.
Pestana Palace boasts a wonderful spa, offering a range of face and body treatments; perfect for unwinding after a day exploring the city and its surrounds. There’s also those all-important pools – both indoor and out – along with a fitness centre, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna. Children are also well catered for at the Pestana Kids Club and its garden playground. If you’re after something active, there are plenty of excursions available nearby, including water sports and golf.
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