For a city view
This central hotel ticks almost every box. Located between Principe Real and Bairro Alto, with arguably one of the best views in the city (from Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara just across the road), it’s unlikely you’ll find a better location. Outside, it’s the epitome of Lisbon sights; imposing and wonderfully bright yellow. Inside, however, is where you’ll start to experience the mix of old meets new that the city does so well. Originally the private residence of João Frederico Ludovice, who arrived in Lisbon in the early 18th century as the architect to King João V, the building was one of the few to survive the Great Earthquake that destroyed much of Lisbon in 1755 and became the blueprint for the rebuilding of the city afterwards. It’s had many lives ever since; first as a hub with shops and private apartments, then home to the Solar do Vinho do Porto, a bar which served over 200 port wines.
In its new form, Palacio Ludovice pays homage to its colorful past. The 18th century tiles, frescoes, and stucco ceilings have all been restored, creating 61 rooms and suites, each one wonderfully unique—you can expect sumptuously comfortable beds, bespoke furniture, and original hand-painted tiles. Its former life as a wine bar is also honored in the restaurant’s vast, personally-selected menu that represents every wine region in Portugal (guests keen to know more about Portuguese wine are also invited to join free daily tasting sessions with the hotel’s knowledgeable sommelier). Even the Caudalie Boutique spa is inspired by their Vinothérapie, and guests can treat themselves to the contouring crushed cabernet scrub, or facials using grape-infused products that leave their skin glowing and fresh. And while Lisbon’s restaurants nearby are well worth a visit, we highly recommend dinner at Palacio Ludovice’s Federico restaurant; arguably one of the most beautiful places to eat in the city, thanks to its light-filled indoor courtyard.
Price: Doubles from $250
This article was originally published on Condé Nast Traveller UK.