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Travel to Lisbon


Pousada de Lisboa

23 December 2015

Words: Ivan Carvalho / Images: Pousada de Lisboa

Set on the riverfront of the Portuguese capital, the Pousada de Lisboa is infused with history. Built in the aftermath of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 by famed statesman Pombal, it later served as the Ministry Of Internal Affairs under Salazar’s Estado Novo dictatorship. Converted into a luxury hotel this year, the 90-room property is the country’s newest pousada, a collection of high-end lodgings that occupy castles, convents and historic buildings.

On the ground floor, guests are welcomed by a grand staircase with velvet carpeting and a sophisticated restaurant and bar under stone arches that look out on to Praça do Comércio square. The décor pays homage to the past and present, with statues and decorative panels of muses, saints and navigators honouring the Age Of Discovery sharing space with contemporary artwork, including pieces by abstractionist painter Nadir Afonso.

Rooms are contemporary in feel with sleek parquet and bathrooms lined in white Estremoz marble from Portugal’s Alentejo region.