Pousada de Lisboa Lisbon
At the beating heart of historic Lisbon, this Square in which the Royal Palace once stood has been ruined in the 18th-century earthquake. Rebuilt from the Marques de Pombal shortly afterwards, its own classical arcades, over which were the offices of Authorities (the Pousada was formerly the Ministry of Interior), encircle the square on three sides. The River Tagus flowing beyond completes the fourth side. Nearby is the earliest Café in Lisbon, A Brasilera, that goes from 1782 and has been a favorite of famous writer Fernando Pessoa. A street beneath the Augusta Arch takes you straight into Lisbon’s other amazing square, Rossio, with its own memorable Station.
Design & personality
Interiors come courtesy of Brazilian architect Jaime Morais, who has handled the balance between modern essentials, a heritage-listed arrangement and unique artwork pieces on loan in the town’s museums together with aplomb. Modern bits, from famous artists like Nadir Afonso, make a tapestry of Victorian civilization throughout the centuries. A central staircase with stained glass supporting it forms the center of the construction. The exterior stays an essential component of the square’s Pombaline arcade game.
Service & facilities
An indoor swimming pool near the peak of the pousada plus a spa, sauna and fitness area make amazing additions to this town resort. Three distinct restaurant places and a pub create a sense of space. Front of house staff are tremendously useful, whilst waitresses will need to up their game with somewhat average ‘simply opened’ disorganisation.
Wooden parquet floors and muted colors of greys, duck egg green and browns run across the 90 rooms and suites, many of which have high ceilings and views across the square into the Tagus River or, directly by the duplex suites, on the Sao Jorge castle that overlooks Lisbon’s skyline. Bathrooms are slick, marble-clad, with bathrooms and oversize rainshowers, and are separated in the bedroom with glass drapes to pull if needed. Toilet amenities are in the Portuguese business Castelbel.
Food & beverage
Chef Tiago Bonito draws on the nation’s regions to make an authentic image of this Portuguese kitchen with black pork in the Alentejo, shellfish from the Algarve and spices in the voyages of discovery. A superb pub menu provides the traditional Portuguese sausages and sandwiches, in addition to zesty pleasures like salmon ceviche with cherry and fried avocado.
Value for money
Double rooms from $210 (#150) in low season; increasing to $420 (#300) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes throughout the resort but for the spa. One Superior area is especially equipped.
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