Palacio Belmonte
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The Telegraph - Christian Louboutin, the French fashion designer, proclaims Palacio Belmonte to be one of his favourite abodes. Elegant, with extravagant suites and the best views in the city, it is well suited to those looking for somewhere unique with a little magic, elegance and history. read more
Fodors - Palacio Belmonte is a 15th Century palace perched high on a hillside within the walled grounds of the city's castle and offers truly luxurious lodgings in its 11 suites and its resplendent shared spaces. A favorite with wealthy artists and the fashion set (this is whispered to be one of Christian Louboutin's favorite hotels anywhere in the world), the palace has been restored in the best possible taste, and the attention to detail is astonishing. The property is adorned with intricate blue and white. A black slate infinity pool brings things up to date, but overall the experience feels like stepping into a very opulent past. read more
Red Online - Combining palatial splendour and a luxurious contemporary charm, this is the most romantic place to enjoy the Portuguese capital. Built as a house in 1420 over Roman foundations and Moorish towers dating back from the 8th century, it was enlarged and transformed into a classical palace in 1640 by its wealthy occupants, before falling into disrepair in subsequent centuries until Frederic and Maria discovered it. Favouring the materials and methods originally used for its construction, they lovingly restored most of its original features, such as the 59 azulejos wall panels -composed of 38,000 18th century blue and white tiles- which had been dissembled by former impoverished owners. read more
Huffington Post - Each of the 10 exquisite suites is an original masterpiece with its own individual character, blending historic architectural features with contemporary design. Each suite is named for a Portuguese writer, artist, philosopher, adventurer or inventor. You can choose to lay your head, for example, in the Ricardo Reis, Alberto Caeiro or have breakfast in the Gil Vicente. read more

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