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The 15th century Palacio Belmonte which is located at the edge of St. Georgia’s Castle on Alfama Hill, next to a quaint little chapel, offers overwhelming views of the usually undiscovered parts of old Lisbon. A former luxury haunt of counts and countesses, this palacehotel has a rich history, and today houses 11 marvelous suites that are decorated with ancient tapestries, 18th century traditional antiques, and contemporary art. Many of the rooms have private verandas looking out over the city, the River Tagus, and Lisbon’s landmark—the April Bridge. Visit this palatial dwelling if you wish to explore the oldworld charm of Portugal. Hot factor: Each suite is inspired by ancient writers, philosophers, and geniuses of Eastern Europe. Elaborate orientation is given to guests to help them embrace the history behind traditional dwellings.
Its grand black marble swimming pool, surrounded by gardens and orange trees, is rated one of the best in the world.
Palácio Belmonte, Pátio Dom Fradique, Lisbon, Portugal; tel: +124 487 3878; www.palaciobelmonte.com