Pestana Palace Lisboa
The 19th-century Valle Flôr Palace, erected on a hilltop in Alto de Santo Amaro with panoramic views over the River Tagus, is a Portuguese treasure and designated national monument. After buying the palace in 1992, Portuguese hotel group Pestana transformed it into luxury accommodation, keeping the Belle Époque decoration style. Wooden stairways, ceiling frescoes, glazed marble, stained-glass windows and an Asian-style pavilion in the hotel’s quiet garden (where you’ll find the Magic Spa) all add to its charm. Several restaurants – among them the Valle Flôr – and two swimming pools offer opportunities to rub shoulders with the likes of Madonna, who lived here for a few months in 2017.