Portugal is in the travel spotlight these days, with more and more travelers citing the pretty coast and Douro Valley as must-visit destinations. Lisbon is also getting its fair share of travel press, with exciting new hotel openings. One of the most buzzed-about is the Pousada de Lisboa-- part of the Pestana Hotel Group—which debuted in summer 2015.
Occupying a palatial historic building that once housed the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the hotel has retained beautiful period features (like vaulted ceilings in the restaurant and a domed inner courtyard). Behind the bold yellow façade, you’ll find a spa, a swimming pool, an impressive art collection, and 90 guestrooms designed in a contemporary style with great views across Lisbon (request a room with a balcony). The Lisboeta restaurant is helmed by chef Tiago Bonito, who’s a celebrity after winning the National Chef of the Year Award. The Pousada de Lisboa is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.