Pousadas de Portugal are nationally protected and preserved properties rich in history and charm. From castles to convents, palaces to monasteries, Portugal’s real treasures are open for guests to experience the country as never before. The four hotels chosen to join Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) represent ‘la crème de la crème’ from the Monuments collection and focus not only on exceptional service but also on curating local, authentic experiences for guests using the historical beauty of their surroundings.
Guests will discover gastronomy and Portuguese handicraft while enjoying a level of service they have come to expect from the luxury leaders at SLH. Storytelling at the pousadas is key - all staff members are well versed in the legends and curios of each property and region, with the objective being for each guest to leave knowing more about Portugal and it’s rich heritage.
Pousada Mosterio de Amares, Amares, near Braga, North Portugal
Pousada Mosterio de Amares allows guests to swap contemporary life for a centuries-old sanctuary that oozes both serenity and style. The hotel’s features include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, gardens and stunning views of the Peneda-Geres National Park.
In each of the 32 rooms guests can expect a crisp white interior combined with modern furnishings and a tasteful hint of the building’s age and history. Exposed stone arches, high ceilings, 18th century tiles and deep set window seats can be seen throughout the hotel and its grounds. Fresh figs, delicious cheeses and ripe pomegranates are among the traditional Northern Portuguese fare on offer at the hotel’s restaurant; all set within a fairy-tale setting with stone-clad archways and candlelit cloisters.
Pousada Mosterio Do Crato, Crato, Alentejo
With just 24 rooms, Pousada Mosterio Do Crato is the smallest of the four new properties. The beautiful gothic building, dating from the 14th century, offers a fine dining restaurant serving traditional Alentejo cuisine, outdoor pool and 24 contemporary furnished rooms that contrast against the gothic stone walls of the hotel.
Outside of the hotel walls guests can discover historic churches and chapels in Crato, or visit the regional capital, Portalegre and explore the pretty old town. There is also a range of outdoor pursuits available in the region for the more adventurous traveller.
Pousada Palacio de Estoi, the Algarve
The crowning glory of Estoi in the Algarve is Pousada Palacio de Estoi, an 18th century palace surrounded by regal gardens inspired by those at the Palace of Versailles. The hotel is an eye-catching local landmark from the outside and a glamorously chic 21st century hotel inside.
Each of the 63 rooms is styled to create an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance with light open spaces, contemporary furnishings and views of the pool and gardens. In the hotel foyer guests can marvel at the antique paintings and the gold leaf and ornate plasterwork commissioned by the original owner of the palace.
Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon
After guests stop reeling from the incredible location in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, they will take note of the preserved period features in this stately building; including the inner courtyard and vaulted ceilings. Pousada de Lisboa’s crowning feature is its beautiful ballroom which hosted some of the city’s grandest feasts and parties in bygone eras.
Now meticulously restored with all 90 rooms hosting views across the city, guests will find it difficult to leave the hotel. The restaurant boasts regional specialities and at breakfast guests can soak up the view across Terriro Do Paco. The fitness centre and spa are favourites of many to unwind and relax.