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.
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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.