Pestana Palace Lisboa
A restored 19th-century palace and national monument, the Pestana Palace Hotel once belonged to the Marquis de Valle Flôr. The lavish interiors have been lovingly preserved in their original style and are coupled with towering ceilings, large windows and an impressive selection of antiques. The grand Restaurant Valle Flôr is set in the palace's former ballroom where breakfast is served each morning between towering gilded columns and a glittering expanse of windows.
Surrounding the palace are tropical gardens where winding paths lead to a pagoda that doubles as a lunch restaurant and a lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool. Shady corners as well as places to sit in the sun offer numerous options to relax with a book or soak up some rays. Alternatively, just beyond the outdoor pool, you’ll find an expansive spa area complete with a large indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and fitness room.
Flanking the gardens are the two main accommodation wings which are newer and attached to the palace by enclosed glass walkways. The rooms within these wings are comfortably furnished in a classical style, while the four opulent Royal Suites are set within the former Marquis' private quarters in the main palace.
The hotel is set in a tranquil residential area just a short journey by taxi or hotel shuttle from central Lisbon.
Please note that there is a local city tax that will need to be paid directly to your hotel for any stay in Lisbon. This tax is subject to change but is usually around one or two euros per person, per night, and will need to be paid upon your departure.
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The majority of the rooms at the Pestana Palace are situated in two newer wings that flank the central gardens and are linked to the main palace by covered walkways. Views are either of the surrounding area or over the gardens. A selection of second floor rooms have their own balconies. The rooms within these wings are comfortably furnished in a classical style and all feature TVs, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
For a touch of palatial grandeur, the four Royal Suites are situated in the former Marquis' private quarters in the main palace. These opulent suites feature period decor, sumptuous fabrics and a selection of original antiques.
Located in a quiet residential area halfway between central Lisbon and Belém, the hotel is removed from the hustle and bustle of the city yet close enough for easy access to the main sights and attractions. You can reach the heart of city by taxi or take the hotel shuttle that runs three times a day. The journey takes around 20 minutes.
Food and Drink
The Pestana Palace offers a number of dining options. By far the most impressive is the grand Restaurant Valle Flôr – the former ballroom of the main palace – where you can enjoy breakfast or an evening meal surrounded by duck-egg blue walls, towering gilded columns and windows overlooking the gardens. Next door you’ll find a comfortable piano bar lined with oil paintings and a selection of antique-filled lounges. In the gardens, there is a sunny, pagoda-style restaurant and pool bar offering lighter lunches.
Facilities and Activities
Within the extensive tropical gardens there is a large outdoor pool and plenty of quiet corners to relax on a lounger and soak up the sun. There is also a sizable spa with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym along with a selection of treatment rooms. Inside the main palace, there is a small chapel where evening concerts and Fado (traditional Portuguese music) performances are held. A shuttle bus runs into central Lisbon three times a day.
One of Lisbon’s most impressive historic palaces, we love the opulent surroundings, lush, tropical gardens and the feeling of staying in a stately home.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Drawing on elements of traditional Portuguese design, the H10 Duque de Loulé is a chic boutique hotel with a wonderful roof terrace overlooking Lisbon. Set in a historic building, it blends traditional elegance with contemporary style.
Set behind an elegant 18th-century façade, the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is a conveniently located boutique property with tranquil rooms and an indoor pool and small gym.
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An excellent family-friendly option located within the heart of historic Lisbon. Each apartment comes equipped with a full kitchen and for those travelling with young children, there is a kids’ club and baby concierge service available.
Situated on a steep hillside overlooking central Lisbon, the Memmo Príncipe Real is a chic modernist boutique hotel with a wonderful panoramic terrace and outdoor pool.
Converted from a 15th-century palace that once belonged to the Governors of Belém, the Palácio do Governador is a characterful boutique hotel steeped in history. There is a large outdoor pool and garden area as well as an extensive spa and indoor pool.
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One of Lisbon’s most prestigious hotels, the stylish Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa offers a convenient location, excellent service, gourmet dining and a panoramic roof terrace. There is also an outdoor pool.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore some of Portugal’s most dramatic coastal scenery on this full-day private tour through the Arrábida region south of Lisbon. En route you’ll get to visit a local winery, coastal cliffs and quaint towns with medieval castles.
Explore the Alentejo, Portugal’s most significant food and wine region, on a full-day private tour. You’ll see Roman remains and medieval streets in historic Évora, sample local wines in a family-run winery, and drive through rolling countryside in-between.
Get to grips with Portuguese history with the help of a private guide on this full-day tour from Lisbon that takes in the 14th-century Monastery of Batalha, a medieval hilltop village and the flamboyant Palácio Nacional de Mafra.
Explore Lisbon with a local guide on a private half-day walking tour, which takes in several of its most interesting districts. You’ll learn about the city’s history and traditions, and stop for local food and drinks along the way.