Condé Nast Traveler puts Portuguese hotel in historic hotels list

Condé Nast Traveler recently named their 2015 gold list of historic hotels. Among the 10 hotels of their choice there is a Portuguese one: Palácio Belmonte in Lisbon.

The prestige travel publication reveals each year the historic hotels that make guests travel in time, keeping luxury in the 21st century. These are hotels where the royalty used to live or hotels where famous writers would go for a refugee.

The presence of Palácio Belmonte is no strange to this classification. Since it became a hotel, guests around the world rate it as an historical luxury wonder. The building exists since 1449 as the house of a noble family of Lisbon and it is decorated with more than 30,000 hand painted Portuguese tiles. The building is considered a monument of National Interest since 1997, and it the oldest palace in the country.

Here’s what Charissa Fay, from Condé Nast Traveler had to say about the hotel:

Lisbon’s Palácio Belmonte, the former residence of a noble family dating back to 1449, has sitting rooms like no other: More than 30,000 blue-and-white Portuguese tiles from the 1700s cover the walls, complemented by dreamy fado music. I felt as if we had the entire palace to ourselves, as though we were breathing in the living history of those walls.

Palacio Belmonte in Lisbon. Photo from Condé Nast Traveler

Palacio Belmonte in Lisbon. Photo from Condé Nast Traveler

The hotel offers amazing views of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and its most iconic historic sites such as the castle, the Tagus river, Alfama neighborhood and the city center.

Other hotels distinguished in this category are located in India, the United Sates, France, or Ireland.

Read the entire article here.

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