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7 Lisbon Hotels Fit for Royalty

Lucy Bryson | December 20, 2017

Portugal may have been a republic for over 100 years, but centuries of royal rule have left an architectural legacy of palaces and grand mansions across the capital.

Several of these imposing buildings have been converted into particularly lavish hotels and guest houses--check into one of these super-fancy Lisbon hotels and whisk yourself into a Belle Epoque past of high society and lavish living. These Lisbon hotels are truly fit for royalty.

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As Janelas Verdes

Why it made the list

It's part of the Heritage Lisbon group of storied hotels, and while it's not literally a palace, this handsome mansion is pretty grand. The artworks and artifacts, together with the personal service and antique furnishings, make a stay here feel like visiting the incredibly grand Portuguese relatives you never had.

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Pestana Palace

Why it made the list

Channel your inner monarch and prepare for some serious pomp at this grand 19th Century Palace, which is classified as a National Monument. Far from the madding crowds in a private park close to Belem, it offers all manner of luxurious amenities, and the original Royal Suites are beyond grand (The Amelia Suite was once the boudoir of the Marquise de Valle-Flor.

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Palacete Chafariz D'el Rei

Why it made the list

The Neo-Moorish stylings at this ostentatious mansion have bling by the bucket load. The tiles and turrets make it look like something from a fairy tale, and guests can swank around the place knowing that they are following in the footsteps of Portuguese aristocracy. Relax in the opulent library, admire the stained glass windows or just boggle at the opulence as you take tea in the 'room of mirrors'. Warning: returning to reality might be tough after a stay here.

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Casa do Principe

Why it made the list

The name literally means 'House of the Prince', and this grand residence in Principe Real is themed around the life of the 19th Century 'Royal Prince' (King Dom Pedro V). The Principe Real neighborhood is named in his honor, and lodgings here are suitably palatial. The Imperial Suite is particularly sumptuous, with a terrace overlooking Principe Real gardens.

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Solar do Castelo

Why it made the list

On a super-exclusive site within the walls of Lisbon's famous castle, Solar do Castelo sits on a spot that was once occupied by the kitchens of the 18th Century Alcáçova Palace. The cordial hospitality, Medieval grandeur and beautiful courtyard feel like stepping back in time, and guests are given the royal treatment from the moment they check in.

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Olissippo Lapa Palace

Why it made the list

Guests can lord it around gorgeous grounds at this magnificent 19th Century palace perched high on a hillside in one of Lisbon's most elegant neighborhoods. Formerly home to the Count of Valenças, the walls are hung with images of the noble folk who once frequented balls and dinners here, and staff ensures that every guest feels like a member of Lisbon's high society. Just don't expect anybody to waft you with a palm frond as you lounge by the beautiful pool.

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Palacio Belmonte

Why it made the list

A favorite among photographers and fashionistas (French designer Christian Louboutin has raved about it), this is a mini-palace where guests can swirl around grand ballrooms and fancy themselves members of the Portuguese aristocracy. The suites are beyond lavish, and the views from this hilltop location are as dreamy as the opulent old-world design.

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