Sleeping with the World’s Celebrities in Lisbon

Lapa Palace Hotel, Lisbon

GoLisbon.com just added another major hotel to its already unbeateable list of accommodation offers. No other Lisbon or Portugal website offers more places to stay (hotels, hostels, apartments, and pousadas), and all that was missing in the luxury category was Lapa Palace. This is one of the best hotels in Lisbon, and with a priviledged location. Once the private home of a noble family, it now welcomes the rich, the famous, and others who aspire for the same. Despite that, prices remain only a fraction of what you’d pay for such a caliber of service elsewhere in Europe.

If for some reason you are not able to book a room at Lapa Palace, there are other hotels in Lisbon where you should not be surprised to run into a familiar face in the elevator or breakfast room:

TIARA PARK ATLANTIC
Located at the top of Edward VII Park and overlooking the center of the city down to the Tagus, this has been the Lisbon home of famous names such as Bruce Springsteen. Rooms are decorated according to the four elements, and the restaurant offers traditional Portuguese cuisine.

LAPA PALACE
GoLisbon’s latest addition has welcomed Sting, Cher, Tina Turner, and a number of heads of state and members of royalty. The garden is a piece of heaven in the city, and the wellness center (which includes a sauna, massages, and beauty treatments) provides further relaxation before dinner at its Cipriani Restaurant, which is also open to non-guests and is one of Lisbon’s most refined places for an Italian or Mediterranean meal.

PESTANA PALACE
Madonna is this hotel’s most famous guest, although Diana Krall is another well-known name that has enjoyed its luxury and even offered a private performance during her stay. It’s a 19th century palace that is now part of “The Leading Hotels of the World”, surrounded by lovely gardens and with a swimming pool and spa to guarantee a refreshing stay in Lisbon.

DOM PEDRO PALACE
Located in a business district, this hotel accommodates mostly business travellers, and there are several special rooms for conferences. But that doesn’t mean that leisure travelers won’t feel welcomed, as former guests Bill Clinton, Claudia Schiffer, or Hillary Swank will tell you. Its restaurant Il Gattopardo is recognized as having one of the best Italian menus in the city, and from the presidential suite there’s a view over practically all of Lisbon.

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