The four royal suites in the palace, are extremely elegant and sophisticated and equivalent to the old rooms of the Marquises. If the palace oscillates between solemnity and ostentation, the gardens evoke all the lifeblood of the equator and the origin of the fortune that allowed the construction of the Palace. To prolong this magical and almost detached from reality experience, visit the Magic Spa, winner of the Best World Luxury Spa Award in 2014.
Climb up to the Alto de Santo Amaro, among the leafy trees and silhouettes of palatial houses, until you reach the entrance of the Pestana Palace, as solemn and luxurious as it is announced.
Lisbon is an extraordinary destination. Bright, relaxed and full of stories to tell, it is loved by all those who visit, but even more by those who live there every day. Pestana Palace offers a palatial experience in a city whose origins are lost in time, but that the Romans dubbed Felicidade (Happiness), thus foreseeing the state in which your stay will end.
When you go up the magnificent wooden staircase to the first floor, you'll find a room, the old boudoir of the Marquise, with a painting of Carlos Reis, which represents the sky, a clever metaphor for your arrival in paradise. The four suites, named in honor of the last Portuguese royal family: D. Carlos, D. Amélia, D. Luiz Felipe and D. Manuel II, also pay homage to the king who granted the title to the Marquis and recognized his due importance in the Portuguese colonial cause. In these suites you will experience how the high bourgeoisie aristocracy of the twentieth century lived.
Under a marble pediment, you will be greeted by the hotel doormen, who will lead you through the incredible stained glass dome to the west tower and into the reception. Leave your luggage and leisurely stroll through the rooms and extraordinary gardens; or have your bags sent to your room and climb the marble staircase to see the halls where you can read your newspaper, chat or have coffee.
The first room you encounter, Louis XVI, a solid, beautiful and elegant room with the original medallions carved with inspiration from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette busts. The shades and colors of this room make it the perfect place to read your tablet or your newspaper after breakfast. Across the hallway, the Renaissance Room awaits with an imposing effect due to the ponderosity of the crafted wood paneling and the light filtering through the stained glass windows. This room is very popular for private and formal dinners. Enjoyed for its privacy by the many celebrities who visit the palace looking for a quiet dinner.
And here comes one of the most curious details of this palace: the Japanese Room. At the time of the construction of the Palace, the taste for the oriental was reaching the pinnacle of cosmopolitanism and it was a sign of worldliness to represent it in the decor. Thus, you enter a completely contrasting room, with its red panels and lacquered jambs. Notice the amazing paint job on the ceiling and the typical representations of Japanese painting: Mount Fuji, Kyoto bridge, cranes, cherry blossoms, lilies, peonies and almonds that transport you to another world, far from Lisbon and everything you know: the world of bourgeois taste of the early twentieth century.
In stark contrast, when you cross Louis XV room, you immediately feel the lightness, joy and exuberance of the rocaille style. This room, blue and gold, is a burst of light, refracted by panels and multiplied by mirrors, which transmit an ethereal, graceful and happy feeling. Romantic and feminine, it is a unique stage for outstanding photos. Just over the south side of the salons, you will arrive at the beautiful chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, considered the Queen and Patron of Portugal.
A magnificent example of landscaping, it combines symmetry with fantasy, a result that evokes a taste simultaneously French and picturesque, full of gaps, pavilions and grottoes, all the way to the pool. As there is a natural barrier to the urban environment, when strolling in these gardens you will live an intimate and contemplative experience, forgetting that you are in the middle of one of the most interesting and unique capitals of Europe.
The Spa, a perfectly integrated building in the gardens, welcomes you with a Zen aura of tranquility that only enhances its sensations of well-being. Take a dip in the indoor pool and relax on the sun loungers with a view over the garden.
Also, take a look at the extraordinary Italian Pinecone Swivel, a piece of solid marble that is in the foyer of the halls. Absolutely unique, it represents the four seasons and reveals them through a perfect mechanism that transforms in a mobile. Try turning it slowly and watch in wonder, the perfect representation of the timeless passage of time.
The large ancient halls for banquets and balls, as well as their conservatories, now host another type of party: the magnificent dinners at Valle-Flôr restaurant. It is also here that you can have the famous breakfast, overlooking the garden's tropical exoticism, and where you can enjoy the Palace's brunches every sunday. With a live pianist, it takes your stay to new, and unforgettable, level.
Then go to the Allegro Bar - or to the Lake House, if you visit the Palace in the summer - and enjoy one of the duets and combos that give a light and delicious flavor to your day. The mignardises that always accompany your coffee are small pieces of happiness made with sugar and love and all the attention will always be guaranteed to ensure your comfort and well-being.
This palace is an ode to many remarkable moments of the French style, evoking Versailles and the Petit Trianon. Indeed, it was the mixture of experiences between Portugal, France and São Tomé that allowed José Luis Constantino, later the Marquis of Valle Flor, to create his personal, exotic and exquisite oasis in the city of Lisbon - which, for a few days, becomes your own personal palace in the capital.
Pestana Tip: Pestana Palace is the most sought after hotel in Lisbon by public figures of world reknown, such as the King of Spain; former United States' President Bill Clinton; and even pop superstars like Madonna and Prince. Discretion, extremely attentive service and the luxury and sophistication of the Palace are a reference to international level that all guests deserve and receive, regardless of their degree of celebrity.