One Palácio Da Anunciada a Luxury Collection Hotel Lisbon Portugal
Two palaces from the 16th century have been renovated into one stunning property called the One Palácio da Anunciada. The five-star hotel is located on a quiet street off the main drag in the Portuguese capital, Avenue de Liberdade, and features 83 suites, a destination cocktail bar, gorgeous gardens, and a luxurious spa.
The location couldn’t be better for seeing the rest of this extraordinary city and all the sights and sounds it has to offer. So Jorge Castle, with its breathtaking views over the historic Alfama district and the rest of the city, is also conveniently close by. The hotel is a 15-minute stroll from the Praça do Commercio, where you can do your shopping. In about twenty minutes of driving time, you can reach Humberto Delgado International Airport.
The hotel’s entrance is rather unremarkable compared to the lavish interior. The original stone staircase and stucco-detailed walls and ceilings of the palace are the focal points of the grand marble lobby. The lobby’s decor establishes the tone for the hotel’s vast public spaces, which are reached via long corridors bathed in bright light and concealing spooky nooks and crannies.
The hotel’s centrepiece is a 2,500-square-meter garden and courtyard where guests can relax under a 100-year-old Dragon tree at the O Jardim outdoor wine bar. An 18-meter swimming pool occupies much of the terrace that looks out over the garden.
The excellent services and facilities at One Palácio da Anunciada are befitting of a hotel of such stature. There are three different places to eat at this hotel, including one in the gardens, and a library as well. At the spa, you can use the 24-hour fitness centre or relax in the plunge pool. Nature’s Bath & Body Works is the brand of choice for spa treatments. Ahead of time booking is recommended due to the high demand for treatments from both tourists and locals.
A pleasant garden suite was our home for the night. In comparison to the rest of the hotel, this room, which is both spacious and well-furnished, is surprisingly modern and minimalist in style. Our room was tastefully decorated with a king-sized bed, luxurious grey Bassols Egyptian cotton sheets, and accessories like a marble table, leather swivel chair, modern art, and traditional Portuguese ceramics. The room also featured oak flooring.
After a long flight, it was nice to relax on the large private terrace that overlooked the gardens and pool. It was accessible via a flight of steps from the room’s main floor. Double sinks, a tub, and pink marble flooring made up the spacious bathroom. In contrast, the vast majority of the rooms feature only showers. A fully stocked minibar and Nespresso machine come as standard amenities. Some rooms have couches that can be converted into beds, making them ideal for families.
Food and drink
Enjoy both modern and traditional Iberian dishes at the Condes de Ericeira. Lombo de bacalhau confitado em azeite (cod loin confit in olive oil) puree and julienne of Portuguese cabbage are among the standouts of the main courses, as are O Porco Alentejano (Alentejo black pork tenderloin), beans, and smoked sausage.
The restaurant is a favourite among the city’s power brokers and is known for its pasta and risotto dishes; diners are advised to make reservations in advance. Breakfast is served à la carte, with options ranging from omelettes and crepes to vegan fare. Brunch and high tea are available at the hotel, too.