Located in the hilly Alfama neighborhood, this 19-room hotel is housed within the walls of an ecru-colored 15th-century palace facing a lively cobblestoned plaza. The skylit lobby, tucked between two grand stone arches, includes a carved wooden cabinet where food and drinks are available throughout the day. Other common areas include a dining area colorfully appointed with gingham tablecloths, bright red drapes and vividly patterned wallpaper, and a more sedate bar area. Some of the guest accommodations feature unusual configurations but are bright and airy and exceedingly comfortable. Recommended Junior Suites feature generously sized bedrooms with large windows and vaulted ceilings, several ample closets and ceramic-tiled baths. The building has some enchanting surprises, including a small terrace on the third floor with a view over the São Tiago church, where Christopher Columbus is said to have been wed in 1479. The cheerful and congenial staff contribute to the hotel’s easygoing ambiance and air of relaxed hospitality.
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Lowest Rate: Classic Alfama Bedroom, $270; Editor’s Choice: Junior Suite, $450.
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