Visible in this picture: Four Barcelona chairs. Two glasses of gimlet. One fireplace. It really is a huge place. This is looking at about 20% of the space. At least one thing tasted just fine that evening: The scallops. Let’s get rid of John Malkovich. First of all, the place is obviously well known because [...]
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Q: What is it? A: A former palace with marble and brass and fresco and chandeliers and curtains and a great, super-professional staff. You can’t but surrender to it, although it’s really not a place for me. Q: Is this a hotel for me? A: Frankly, no. I love hotels with great service. From the [...]
Q: What is it? A: Located on a backstreet but often rated one of the very best hotels in Lisbon. And this reviewer can just add to the praise! This is Lisbon’s only surviving art déco hotel. The bad news first: The location. It is is superb if you want to get away from the [...]
Q: What is it? A: A nice fish and sea-food restaurant in one of the most notorious wave-crashing locations in the whole of Europe. That’s what it is. Without fishing there would be no Cascais. A tiny fishing village turned into a beach resort in the late 1800s. Conveniently located 30 kilometres from Lisbon, the [...]
Q: What is it? A: A hotel in an old lighthouse building and a new building that doesn’t look like a lighthouse building. Spectacular location. Excellent staff. It’s quite an unlikely combination. Take a mansion from the late 19th century. Add a modernist extension, not unlike an old Corbusier concept drawing. Bring in the crème [...]
Q: What is it? A: A hotel inside the old Castelo that seems quite undecided whether to take the traditional or the modern path and where the staff needs a reminder who they are there for. So you want to stay in a castle? Here’s the story: The highest hill in Lisbon, (which incidentally is [...]