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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

As Janelas Verdes Inn

This romantic sanctuary located slightly out of the centre of town offers 29 sun-kissed rooms, lush tropical grounds and a top floor terrace overlooking the Tagus river. Relax in the luxurious armchairs in the intimate top floor library and be wowed by the grandeur of every room of this 18th century mansion. The service is personal and professional making you feel like you are at your home-away-from-home.

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 View Map ... Rua das Janelas Verdes 47, Lisbon, Portugal
Bairro Alto Hotel

The first contemporary boutique hotel in Lisbon, the Bairro Alto Hotel takes luxury and charm to a new level. Housed in a magnificent converted mansion, it is ideally located in the hub of funky Bairro Alto. The ambience is intimate and the delightful staff make every guest feel like a VIP. The rooms are tastefully décorated and so comfortable that you may struggle to leave, but head to the rooftop deck and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city.

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 View Map ... Praca Luis de Camões No. 2 Lisbon, Portugal
Palacio Belmonte

Belmonte, a boutique hotel housed in a 15th century palace, boasts a timeless glamorous style and has earned its reputation as an enchanting gem. Relax in one of the 11 spacious suites, each uniquely decorated with antiques and paintings, or unwind in the 4,000 book library with an aperitif from the honesty bar. The atmosphere is exclusive but not at all stuffy and there are some quirky perks like being able to order breakfast at 3pm. The hotel, at the edge of Sao Jorge Castle, has a gorgeous organic garden with a black marbled pool. If you feel the need to splurge, take to the heavens in a suite atop a Moorish tower.

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 View Map ... Patio Dom Fradique, 14, Lisbon, Portugal
Solar do Castelo

Feel like a honeymooner, and savour every moment at this yellow-washed mansion overlooking the charismatic Alfama district. Hide away in the secluded courtyard or feel like a Lisbon local by wandering around the magnificent castle first thing in the morning. Sensual fairytale moments and excessive romance are part of the allure of Solar do Castelo, an 18th century mansion inside the walls of an ancient castle. The 14 plush bedrooms offer a sense of petite occasion and the contemporary design tastefully offsets the historic country retreat theme.

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 View Map ... Rua das Cozinhas, 2, Lisbon, Portugal

what we think

Fall into the rhythm of Lisbon, a coastal gem which oozes character. Its laidback nightlife, much of it outdoors in summer, is one of its most engaging attractions. Even when the narrow streets are full of people enjoying the countless cafes and bars that appear to never close, the atmosphere remains chilled. Consistent with the city’s quirky vibe, it is not uncommon to see DJ’s spinning decks in fashion shops or clothes sold in bars. When the shops close for lunch, it is a perfect time to enjoy the views across the Tagus river from one of the many hilltops or ride through the city’s diverse neighbourhoods on a quaint old fashioned tram. Lisbon is humble and unassuming, and at the same time is charming and beautiful.