A grand palace in a lush setting
The Pestana Carlton Palace is a 19th-century creamy white and gold building set in lush gardens and parkland. Classified as a National Monument, the hotel is all marble, gilded surfaces and chandeliers. Although thoroughly elegant and maintaining a gracious mien, the hotel has skillfully blended all 21th-century conveniences into its skillful and gracious brand of hospitality.
The guest rooms continue the white and cream color scheme of the exterior, punctuated by antiques and marble fireplaces. Period furniture and rich carpeting on inlaid floors are also part of the exquisite and opulent decor. Some of the rooms are located in two newer wings adjacent to the main palace.
Wander in the hotel’s extensive gardens to find the beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by sun terraces and adjacent to the Casa do Lago, a 19th-century Oriental-style summerhouse serving drinks and light repasts during the warmer months. For guests wanting to relax after a vigorous day of touring or business, the fitness center, located adjacent to the pool and in a lovely garden setting. features a heated indoor lap pool, sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub and gym. The spa and spa treatments take place in the center.
Pestana Carlton Palace
Location: Rua Jau 54, Alto de Santo Amaro, Lisbon, Portugal; 20 minutes from airport
Luxury style: Family-friendly with many special amenities for children; suitable for high-level business meetings, a center for Lisbon social gatherings and celebrations.
What we’ve heard: The pavilion overlooking the pool is a absolute gem of tranquility and peace. Take a break after touring for an aperitif or cool drink. Light repasts are also available.