Standing in the shoes of historical figures — where the Governor of Lisbon’s Tower of Belém once called home — is the Palácio do Governador, a palatial hotel that has undergone a complete restoration; uncovering roman ruins from the 1st to 5th century that have been nicely juxtaposed with contemporary architecture.
Located in the historic centre of Belém, close to the Rio Tejo, the property’s architecture and interiors were revived by architects Jorge Cruz Pinto and Maria Cristina Mantas, along with interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, whose joint expertise resulted in a hotel that blends contemporary elements with the splendour of the glorious period of the Portuguese discoveries.
Portuguese tiles (azulejos) cover the lobby walls, period antiques vie for attention, the deep blues of Lisbon’s golden era are in full force. Once a Chapel, the original wooden choir stall remains, along with double-height ceilings; an air of reverence endures. With 60 guest rooms over five floors — some with south-facing terraces and views over the Belém Tower and Rio Tejo — the architects and designers took care to preserve the historical elements; modern touches never overwhelming the enormity of antiquity.
Palácio do Governador also boasts two outdoor pools, a 1,200 sqm spa, and the Amphora restaurant; a gastronomic delight headed up by Chef André Lança Cordeiro.