Boutique hotel in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

One of Lisbon's standout newcomers and yet another converted former palace (this one from the 18th century), design-forward and UK-managed Lumiares has a rich sense of place. Everywhere you turn there's Portugal's finest: hand-woven wall tapestries by Ferreira de Sá, one of Europe's oldest handmade rug producers; abstract photography by Vasco Celio; Vista Alegre porcelain; and wool throws from Burel Factory.

From studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments – all with full kitchens – the lodgings are high style and meant to be lived in; and with the Lumini rooftop bar and restaurant, courtesy of highly-respected Lisbon chef Miguel Castro e Silva, a trendy and satisfying meal is just an elevator ride away.