By Jenna Scatena
June 05, 2015
Pousada de lisboa
Credit: Pedro Sampayo Ribeiro

Lisbon announced one more reason for summer travelers to visit its buzzworthy city today, with the debut of the new Pousada de Lisboa hotel (doubles from $213). Occupying the regal 18th century building that formerly housed the capitol’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, you can walk a path of undulating Portuguese tile sidewalks from Lisbon’s riverside Praça do Comércio to enter the new property.

Its grand exterior showcases the same custard yellow as Lisbon’s prided pastel da nata tarts, and is framed by dramatic concrete ledges and wrought iron fixtures. Inside, the 90-room hotel doubles as a Portuguese museum, with lobby and floor niches throughout displaying national art handpicked from local museums.

Pousada de Lisboa--part of the Pestana Hotel Group--snagged celebrated rising star chef Tiago Bonito, the first chef in the Algarve to win the National Chef of the Year Award, to head its Lisboeta restaurant. Expect classic Portuguese dishes refashioned with contemporary technique, like black Iberian pork from Alentejo with orangi mushrooms and dusted with black garlic shavings, best consumed beneath the translucent dome of the inner courtyard. Tip: Ask for a duplex room for a stunning view of the Sao Jorge Castle.