INTERNACIONAL DESIGN HOTEL
BACKSTORY: A hotel since 1910—reputedly once changing hands over a game of cards—this property was the first in Lisbon to install an elevator, telephones and hot running water. The latest quirky incarnation opened four years ago.
DESIGN NOTES: Each guest floor has a ‘mode’: Zen, Urban, Tribe or Pop. It starts in the elevator, where piped-in music corresponds to the floor pressed (Blondie for Pop) and runs through the décor (muted for Zen). Even the scents spritzed in the halls have a theme.
WHAT’S NEW: Bastardo, the bar/restaurant that specializes in modern twists on Portuguese staples, opened this summer. Enormous Art Nouveau windows offer commanding views of pretty Rossio Square and its cobblestone surrounds.
SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: There are four signature drinks on offer here, each—wait for it—in line with the hotel’s quartet of modes. The Tribu, a sweet concoction of Tia Maria, Absolut vodka, coffee and vanilla syrup, is sinfully good.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: On the seventh floor, the “Heaven” lounge has plush sofas, computers, iPod docks and lots of playful features: a painting that folds out from the wall to form a table and picture frames that can be converted into chairs.