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Backstory Located on a quiet tree-lined street across from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Chiado 16 occupies what was once the stately hillside home of the 17th-century bishop of Oporto. While the building was retrofitted by the architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade in this century, it retains the opulence of centuries past.
Room with a View Like Rome, Lisbon is a city of seven hills, so great vistas are the rule rather than the exception. From nearly every room, it seems as if you can touch the mouth of the Tagus River, the Moorish São Jorge Castle or the triumphal Rua Augusta Arch, which commemorates the city’s rebuilding after the devastating 1755 earthquake.
Design Notes The hotel’s six rooms and five suites mix high and low, historic and modern, with aplomb. Wrought-iron balconies, antique wooden tables and leather analyst couches are juxtaposed with artwork featuring Portuguese icons like the Nobel Prize–winning novelist José Saramago and less expected personalities, including Jimi Hendrix, Argentine footballer Diego Maradona and Jesus Quintana (John Turturro’s character from The Big Lebowski). The vibe is pure Lisbon: hip and cultured while still anchored to its imperial past.