The Portuguese word “pousada” usually means no-frills lodging for short stays. That is not what's on offer here. The newest addition to the Pestana Group family is the fulfilment an old promise to the city; some doubters thought Lisbon would never be a part of the Pousadas de Portugal roster. Last year it finally came to be, as this “Pousada” with a capital P moved into a Pombaline-style building in the Terreiro do Paço, which once housed Portugal's Interior Ministry. Inside you will find a cosmopolitan, luxurious hotel, one that proudly displays its commitment to Portuguese arts. Its corridors and salons have art niches with tapestries by Nadir Afonso and sculptures of St. Anthony. The building's original high ceilings and wooden floors have been preserved.
If you are a tourist, you’ll probably end one day cruising at Baixa. Even the locals tend to – you can’t escape it once in a while. And their presence is actually highly recommended to keep the little ratio of Portuguese in the busiest streets of the Lisbon before English becomes the most spoken language in the area. Whether for some vacations in Lisbon or just for a weekend getaway, these are the best hotels in Baixa and Rossio.