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Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. The accommodations below are featured on this expedition.
A deluxe hotel housed in a 19th-century palace with beautiful gardens, the Pestana Palace is classified as a “National Monument.” Located between the waterfront district and the city center in the Alto de Santo Amaro district, it is comfortably close to such important Lisbon monuments as the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Public rooms feature beautifully restored period furniture and Baroque décor.
Built around a 15th-century former convent, the Convento do Espinheiro has lovely gardens on a 20-acre estate and is just a mile from the city walls of historic Évora, a World Heritage site. A sensitive restoration successfully marries past and present: the former wine cellar contains a gourmet restaurant, the monks’ kitchen is now a unique piano bar, and the Gothic cistern has been transformed into a delightful area for wine tastings.
Located in the historical, cultural, commerical, and financial heart of old Seville, the Gran Meliá Colón recently completed an extensive renovation incorporating Belle Epoque, Andalusian, and modernist influences.
Situated on a scenic bluff alongside the Alhambra, the Alhambra Palace Hotel commands the city’s most panoramic setting. Embellished with Moorish-style mosaic tiles, arches, and ornate carvings, the newly renovated hotel has served visitors to Granada since 1910. Every window, terrace, and balcony provides a view of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada or the lush green plains of the Vega. Guest rooms, while on the small side, are comfortably decorated in subdued traditional décor to balance the opulent public areas.
The Hotel Wellington is located in Madrid’s elegant Salamanca neighborhood next to beautiful Buen Retiro Park, which belonged to the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century. Among the Wellington’s several restaurants are Goizeko, which features sophisticated and innovative Basque dishes, and Michelin-rated Kabuki, serving Japanese cuisine.