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Lisbon: The Lumiares Hotel Feels Like a Home Away

A luxury lair in Lisbon

By Gary Walther

The Hotel Detective probably isn’t telling you something new when he says that one of the biggest changes in luxury travel in the past decade is the desire among the well-to-do to feel ‘at home away’ rather than to feel ‘away away.’

Rather than savoring the rituals of a luxury hotel sojourn, the desire now is to flop down in front of the TV or the computer, order in, or maybe even make dinner. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a rooftop bar and restaurant–and what about a spa?

So here you have the essence of The Lumiares (pronounced Lumiaresh) in Lisbon, a 53-room boutique hotel-cum-condominium in the Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s old-city. It was created out of a derelict 18th-century palace; the only remnant is the grand interior stairwell … continue reading


Gary Walther, the former editor-in-chief of Departures and ForbesLife, now writes “The Hotel Detective” column on Forbes.com

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