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In Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, next door to the metro stop and within walking distance of a park
On a quiet street in Sao Sebastiao de Pedreira, the Real Palacio is a bit removed from the main action of Lisbon, located south of the hotel near the water and Avenida da Liberdade. But it is in a quaint area with some tree-lined streets (and is on a tree-lined street itself). An upscale shopping center and a park are within walking distance (although, with the traffic, guests may prefer to drive). But many sights are easily accessible (and not far away) via public transportation.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a beautiful, colorful city overlooking the Atlantic. Like Rome and San Francisco, Lisbon is a city built on seven hills; but it has an Athens-like vibe with white-washed, red-roofed buildings, a fishing community, and laid-back people. Though many buildings were destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1755, Lisbon still has a rich history (including historic buildings and cobblestone streets).
Originally referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world," Lisbon was a major importer of exotic goods from Europe and Asia. But nowadays, Lisbon can be overlooked due to the popularity of the quaint, seaside beach towns nearby. But those who love the city can tell visitors the many things they miss when skipping over Lisbon; it is a city of iconic historic buildings (such as St. George's Castle), extensive museums, and fabulous shopping -- particularly for gold, silver, and antiques.
The 147-room Hotel Real Palacio feels like two separate hotels. Though all guests can enjoy the elegant lobby, which features antique furniture, classic artwork, and lots of natural sunlight from the windows framed with floral curtains, only 12 guests can stay in the Palace rooms, housed in the 17th-century palace. These rooms, though not ultra-luxurious, are decorated in a Rococo style reminiscent of when the palace was built; they feature canopied beds and rich curtains in pastel colors. But all other guests stay in rooms in the main building, which lack the historic look and feel. Instead, they have blonde, IKEA-like furniture and beds accented with striped red runners. All guests have access to the hotel's many amenities, which include two restaurants (one with a free breakfast buffet) and a health club outfitted with a fitness room, a Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and one treatment room (which offers limited spa services). But the location is somewhat removed from the action.