Pousada de Lisboa, Portugal: A capital hotel on the banks of the Tagus

Poet, playwright and government minister Antonio Ferro came up with the concept of the pousada in the 1940s: a hotel that offers an authentically Portuguese experience, via itssurroundings and gastronomy. There are now almost 30 pousadas dotted around the Portuguese mainland and islands; many occupy historic buildings in sublime locations. So, it was something of an anomaly that until this summer, there wasn't one in the capital, one of Europe's oldest cities. Happily, an opulent 18th-century sunflower-yellow Pombaline building, once home to Portugal's Interior Ministry, has been repurposed as the latest – and perhaps one of the grandest – of Portugal's pousadas.