by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2014
Outside of Town
In the Serra da Estrela mountains, about three hours north of Lisbon, the 92-room Pousada da Estrela opened in April. Situated at about 4,000 feet above sea level, the property features a spa, a pool and a restaurant.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will open the Six Senses Douro Valley in spring 2015. The 71-room property will feature two restaurants, a spa and a wine academy featuring instruction on the vintages from the area.

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Still one of international travel's best bargains, Portugal has seen very positive growth in the past year, as has its capital. The country ranked number 13 on the International Congress and Convention Association's list of destinations hosting international association conventions in 2013, welcoming 249 such events; Lisbon tied for the number-nine city spot, hosting 125 association gatherings in 2013.  

Portugal's hotels, not surprisingly, are enjoying a surge of visitors. STR Global's numbers show that the country's hotel industry posted double-digit growth in April 2014 over April 2013, and the city's occupancy grew by 15 percent year-over-year.  

Property Updates 
The transformation of the Fontana Park Hotel into the 139-room DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon-Fontana Park is complete. In Saldanha Square, about three miles from the airport, the hotel retains design elements that recall its earlier incarnation as an iron factory. The property features traditional Portuguese cuisine in its Saldanha Mar Restaurant, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas, seven meeting rooms, a round-the-clock business center and a 24-hour fitness center.

Dolce Hotels and Resorts is now managing the 151-room CampoReal Resort in Turcifal, just outside Lisbon, renaming the property the Dolce CampoReal Lisbon. Among the amenities are three restaurants, a golf course, a spa and an equestrian center, plus about 21,000 square feet of meeting space. The resort is now a member of the International Association of Conference Centers.

In celebrating its 40th anniversary, the 300-room Hotel Altis has changed its name to the Altis Grand Hotel. The luxury property features three restaurants serving Portuguese and international fare, three bars, a spa, a swimming pool and more.

Industry Event
The Professional Convention Management Association will hold its second annual Global Professionals Conference Aug. 26-28, at the Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument in Lisbon. "We've got a phenomenal program in place for meeting executives looking to educate themselves on getting the most out of meeting in Europe," said PCMA COO Sherrif Karamat. More information about the invitation-only event can be found at