Just steps from the tagus waterfront, the 4 stars hotel jerónimos 8 is a brilliant merging of the best of the portugal's past and present. Located in lisbon's historic belem district, the 1940s building has been reinvigorated by locally-based architects capinha lopes and associates. The revamp allows guests to experience the ornate gables, statues and reliefs of the nearby 16th-century jerónimos monastery while basking in a clean, urban-contemporary vibe. Inside, corridors carpeted in stripes of red, cream and brown lead to the 61 rooms and four suites, each individually designed each boasting profuse natural light, clean white walls, gently-coloured finishings and lavish marble bathrooms with frosted glass panels. Large windows afford stunning views of the square of the empire, tropical garden museum, jeronimós monastery and tower of belem. The hip, red-and-white themed bussaco wine bar serves rare portuguese wines and traditional pastel de belem cream tarts.