NH Liberdade is part of the rapidly expanding Spanish hotel chain, this stylish and modern Lisbon hotel is popular with both business clients and design-conscious tourists. The matt black feng shui-inspired interior is a mixture of eye-pleasing angles and tasteful order. Rooms are more like mini-apartments, with basic kitchen and coffee-making facilities. And with complimentary video game consoles and pay-to-view films, it’s surprising anyone actually steps outside! If the lure of creature comforts does prove too strong, don’t worry: specially commissioned photographs of Lisbon feature as a permanent exhibition in every room. The bedroom colour schemes vary, depending on how much light they receive. Such attention to detail is both admirable and rare for a hotel chain of this size. Guests are offered a ‘pillow menu’ on arrival, along with an extremely generous selection of bathroom toiletries. A roof-top terrace commands fantastic views of the city and cocktail parties can be arranged for groups on request. NH is one of the few hotels in Lisbon with a swimming pool. But if you’re training for the Olympics, forget it – it’s strictly for lounging.