York House, Lisbon
Located in the quiet Lapa neighborhood, the York House hotel is a converted Carmelite convent built in 1606. The surrounding garden and terraces allow for relaxation but the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Rossio square, and the Castle of Sao Jorge are all nearby. The 32 rooms, renovated in 2003, are individually decorated, with wood or antique brick floors, marble bathrooms, accents of wood and tile, and 18th century-style furniture. The bar is located off the terrace, and the restaurant is done with wainscoting of azulejos, crystal chandeliers, and smoky-blue accent walls; French-Portuguese cuisine is served there.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.