Heritage Avenida Liberdade
What We Love
- The elegant powder-blue 18th-century façade, which is illuminated at night
- The old black-and-white photos of Lisbon in the elevator, literary quotes on the walls and an ancient apothecary in the entrance hall
- The sleek lap pool on the top floor
What To Know
- No restaurant, and room service is limited
- The hotel’s position on one of Lisbon’s main streets makes it an excellent base from which to navigate the capital, but it’s not for those who want a quiet stay
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Artistically designed by Miguel Cancio Martins, both the interior and exterior of this lovely hotel reflect its birth in the 18th century. Original blue and white Pombaline tiles (named after the 18th-century Marques de Pombal, who was responsible for the layout of much of Lisbon) cover the public areas downstairs, while the exterior is graced by original shutters and delicate ironwork balconies. Warm tones and clean lines lend a decidedly modern look to the historic touches.
Bed and Bath
There’s a stately modernism to the rooms with tufted leather wingbacks, monogrammed headboards and historic architectural details. Bathrooms are tiled in brilliant white with a splash of red poppies on the white cotton shower curtains. Fragrant Molton Brown amenities add a luxe touch.
Breakfast is served in the main reception area, with Nespresso coffee and a wide selection of teas on offer. Indulge in the typical Lisbon pasteis de Nata (custard tarts) or some excellent presunto (cured local ham). A glass of port in the evening at the warm, laid-back bar is offered to all guests. Check out the lap pool for a refreshing dip when the temperature soars.
In the Area
Being right in the heart of Lisbon puts everything within easy reach — a good thing in a city that has terrible traffic jams due to its many narrow, ancient streets. On either side of the hotel are designer shops including Burberry and Tod’s, and a short stroll will bring guests to such Lisbon highlights as the 19th-century Rossio Station — a highly ornate neo-manueline structure with horseshoe-shaped arches. Try classic Portuguese fare at the charmingly old-fashioned restaurant Cervejaria Pinóquio, which spills out onto the terrace and has an excellent choice of seafood dishes.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed at this Hotel for three days. Staff was extremely attentive. Rooms and bathrooms were large. The bed was firm. The breakfast had a full selection of options. Tea, lemonade, and port were available free all day. The staff's recommendations for dinner and places to visit were spot on. We found the Avenida Liberdade to have a range of high-end shops and small cafes among the trees serving inexpensive and good wine with live music-it was lots of fun. The hotel was well located and, when needed, we rode a very inexpensive Uber to many of the great/fun neighborhoods.
Checked into hotel after long flight to New York. Very friendly check-in and spoke fluent English. Staff was super accommodating and provided great restaurant and tour recommendations. Rooms are typical of a downtown major city hotel. Bathrooms could use a bit a upgrade but were fine. We loved the free morning breakfast that served until noon -for lazy Americans like us. We would recommend to a friend.
We loved everything about this hotel! The location is central to many things to see/do in Lisbon and is on the main avenue. While there, the 150 year celebration happened right in front of our hotel. Although the festivities lasted until the early morning hours, our room facing the avenue was actually quite quiet with the doors closed. They have breakfast available from 7:30 until noon, which is the most generous time that I've ever experienced in a hotel. Scrambled eggs, bacon, salad, fruit, sardines, cheeses-something for every palate. The staff here are very friendly and accommodating, and our room was extremely comfortable and relaxing. We had to ask the front desk a couple questions and they were very helpful. There is a nice library available where we found a Fodor's Lisbon travel guide which was helpful to review. We ended up planning a beach day, and the staff gave us beach towels to use for this. The pool was a nice surprise that we took advantage of also. The complimentary tarts/wine/tea in the lobby was a welcome touch also. The street right behind the hotel leads to many shops and restaurants worth checking out. This was one of the best hotel stays that we've ever had-we will return when we come back to Lisbon.
Stayed for two nights upon arrival in Portugal and settled right in. Service was top notch, felt we were truly treated like guests. Nice lounge area with refreshments like the oft-mentioned port or muscatel, especially welcome after a half day walking tour of the nearby old town with its hilly terrain and cobbled streets. Some of the best drip perked coffee in Portugal always available and often referred to as "Americano", but much better than the Nespresso stuff that so many reviewerts seem to rave about. Yuck! Room was quite large and retained the heritage touches that we were looking for.
Despite its location in a bustling part of the city our room was very quiet. We were in the middle of the festivities for the biggest celebration of the year and yet the room was quiet when we closed the shutters.
Very comfortable bed, accommodating, friendly staff, what’s not to like?
Also breakfast was served from 7:30-12:00 to accommodate all schedules.
I can never get the buttons to click on ratings below so I will just say that it was very clean, service was excellent, and we were on a package deal so I’m not sure about pricing.