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
We were looking for a December break and plumped for Lisbon, never having been here before. We were looking for a hotel that met the following criteria:
4* comfort and style
small and personal (around 40 rooms)
traditional styling rather than modern
as near to the centre of the Old Town of Lisobon as possible (walking distance)
We found this hotel as part of a 4 day British Airways Citybreak, including flights from Heathrow and a prepaid transfer; so for 2 adults it cost around £800 and the deal EXCLUDED breakfast. (purchasable for around €12 per head)
This hotel met all the criteria. We had selected a superior room, it could be reached (4th floor) by stairs or a decent lift, which gave us an interior bathroom with the room facing a side road, and 2 windows (no balcony - though most rooms seemed to). It was stylish with decent heating and a large, comfortable bed. The decor was a mixture of contemporary and period, with a wooden floor. The TV was fine, though the BBC and CNN did drop out after about 30 seconds which was annoying. Wi Fi was excellent throughout. The tiled interior bathroom had bath, bidet and shower over the bath, though there was a bulb out over the sink mirror, which took a couple of days to replace. Everything else worked to specification. There was a sizeable wardrobe with hanging space and shelves containing a minibar and electronic safe. Plugs and connectors were available and good for a UK tourist with an adaptor and USB connections..
The rest of the hotel consisted of reception and a comfortable lounge which doubles as a bar and breakfast room, depending upon the time of day. Breakfast is both continental and UK style fry up, which is served on heated trays. You can book the room inclusive of breakfast or opt to pay as used, which given the array of food available outside is perhaps better). There is plenty of tea and coffee on hand to start the day which not only continues through the day and evening free of charge (with a choice of around 7 or 8 teas) but is augmented by FOC port and fortified wine (both free!!) and biscuits.
The staff were extremely helpful at all times, offering advice if required on restaurants, places and sites to visit and were happy to arrange taxi's etc if required.. The desk is available 24 hrs.
The hotel itself is at the bottom end of the Avenida Liberdade, which is the main street "north and south" through the old town of Lisbon, which means that nowhere in the old town is more than a 15 minute reasonably brisk walk. In 3.5 days we managed to walk everywhere in the old town, as well as taking a taxi to the Belem Tower (on the edge of the old town and a "must"), as well as the castle (again a must for a fantastic view across the old town).
Be aware that the town is much hillier than we expected, so comfortable shoes are mandatory.
Shopping is a must and is available from designer shops, tourist shops, or local style shops for more specific goods (high end shoes etc....) They are open most of the time though I think they close Sunday afternoons (not sure so check)
Restaurants abound, which is good for grabbing a sandwich and obligatory nata ( a type of custard tart, which is a local delicacy) and glass of port for lunch (around €10 for 2) and there are many within a short walk - we managed "local" style restaurants (from around €50 for 2 including wine and a couple of courses, to around €90)as well as more generalised steakhouse etc.
Travel is straightforward - either by taxi, metro, tram or bus and you use either specific tickets or travelcards - be aware there are a number of options depending upon how often you want to use public travel and where you want to go (different travel companies), so it is best to talk to the team at reception, who are happy to advise - their English is mostly excellent.
In summary, the hotel is stylish, intimate and superbly located; to be used as a good hub for a weekend break - we are definitely going back to Lisbon as it is a wonderful city and we will be returning here
My husband and I stayed at the Heritage Avenida Liberdade in November, 2018 for 3 days. We liked the location very much and the breakfast was wonderful with several choices. The room and bathroom were large and well maintained. The only comment I would suggest is for coffee to be available in the room. We were easily able to take the elevator down to get coffee which was available 24 hours - so it would not prevent me from staying here again. Personnel were helpful and friendly!!
This hotel is literally around the corner from so many things it just depends on what your holiday plans are to begin with. We went with friends and to be honest it was exactly as we expected and on some levels better than we could have hoped. We were going for a wonder either on foot or public transport as we didn't want to be bothered with a car. There are trams, Taxis(which were very reasonable approx 15 euros to the airport) tuc tuc, funicular, bikes etc so all options were catered for.
The hotel offered a friendly greeting and never really went over the top to interact with you other than passing the time of day. All said when we did need some advice or direction they were very helpful. The rooms were enormous albeit a little tired in places but thats just being picky because we had a solid nights sleep and the beds were very comfortable. Housekeeping were good change of towels, shampoos etc. The hotel offered free port/moscatel wines throughout the day and night which was a nice touch.
The only down side is the bar and seating area turns into a breakfast location every morning which was not ideal. The seating and tables were at an awkward height and there was no centre to anything as it was somewhat squashed into a tight space not meant as a buffet breakfast area.
There are loads of places nearby if this bothers you and good value as well so no big deal.
This hotel is a good location and we got exactly what they promised to deliver.
This boutique hotel is a delight from first to last. We stayed here at both the beginning and the end of our road trip and it provided both the perfect introduction and a glamorous farewell.
Staff are uniformly friendly and helpful, always willing to assist in even the smallest way.
The rooms are very large, fascinating and attractive in their heritage features and well-furnished and equipped.
The breakfasts are ample, fresh and tasty and the bottles of port and muscat are very welcome touches of hospitality, as is the ability to make a cup of tea (from a very wide selection of flavours) or coffee at any time in the lobby.
The location is great - in the middle of the downtown area and only a ten or fifteen minute walk to the river. Plenty of tourist attractions in the vicinity and the hotel has arranged free admission to two museums.
A gem - stay there!
An impressive small, quiet, hotel, very centrally located and convenient for a long weekend in Lisbon. Has a small pool and gym, a well stocked bar and great buffet breakfast. Perfect for a couples weekend. We had a spacious room on level E, it was for a special birthday and the staff even brought up a bottle of bubbly on ice!! Large comfortable bed, spacious room and ensuite with good window shutters so can't hear any road noise. Would definitely go back there.
Easy to catch the Aero bus back to the airport as the stop is only a couple of hundred meters away from the hotel.
Had a problem with the bathroom radiator not working which we reported.
Liked the complimentary evening port in the bar area as a nightcap!