EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate for Junior Suites
- The rooftop infinity pool overlooks Lisbon’s skyline and the Atlantic Ocean
- Flor-de-Lis restaurant serves brunch every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- The hotel opened in March 2013
- Switch Supper Club is currently closed, with an opening date to be announced
- Upscale pool and bar is currently closed, with an opening date projected for May 2014
- The gym is open 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In Lisbon’s Amoreiras neighborhood, a short walk from the city’s main thoroughfare, Avenida da Liberdade, the EPIC SANA Lisboa is a contemporary crash pad with a sleek rooftop infinity pool. Striking artworks, hefty sculptures and oversize ceiling lights adorn the lobby, which is also home to a restaurant and a marble-effect horseshoe bar. The 311 guestrooms are done in mahogany, cream and teal, and the bathrooms are separated from the bedrooms by a glass wall (with a blind that can be lowered for privacy). Rooms start at 323 square feet, and all feature kingsize beds, bathtubs and separate showers, Nespresso coffee machines, pillow menus and bluetooth-enabled sound systems. Flor-de-Lis is an all-day dining spot on the ground floor that serves Portuguese dishes and a Saturday brunch, and the rooftop bar is open May to October for cocktails and light bites. The mammoth spa overlooks a botanical garden and has an indoor pool, or you can pop up to the roof to take a dip in the infinity pool, which overlooks Lisbon’s skyline.
In the Area
The huge Amoreiras Mall is just down the street and open until 11 p.m. every day. Take a guided tour of Lisbon’s mind-blowing street art. The city has become a world graffiti capital, and the local government even has a department dedicated to promoting it. Take the Elevador de Santa Justa from Baixa to Largo do Carmo, a neo-Gothic wrought iron elevator dating from 1902. It was state-of-the-art when it opened, and the views from the 150-foot-high platform are still impressive. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has a wondrous collection of 6,000 ancient and modern artifacts and works of art, and on Sunday afternoons it hosts free concerts. Try your luck at the Casino de Estoril, one of Europe’s oldest, grandest and biggest casinos. Non-gamblers can enjoy its glitzy club, Jezebel, which moves to nearby Tamariz Beach in summer.
How to Get There
The facilities are wonderful, luxurious and ultra modern. The service is attentive, friendly and impeccable. My husband and I felt very comfortable and at home.
The TV in the mirror was a little daunting however as we never were able to figure out how to turn it off and keep it off.
Breakfast was a cornucopia of delights, but you can still have omelettes and pancakes, etc., made to order. The restaurant was the only place I got good American coffee on the Iberian peninsula. The gym was sufficient and the pool was relaxing, though not for laps. The large sauna was great but the steam room was not hot enough.
The hotel is located a bit away from the center but it was only about 5 Euros to get into town.
We must have stayed at hundreds of hotels in over 70 countries, but the EPIC Sana Lisboa is the best.
The only downside is the location, which is about a 35 minute walk from the entre of Lisbon. It is also situated at the top of a steep hill.
In terms of the rooms, service and food, however, it would be hard to find better. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. The shower and bath were faultless; the air conditioing efficient and SILENT. Being seniors with diminishing eyesight, we are often critical of hotel room lighting. The lighting in the EPIC Sana is very bright with all the fittings having multiple bulbs.
The breakfast buffet was simply sensational.
A great place to stay.
The hotel is very modern and well maintained. Our room was clean spacious and very comfortable. Apart from breakfast we did not use the hotel for other meals. We were more than satisfied with the choice and quality of the breakfast service however.