Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
What We Love
- Location on Lisbon’s grandest avenue, within walking distance of the historic center
- Bose radio-alarm with iPod and iPad dock in every room
- Fluffy robes and Hermès and Lanvin toiletries add a touch of class to the bathrooms
- Free, unlimited bottled water is offered as part of the turn-down service
What To Know
- The gym is small, and the range of equipment is modern but limited. There’s no pool
- There's one restaurant and one bar on-site, but there are lots of dining options close by
- In-room WiFi does not always work as seamlessly as it should
- Geared toward business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Behind a grand façade on Lisbon’s tree-lined boulevard Avenida da Liberdade, this luxe hotel combines cutting-edge style and a classy location. A huge revolving door leads through to an elegant lobby furnished with pale stone, dark wood and red and gold flourishes. The ground-floor Intra-Muros bar is glamorously decked out with scarlet upholstery, gilt vases, bronze gongs and works from 1920s China and Macau, evoking the city’s Oriental connections.
Bed and Bath
In the guestrooms, a palette of creamy rose and ochre is offset by dark wood furniture and red silhouette prints. Extremely comfortable MyBeds (King, Queen or Twin) make a lazy room service breakfast all the more appealing. They come with down pillows, but hypoallergenic bedding is available on request. Black-and-white bathrooms have rainfall showers and luxe toiletries from Hermès and Lanvin. There’s a good mix of techy amenities and luxe extras, such as iPod docks and free WiFi and a turn-down service that includes spring water and chocolates.
The Intra-Muros lobby bar is a top spot for classy cocktails and serves an impressive portfolio of port and Madeira labels. Wines from the Douro, Alentejo and Setubal vineyards are on the menu at the AdLib restaurant, where chef Daniel Schlaipfer offers French-Portuguese fusion dishes. There are lots of great bars and restaurants nearby too. The hotel’s Golden Key concierges can provide suggestions and make dinner reservations. There’s no spa on-site, but in-room massages can be arranged to soothe the kinks after a day’s sightseeing. For drivers, the hotel’s underground garage is a boon in a part of the city where parking spaces are very hard to find.
In the Area
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 Casino de Estoril, one of Europe’s oldest, grandest and biggest casinos. Non-gamblers can enjoy its glitzy club, Jezebel, which transfers to nearby Tamariz Beach in summer.
How to Get There
Just back from Lisbon. Absolutely loved the city. I stayed in the Sofitel. The staff were amazing, they all ensured my stay was memorable. The lovely gentleman at reception who gave me tips on where to go and the easiest way to get there. All the restaurant staff who looked after me. The food was amazing. It was my birthday when I was there, when I returned to the hotel after a day of site seeing all the reception staff sang happy birthday to me. I was given a glass of sparkling wine. When I went to my room there was a lovely cake and a balloon saying happy birthday. On the evening I went into the hotel restaurant called AdLib and the staff in here were also excellent. I was given a dessert with a candle in with a cocktail to round off my evening. All the staff in the hotel went above and beyond to ensure my stay was memorable. I would certainly recommend this hotel to everyone.
I traveled with my sister on a business trip and we were thrilled with the hotel service from the moment we entered the hotel. The reception staff was truly amazing, and I would highlight Philip, one of the concierge staff, who was extremely helpful, courteous, always available to help and we would never miss out a nice smile and him inquiring on how our trip is going. Hotel is lovely but what really made the difference is the staff. Thank you!
Had a wonderful experience at the Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade. Personnel was so friendly and helpful with recommendations on a variety of things including restaurants, tourist spots to see and money exchange places. The location was absolutely ideal since many of the top sights and neighborhoods are all within an easy walk. The room was nicely appointed and the bed was extremely comfortable especially after arriving after a long flight. Our room had a view over the avenue as well. We had a delightful letter in our room welcoming us which was a nice touch. We visited the bar one evening which was enjoyable although we did not dine at the restaurant that was here. I would definitely stay here again especially because of the great staff and location.
The hotel is very well situated,near the metro and the bus station,and nearby of the center.The room was clean,comfortable,the staff is competent.the restaurant is very nice,and the meals very good.A very good experience
Comfortable room. We have king size, very comfortable bed; smaller bathroom that was completely functional. Good breakfast buffet with both local and american options. Great coffee and bread. nice bar with reasonably priced drinks. Great manager, and senior staff. Central and we easily walked everything but Belem and Sintra. But this is not a luxury hotel...it is a nice place, good value, clean, comfortable....but not a four seasons. Note that it is not priced like a four seasons either. (you get what you pay for in every market)
One small thing: We arrived by taxi, and were asked to pay double what was on the meter. We asked the doorman to advise he shrugged and told us to negotiate. That was wrong. Left a bad taste...clearly we were being swindled and wished the doorman stood up for us. ( Pay the taxi meter....this is not a negotiation.) I wish the doorman was more transparent...he was supporting someone that was trying to swindle us. GM of hotel told us that taxi thing is common and to take uber next time.