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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We visited Sofitel @ the end of September for a weekend. Hotel is let down an probably the worst sofitel we have being in. Lack of maintenance and poor service.
We had a bad experience with Ricardo from reception.
No real concierge on the Hotel for the weekend so the reception people “double hat” with low service attitude. I ask for some tickets and Ricardo from reception was like l, this is not my job, I can inform you of the event but that is it, no real desire to serve or understanding of customer service.
This is a Sofitel let down and I have stayed at several over the years, this needs an improvement or remove the brand from it.
Great location for visiting Lisbon. The staff also goes out of their way to be helpful, Junior suite very pleasant but make sure you get room on the back and a high floor or you get a lot of noise from the street. Breakfast buffet excellent. On the whole, a good choice in Lisbon.
This is the best place to stay in Lisbon. Best location, best team, best people and best accommodation. The junior suite is wonderful and the bedding as usual perfect with SOFITEL. The staff is very dedicated and we feel at home. Thank you