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
Our beautiful newly remodeled hotel, The Sofitel Liberdade, is perfectly located, right in the middle of all the designer stores - one of the most beautiful avenues in the city, Liberdade. You can cancel your reservation up to the day of your arrival with no consequence. (Couple this with taking your flight on TAP Airlines, which has just small change or cancellation fee, and you won't need trip cancellation insurance.) Because we stayed a full week, we chose a Junior Suite. Big beautiful contemporary room with everything you could want plus a large sitting room – so 2 bathrooms, 2 TVs, more than ample closet space and mirrors, and Hermes toiletries in emerald green bottles. HIGHLY recommend. Room 317-319. Staff treated us like royalty. Good breakfast with wide variety of foods every morning, which we included in our package.
I had a dozen questions and/or requests each day and was met only with enthusiastic smiles and the most assistance anyone could wish for. Lisbon was magical and we miss being at the Sofitel and working with the staff who tried so hard to please. Ditto for the breakfast staff.
The hotel is located on the bustling Avenida Da Liberdade within easy walking to most of the city's tourist sites, iconic tram stops and metro. A few days before our stay Claudia the Guest Relations Manager contacted us with some suggested activities and concierge support. This was a nice touch and allowed restaurant reservations and early morning transport back to the airport to be arranged in advanced. Cláudia's choice of local restaurants was excellent and we had two good really nights out in places we would never have had found. Our welcome on arrival was helpful and friendly and because we had let Cláudia know we were arriving early the room was already prepared. The room which was the larger luxury room was nicely situated on the 5th floor with a balcony and view across a local public garden. The rooms are well soundproofed with no noise from the street. The beds are excellent with a good nights sleep for the three night stay. The hotel breakfast is outstanding with an excellent choice. Including gluten free options which are on a separate area to avoid contamination. There was ample real fruit juice, tea and coffee to set you up for a days sight seeing. The staff in what ever area they work are friendly and are happy to spend time with you and make you feel part of the family, which all adds to the feel of the hotel. The hotel's restaurant AdLib has an interesting choice of food with substantial portion size, which can make the dessert course a challenge and should not be missed. We left the hotel at 5.00 am and as arranged the car was waiting for us, checkout was seamless . This is a hotel easy to recommend and worth the stay.
We've stayed in Sofitels in other cities in the United States and Europe and all were to our complete satisfaction. Not the Sofitel in Lisbon. The hotel is located in a fashionable area of the city, about a 15 minute walk from some of the major tourist sights. Our contemporary room was poorly designed. The kingsize bed was very comfortable and the TV had all the major English speaking channels. The closets, however, were in the front hallway near the door which made them dark and inconvenient for dressing and putting clothes away. The electrical outlets were few and far between and difficult to access. The bathroom, while ample in size, also was poorly designed. The shower tried to do too much, As a result, it wasn't user friendly and water tended to flow all over the floor. On the plus side, there was adequate room for storage and placement of toiletries. Breakfast was included in our package and the assortment and quality of foods were excellent. The crepes were outstanding. Coffee service was uneven. The Sofitel offered us a $100.00 credit as part of our package which we and the other couples with us used for dinner at Sofitel's restaurant next door. The service was in a laughable state of confusion and my octopus risotto was inferior. The hotel's service was usually excellent--a bottle of champagne and little chocolate cakes for our anniversary were awaiting us when we first entered our room. The front desk staff went out of its way to find us taxis, restaurant reservations and directions. But there were noteworthy service gaps including a request for ice that fell through the cracks.
We were looking for a comfortable hotel in a central location in Lisbon and we were not disappointed! For couples with children (extremely friendly with kids) as well as without - this hotel caters to everyone. The location is fantastic - extremely close to the very city center, accessible for Taxis (25 min from the airport) and buses (longer) and not too loud (lots of traffic)! Space is a luxury in this part of town, so do not expect lavish extra large accommodations! This is not the US!!! The staff is well trained and usually speaks English or French aside from Portuguese.
The breakfast ranges among the best we have ever had! The staff is extremely friendly (genuinely friendly). The only downside is: the rooms are small, so make sure you have a so called "luxury room" (one upgrade) it is still small, but makes a difference compared to the standard rooms and: the breakfast room is downstairs so there are no windows.
We can recommend this hotel without any reservation and would choose it again.
In a great spot on the avenida d Liberdade, all the expectations of a 5 star hotel with great bed, blockout curtains, quiet, nespresso machine & good bathroom etc are met. Rack rate is pretty expensive.