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
Everything about the hotel met or exceeded my expectations. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was excellent. The room was clean, quiet and well maintained. WiFi was sufficient for all requirements.
Stayed for one night in a nice room. The bathroom was luxurious with a huge shower.
Only quibble about the room: when I came back in the evening, the TV had been turned on blaring some sort of loud good night greeting and as the remote had been placed out of reach, it was not immediately clear to me how to control the noise, which must have annoyed other guests as it was unbearably loud for me.
The hotel is not geared to early breakfast. When you arrive at 7, there is practically no staff present to take a coffee order, though the impressive buffet is fully stocked. We asked a waiter if we could order coffee, he affirmed and then went away without asking which type of coffee, so we assumed he had not taken our order and were rather annoyed. However, coffee did arrive after a long wait during which no one else had attempted to take our order. Unfortunately, it was caffe americano and not the capuccino, respectively espresso we had wanted to ask for, so we had to repeat the exercise of ordering.
This is a very good quality hotel, with great staff and in a superb location.
The rooms are very comfortable and well equipped.
It's right next to the Avenida metro station and within easy walking distance of many of the"go to" areas and sights in the city centre
Superb location, spacious rooms, modern and stylish equipment, very nice staff, lot of choice during breakfast, wifi, nespresso in the room, quite room, metro station nearby, 500m to the very heart of Lisboa
This is my third hotel in 3 days. It is a very comfortable hotel. The best bed of the 3 days as it happens. I do like a duck down topper. Service was good. Tv good English speaking news but could do with a few US programmes. Room is nice but in all honesty it’s nearing time for a refurb. Just a little old fashioned. Shower excellent. Breakfast was good but I was first in at 7am and all the ‘hot’ food was cold. It was immediately rectified. No toaster cut bread and give to a waiter to toast. Very slow way of doing it. There is a lot of competition in Lisbon so Sofitel will have to upgrade.