Ritz Four Seasons Lisbon, Lovely
Our stay here was truly lovely. The very large and gorgrous orchid arrangement in the lobby sets the tone.The hotel has an ambience that is truly relaxing. The staff, at the Front Desk, Anna and her new trainee, was great. Our room on the tenth floor room looking over the Park was well designed ,after requesting an extra chair, to add the small chair that was there. Actually it was replaced with two arm chairs creating a comfortable space in the room. The large patio had a table for two and was perfect for morning coffee. Coffee however was a little problematic, since there is no coffee maker in the room. It was solved solved by the delivery of all the necessities (hot water pot, individual cup maker for coffee and cups) on a room service table which I managed to empty and place strategically other surfaces.. There is coffee in the lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 and if you are using the fitness center there is quite an adequate spread of coffee, juice and muffins in the lounge on the eleventh floor as an amenity until at least 9am.
The fitness center is one of the best I have ever seen. It occupies most of the eleventh floor and includes a running track with a view of the best of Lisbon.
Speaking of amenities, one of the nicest surprises was an amenity of tea, port, candy, little cakes etc., which differed everyday when we returned to our room. I especially liked the mini éclairs which the pastry chef creates for this purpose.
One of the best surprises was the Bar Restaurant. Not only was the food, as the as good as or better than any we had in Portugal, including a Michelin one star, but they had a special promotion of three courses for 42.50 Euros. Individually priced the three courses would have been almost twice that. The waiters were really attentive and I especially recommend the grouper which in Portugal is a white succulent fish unlike Florida grouper. The beef Carpaccio was delicious as was the chocolate cake.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Five Euros takes you almost everywhere and we took many. However, if the meter price is inflated by a supplement for something other than luggage it should not be. Ask for a receipt or at least take down the number of the taxi. One we took added 4 Euros. I memorized his number, reported it to the front door and sure enough ,when he returned the next night I was told by another taxi driver he was sent away without a passenger. Most drivers seem to take pride in their work and we had many excellent ones.
We spent five nights here using a free fourth night promotion and took two day trips which made for a perfect mix of city and small seaside town and village life.
I looked at several other five star hotels and all in I still think this is the best in Lisbon.
- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa
- Four Seasons Lisbon
- Ritz Lisbon
- Lisbon Ritz
- Lisbon Four Seasons
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Rises from one of Lisbon’s seven hills and is one of the most prominent modern landmarks of the city. Located in the heart of the city within walking distance from the historic "old town." Its restaurant "Varanda" overlooking the park is acclaimed as the city’s most sophisticated restaurant for business lunches or more intimate diners. The Ritz Spa is located on the garden level of the Hotel and offers relaxing views over the garden and the Eduardo VII Park. It features an indoor lap pool, pool lounge area and multi-functional treatment rooms. With a unique setting on the rooftop of the Hotel and offering breathtaking views over the city, the Fitness Centre provides its guests with exclusive facilities and state of the art equipment. ... more less
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