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The best place stay in Lisbon: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Located in the heart of Lisbon, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon sets the standard in luxury five-star accommodation in the city and is the best place to stay in Lisbon. The hotel was built in 1959 by the Dictator Salazar, and designed by award-winning architect Pardal Monteiro, to prove that Lisbon could do luxury as well as any other European capital and he certainly proved himself with this stunning building, and its interior.

Locals still call the hotel the Ritz Hotel, but it was taken over by the Four Seasons group and entirely refurbished. It’s also got a great location, with Lisbon’s narrow streets making traffic a problem, the hotel’s location near the main Avenida de Liberdade provides easy access for guests around the capital. 

The iconic hotel wears the soul of Portugal on it’s sleeve, with art-deco interiors, set against a collection of important contemporary local artwork, and outside from the bedrooms and the rooftop fitness centre you can view the city’s rolling hills, brown roofs and even the sea beyond. A huge marble lobby area, which leads into a formal lounge area, where guests can relax before and after dining in the Varanda Restaurant.

The décor throughout the hotel is grand, there are chandeliers and huge flower displays on gilded furniture, as well as collections of modern Portuguese art, from tapestries to sculptures and paintings. You can also dine on the terrace at the Varanda Bar is you want the alfresco style of dining, or you can head to the luxury spa in the basement, where you will find a 18-metre pool, with spa and sauna rooms. 

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The Best Place Stay in Lisbon

FACILITIES 

There’s a total of 282 rooms including 41 suites, all but 10 with balconies, luxury spa, fitness centre, restaurant, shops and more. And the attentiveness of the staff is second to none; the staff were there for every moment we needed them, both as we arrived for check-in, to dining in the restaurant and for when we needed anything additional in the bedroom.

The staff really do make this hotel what it is and should be commended for their service. This combined with the natural friendliness of the Portuguese and the reputation of the Four Seasons Group means you are delivered an impressive experience. Nothing is too much trouble and whilst it is best known as a business hotel, it’s also an amazing hotel for couples, friends and families. The wonderful spa and fitness facilities, which include a 400-metre running track on the roof of the hotel, are bringing even more travellers to the hotel and their extensive range of experiences, which we got to try on the Saturday of our trip, make it an amazing experience for everyone.

 

EXPERIENCES

The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is the best place stay in Lisbon for a number of reasons, but the element that really made our stay special was the Saturday morning tour of Lisbon in a vintage motorbike with sidecar. All you need is your camera in tow, and your helmet and the professionals will do the rest. The four hour tour of Lisbon is something you’ve never experienced before.

Through a partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, you’ll join a your guide, ours was called Juan, on a tour of Portugal’s capital by vintage motorcycle. They pick you up from the front of the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, and take you on your journey. For four hours you cruise through winding cobblestone streets and around leafy squares to discover the city’s most spectacular spots in Lisbon including: Alfama, Castelo de São Jorge, Bairro Alto and Chiado. At each stop, the guide will offer insights about the city and it’s interesting history!

 

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The Best Place Stay in Lisbon

OUR BEDROOM

Quite possibly the best bit of our stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon was our beautiful bedroom. Located on the fifth floor, we stayed in one of the hotels Premium Rooms, with a balcony overlooking the old town, Eduardo VII Park and our Hotel gardens. The bedroom was 49m2 with lots of space, including a seating area and desk. On arrival there was also a lovely welcome gift from the hotel, a bottle of Port, and some tasty local pasteis!

Our private terrace from the bedroom offered stunning views, we wouldn’t have found elsewhere in Lisbon. It was great to wake up in the morning and stand out on the terrace with a cup of coffee planning our day ahead. Of the 282 rooms and four luxury suites, all but 10 have private terraces with far reaching views over Lisbon.

Our bedroom was opullent with a cream, brown and white hue throughout the rooms, luxury furnishings and a marble bathroom, with his and hers sinks. The deep carpets are something to be desired and the bed was one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in with sumptuous cushions. It was so good in fact on the Saturday afternoon after a long morning, and indulgent lunch me and Sophie headed back to the room for a nap before our evening on the own. The bathrooms are elegantly clad in marble, offering a shower with separate bathtub and toilet. In our bathroom there were an array of amenities including the gorgeous brand L’Occitane. 

 

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The Best Place Stay in Lisbon

FOOD & DRINK

For our time at the hotel we ate only at the Varanda Restaurant at the back of the hotel. We ate here for breakfast each morning, and on the Saturday we also indulged in their iconic weekend brunch. The restaurant also has a magnificent outer terrace with a view towards the Eduardo VII Park, and we were told is a favourite hot spot for politicians and celebrities. At dinnertime, the menu is focused on Portuguese traditional dishes, but we didn’t get chance to head here for dinner on any of the evenings, as we had already made bookings elsewhere. The dinner menu looked amazing though, offering fine-dining dishes such as octopus from the Algarve with smoked sea salt and crunchy sweet potatoes; scarlet shrimps from the Portuguese coast with Beluga lentils and milk-fed veal with green asparagus, a pecorino cheese emulsion with ceps.

Breakfast was a deal in itself with an impressively diverse buffet with an à la carte menu for eggs and more you can order to the table. Set in the middle of the room, the breakfast buffet was a dream, with lots of choice, from pastries, to cheese, to meats, to cake, and everything you could possibly want. You can also order juices from your waiter or waitress if there’s not something already on offer. 

And if that wasn’t enough, the weekend brunch is a special occasion. A welcome drink awaits guests upon arrival, and adults and children will delight in a sumptuous buffet at Varanda Restaurant, specially prepared by Executive Chef Pascal Meynard and his team. The buffet features breakfast favourites such as scrambled eggs, bacon and the delicious Ritz eggs Benedict at the live eggs cooking station, as well as a variety of crepes and waffles and there is even a live cooking station with a different theme each week and selections such as dim sum, bao bao and gyozas. There’s even a seafood, ceviche and sushi station at the buffet, as well as a farmer’s market salad station, an assortment of bread, artisanal national and international cheeses, charcuterie and a variety of jams, honey, muesli and homemade yoghurts. And on the terrace, there is a barbecue station and pizza oven. What more could you want?!

And if you aren’t staying at the hotel I would still recommend coming here for the weekend brunch as a special occasion!

 

The Best Place Stay in Lisbon

SPA AND FITNESS CENTRE

From the moment we arrived at the best place to stay in Lisbon, the offering just kept getting better. Not only is the hotel incredible, opulent and offering an exquisite food experience, there is even a spa and fitness centre.

And we were told that the spa is the finest in the city, with its 18-metre interior pool and over 700 square metres for sports and fitness up on the roof, including a gym, a sauna, a Turkish bath, a Pilates studio and an outer 400-metre track at the top of the hotel. We went for a swim on the Saturday and the whole experience was calming, as we made our way to the changing rooms to put on our robes, then headed to the pool for a swim, before getting some lemon water from the complimentary bar, and relaxing on the sunloungers. After that we headed back to the changing rooms to experience the ice room, the sauna and steam room. The spa also has four treatment rooms offering treatments like the Seven Hills of Lisbon which draws on Portuguese salt for a scrub, followed by orange blossom oil used to massage aching limbs from walking the city. 

And if you want to keep fit whilst staying here, located on the rooftop of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, providing breathtaking views of the city and the Tagus River, is The Ritz Spa Fitness Centre. The area is huge and provides guests with 700 square metres (7,535 square feet) of exclusive facilities to work out in peace. The roof also features three floor-to-ceiling glass walls, with up-to-the-minute equipment including treadmills, bicycles and elliptical machines. And a running track that circles the fitness centre tops it all off, overlooking the wonderful city of Lisbon. 

 
Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88, Lisbon, 1900-123, Portugal. 00 351 21 381 1400
 
Double rooms from €660 (£567) in low season; and from €695 (£597) in high. Breakfast not included but available at €47 (£40) Free Wi-Fi.
 
*I was invited to stay at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon but as always opinions are my own. 
 

 

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