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Located in an imposing position at the top of the Avenida da Liberdade, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is arguably Lisbon’s most prestigious and historic hotel. Commissioned under the Salazar dictatorship as an ostentatious show of wealth, the exterior is a case study in modernist architecture is somewhat of an acquired taste, however, once you step through the doors you are immediately immersed in classic Four Seasons style. A palatial marble lobby with a huge array of hanging orchids leads through to a comfortable lounge, formal dining room and elegant hotel bar. A range of artwork and tapestries adorn the walls, lending to the overall air of sophistication.

Almost all of the 282 guest rooms boast their own private terraces with views of the surrounding city or Eduardo VII Park. Each of the spacious rooms is decorated in a classic style and well-appointed with the traditional amenities you would expect in a hotel of this quality.

A particular highlight of the hotel is the top floor gym which has an outdoor rooftop running track which offers sweeping views right across Lisbon. The hotel also boasts an extensive spa with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation area overlooking the garden and park.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

The rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon are classically styled in muted tones and sumptuous fabrics. The emphasis here is on quality with comfortable beds, fine linens and marble bathrooms equipped with large double sinks, separate bath and shower, and thick, fluffy robes. All the rooms are spacious and almost all offer their own private balcony area with outdoor seating. Complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and smart TV come as standard across all room categories.

Location

Situated right at the top of Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade, the hotel is a little removed from the heart of the city. Directly outside, you’ll find the Eduardo VII Park and a monument to the Marquis de Pombal. The downtown Baixa area can be reached on foot downhill in around 30 minutes, however, it may be better to get a taxi back up the hill after a long day of sightseeing.

Food and Drink

An extravagant buffet breakfast is served each morning in the grand main dining room. An extravagant buffet affair, you’ll find a large selection of pastries, cereals and fruit along with cold meats and cheese. Eggs are cooked to order and served to the table along with fresh tea, coffee and orange juice. Afternoon tea is offered in the Almada Negreiros Lounge, while the Ritz bar is open for drinks and a light daily food offering. The small O Japonês restaurant offers a menu of fresh sushi from Tuesday to Friday and the main Varanda Restaurant, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Pascal Meynard, is open for fine dining throughout the week.

Facilities and Activities

The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon boasts an extensive spa complete with indoor pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation area. A range of treatments and massages is also available. On the top floor of the hotel there is a large gym surrounded by the hotel’s rooftop running track that offers panoramic views across Lisbon, well-worth a visit even if you do not plan on working out. Round-the-clock business and concierge services are also on offer.

Our opinion

Classically sophisticated, the hotel has truly mastered the art of high end service. Even if you don’t plan to use the gym, we recommend heading up to the rooftop running track to admire the views across Lisbon.

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