Set up on a hill, overlooking the city, this hotel is in the thick of some iconic sights. A stone’s throw from the Marquis de Pombal, the Basilica da Estrela and the Palacio de Sao Bento, and the shops of Baixa and Chiado are within walking distance. For fun weekend nightlife, you might find yourself taking a short taxi to the bars of Bairro Alto and the city’s riverfront nightclubs.
The rooms are classic in style, elegantly furnished and a pretty good size, I felt. All have a polished wooden desk and chairs and king size beds. Each room has a little balcony, either overlooking the hotel courtyard, or out over the city and river in the case of the superior rooms and suites.
Marble is everywhere you look, with over 40,000sqm of the stone being used to deck out the modernist structure. Of course, the marble is counter-pointed by chandeliers and wall fountains – the hotel still positively glistens over 50 years after its construction.
Eating and drinking
The Varanda Restaurant is widely considered one of the best restaurants in town, while the bold red and black Avant-garde Ritz piano bar, is a classy affair filled with whiskey-swilling dignitaries.
As always with Four Seasons, the service was top class.
Who stays there
Some guests have been coming for as long as the hotel has been around, but in general I found it attracted moneyed businessmen and quite a few wealthy families in the summer.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Classic in style, structure and service