Located on Avenida da Liberdade, a picturesque tree-lined boulevard, the Sofitel Lisbon is centrally located for exploring Lisbon and taking part in some serious shopping. With shops including Armani, Cartier, Hackett and Chanel also situated on the Avenida, there are plenty of luxury brands to satisfy the high flyers, but being within walking distance to the historic quarter and Barrio Alto, the more bohemian area of Lisbon, The Sofitel Hotel is a great base for those keen to explore all Lisbon has to offer.
We began our stay on a Saturday afternoon. Check-in was smooth, with the staff at reception extremely courteous and welcoming. We spoke about where we would like to go and the concierge provided loads of local knowledge and tips as to where to go and what to expect. Everyone I spoke to in the hotel seemed to be multi lingual and slipped into their required languages with ease. It really made me want to give my Rosetta Stone sets another go!
Our room wasn’t ready when we checked in to the hotel so we spent some time by the bar, exploring the Sofitel’s extensive cocktail menu and enjoying the regal library style surrounding. The absinthe stand was very temtping but at 2pm we thought maybe it was too early to test it out.
We stayed in a Luxury room for the duration of our stay. The room was a decent size for a European hotel with ample storage and a nice seating area. The bathroom had a dual overhead and hand shower as well as a large bath. The bathrobes were super luxurious and soft. I forget the brand, but my partner in crime for this short weekend break was impressed as the robes are a brand stocked in Harrods, which supposedly fly off of the shelves due to their amazing quality. For me, the highlight of the room was the super king bed and entertainment system.
We had lovely views over the Avenida da Liberdade, which on the Saturday, was filled with beautiful antiques stalls selling an array of precious finds, from snuff boxes and jewellery stands to bronze statues and old type writers.
The staff at Sofitel Lisbon were wonderful, helpful and very knowledgeable. I didn’t have a chance to try out the restaurant as we ate out for each meal but it was always very crowded when we passed it, which is a good sign!
I would stay at Sofitel Lisbon again. It was very easy to get to from the airport using the metro system and was literally a two minute walk once we were out of the station. It was ideally located for exploring Lisbon and within such a short walk from so many amazing bars and restaurants.