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Passing along the famous main street, Avenida de Liberdade, I arrive at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in style, to be greeted by the attentive doorman who opens the car door and almost magically disappears with the luggage. The Four Seasons service is always impeccable and I have been a fan of Four Seasons Hotel and Resort for some time.
Long considered Lisbon’s premier luxury hotel and located right in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon provides a glorious bird’s-eye view of the city’s stunning historic sites and makes the perfect starting point for exploring its unique architecture. Designed with the intention of marking Lisbon’s name internationally and adding to the prestige of the Portuguese hotel industry, the hotel is truly a landmark establishment in all senses of the word.
This was a hotel built for show and opens on to opulent interiors that reflect this. A huge marble lobby leads into a very formal dining room. The décor is total opulence – think chandeliers and huge flower displays on gilded furniture. A good collection of modern Portuguese art, from tapestries to sculptures and paintings, hang throughout the hotel. You can even download an app to learn about the pieces and the many stories behind the hotel’s doors. The receptionist ushers me to the room where I’ll be staying for the next few nights.
The suite itself is styled with perfect elegance. Decorated by the Foundation Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, with unique replicas of Queen Mary II and King José I furniture, each of the Foundation one-bedroom suites capture the ambience of the late 18th century with magnificent frescos made in the Pillement style. The large living room is separated from the bedroom by a nice foyer entrance and all the suites have private terraces off the bedrooms and living rooms. I love the tones of pale pink and green surrounded by gilded furniture and the bedding is luxuriously soft. The famous Four Season beds never fail to deliver a restorative sleep.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz never ceases to amaze me – there are always hidden gems to discover. The wonderful spa and fitness facilities, which include a 400-metre running track on the roof of the hotel, pilates studios and cardio machines with eye-popping views, all bring in the leisure travellers in droves. The tranquil spa is a huge asset to the hotel. There are just four treatment rooms, hidden in labyrinthine corridors with excellent soundproofing, so the area never feels crowded. Also, the 18-metre wooden-decked central lap pool is bathed in light from floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the gardens, all adding to the feel of being in the middle of an oasis right in the heart of Lisbon.
Four Seasons offers a world-class brunch which you cannot afford to miss during your stay. Why not try a stack of pancakes or smoked salmon bagels? Or perhaps a pair of Ritz eggs Benedict, seafood platters, chargrilled Iberico pork, or a big bowl of granola with a glass of Perrier-Jouët white or rosé champagne? There’s something for everyone in Chef Pascal Meynard’s new weekend brunch – the most indulgent brunch in town which opens every Saturdays and Sundays. A very Ritzy Weekend Brunch to remember!
After a long brunch, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz offers us a vintage car tour around Lisbon – an experience exclusive to the hotel. Get your camera ready and step into the car behind your expert driver, and cruise through winding cobblestone streets and around leafy squares to discover the city’s most spectacular miradouros, Alfama, Castelo de São Jorge, Bairro Alto, Chiado. At each stop, the photographer offers professional insights on framing shots, capturing evocative scenes and working with Lisbon’s beautiful natural light. Your holiday photos will never be the same again! You can check on full of Lisbon’s itinerary here.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz brings out the best and enhances your memories forever, just like myself. What a treat to stay at this stunning hotel in the heart of Lisbon – until next time…
Photos by Robert Morgan