French sophistication in elegant Lisbon
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade adds sophistication and classic luxury to one of Lisbon’s most stylish avenues, Avenida da Liberdade. If shopping is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed here, as the hotel is surrounded by high-fashion boutiques.
The hotel’s décor blends its French origins with a local touch, giving it a discreet elegance and refinement. Use of dark exotic woods, gold taupe and teal accents along with some Asian relics and works of art harking back to the period of the Portuguese discoveries lend the place a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
These touches make the Liberdade feel more like an intimate boutique hotel, rather than a big brand.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Because of its setting on Avenida da Liberdade, this Lisbon hotel is just a short stroll from a host of haute stores, including Hugo Boss, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. It’s a shopper’s paradise.
• The AdLib restaurant is a popular lunch spot for local executives from surrounding banks and office buildings, and they have good taste. The “Taste of Lisbon” lunch is an excellent introduction to some of the city’s most famous dishes, and service is efficient and friendly.
• Sip Madeira in the hotel’s cocktail bar, a dark, slick space with Asian art at the back of the lobby.
• Stay in an Opera Suite and you’ll receive complimentary Mercedes limousine service and a chauffeur.
What to Know
• Sofitel is a French hotel chain, so don’t be surprised if you are greeted with a cheery, “Bonjour!” rather than a “Good morning!,” as it’s group policy.
• Sign up for the free Sofitel Le Club card, valid at all Accor Hotels. It offers a number of complimentary benefits, including a welcome drink on arrival and room upgrades on availability.
• Make sure to fill out your pre-arrival questionnaire. Depending on the reason for your travels, the luxury hotel will tailor its welcome amenities to your needs. Balloons and champagne for an anniversary or chocolates for a romantic getaway, perhaps. Other specific requests can be accommodated.
• Request a accommodations facing Avenida da Liberdade for a nice city view.
• This hotel has no pool or spa although in-room beauty treatments and massages can be arranged.
• The hotel has a total of 163 rooms, including eight Junior Suites, three Prestige Suites and an Opera Suite.
• Junior Suites have a sitting room with optional sofa bed for extra guests and two bathrooms, one of which with a tub, making them a practical option for families.
• The top-floor Opera Suite offers a large private terrace with a wonderful view stretching all along the avenue up to Eduardo VII Park and down to the River Tagus.
• Adults will appreciate that bathrooms come stocked with Hermès amenities, while younger guests will enjoy the Le Petit Prince gift set, another nod to the hotel’s French credentials.
• The Avenida da Liberdade is perhaps the best attraction. It is an elegant tree-lined boulevard that is sometimes called Lisbon’s Champs-Élysées.
• For top-notch fine dining, experience Eleven by celebrated Joachim Koerper. The German Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux has worked at a number of Europe’s top restaurants. Eleven is located at the top of Eduardo VII Park behind the Amalia Rodrigues Gardens.
• The estufas (cool greenhouses) at Eduardo VII Park are a enticing way to spend a hot afternoon in the shade. The greenhouses date back to 1910 and have a huge variety of exotic flora.