21 Feb Four Seasons Lisbon
We were lucky enough to spend a few nights in Four Seasons Lisbon this time and had an experience that went way beyond our expectation that I want to dedicate the entire post to review this great hotel.
The location of this hotel was not exactly at the heart of the touristy areas in Lisbon, it’s on in a quieter but upscale neighbourhood and that’s the first thing I really liked about it. Our Uber ride from the airport to the hotel only cost us 8 euros, it’s actually fairly cheap.
Check in process was smooth and quick, and we spent some time just to check out the lobby, restaurants and shops in the property. The hotel was massive and the most impressive part was the art displayed in different areas. They even had an app for the guests to download and check out the artist information and story behind each piece. There’s also a shop carrying some very nice selection of vintage Chanel, Hermes and jewellery, actually quite interesting to check out.
Now let’s get into the room. The size was so spacious with more than enough space to sleep, lounge and work. The view overlooking the city from the balcony was gorgeous as well. The marble bathroom was also massive that for sure I had more room than what I needed. The room was not particularly fancy as other Four Seasons properties but overall it’s very cozy and comfortable. For the evening turndown service, they would put slippers and towels right beside the bed, so our feet wouldn’t even have to touch the carpet when we went to bed.
The gym on the top floor was another cool feature and there’s even an outdoor running track on the rooftop. Although I wasn’t prepared to work out, we watched one of the most beautiful sunrises from the rooftop. The view was simply stunning. We checked out the pool
Vintage Car Tour
We also joined a half day vintage car tour organized by the concierge to visit a handful of popular attractions, local spots and hidden gems in the city. Joao – our local guide was so knowledgeable and funny to be around with! What I can say is we didn’t need a travel guide book anymore because he probably gave us better and more detailed information. He was also very honest about some top tourist attractions simply not worth the admission fee or the long wait. Four Seasons Ritz offers this tour exclusively to their guests and highly recommend this fun, interesting and interactive way to explore Lisbon.
The dining options in Four Seasons Ritz are excellent. We had buffet breakfasts for our entire stay and very much enjoyed the huge selection of pastries, fruits, yoghurt, and also a great variety of hot breakfast dishes to satisfy my Asian stomach. Staff was very attentive to always check on us to top up our coffee and fresh juice, but always gave us a lot of privacy that they never disturbed us if we were in a conversation. We also had a very nice dinner at the Veranda Restaurant, it’s a Portuguese fine ding restaurant with a French twist. The 5-course tasting menu with wine pairing was mind blowing and by far it’s one of the best meals we had in Europe, in fact even better than many Michelin starred restaurants we have been to. It’s an awesome 3 hours of gastronomic journey. From start to finish, amuse bouche to dessert trolley, everything we had was perfection. For a tasting menu at this price range of 80 euros per person, it’s awesome value! And almost forgot to mention the dining room was classy and beautiful!
Four Seasons Ritz is not the most beautiful property judging by the architecture and room design in today’s standard, but the amenities and service make up for it. Overall we don’t feel it’s any less luxurious than other 5 star hotels we have visited before. There are luxury hotels with the fanciest setting and there are luxury hotels with warm hospitality and the friendly yet professional team to make our stay not only comfortable but unforgettable, Four Seasons Ritz is the latter one.
Disclaimer: We were hosted by Four Seasons Ritz as guests but as always all opinions expressed are my own.