Arrival/Check-in: The early-May weather had thrown the usually sunny city of Lisbon for a loop: Everyone we met apologized as if they personally were responsible for windswept rains that soaked the city. Truth be told, the stormy weather did little to dampen our enthusiasm. We were, however, happy to notice the covered carport when we pulled up in front of the hotel. A valet quickly whisked our bags from the car, took the keys, handed us a parking receipt and drove off — after apologizing for the weather. The spacious lobby was a bright spot on an overcast day. As we checked in, we noticed the cozy lobby bar and vowed to return for a late lunch after dropping our bags in our room. (29/30)
Guest Quarters: Our sixth-floor room was bright and spacious, done in tones of cream, blue and gold. Furnishings included a king-sized bed, a sofa, a coffee table and an ample desk with two chairs so it could double as a dining table. Internet access was easy, but I was a bit put off by the 18-euro-per-day charge. A full-view door swung open to a balcony set with a table and chairs (perfect for al fresco in-room dining) overlooking Eduardo VII Park. The large bathroom had a spacious tub and separate shower, a water closet and two individual sinks. I fell in love with the verbena-scented L’Occitane bath amenities, so much so that I headed straight to my local L’Occitane store to stock up when I returned home. (29/30)
Services/Amenities: The hotel staff was helpful and pleasant throughout our stay. Requests for ice, extra hangers or towels were answered immediately. Concierges were knowledgeable, always ready with “inside” information on the best place for this or that. I regret that I didn’t have time to enjoy the spa. I did check out the fitness center, and I would have loved to swim a few laps in the indoor swimming pool, but time was not on my side. (39/40)
The Experience: Just a short walk from Old Town and within easy distance of major attractions including St. Georges Castle, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is the perfect home base for exploring Lisbon whether traveling on business or for leisure.
Total Score: 97/100– Lisa Matte
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca
tel 351 21 381 1400
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
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