We stayed at Lisbon’s Heritage Av. Liberdade for our last few days in Europe. We had previously stayed in another hotel in the same group many years ago (the Solar do Castelo) and thought very highly of the property and so had been looking forward to our stay at Heritage Liberdade. We were not disappointed.
We arrived at the hotel before 10:00 A.M. and assumed we would check our bags at the desk and explore Lisbon until the room was ready. The young woman at the front desk greeted us with a pleasant and welcoming manner, always a good start to any stay, and informed us that our room was ready.
The room was, in short, beautiful. The overall vibe was modern, but there remained many touches that reminded of a traditional history. The floor to ceiling windows opened to allow fresh air if desired but when closed, effectively shut out the noises of the city. The pale paneling and the hardwood floors gave the room warmth and a welcoming aspect. Although the room was not especially large, it was sufficiently ample for comfort and the high ceilings gave it a spacious, airy feel.
The bathroom was a spacious, oblong affair (we were in room number 30) with both a shower and a tub. The fixtures had a somewhat dated styling that, along with the tiling, I liked very much. additional features included a heated towel rack, double sink and Molton Brown amenities.
Our room looked out onto stately, tree-lined Av. Liberdade. This central location was very convenient and allowed us to easily walk into the center of Lisbon. There are also many restaurants and places of interest nearby. One evening we walked (about five minutes) toward the center of town and had an enjoyable dinner at Restaurant Pinoquio. The restaurant was crowded and we had to wait a little to get a table, but the friendly service and fresh seafood did not disappoint. Thanks to the hotel staff for the recommendation.
We also went out for an early walk the first morning and sampled some pasteis de natal, or egg pastries, with coffee for breakfast. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but a breakfast buffet is laid out on the bar every morning. It is not extensive, but is perfectly adequate. There is also a Nespresso coffee machine and a good selection of teas to get you going. Breakfast is included with the room (as is Wi Fi).
When not serving as a breakfast buffet, the bar is available for a cocktail and even offers guests free samples of port (as did the Solar do Castelo during our earlier stays). There is also a fitness room and a lap pool in the building, but we did not try those. Other facilities include a small library (above the main desk) with two computers available for guest use.
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Heritage Av Liberdade. The welcoming and professional staff, the beautifully renovated property and the convenient location combined to make a complete package. I would happily return to this hotel, or try another one of the Heritage properties, should I get the chance to return to Lisbon.
The Heritage Liberdade web site may be found by clicking here.
The Heritage group has a small collection of boutique hotels in Lisbon. The group’s web site may be found by clicking here.
An earlier blog review (2010) may be found by clicking here.