I’ve been really excited about sharing this post with you since our visit to Portugal last year. Aside from the usual thrill I get from capturing a new destination, our visit to Lisbon had the added excitement of a video project at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. This is a hotel that epitomises luxury and for us videographers, offers up beautiful shots around every corner. Having explored the lower part of town in the days prior, a visit to Four Seasons allowed us to enjoy the spoils of 5-star accommodation in the cosmopolitan part of town. In fact, we barely left the hotel at all in our two nights there. Instead, choosing to take in the sunset from the rooftop running track (yes, you read that right) and living the fluffy robe life. That said, it’s time to experience the most opulent hotel in Lisbon for yourself…
Our favourite part of shooting this video was capturing the spectacular view from the rooftop. We spent a few mornings and afternoons there watching the city come to life with colour. Even if you’re not on the running track that surrounds the rooftop you can still take in the view from the gym…or my favourite area, the fitness lounge. There we found fresh breakfast snacks like muesli and fruit every morning. And I can tell you that the coffee machine was a life saver during sunrise shoots.
ABOUT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RITZ LISBON
- Managed by Four Seasons since 1997, the hotel was first opened in 1959 and has since seen two full-scale renovations.
- The interior design features tapestries, sculptures and artwork, celebrating Portuguese culture and remaining true to the building’s original spirit.
- Four Seasons is situated near Marques de Pombal metro station, approximately 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the city center.
- The eastern side of the hotel overlooks Eduardo VII Park and the busy streets that swirl around Marques Pombal Square.
- The 10-storey hotel boasts 273 private terraces across its 282 guest rooms, perfect for taking in the view of St. George castle in the distance.
- Amenities include: a fitness center, spa, pool, business center, in-room dining, 24-hour laundry and concierge, valet parking and complimentary wifi.
INSIDE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RITZ LISBON
Now that you’ve seen the spectacular common areas of Four Seasons in our video I’d love to take you through the finer details of our room. We stayed in the Grand One-Bedroom Suite which was a whole lot more than what you’d expect from ‘one bedroom’. The suite had two separate entrances, the first leading into a spacious living room with its own balcony. This room was full colour and perfect for entertaining, with a dining table and generous lounge area. If you’re wondering how on earth we used this space during a 2 night stay I have two words for you: room service. Oh and Formula 1, because that’s what we watched while scoffing down pizza and french fries. Some spaces are just made for lazy nights in, right?
My favourite piece in the space, atop gorgeous marble.
Moving into the bedroom, past your own private bar, you are met with an even larger space. The walls are lined with golden panels that perfectly conceal the closet storage. Every piece in our room looked like a hand-picked antique, satisfying my vintage shopping obsession. In fact, all of the pieces in the guest rooms are 18th century replicas, in keeping with the original Louis XVI aesthetic. At night, the turndown service included a memento from Lisbon, slippers at the ready and sleepwear laid out ready to relax into. This was such a welcome gesture when returning back from a long day of shooting.
Love letters to Lisbon.
If you’re wondering just how luxurious a room can get you’ll be pleased to hear that the bathroom is also huge! It hosts a double vanity, ultra deep bath and marble walls, topped off with L’Occitane products.
We visited on a Sunday and managed to secure a booking at the hotel’s renowned weekend brunch. Aside from offering up every option imaginable, you can see from the dessert below that it is beautifully presented. If you’re visiting Four Seasons in Lisbon I would highly recommend booking a weekend brunch in advance. Varanda Restaurant, as the name suggests, has plenty of outdoor balcony tables to enjoy your breakfast in the sun.
One of my favourite things about staying with Four Seasons, apart from the obvious pampering, was all of the travel tips I got from their own blog. Written by several of the hotel staff, it’s a fantastic insider’s guide to experiencing the best of Lisbon. I tried a few recommendations, including Sea Me, which turned out to be one of my favourite seafood experiences. I’ll be including all of my favourites in a city guide on the blog so be sure to fire away with any questions that you have. In the meantime, I hope you’ve enjoyed escaping to this not-so-little slice of opulence.