Rooftop cool and garden-fringed quiet
City | City-break
A landmark hotel, the Tivoli Lisboa – as its name suggests – is found on the palm-tree-lined Avenida Liberdade, among Chiado’s exclusive boutiques. It’s also an oasis among Lisbon’s bustle; here, semi-tropical gardens cloak contemporary style and that all-important swimming pool. Of course, you’ll want to get out and explore. Whether it’s stunning Gothic architecture, tram-rattled heritage or Michelin-starred fineries, the Portuguese capital has something for everyone.
Billing itself as the grand dame of Lisbon’s hotels, the Tivoli Lisboa has been something of a privileged favourite ever since its 1933 conception, numbering heads of state and royalty among its guests. Inside, each room is informed by clean, contemporary lines, realised across crisp linens, chic furnishings and dark wood accents. And many command superb views over the city, while others look back on the thick verdure of the hotel’s courtyard. Upgrades add in soaking tubs and suite living along with family friendly layouts.
The dining experience at Tivoli Lisboa is a crucial part of any stay here. On its ground floor you’ll find the delightful Tivoli Caffè Lisboa whose highlights include fresh salads and the prego steak sandwich. Don’t miss out on the just-baked pastries to start your day. However, it’s the Terraço Restaurant that steals the show. Found on the top floor, guests are treated to stunning views – either al fresco or inside – as they tuck into classical Portuguese cuisine with a contemporary twist. Think seared pork loin and cured tuna swordfish immaculately presented.
To match the Terraço Restaurant, the hotel’s Sky Bar rivals the city’s finest rooftop offerings. As the sun sets, a fantastic collection of cocktails and an extensive wine list are complemented by hip music and yet more of those city panoramas. There’s also a range of light bites on offer. For further relaxation, make your way to the hotel’s semi-tropical gardens, filled with colourful blooms and old-growth rubber trees. Here, you’ll find a delightful pool, ringed by sun loungers.
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