The Tivoli Lisbon (or to give it its proper name, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa) sweeps you off your feet into stylish five star luxury with an authentic heart of gold.
I've yet to see somewhere that so effortlessly combined top end glamour with an unreserved affection for young children.
In case you haven't guessed, I'm a fan, marking the place down as one of the best places to stay in Lisbon.
But let's get down to details, shall we? What will it be like for you? And should you decide to stay there on a trip to Portugal?
Timeless elegance in blue and white in one of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Lisbon. The bright, spacious lobby provides a great place to while away the hours, as does the chic, sweeping skyline-viewing bar.
Avenida Liberdade is frequently described as the Champs Elysees of Lisbon, on account of its broad, tree-lined structure and well-heeled passers by.
From here it's possible to connect to the rest of the city with ease, either by metro, taxi or (if you're energetic enough) by foot and then tram.
It's also, only about 15 minutes by taxi to the airport, a dream in travel these days.
With 285 rooms, The Tivoli isn't aiming at the cosy, home from home experience. Yet, oddly, that's almost what happens as the rooms are so well soundproofed and spacious. It can be easy to forget you're surrounded by sleeping strangers.
Room decor is clean and cool, with subtle splashes of style.
Now we're talking. I wrote a separate article on where to eat in Lisbon, since tracking down good food here is part of the passion of the place.
Unusually, I included hotel food. Namely, the Tivoli's take on the traditional cervejaria, the Cervejaria Liberdade and the feast of morning breakfast with the sparkling city of Lisbon spread out at your feet.
The Tivoli Lisbon has been THE place to stay in Lisbon since 1933.
Now, the 21st century SKY bar offers Snowberry and Moonshell cocktails with a view of Lisbon that runs to the sea.
"At Anantara Spa, the greatest journeys are felt, not told…" Well, it could be a cheesy message but actually, I think it's a way of recognising that it's difficult to describe a good massage in words. And good, it was.
Six treatment rooms live down in the basement, where experienced therapists blend Portuguese and Eastern techniques to melt away pain.
I will always treasure the children's colouring paper baby Lab was given because of the outstanding care and attention it came with. Staff throughout were so friendly and interested, treating her like a person in her own right rather than an inconvenience that had to be managed. To some extent, this mirrored my experience of Portugal as a whole, but at the Tivoli, it was even better than that. Amazing.
Gorgeous five star luxury hotel in a central and stylish location in Lisbon. A relaxing escape, great place to eat, top venue for seeing the skyline while sipping cocktails and all underpinned by great service and care. Can't recommend highly enough.
Disclosure: as is often the case, we received a complimentary stay for review purposes. As ever, as always, we kept the right to write what we like. Otherwise, a review doesn't make sense and what is the point of that?!
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