Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade's striking exterior, which combines an original early 20th-century façade with a contemporary new build — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
Indeed, the bird’s-eye views from this exclusive eyrie embrace the Portuguese capital’s bustling city center, its historic environs and the broad Tagus estuary. Towards the west, the not-too-distant Atlantic coastline lends a suitably refreshing seaside perspective.
Recently inaugurated to eager fanfare, this plush urban resort is sited on Rua Rosa Araújo near Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s principal thoroughfare.
Distinguished by a striking veneer that combines a decorative early 20th-century limestone façade with the clean lines of a contemporary new build, Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade is set to complement Lisbon’s already impressive portfolio of modern and upscale accommodation choices.
A spacious and stylish Deluxe Room at Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
A stay at Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade is all about relaxing in an unhurried environment, where ample space and natural light conspire to create a mood of charming simplicity. Most of the 98 guest rooms even have their own private veranda.
But this understated ambiance belies the hotel’s five-star status, and quite often it’s the small details that count. For example, the sheets are woven from pure Egyptian cotton, and 24-hour room service even extends to a pillow menu!
Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade offers three different accommodation categories: Classic Room, Superior Room and Deluxe Room — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
You’ll not go hungry at Porto Bay Liberdade. Breakfast is taken in Bistrô4, the hotel’s smart bistro-style eatery. Guests can indulge in a continental buffet spread of impressive proportions, a feast that includes Viennese pastries, Portuguese hams and cheeses, detox juices and a variety of hot dishes.
The Bistrô4 restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
Open for lunch and dinner with non-residents welcome, Bistrô4 exudes a distinctly Gallic air with its adoption of "bistronomy," the culinary movement from France that cleverly marries bistro-style fare with haute cuisine.
French chef Benoît Sinthon designed the menu, and his clout in the kitchen has garnered a Michelin star for his restaurant Il Gallo d’Oro at Porto Bay’s flagship Cliff Bay property in Madeira.
Complementing the gastronomy is an arm-long wine list that features mostly Portuguese labels of exceptional repute.
French chef Benoît Sinthon has designed the restaurant menu, which offers bistro-style gastronomy and haute cuisine — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
And what would a day out in Lisbon be without afternoon tea? The hotel’s spruce Aviator 6 salon entices with an array of aromatic teas, revitalizing infusions, homemade scones and dainty petit fours – reason enough to press the pause button and take ten from sightseeing or shopping.
The light and airy Bistrô4 restaurant features an "azulejo" (tile) panel by Portuguese artist Joana Rêgo — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
Actually, Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade is quickly garnering a reputation as a wellness destination, thanks to its rather swanky spa facility.
Accessible to the general public and open every day, this is the place to discard the rigors of everyday life and submit to the invigorating power of aromatherapy, the healing hands of massage and the spiritual benefits of a Zen atmosphere.
The spa also features a vitality pool, steam room, sauna and experience showers. The more energetic can make use of a fabulous outdoor swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center, where a team of personal trainers are on hand to create a tailor-made training program that will encourage and motivate even the most couch-loving, sedentary individual.
The hotel's spa facility includes massage rooms for couples, offering a bespoke wellness package for him and her — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade
Besides its draw as a place to stay for those seeking much needed R&R, the property can also accommodate those visiting Lisbon on business. Conferences and meetings are hosted in purpose-built rooms equipped with the latest technology infrastructure.
Wi-Fi internet is available, as it is throughout the building.
Back on the roof, the late afternoon sun is casting long inky shadows across the wooden deck of the terrace. But the sparkling waters of the Jacuzzi hold a young couple as if in a warm embrace, the lofty bathing experience too good to rush.
Meanwhile, the bar welcomes an animated group with heaps of courtesy and a round of cocktail sundowners to toast the evening ahead.
At Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade, they take hospitality to new heights.
A Jacuzzi is the defining feature of the top-floor Deck 7 rooftop bar and lounge — Photo courtesy of Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade