Situated in the Belem, the ‘Soho’ of Lisbon, one of the city’s most vibrant up-and-coming districts, which subtly blends heritage with modernity, the privately owned and run Altis Belem Hotel opened in 2009, is the ideal choice for those seeking an authentic luxury lifestyle experience in the Portuguese capital: stunning river views, a 1,000 sqm state-of-the-art Spa run by Karin Herzog, a Michelin starred restaurant and sleek contemporary, yet very comfortable and extremely well maintained rooms and suites.
The ‘discoveries’ theme, which inspired the interior design of the hotel is reflected through many references such as the individual names given to each room and entire-wall drawings depicting each discovery. The unique proximity to the Tagus River and the way the hotel is positioned, often made me perceive it during my stay as a ship ready to set sail. The promenade along the river, right in front of the hotel and the marina on the right handside, with a constant flow of passers-by instill a leisurely feel, almost like being on a beach. The hotel is actually less than 20 minutes by train from the resort town of Cascais.
Altis Belem also achieves a unique sense of place with its blend of local patrons who would frequent the hotel’s Spa and restaurants and foreign travellers – guests in the hotel. This is also exquistely reflected in the modern interpretations of Portuguese cuisine in the Feitoria, the fine dining restaurant of the hotel. The selection of Portuguese wines, both traditional and new, in all the dining outlets of the hotel, will also provide you with many surprises to stimulate your palates.
My room, a Club with Terrace, was spacious dominated by immaculate white (you will love the luxury white bedding), with an open glass bathroom, a large and comfortable king bed, a black coloured jacuzzi on the terrace, complimentary high-speed wi-fi internet (throughout the entire hotel), remote controls for AC, DND, lighting and curtains – all conceived for the ultimate comfort. Although 5 years since opening, the roomw have been impeccably kept, especially thanks to the quality of materials and furnishings.
The B-Spa by Karin Herzog proved to be one of the highlights of my stay, not only in terms of the ultra-luxury facilities and decor, but also in the impressive range of treatments featuring the world’s leading oxygen-based (patented) beauty products, all made in Switzerland. Other features of the Spa include: a wide dynamic indoor heated pool, a thermal garden, Fitness Gym with TechnoGym Kynesis, a sundeck with Watsu (Shiatsu in the water), Yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi Chuan and Chi-Kung. The quality of service is impeccable, with very well trained staff.
Oliver Petcu in Lisbon
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