The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Portugal

Originating from a Maltese family, Corinthia’s collection of hotels have been built surrounding family values meaning the hotel automatically generates the feeling of home away from home.

When the incredible team behind the Corinthia Lisbon Hotel invited my father and I to stay for a few nights as we explored the remarkable city of Lisbon, we knew we’d be beyond comfortable. To even make us feel more at home, the team offered us two separate executive suites…boom! I already loved these guys and it was ten minutes into our stay.

Incredible view of Lisbon from my room.

Incredible view of Lisbon from my room.

So for a little background to the hotel, The Corinthia Lisbon was opened in 2004 following extensive renovation. The hotel, located in the Sete Rios area, boasts magnificent views of the monumental Aqueduto das Águas Livres (The Aqueduct of the Free Waters), a remarkable feats of eighteenth-century Portuguese engineering. Initiated by King John V, the project sought to solve Lisbon’s historic lack of drinking water and was paid for by a special sales tax on products including beef, olive oil and wine. This monumental structure has truly stood the test of time, and even survived the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, which almost completely destroyed the rest of the city. The network of canals stretches almost 58km with the most stunning views of the aqueduct visible from Campolide, in which Corinthia Lisbon is located.

Another shot of the beautiful lobby.

Another shot of the beautiful lobby.

The Corinthia Lisbon Hotel Lobby. Class.

The Corinthia Lisbon Hotel Lobby. Class.

Having arrived from Paris pretty late and without any dinner, we rushed to our rooms to find fresh fruit, small canapés, chocolates and nuts presented perfectly on our coffee tables. However, being Lebanese and having enormous appetites, we needed some of that famous Portuguese meat we had heard so much about. After phoning Martha, the lovely supervisor downstairs, she suggested we try one of Lisbon’s most well-know steakhouse, KOB – short for Knowledge of Beef.

Back from dinner and straight to bed, or more like a food coma. As for the rooms, the hotel offers a whole range of rooms and suites catering for all. As I mentioned before, the hotel were so lovely in placing us in separate executive suits. Our lounge room was incredibly spacious and overlooked the gorgeous city of Lisbon. Once the sun went down, you are presented with a breathtaking view of Lisbon that lit up light a candle.

Executive Junior Suite.

Executive Junior Suite.

As for the bedroom, an extremely comfortable king sized bed, three panelled wardrobe closet and wall mounted TV welcomed me with open arms. I would sink straight into that bed and be out cold within fifteen minutes night after night. One thing I am extremely picky about, has to be the shower head. I was very happy to find out the shower was equipment with a ceiling head that happily forced you to spend an extra fifteen minutes in the shower.

Here are photos of the other rooms offered at the hotel:

Presidential suite bedroom.

Presidential suite bedroom.

Of course, a huge lounge when you go for the Presidential suite.

Of course, a huge lounge when you go for the Presidential suite.

Executive Twin Room

Executive Twin Room

Now for the good stuff, restaurants and bars within Corinthia Lisbon! Portugese cuisine is rich with emotion and adventure, a unique combination of transatlantic flavours resulting from a booming historic spice trade with Portugal’s past colonies. From salty succulent sardines and bacalhau straight from the Atlantic, to sweet pastel de natas and fine Ports, Portugal offers a gamma of flavours. Corinthia Hotel Lisbon offers its guests world class typical Portuguese flavours as well as international cuisine.

Típico restaurant, distinguished by its show-cooking spectacle, offers guests a truly memorable experience. Complementing the wide cold selection, Portuguese “tapas”, salad bar and Portuguese specialties from the buffet, live-cooking takes place every lunch and dinner. Prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients, the flavours of Portugal are brought together in perfect harmony. The à la carte menu showcases a fusion of Mediterranean and international cuisine, complemented by a fine Portuguese grape beverage collection, carefully selected by the Corinthia’s experienced sommelier.

Tipico Restaurant at the Hotel.

Tipico Restaurant at the Hotel.

The Terrace Garden is a unique space among Lisbon’s city centre hotels, comprising over 3,000 square metres of garden and terrace area. The Terrace Lounge, located in these enchanting gardens, is the perfect space for guests to indulge in some well-earned tranquility, away from the bustle of the capital. Beautifully decorated with comfortable seating, it is the ideal spot for a delightful al fresco lunch or dinner, or a late morning coffee in the glorious sunshine. During spring and summer, there is a carefully crafted cocktail menu, and – to the background sounds of peaceful waterfalls and melodious live music– guests can linger over their drinks and watch as the daylight shifts and fades at sunset. During Spring & Summer guests can enjoy live music performances in the evening.

The beautiful Sete Colinas outdoor terrace, perfect for breakfast.

The beautiful Sete Colinas outdoor terrace, perfect for breakfast.

In the recently refurbished Tempus Lounge, guests can indulge in a light aperitif, a late night cocktail or simply relax and unwind. Overlooking the lush terrace garden, the Lounge’s informal atmosphere makes it a splendid setting and the perfect sun oasis in the city. A tailored selection of cocktails, premium grape beverages are on offer as well as a wide range of teas and delicious light meals, making the Tempus Lounge the perfect setting to while away the twilight hours.

One of my favourite bars in the hotel, Tempus Lounge Bar

One of my favourite bars in the hotel, Tempus Lounge Bar

Sete Colinas, dedicated primarily to buffet and banqueting, offers guests a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast is served here, except in spring and summer, when guests can have breakfast al fresco in the Terrace Garden.

If you’re a lot like me and not a morning person, you’re going to fall in love with this Executive Club Sky Lounge. The Executive Club service is offered to loyal customers of the Hotel group or can be requested as an upgrade when booked at the Corinthia Lisbon. We would have breakfast here three nights in a row. The food selection was delicious, fresh and replenished regularly. Here’s a little sample…

Breakfast of champions before a big day out in Lisbon.

Breakfast of champions before a big day out in Lisbon.

What make it so great is the fact if offers you a private lounge only accessible by a limited number of people. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late drinks. If you want to zone out and head up for a quiet drink, you can. If you are feeling lazy and want to hold a meeting or conference call, you can.

My second home, the Executive Club Sky Lounge

My second home, the Executive Club Sky Lounge

Afonso Henriques Meeting Roome.

Afonso Henriques Meeting Roome.

No five star hotel is complete without state of the air facilities. The Spa and Wellness Club at Corinthia Lisbon offers 3,500 square meters of sophisticated and exclusive facilities, including face and body treatments, a contemporary Acqua area, a heated indoor swimming pool, natural solarium, fully equipped gym, and an elegant Spa Café.

The incredible spa treatment for two.

The incredible spa treatment for two.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon boasts a state-of-the-art acqua area, based on ancient hot and cold bathing rituals, which offers the ultimate cleansing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience, coupled with health and wellness benefits. Thermal facilities include: Sensory showers, hydrotherapy pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, bucket shower, cold plunge, ice fountain and cooling walk.

My favourite place, the pool!

My favourite place, the pool!

The gym at Corinthia Lisbon, open 24 hours a day, is equipped with cardiovascular exercise machines, a kinesis training system, Powerplate, TRX and free weights. Personal trainers are available to help guests create or fine-tune their exercise routine; Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 10.30am to 9pm.

Such incredibly hospitable staff, who were always happen to help, advise and converse. If you decide on adding Lisbon to your bucket list and do head to the city, I highly recommend a stay at the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon.

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Founder of SMF, Elias spends most of his time travelling the world, attempting to become the first Lebanese surfer and rocking the white pant + double breasted blazer combo.