If you need to describe the hotel where you stayed in Lisbon, saying it was the one with the great panoramic view might not be very helpful.
That is because so many hotels in Portugal's capital city offer postcard-pretty views. But the Intercontinental can make an especially good case: few hotels have such a broad and unimpeded view from their terrace. You can see the Marquês do Pombal square and the Avenida da Liberdade on one side, the Eduardo VII park is right at the front door, and looking down you can see the historic centre and the Tagus. You may even glimpse from afar the Cristo-Rei statue. One glance and you'll see the many faces of Lisbon: its big city skyline, the small-town charm of the historic centre neighbourhoods and the cosmopolitan bustle of a major park are all right in front of you. That is a rare privilege, and so is staying at a five-star hotel whose 331 rooms are not contaminated by the nervous energy typical of large crowded places. The Intercontinental has a much more relaxed feel, mostly thanks to an effective and low-key staff that keeps the machine humming in a way that will make you forget you're surrounded by hundreds of other human beings.
The 30-year-old building underwent a recent facelift, giving Intercontinental its glow back. The decoration is both light and cosy and rooms have all the technology the 21st century requires – wi-fi is available everywhere.
The Akla restaurant is famous for its steak tartar – among the city's best – and its exemplary wine cellar. Its vintage “azulejo” ceramic wall tiles alone will make a visit worthwhile.
If you take one of the suites, you can have longer breakfast hours and room delivery. The hotel has a gym and private parking.
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Rua Castilho, 149