A day in the life of the world's best – this is the Pestana Group's proposal at the new CR7, the chain's second hotel (the first is located in Funchal, Madeira) inspired by Portugal's celebrated footballer and aimed at a millennial crowd. Interactive, modern and connected, Pestana CR7 brings to Lisbon a seductive offer: to have a glimpse at a day in the life of Ronaldo, and enjoy the same comforts and extravagances that the Real Madrid star expects to find away from home. This includes perks such as a suite equipped with a Playstation – Ronaldo himself says that wherever he is, there is always a game of FIFA and a pair of controllers around. Other rooms also have small luxuries: a relaxing shower with mood lighting, late-model screens, Apple TV and the ever so useful USB chargers for the smartphones and tablets of people who can't ever unplug. The wi-fi network is lightning fast inside and outside the hotel; upon checking in, you get access to all MEO hotspots throughout the city.
Although it is not exclusively devoted to football, the hotel's theme means the beautiful game is ubiquitous. Ronaldo and football are everywhere: the bar's foosball table, the elevator walls with touchscreens where information on Ronaldo can be read, the chanting fans piped in while going up to your room (now there's a reason to take the stairs), even a portrait on the carpet of the man sprinting. The whole hotel is a heartfelt tribute to the Portuguese idol.
But living like Ronaldo isn't all about luxury and rest, there's also practice, real practice. The hotel's gym meshes technology and fitness thought personal training sessions monitored by an exclusive app with Ronaldo's performance tips.
At the Corner Bar & Bistro, you will find Portuguese traditional dishes with a twist. Breakfast is served at the table, with extra à la carte delicacies available. The hotel has 82 rooms, some of which with a view towards the Terreiro do Paço.
Time Out Tip: In the neighbouring Terreiro do Paço you will find the Can the Can restaurant, offering a trip through Portugal's tinned food tradition. Its gourmet menu is canned fish-based, and on display you will find a valuable collection of tinned food industry-related objects. New dishes and exhibits are added every month.