Right on the Avenida Da Liberdade, the Sofitel isn’t exactly off the beaten path — but don’t hold that against it. We tend to shy away from the big luxury chains, in most cases, because while they typically offer methodical and attentive service (a big plus, obviously) there’s usually little to distinguish the hotels themselves. Better to be surprised a little, rough edges and all, than to be faultlessly served but left bored.
When it comes to the Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade, though, there’s no need to compromise. In a hotel like this there’s no question you’ll get everything you want, when you want it; and as a bonus you’ll get it in a hotel that’s well-designed, tastefully contemporary, the sort of place that’s attractive enough that you’d forgive the occasional lapse in hospitality, if one should occur. Which it most likely won’t.
The rooms are on the large side, furnished with the kind of supremely comfortable beds that it seems only the big luxury chains can afford. Bathrooms are similarly indulgent, with modern fittings and separate tubs and showers. And the place is dead quiet, surprising given its absolutely central location, on the busy Avenida — rare is this mix of prime location and worry-free luxury, and thus it’s a real rival to Lisbon’s smaller boutiques.
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