Luxury in Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon,Portugal

Friday July 19, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 6 Comments

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon lobby

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon lobby

Walking into the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is like walking into an art gallery of a private home – albeit a very lovely and large home. While personalized service is a hallmark of  all Four Seasons hotels, Hotel Ritz Lisbon is unique in that it is family owned. At every turn the staff is welcoming and friendly.

Opened in 1959 as Hotel Ritz Lisbon, all 49,212 square feet of the hotel has been under Four Seasons management since January of 1998. Built by Portuguese craftsmen, the 10 story hotel is a mix of  Louis XVI style and art deco design.


Lisbon, Portugal view

Rooftop running track with 360-degree views of Lisbon

Hilltop views of Lisbon

Offering hilltop views of Old Lisbon, St George’s Castle and the Tagus River, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is centrally located by Eduardo VII Park and is about 15 minutes from Lisbon’s city center.

Art aficionados take note;  the Hotel Ritz Lisbon has the largest privately owned Portuguese contemporary art collection in the city.

Of the 282 luxury hotel rooms, all but 10 rooms offer balcony views.  All hotel rooms are air conditioned and include a sitting area, large work desk, fresh flowers (orchids were in my room, as well as a gorgeous display in the hotel lobby) king bed, television, mini bar, safe and ample closet storage with built-in shelves.


Marvelous marble bathrooms

In addition to the marvelous marble bathrooms, the room features a separate bath tub, shower stall and toilet with bidet. Bath amenities are from L’Occitane, Provence, France.


Four Seasons Lisbon hotel room

Deluxe king room with Eduardo VII Park view

Lisbon through Four Seasons eyes

Excellent concierge service is a phone call away for arranging personal outings. For the connected traveler, the Four Seasons offers “Lisbon through Four Seasons Eyes – City Guide” The insider’s guide is available in pdf or flip pages for the computer savvy and recommends unique experiences and day trip adventures from a local perspective.




Four Seasons Lisbon Pool

Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon Pool

Fit and fabulous Four Seasons

For the traveler who is interested in keeping fit on the road, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon puts its best foot forward with one of the most beautiful roof top running tracks in the world. It’s not that the running track is beautiful; it’s all about the 360-degree views of Lisbon, Portugal and its many landmarks. Gorgeous! If this doesn’t inspire you to get out and run (or walk) off those pasteis de nata calories, I’m not sure what will.

Of course, I always prefer the spa to the track. Head downstairs to the Four Seasons Hotel spa, with its four treatment rooms, or take a dip in the 59-foot indoor, heated swimming pool. I didn’t have a chance to experience the spa on this visit to Lisbon, but if I did, I would have tried a facial treatment using Swiss Perfection products. As an active adventure baby boomer traveler, I’m all about anti-aging treatments for my skin.


Four Seasons Lisbon Varanda Restaurant

Four Seasons Lisbon Varanda Restaurant

Four Seasons Varanda Restaurant

The 36.50 Euro breakfast is served in Varanda Restaurant from 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. Varanda Restaurant also offers a lovely buffet lunch with seating inside and on the outdoor patio.

Make sure to try the Mil Folhas (English translation is 1,000 leaves) multi-layered pastry that is a specialty of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

Need to know

My deluxe king room with Eduardo VII Park view, #837, rented for 500-560 euro per night during high season. Breakfast is not included in the price of the hotel room. Check the website below for details.

Internet access is available for free in the lobby. Wifi is currently 14 euros per day, but hotel management tells me they are looking at different pricing options.

Check in: 1:00 p.m.

Check out: 12:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Lisbon Mil Folhas

Try the Mil Folhas, a Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon specialty

Insider tip

For those of us who travel with pets, this is your dog’s lucky day – the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon must love pets because there is no charge to bring a small dog with you to the hotel. That’s right – your dog sleeps for free at the Four Seasons in Lisbon!

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @FSLisbon on Twitter.


Hotel Lisboa Ritz

Hotel Lisboa Ritz

If You Go

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon (351) 213-811-400

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88

1099-039 Lisbon, Portugal

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.

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Friday July 12, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 4 Comments

Bairro Alto hotel

Bairro Alto hotel in Lisbon’s bohemian district

Like the captains of ships sailing the waters of Portugal many years ago, we know that location is important for trading goods. The same rules apply for today’s traveler; location is everything.  The five star Bairro Alto Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of historic downtown Lisbon, Portugal. Open the hotel front door and guests are steps from the chic Chiado city center or bohemian Bairro Alto district of Lisbon.

Bairro Alto is for the birds

Bairro Alto bird

B is for birds at Bairro Alto hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Bird lovers will see that each room has a different bird, hand painted, on the hotel wall. From my random Facebook poll, we think the bird featured in my room is a Finch.

My understanding is that the Bairro Alto district was once home to an abundance of birds. There are four color schemes in the bedrooms of Bairro Alto Hotel; red represents the wine of Portugal, white represents the Portuguese floors, blue represents the Tajo River in Lisbon and yellow represents the cheerful tram cars seen around the city.


Bairro Alto Hotel

The 55 room, boutique hotel opened in May of 2005. With single rooms, superior rooms, twin rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, there is lodging to fit every traveler’s needs. All rooms are non-smoking and come equipped with DVD, cable television, iStation, air conditioning, safe, minibar, cable and wifi (extra charge), as well as a pillow menu, bathrobes, flipflops (to take home with you) and Miller Harris shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.

The hotel offers a business center, massage room (advance reservations required), fitness center and parking.

I loved the monogrammed, fluffy white bath towels; perhaps that’s because the Bairro Alto Hotel and I share the same “B” initial?  Believe me when I say that I thought about stuffing one of their towels in my suitcase. I also loved the marble used throughout the bathroom. Families take note that some rooms, such as mine, offer adjoining rooms.

Flores do Bairro

Flores do Bairro Restaurant at Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Bairro Alton food and beverage

The Flores do Bairro Restaurant is on the ground floor, with Cafe Bar BA on the first floor, Igloo Lounge on the second floor and the not-to-be-missed Terrace BA on the sixth floor. The Terrace is the place to watch the sunset over Lisbon. Of course, room service is available 24 hours daily at Bairro Alto Hotel.

Need to know

Hot breakfast for two is included in the price of the room. Breakfast is served from 7:00- 11:00 a.m. Lunch served from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. and dinner is available from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

My Queen Superior room, #401, rented for 270 euro per night. Check the website below for details.

Check in: 2:00 p.m.

Check out: 12:00 p.m.


Bairro Alto hotel room

Bairro Alto hotel room in Lisbon, Portugal

Insider tip

The first 30 minutes of Internet access is free, with a code. Going forward the wifi charge is five euros for one hour.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @BairroAltoHotel on Twitter.

If You Go

Bairro Alto Hotel 351 213 408 288

Praca Luis de Camoes #2


Lisbon, Portugal

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of  Lisbon Tourism, Portugal Tourism and SATA Airlines. Bairro Alto Hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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Hayden-Harnett Passport Case Travel Gear Review

Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 8 Comments


My passport is my most valued travel possession

My passport is one of my most valued travel possessions, yet I treat it like a third-class citizen. I’m ashamed to admit that my passport resides in a plastic holder. Today, thanks to the folks at Hayden-Harnett, my passport is getting a fashion upgrade.  My passport will now fly in style with the leather passport case from Hayden-Harnett.

Multi-function passport case

The multi-functional passport case not only looks sexy, it holds my passport, ID, credit cards, boarding pass and anything else I need to keep organized while I travel.

The leather passport case features interior pockets, with an interior ID window, cotton canvas lining on the inside and American-tanned cow leather on the outside. It comes in three colors; Anthracite, Silver Iridescent and  White Snake.

The passport case measures 4-3/8″L x 5-1/4″H

Hayden-Harnett Passport Cases

Hayden-Harnett Passport Cases travel gear review

Passport case for travel

While I did feel like a Project Runway success story with my new passport case from Hayden-Harnett, there was a slight down-side to my upgrade. When traveling in Europe, a lot of hotels ask to hold your passport during the duration of your stay. I always opted to remove my passport from the leather case, as I didn’t want to risk losing my expensive passport cover.

Designed for men and women, the passport case may also serve double-duty as a wallet.


Insider Tip:

When traveling in Europe, or any country that requires you relinquish your passport to the hotel, hostel, or authorities, I suggest that you provide a photocopy of your passport as an alternative to providing the actual passport.

Hayden-Harnett Passport Case retails for $78. Check the website for details.

Hayden-Harnett Passport Cover

Hayden-Harnett Passport Cover

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow Hayden-Harnett on Twitter @hayden_harnett.

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Hayden-Harnett Passport case review written and photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Hayden-Harnett supplied me with this passport case for review. All opinions are my own.