Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
The 24 floor high tower of the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is located
in the secluded Sete Rios neighborhood, a good distance from the buzz and noise
of the old city, but a short metro journey to get to the heart of the city. The
hotel is ideally placed to explore all the city’s attractions, palaces and castles. You can easily visit the
religious sanctuary of Fatima on the outskirts of Lisbon or venture into the mountains
to visit the picturesque town of Sintra.
This 5-star hotel, which was recognised as Portugal’s
Leading Business Hotel at the 2014 World Travel Awards in Athens, dominates the
business district of Lisbon. The hotel gained the prestigious award for its
exceptional corporate facilities, conference and event services. The
hotel’s conference hall comprises of 16 rooms with a private entrance and has a
capacity to accommodate over 1,400 people in an area of 32,000 square feet.
The Corinthia has the biggest conference centre in Lisbon.
However, the 518-room hotel is not just for business customers. There is plenty
to delight leisure guests, especially families with young children. The hotel’s
public areas are very attractive plus the city and surrounding area is more
than enough to keep you busy while staying in the hotel.
My spacious executive suite at 22nd floor had a comfortable king
size bed and a large sitting room with a good size desk made me feel at home. I
arrived in my room to find fresh fruit, small snacks, canapés, nuts and desserts
nicely laid on the dining table as a welcome gesture. I had everything needed
for a relaxing stay including mini bar and large TV screens in both rooms. There
is a great view from the large windows in my room. They overlook the historic
aqueduct of the Águas Livres. This magnificent example of 18th century architecture spans the Alcantara valley with
arches up to 65 metres high and passes through 58 kilometres to bring drinking
water to Lisbon.
Something even more special about staying in an executive
suit is access to the Executive Club Lounge located at 24th floor. This
exclusive lounge offers a haven of peace and quiet while enjoying the full
buffet breakfast and throughout the day a selection of hot and cold light food snacks,
fruits, pastries, coffee, tea, and a variety of cold drinks. It is a place
where, as you would expect from the Corinthia Group, you will be treated like a
VIP by the attentive staff. A member of staff is always present at the desk to
help with the guests’ needs and to give you information about the city’s
attractions. The club floor also provides breathtaking panoramic views of
Lisbon, the Aqueduct, the 25-de Abril Bridge and Monsanto Natural Park.
I always wonder how to keep a balance between using the facilities
in the hotel and discovering the many attractions that the city has to offer. It
would be all too easy to succumb to the delights of The Corinthia Hotel and
remain within it’s welcoming environment.
The Corinthia Hotel combines hospitality and luxury with in-depth
health care for regular guests and those guests who require special medical
attention. The award-winning spa, granted the title of Life-Changing-Spa by
Tatler Spa Awards, features a large modern
Acqua area including water pressure showers, cold water walking path,
hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and bucket shower in addition to
a large swimming pool, a fully equipped Gym and over 14 treatment rooms where a
group of experienced professional therapists are waiting to pamper you.
If you are hungry, you don’t need to go too far to enjoy
your lunch or dinner, as the hotel’s Sete Colinas and Tipico restaurants offer
the best of Portuguese cuisine in a nice calm atmosphere. Try the great
selection of seafood and culinary delights combined with the fresh local ingredients.
Alternatively, you can relax in the Tempus Lounge Bar and enjoy your drink or
treat yourself to some tea or coffee served with local deserts.
A short walking distance from the hotel will find you at Lisbon
Zoo and the Gulbenkian Museum. The zoological gardens, founded in 1884, is home
to over 2000 animals and representing more than 300 different species. It isn’t
only a recreational area but also a place of education and research.
The museum established by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
exhibit’s the founder’s private collection including ancient artifacts and a modern
Portuguese art collection ranging from the 19th Century to the present day.
If you wish to reach the old city of Lisbon the metro
station is just across the street, but taxis are also very cheap. The City is
surrounded by seven hills and full of monuments and attractions such as Belem
Palce, BelemTower, Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon Cathedral and the Castle of S.
The Sete Rios railway station is opposite the Corinthia
Hotel and can take you into the mountains surrounding Lisbon. The town of
Sintra, in the heart of the mountains, is a crossroad for visiting beautiful gardens,
the historic palaces such as National Palaces of Pena and Sintra and ancient castles.
Lisbon is a ‘must see’ city cradled by dramatic mountains
and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. One last thing – you can’t leave before you
have tried one or more Pastéis de Nata the famous Portuguese custard tart.
You can view the images of the hotel on www.amirinia.com/the-corinthia-hotel-lisbon/
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