With close to 90 years of history, the classic Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel — the place to see and be seen when in Lisbon — has undergone a modernisation that adds a touch of new world glamour to its old-time charm.
Located in a major thoroughfare in the Portuguese capital, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel enjoys the prestige of Lisbon’s most luxurious shopping district and best-kept secrets in the historic neighbourhoods of Chiado and Alfama.
The grand hotel occupies a 1930’s building that was redesigned in the 50’s by acclaimed local architect Pardal Monteiro. Fast forward to the present, Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is a city landmark, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and in its core a glamorous five-star hotel offering the warm hospitality the Tivoli Group is known for.
Upon entering the lobby, a spacious open-plan atrium gives you a grand and warm welcome. Perhaps even more welcoming are the plush lounge area steps away from the entrance. The area is basked in natural rays thanks to the glass dome and its intricate woven golden trellis.
In the recent years, the hotel underwent an extensive facelift by notable architecture firm Broadway Malyan that emphasised the property’s historic glamour while retaining its Lisbon identity. Combining that with newly added contemporary touches, the refurbishment sees an expansion in the hotel’s 285 rooms and up to 10 revised room selections, including the classically designed Superior Rooms, which offer views of the city skyline; the courtyard-facing Deluxe Rooms, which sleep families of up to four; and decadent suites outfitted with Hermes and Bvlgari amenities.
The 77-sqm-wide Diplomatic Suite, aka the Beatriz Costa, features exclusive art pieces depicting the Portuguese actress’ work. The tribute is fitting, considering Beatriz lived in the hotel for over 30 years during the golden age of cinema. The living space is decked in a combination of period furniture and contemporary furnishing, while the balcony overlooks the Avenida and River Targus.
For special occasions, the Presidential Suite is a great choice — and emphasis on ‘great’ as the space is a sprawling 270 sqm wide. The living space features curated art pieces from the Ricardo Espiríto Santo Foundation and Milly Possoz Collection. The all-marble bathroom has a walk-in shower and bathtub that invites you for a bubble bath and a glass of bubbly. Treat yourself to the Diplomatic or Presidential Suites and you’ll get to enjoy butler service around the clock.
Dining is also something Tivoli Avenida Liberdade prides itself on. Its sleek Sky Bar claims to be the trendiest rooftop bar in the city. It was also renovated to offer a magnetic cosmopolitan, sophisticated and lively atmosphere for both daytime and the evening. The Sky Bar is an extension of Seen, an Art Deco-inspired restaurant that serves Olivier da Costa’s extensive gourmet menu and Lucas Jaqcues’ designer cocktails.
Another dining hotspot at the hotel is Cervejaria Liberdade. Serving fresh fish and seafood sourced from the Portuguese coastline, the restaurant is a reinvention of traditional cervejarias where seafood is served by weight, or in two types of dishes.
After months of lockdown and quarantine, we’re excited to put the no-travel days behind us and knock down our list of destinations, starting with Lisbon and the glamorous Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel. What about you?