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Lisbon’s Corinthia LisbonDecember 24, 2009 By: Mary Ellen Schultz Travel Agent
The Executive Club Suites are among the most-requested premium accommodations at Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Steps away from Lisbon’s largest park, an award-winning zoo and a jewel box art collection, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon has been welcoming guests since 2004. The 518-room hotel (part of the Wyndham Grand Collection portfolio), in the city’s financial district, is a 10-minute ride from the airport and another 10 minutes from the historical city center, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.
From the light-filled lobby’s sand-colored marble and warm wood tones, punctuated by fresh orchid arrangements, to the waterfalled garden esplanade to the guest rooms, the property combines luxury with easy comfort.
The Corinthia Lisbon’s elegant yet cozy rooms and suites blend Eurostyle and a soothing palette of rich, muted tones accented with contemporary and classic Portuguese art. Most of the marble-clad bathrooms have Duke & Lyle amenities. Room choices include Superior, Executive, Executive and Club Suites, and a Master Suite, all overlooking the city or the 18th-century Águas Livres Aqueduct and Monsanto Forest Park; the aqueduct/park-view, Executive-class rooms (request an Executive Corner room for a spacious, triangular setup) are popular.
Most requested premium accommodations, though, are the Master, Executive Club and Sky Suites (#2005-2007 on 20th floor, #2105-2117 on 21st floor, #2205-2217 on 22nd floor and #2301-2311 on 23rd floor) with aqueduct/park views. Among these are the special Five Senses Suites, each being an oasis that soothes the senses with aromatherapy touches, massage chair, herbal teas and Damana natural amenities; these suites are usually reserved for event organizers (the Corinthia is Lisbon’s largest five-star conference facility), but agent requests are entertained, subject to availability. Executive floor guests enjoy access to the sleek, top-floor Executive Sky Club Lounge.
Luxe-plus clients can really put on the ritz in the Grand Master Vilhena Suite, the presidential digs named after a famous Portuguese Knight Templar. Across from Lisbon’s zoo, the sumptuous suite comprises a marble-inlay foyer, powder room, kitchenette, chandeliered dining room, living room, office area with floor-to-ceiling shelving and two bedrooms (one connects off-suite); the master bathroom has both Jacuzzi and shower (a wall-mounted tub TV will be installed in early 2010).
The ancient, seven-hilled city of Lisbon is perfect for exploration on foot
Three restaurants, including Tipico (Portuguese, international and fusion cuisine); Sete Colinas (serving a dazzling, international buffet); and the classy-cool Tempus lounge bar (offering regional specialties, sandwiches and salads) ease the sightseer’s hunger pangs.
The recent launch of the hotel’s $6 million, 32,000-square-foot, onsite Malo Health Spa underscores the Corinthia’s commitment to high-end service. Thirteen treatment rooms include Spa Suites, offering guests massage rituals enhanced with such cutting-edge health and beauty technologies as noninvasive fat reduction and mesotherapy treatments, weight loss cocoons and anti-aging skin therapies.
Lisbon is a mosaic of candy-colored, tile-fronted buildings and photo-perfect light, and many neighborhoods of this ancient, seven-hilled city are best explored on foot. A 10-minute walk from the hotel is the Lisbon Zoo. Nearby, too, is the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum’s collection of European, Near and Middle Eastern art. Guided city tours are easily arranged. Suggest the old city’s elegant Praça do Comercio on the Tagus River, the Baixa and posh Chiado shopping districts, Bairro Alto’s vibrant nightlife, the hilltop Castelo São Jorge and Moorish-flavored, whitewashed labyrinth streets of the surrounding Alfama neighborhood. The Belém area honors Portugal’s Age of Exploration and Discoveries; nearby is the Monastery of Jerónimos, a Manueline architectural masterpiece. Located in the futuristic Parque das Naçoes is Lisbon’s Oceanarium, Europe’s largest aquarium and a true Jules Verne experience.
Tee times can be booked at nearby golf courses. Also available are out-of-town excursions to the “Lisbon Riviera” resort towns Cascais and Estoril. A nighttime must: dinner at a candlelit fado house to experience Portugal’s popular, “bluesy” music. Fado means “fate” and its songs of love and longing are delivered by a singer accompanied by a 12-string guitar; the Corinthia can make suggestions and reservations.
High season is traditionally summer and fall. Pre-tax prices for Superior Rooms (with breakfast) start at $185 per night; Executive at $240; Executive Club, Sky and Five Senses Suites at $540; Master Suite, $650; and the Vilhena Presidential Suite is $2,300. These seasonally adjusted rates are bookable via the GDS. Agents can also book through Jose Pedro Almeida (011-351-2172-36363; [email protected]), reservations supervisor, or they can call at 877-999-3223. For professional rates, contact Cristina Duarte, assistant sales director (011-351-2172-36363; [email protected]).
The Corinthia Lisbon recently unveiled its $6 million, 32,000-square-foot Malo Health Spa