By Linda Coffman
Bed Down in the Med
Ritz Four Seasons, Lisbon
Four Seasons, Lisbon
Lisbon’s most magnificent vistas is enjoyed from the crest of the elegant
Parque Eduardo VII and the tranquility of the lush park is an idyllic
setting for the posh Ritz
Four Seasons Hotel. After a swift
post-cruise check in, we settled into newly redecorated executive rooms with
majestic views of the city, St. George's Moorish castle, Parque Eduardo VII, and
the river Tagus—all from our private balcony. Room
décor styles vary, but all have high, high ceilings and a wall of glass, making
them bright and cheery. The pièce de
résistance are marble bathrooms with tub, separate shower, and fluffy
terrycloth robes and towels, including washcloths—fresh ones twice a day.
A lighted mirror, hair dryer, and luxury toiletries round out the
amenities, along with enough room to really spread out and enjoy such sybaritic
facilities. And hold on to your hats, the
mini-bar included an ice bucket that was replenished two times each day.
Winding down a vacation
isn’t something to look forward to, but a couple nights at the Ritz gave us
the chance to see Lisbon at our own pace and equaled our cruise in terms of
service and cuisine. In case shopping for
delicate Portuguese filigree jewelry and haute European fashions didn’t
burn off enough calories, spend some time working out in the complimentary
fitness center on the top floor and enjoy the panorama below.
Four Seasons, Lisbon
Room service was a delight;
promptly delivered on a cart by a smiling gentleman who was only too happy to
serve it on the balcony for Madame to take advantage of the view.
Ah, what pampering!
Meals en suite
didn’t hold a candle to the Ritz’s fashionable Varanda Restaurant.
It’s readily apparent why this is the favored eatery of Lisbon
businessmen for the breakfast buffet or luncheon with associates.
After dark, the Varanda is the “in” spot for romantic and intimate
dining. Don’t see what you want on the
menu? No problem.
Amiable waiters delivered anything we craved, whether it was on the menu
or not. Leave room for a sinful dessert,
though—they will tempt you until you relent.
They just don’t build
hotels like this any more—a sumptuous lobby and huge “landings” with
sitting areas on each floor are as much trademarks of a gracious hostelry as the
overwhelming hospitality and discreet service. No
tripping over housekeeping carts in these wide, wide hallways.
All good things must come to
an end and, to ease our entry back into the work-a-day world, we began waking up
to the sound of our clock radio, checking our voice mail from one of two
telephones in our room, and taking advantage of access to a fax or modem.
All this luxury comes with a
price… but as part of a cruise package it’s surprisingly affordable. Live it up! Why should The
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