Friday, 14 November 2014

Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

The glittering lights of Lisbon twinkling in the night lent the city a fairytale air. From the D. Fernando Grill, set on the 12th floor of the Altis Grand Hotel, I lapped up the sweeping views.

There is something about being in a magical place to celebrate your birthday and this restaurant definitely provides a sense of occasion. A happy collision of formal sophistication and laidback charm, the service is intuitive.  If you want attention, you will get it. If you want to take your time and relax you can.

Attention to detail is impressive. The menu comprises traditional Portuguese dishes, all beautifully presented, that send your taste buds spinning with smells and flavours. I plumped for the hot prawns to start followed by a Dover Sole that was so fresh and succulent  that it would have put many top restaurants to shame.

 The D. Fernando Grill,

Wine lovers will be seduced by the Portuguese wines that have been well chosen. Apparently, the owners of the hotel have won awards for some of the wines they have produced  which is obviously why the selection is so good. 

It is always the little things that make an evening memorable. For me it was the unexpected birthday cake and a bottle of bubbly served to me. This is a hotel that goes out of its way to make you feel loved and wanted.

Walking into the newly refurbished five-star hotel, which is in Lisbon’s business district and few minutes’ walk from the famed Avenida Liberdade, I got the feeling that this was a typical business and conference hotel. How wrong I was. The lovely warm welcome I received on check-in and the invaluable help about the city that I got from guest relations made me feel that each visitor was not a number but somebody to be cherished. The Altis Grand has nailed Portuguese hospitality down perfectly.

The lobby

Rooms are comfortable and modern. My deluxe room, done in a palette of greys, ebony and stainless steel, had a sophisticated pared down feel. There are lovely touches  that mean so much, such as the welcoming message on the TV screen and the mouth-watering pastel de nata, a buttery pastry filled with custard, accompanied by a bottle of mineral water waiting for you on arrival. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi.

The buffet spread at breakfast was rather good offering plenty of goodies to entice you.  And once again exemplary service, a theme that echoes around the hotel. 

Another great plus of this hotel is the free shuttle to and from the airport (has to be booked in advance). 

The Altis Grand blends Portuguese geniality with elegance and charm. What more can you ask for?

By Daralyn Danns

Getting there 

British Airways offers a daily service from London to Lisbon three times weekly from £110 return including taxes and charges. Hand baggage only from £80 return including taxes and charges. To book or for more information visit  or call 0844 4930787

It is hard to beat BA when it comes to service on short-haul flights

Hotel Altis Grand is a member of Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection. For best rates and more information or to book visit or call 020 7380 3658