Hotel Review: InterContinental Lisbon

Hotel Review:  InterContinental Lisbon
I was hosted by InterContinental Lisbon but all views and photos are my own.

The InterContinental Lisbon is a luxury five star contemporary hotel, located close to the Marques de Pombal Square, and the exterior is unique and easily recognisable from afar.

As you enter the glass-fronted octagonal lobby area it is stunning, decked out in modern interiors, with a colour palette of teal and blue running throughout and a glisten from the low hanging bauble style light shades, alongside stunning fresh flower displays.

It has been recently refurbished and looks absolutely stellar.

On the morning that we arrived, check in is smooth and seamless, and to our delight and luck, our rooms were ready when we arrived, enabling us to quickly leave our luggage in the room, freshen up and head out for a day of exploring.


The hotel is located just above the Marques de Pombal Square, close to the Avenida de Liberdade, which runs though the centre of Lisbon. The airport is just a 15-minute drive away and taxis are easily available. As the hotel is located near the top of one of Lisbon’s seven hills, the building’s outline can be seen easily from multiple lookout points of the city.

Perfect for?

Weekend breaks or Business trips, due to their Executive level and ample business facilities.


The hotel has 331 rooms spread over 19 floors with 17 suites included; some with huge terraces. Floors are wooden, topped with soft blue rugs, and the décor draws on a blue-and-grey palette.

We were staying in an Executive room and we had requested twin beds. It was a gorgeous room and the delight was in the detail. There was a lounge chair in the corner and a work desk near the window, always something I look for in a hotel as I love to work sometimes when travelling.

Our window had breathtaking views of the city and you could see Eduardo VII Park and Lisbon’s mosaic of terracotta rooftops.

The TV is housed in a large wooden box frame in front of the bed, with the mini fridge and tea and coffee sachets in the drawers below.

There was also a Nespresso coffee machine which is always a real treat.

The bathroom featured a double sink, a combined bathtub and shower with a glass panel, a toilet and a bidet. The toiletries were from a Portuguese company called Castelbel, which I had not come across before, but they were luxurious and smelt fabulous.

A really handy feature was the charging station in the room equipped with universal electrical plugs and USB connections, which always makes life easy when travelling.


If you are a business traveller, the hotel is really ideal as it has multiple meeting spaces located on both the first floor and the basement floor. The meeting spaces range from a large ballroom which can hold up to 500 people to smaller rooms for more intimate events.

Those that like to work out will be pleased to find that the hotel also has a small fitness centre with modern equipment and weights in the basement. There is no pool in the hotel but guests can receive special rates to Clube VII, a health club with an indoor swimming pool just across the street in Eduardo VII Park.

For guests staying in Club Rooms and Suites there is a dedicated Club Room with complimentary drinks and canapés from 5pm until 7pm and a breakfast offering too.

Food and Drink

On the left side of the entrance is Uptown Bar, the hotel’s cocktail bar, and AKLA, the hotel’s restaurant.

The main lobby area has plenty of lounge seats, where guests can enjoy finger food, pastries and beverages from MY OH MY, the small food stand towards the back.

Although we didn’t get to try the bar or AKLA restaurant as we were only there for one night, Breakfast on the other hand, was an incredible spread of numerous buffet tables piled with fresh breads and pastries, smoothies, juices, fruits, cheeses, meats and more, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Stylish and relaxed, it is a fantastic hotel for an escape in Lisbon to recharge and relax, and we enjoyed our night here, with great eateries in close proximity and it being easily accessible to other parts of Lisbon..

Find out more:

Address: R. Castilho 149, 1099-034 Lisboa, Portugal

I was hosted by InterContinental Lisbon but all views and photos are my own.
Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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  1. October 22, 2019 / 6:53 am

    It sure looks beautiful Binny. The decor looks modern and the breakfast buffet sounds so good too.

  2. November 6, 2019 / 10:53 am

    Another great base for exploring Lisbon!

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