Hotel Review: InterContinental Lisbon

The InterContinental Lisbon is a luxury hotel located in the business district of the city. In this review, we’ll explain what you can expect of the hotel and why I think it’s not one of the best places to stay in the city.

I’ve stayed at various InterContinenatl Hotels over the course of the years. This is including the amazing InterContinental Sydney, the nice InterContinental Montreal or the decent InterContinental Düsseldorf.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Luxury Room
  • Month of Stay: November

There were also a few less stellar experiences, for example at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand or the InterContinental London Park Lane, but in general I like the brand.

InterContinental Lisbon Entrance

Thus, I was interested how the Lisbon property would compare. The location in the business district is alright, though not charming. If you are there for tourism, you might want to look for another location.

Junior Suite at the InterContinental Lisbon

As an InterContinental Ambassador member, I got a really nice upgrade to a Junior Suite, which I appreciated. However, the design of the Junior Suite just didn’t get to me that much.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite

The bed with the two nightstands is the centerpiece and looks sort-of weird and most definitely not like a bed you’d expect in a luxury hotel.

Opposite of the bed, there are two daybeds of sorts, which is an interesting idea, but to me looks a bit like being in a Spa.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite

In the corner of the room, there’s a more typical working desk with a medium comfortable chair.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite

On a positive note, the room comes with a Nespresso machine.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite

Furthermore, there’s a view of the square in front of the hotel, which is nice enough.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite View

The welcome treatment for Ambassador members at the InterContinental Lisbon is nice, too.

InterContinental Lisbon Welcome Treatment

The same can be said about the bathroom, which is spacious and comes with everything you’d expect in a luxury hotel.

InterContinental Lisbon Junior Suite Bathroom

There are double sinks, a bathtub as well as a walk-in shower with two shower heads.

In the back of the bathroom, there’s not only a toilet, but also a bidet.

While I didn’t like the design that much, I still thought that the room at the InterContinental Lisbon was nice enough.

Executive Lounge at the InterContinental Lisbon

I had booked a room with access to the so-called Club InterContinental, but was a bit disappointed to find out that it’s a dark room without any windows located on the ground floor.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge

Other than that, the modern design of the lounge is quite nice, in my opinion.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge

While there is also a small selection for afternoon treats, we just visited at dinner time and found a selection of a few cold cuts as well as appetizers.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Evening Spread

While the quality was good enough, I was a little disappointed by the offerings overall.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Evening Spread

The selection of alcoholic beverages was quite good though.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Evening Spread

I’d say that the InterContinental Lisbon doesn’t really have the best Executive Lounge.

Breakfast at the InterContinental Lisbon

We also enjoyed breakfast in the Executive Lounge, which was way better than the evening spread. There were various cold options, including cold cuts, cheeses, yogurts, fruits and more.

Then there were also several hot options on the buffet, which you don’t find in all lounges.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Breakfast

In addition, you can order a couple of hot dishes from the menu. I went with a local dish, which was very good.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Breakfast

The eggs benedict were a real treat, too.

InterContinental Lisbon Club Lounge Breakfast

All in all, I’d say that breakfast at the InterContinental Lisbon is quite nice and expect it to be on the same level in the hotel restaurant.

Gym at the InterContinental Lisbon

The InterContinental Lisbon comes with no pool, sadly. There’s a decent enough gym though, which has the necessary equipment for a good workout. There are plenty of treadmills and other cardio equipment.

InterContinental Lisbon Gym

Plus, there’s an area for strength training, including various different free weights.

Everything was in a good condition and the gym was never crowded when I visited, so I’d say that this is a positive aspect of the hotel. However, the lack of a pool or a sauna is rather disappointing.

Overall impressions of the InterContinental Lisbon

Staying at the InterContinental Lisbon wasn’t a bad experience, but there was hardly anything about the hotel that amazed me. My junior suite was nice enough, but I didn’t like the restaurant. The lounge comes with a nice design, but no view or daylight and a mediocre food spread. The gym and breakfast are good, but the hotel lacks other facilities. All in all, I’d say that the InterContinental Lisbon isn’t a bad place to stay at, but I’d still look for another place to stay when visiting the next time.

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