Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Hyatt Regency Lisbon to bring the Hyatt brand to Portugal

Hyatt Regency Lisbon                Photo Business Wire
The massive Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed this week, that with affiliates and Realtejo – Hotelaria e Turismo it will develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal.

The Hyatt Regency Lisbon is expected to open in late 2020 and will feature some 200 rooms and apartments. This exciting new property will be located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, enjoying a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River.  Situated just a five-minute drive from Lisbon’s historic city centre and within easy reach of many major attractions, including the two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery. It will also be in a prime location across from Lisbon’s conference centre and convenient access to the airport and designed to appeal to both the business and leisure visitors.

“We are delighted by the announcement of plans for the first Hyatt hotel in Portugal as Lisbon is one of Europe’s leading cities in overnight stays and has quickly established itself as a prime destination not only for leisure travellers but also for larger conventions and events,” said Nuno Galvão-Pinto, regional vice president development at Hyatt. “We look forward to working with United Investments Portugal on this exciting project in Lisbon. This is an important step for Hyatt as we look to expand our brand presence throughout Portugal.”

Hyatt Regency Lisbon will offer a wide range of intuitive facilities, including a luxurious spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace bar with views over the river, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden.

Carlos Leal, general manager of United Investments Portugal commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Hyatt on our first development in Lisbon in a premier riverside location in one of the world’s leading cities. With its warm climate, culture, history, gastronomy and beaches, Lisbon truly has it all.

Jason Shaw explores a hidden gem of Portuguese delight.

Lisbon is continental Europe's westernmost capital city, it is the only one along the Atlantic coast, it is also the most populous city in Portugal as well as being the nation's capital. It is famously a city of seven hills overlooking the Rio Tejo river, cobblestone streets and seafood. What the city is not so famous for, yet has in spades, is romance.  Yes,  Lisbon is a wonderfully romantic destination for lovers of all ages and all stages of their relationship.  There is an abundance of fine restaurants for that candlelit dinner, perhaps a different one for every night of the year!  

There are dozens of museums and galleries for feasts of the cultural variety and top class music venues like the opera hall. Plus of course, there are those little cobbled streets, alleyways and hidden squares which are a boon to explore hand in hand with the one you love, adore, fancy or are otherwise fondly acquitted to!  Of course, romance is heightened as you climb higher in the city and admire the views, which really are a feast for the eyes!

Of course, you don't have to be in love to enjoy all of those things and Lisbon is a great destination for all kinds of holidays and visits. For example, the centre of the city has hundreds of bars, dozens of clubs and night-sports where you can party till dawn. Alcohol is cheaper here than in most other capital, or big cities in Europe.  

Yes, it is very hilly, yes that can make the older ones among us a little tired, however, it is pretty easy to get around.  One of the best ways to explore the tops sites for next to nothing is hopped on a tram with the number 28 - this trundles along to and by some of the top tourist sites and costs about €3. Another easy way to get around is the clean and rapid metro system, which is pretty easy to negotiate with four main lines which are colour coded and go to so many places. It even gets you to the airport in under half an hour! 

Then there is the architecture, Lisbon has so many fine buildings from so many different eras in our history that it really enriches the soul. Jerónimos Monastery, a magnificent example of early sixteenth-century architecture, that is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The magnificent Belem Tower, a stunning symbol of Manueline architecture is a 'must see' site. If you have time, you should climb to the top of the tower, you'll get a fine view of the city and the river. 

Where to stay in Lisbon.

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade is a luxury hotel where supreme style reigns. Located in downtown Lisbon, on the prestigious avenue of the same name, its 163 luxurious rooms will live up to your expectations. Near Lisbon's convention centre and business district, and bordering historic neighbourhoods, the hotel combines business and relaxation but won't mix the two. The AdLib restaurant, a fusion of French culinary know-how and Portuguese cuisine will make your trip to the Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade experience is complete.



Mercure Lisboa Hotel
The Mercure Lisboa Hotel is a 4-star hotel which offers comfortable rooms as a covered heated rooftop swimming pool, with panoramic views over the Águas Livres Aqueduct. Close to the Jardim do Zoológico metro station, the historical centre of the city is easily accessible! 


Novotel Lisboa Hotel
The 4-star Novotel Lisboa hotel is ideal for family vacations and business trips. The hotel has good public transport links, offering access to the historic centre of Lisbon in just 10 minutes. The closest metro station is Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The Novotel Lisboa boasts 6 spacious meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, fitness club, restaurant and bar.

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