InterContinental Lisbon, Portugal

by Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Maria Cunha is the Clefs d’Or Head Concierge at the InterContinental Lisbon, in the capital of Portugal. The hotel is just a short walk from the upmarket Avenida da Liberdade boulevard and its rooms and suites offer views over Eduardo VII park and Lisbon’s historic old town. Maria, who has held the role since 1985, says she “had the privilege of being born and growing up in this riverside town, being cradled by the sound of guitars and the strong and nostalgic voice of singers”. If you would like to benefit from Maria’s wealth of knowledge about her home town, read on. To take a video tour of Lisbon, guided by Maria herself, click here.

Maria Cunha.

 

Most popular request…

Food recommendations and downtown area information.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

Ler Devagar book store. This bookshop was born in Bairro Alto and has had several addresses over the years, but its fans have always followed it. Situated in a larger space within the Lx Factory complex, it offers a good selection of art-related books, including those in foreign languages. The large, industrial interior includes space for a bar area and a gallery on the upper level.

Best coffee…

Fábrica Cofffee Toasters.

Where we must go for lunch…

Ibo Restaurant.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…

The Ancient Art National Museum. Rated as the most important art museum from the 12th to the 19th Centuries in Portugal, it has the most important public collection of ancient art from our country. Its collections include painting, sculpture, drawing and European decorative arts, Asian and African art collections.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving Lisbon… 

The most famous tram of Lisbon, number 28, ensures a trip to the past that will not be easily forgotten. Its passage through the streets and alleys transports us in time, aligning the perfect marriage of tradition and innovation.

What she loves about her hotel…

What I still like at this hotel after all these years is the people I work with.

Anything else we should know when visiting Lisbon…

Museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday, with some exceptions. In Lisbon, winters are mild and summers hot, though moderate because of its location near the sea. During spring and autumn there are usually sunny days with mild temperatures.

We do not have beaches in Lisbon but there are many fantastic beaches for families, or surfing lovers, just a short distance away.

 

For more information, or to book, click here.