Myriad by SANA Hotels
Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01, Lisbon, Lisbon 1990-173, Portugal
This stylish hotel offers superb service and extremely comfortable accommodations, in a landmark building which makes the most of its riverfront setting. Luxe amenities (Whirlpool baths! Hydro massage showers! Espresso machines!) ensure guests feel thoroughly pampered. It took more than a decade to turn the 476-foot Vasco da Gama Tower, built for the 1998 Expo World Fair, into this hotel--but it was certainly worth the wait. There's an upscale spa and fitness center, as well as good on-site drinking and dining, and top-of-the-range business facilities. Listen, folks, this hotel has you covered. Get ready for some fancy stuff.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is located in the most modern part of Lisbon, which is super handy for the airport, but it's a metro or cab ride to the attractions of the historic center or, you know, other fun things.
The hotel's design flair really comes to the fore in the rooms and suites, which are supremely stylish and equipped with every imaginable comfort. Neutral white walls are brightened by bold dashes of red and black, with contemporary lighting, mirrors, and furnishings—the most notable of which are the space-age cocoon swings which allow guests to contemplate the views over Modern Lisbon, the River Tagus, and Vasco da Gama Bridge. Beds are super comfortable and equipped with flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines.
Suites have comfy living areas, while the Presidential Suite on the 21st floor has outstanding views, as well as its own fully-equipped kitchen. Go ahead, cook a meal in there. Pretend it's your house.
The bathrooms at Myriad by Sana maintain the hotel's sense of contemporary luxury. Immaculately-maintained and brightened by fresh flowers, bathrooms have tubs and overhead showers, and those in the higher price categories have either whirlpool baths or showers with massage jets. Amenities are by Aromatherapy Associates.
The Myriad's lobby makes good use of its riverfront location—there's lots of clear glass, ensuring guests can take in the view while relaxing in one of the plentiful sofas and armchairs in the light and airy reception area. The furnishings and decor are slick and modern, with neutral shades accented by the hotel's trademark pops of red.
The Spa on the 23rd floor has an indoor pool with hydromassage areas and more of those glorious river views. You like river views, right? They have plenty of good ones here.
Myriad's Sayanna Wellness Spa has jaw-dropping panoramic views which make the perfect backdrop for indulging in luxury treats such as massages and beauty treatments. Guests can also use the indoor pool, Turkish bath, hammam, sauna, and even a floatarium, making this one of the best-equipped hotel spas in the city. As always, you'll find panoramic views looking over the Tagus River.
Couples can book romantic treatments in a dedicated VIP SPA Suite for two.
The 23rd floor Wellness Center has a good gym, well-equipped with cardio-focused equipment.
The hotel's River Lounge restaurant offers fine dining right on the banks of the Tagus, and on sunny days the tables and chairs on the terrace are in high demand. The restaurant is also open to non-guests, and serves traditional Portuguese dishes, presented with flair and making good use of seasonal ingredients. The interior is every bit as slick and sophisticated as the rest of the hotel, and is a pleasant place for a meal on chillier days. The River Lounge is also the setting for Myriad's excellent buffet breakfasts, which include more varieties of hot and cold treats than any guest could hope to eat in one sitting.
The River Lounge Bar is a popular spot for cocktails with a river view, and the terrace is a perfect place to sip a drink and watch the sunset. Cigar enthusiasts can also visit a separate Cigar Lounge, which has a menu of smokes to enjoy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The prices on the drinks list are very high by Lisbon standards—drinkers here pay a premium for the chic terrace and the views.
This modern, landscaped part of Lisbon lacks the hills of the historic center, making it pleasant to explore on foot, and major attractions such as the famous Oceanarium are within walking distance of the hotel. For other Lisbon landmarks, such as the historic Alfama district, Lisbon Castle and other monuments, a metro from the strikingly-designed Oriente transport hub (long-distance buses and trains also depart from here) is the best bet, while cabs and Uber are also easy to come by. More tourist attraction than practical mode of transport, the cable cars that whizz overhead are a good way to get the lay of the land, and are well worth the few euros for the ride. The airport is a 10-minute cab ride away.
This might be the modern part of town, but that doesn't mean the restaurant scene lacks character—along with the usual fast food joints, there are some very interesting dining options. A good case in point is Miss Saigon (2-minute walk), which is widely considered to be one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town. With a sophisticated ambiance and ever-changing menu of delicious, healthy dishes, it's been known to please many a dedicated carnivore as well as vegetarians and vegans struggling in this fish-and-meat focused city. At the other end of the scale, Leitaria Gourmet (6-minute walk) specializes in hearty, traditional dishes from Portugal's Alentejo region, in a modern setting with a pleasant terrace.
Feeling lucky? It might be worth a walk to Casino Lisboa (20-minute walk), where those who don't fancy a gamble can sip delicious (if pricey) cocktails at the Arena Lounge. Alongside a good number of terrace cafes doubling as bars, there's always a lively vibe and a party spirit (and a rare opportunity to eat fish and chips in Lisbon, should you have a hankering) at Irish & Co (6-minute walk). For drinking with a more traditional flavor, it's best to take a metro or cab to the Baixa (downtown) or Bairro Alto (also downtown).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a beautifully-styled luxury hotel, which makes the most of its riverfront setting by making sure the terrific views are visible from all rooms and common areas. The service is near-perfect, fixtures and fittings are extremely stylish, and the bar and restaurant are regarded as among the best in the area. The spa and pool with panoramic views are fabulous, too. The excellent business facilities plus proximity to the airport and conference centers make it a popular choice for business travelers, but the hotel is also popular with leisure travelers, catering particularly well to families, and couples on a romantic break.
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