It’s fair to say it didn’t disappoint with beautiful pastel buildings in the city centre and stunning scenery along the coast. Not forgetting the incredible food and wine we were treated to as well!
There was, of course, some work to be done which consisted of visiting many fantastic venues. Below is my round-up of the fabulous venues in Lisbon I saw during my 3 days!
VENUE: MYRIAD BY SANA
LOCATION: Parque das Nacoes- 10 minutes from Lisbon airport.
NUMBER OF BEDROOMS: 185 rooms including 9 suites.
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 600 THEATRE/ 230 CABARET
ABOUT THE HOTEL: Located in Nations Park it’s the highest building in the city with 21 floors and you can see all the way to the top when you walk in. The hotel consists of 350m2 of area for events and the hotel also features a Congress Centre with 1500m2- Myriad Crystal Centre.
MY THOUGHTS: Striking hotel to hold your event at, with the Myriad Crystal Centre attached delegates can retreat to their hotel and enjoy the views over the Tagus River after meeting for a conference.
VENUE: BICA DO SAPOTO
LOCATION: SANTA APOLONIA- 10-MINUTE DRIVE TO LISBON CENTRE
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Max. 270 in two rooms (menu style) and Max 220 (buffet style)
ABOUT THE RESTAURANT: This restaurant, which used to be a boat factory is located by the port. It overlooks the river and is a lovely, large and modern space- perfect for larger groups who can take either one section of the restaurant or take it exclusively. It also boasts a lovely terrace, which would be perfect for welcome drinks reception, or smaller groups who wish to dine outside.
VENUE: XABREGAS PALACE
LOCATION: 20 minutes by bus from main hotels in Lisbon
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Up to 400 guests in 1 room
ABOUT THE VENUE: This was one of my favourite venues that I visited in Lisbon, we arrived by tuks tuks up a little alley way and drove around to this stunning venue. This palace was completely renovated in 2012 and is a really historical venue that dates back to the 15th century. It has 7 smaller rooms with one large yard room and is perfect for a gala dinner or a high-end smaller dinner or meeting in one of their smaller rooms.
VENUE: PATIO DA GALE
LOCATION: Comercio Square
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Up to 1100 guests (main courtyard and cloisters)
ABOUT THE VENUE: This stunning open aired venue can be transformed into what ever you want it to be, whether that’s a large conference or a gala dinner or awards evening you can really make this venue your own. It’s also in a fantastic location of the main square and right by the city centre.
VENUE: LISBOA SUD HALL
LOCATION: Belem - 20 minutes by bus from the city centre
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Up to 690 guests in several covered areas and 130 guests in the outdoors rooftop (buffet set-up)
ABOUT THE VENUE: Located slightly outside the city centre but within easy each, this brand new contempary venue is for those who are looking for something very modern and stylish. Located right on the riverfront with fantastic views to far as the eye can see. It would be perfect for an evening drinks reception on the terrace followed by a dinner in the room below. All with loads of natural daylight.
VENUE: PAP ‘ ACORDA
LOCATION: Cais do Sodre- 10 minutes from Lisbon city centre
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 150 guests
ABOUT THE RESTAURANT: This restaurant is on the top floor of the Ribeira Market in Lisbon. Perfect for those guests who want exclusivity but can also feel like they are right next to the bustling market in the evening, which this restaurant over looks. The chocolate mousse is their speciality and it’s absolutely amazing!
VENUE: GRANDE REAL VILLA ITALIA HOTEL & SPA 5*
LOCATION: Lisbon coast - Cascais
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 400 guests and 124 bedrooms
ABOUT THIS HOTEL: After arriving in style in old VW Beetles, we were shown around this gorgeous hotel that overlook the stunning rugged Portuguese coastline. With a number of different meeting rooms and event spaces this would be the perfect place to take either exclusively or for smaller events. The terrace area over looking the pool and sea can also be hired exclusively for larger groups and there are also smaller terrace areas that can hired too.
VENUE: RITZ-CARLTON PENHA LONGA HOTEL & RESORT 5*
LOCATION: Lisbon coast - Sintra
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: up to 300 guests and 194 bedrooms
ABOUT THIS HOTEL: This hotel is a historic estate that traces back to the 14th century and is set within the Sintra Mountains making it feel hidden and luxurious. Boasting a golf course, a 16th-century palace, which can be hired for events and is absolutely stunning as a 14th-century monastery. With 6 restaurants (one being a Michelin starred restaurant), and amazing spa facilities there is plenty for your delegates to do and lots of actives to choose from when looking for team building tasks. This venue would be perfect for company off-sites large and small.
VENUE: LARGO RESTAURANT
LOCATION: Lisbon historical area - Chiado
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: Up to 90 guests in the ground floor and up to 40 guests in the mezzanine.
ABOUT THE RESTAURANT: Sitting within the ancient cloisters of the ‘Martires Convent’ this restaurant is memorable from the moment you walk through the doors thanks to the jelly fish aquariums scattered throughout. Located in the heart of Lisbon this restaurant is a great choice for the smaller groups to go to for a more intimate dinner in a highly sophisticated restaurant with delicious food.
So there it is my round up of the top venues we got to see on our 3-day trip to Lisbon. As well as viewing a lot of spaces and of course having to taste all the delicious food and wine that came with them, we also experienced a range of different activities, from Tuk Tuks, to driving along the coastline in convoy in VW Beetles, to exploring the historic and beautiful Sintra village and topping it off on the last day with a boat trip along the river. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city and should be considered for your next company off-site.