Setting the standards in Portuguese hospitality industry, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa.
We invite to explore below its rich history, from time it was introduced as the highest building in Lisbon with privileged views, to the ambitious and impressive total renovation in 2007, remerging as the flagship of the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts worldwide
40TH ANNIVERSARY EXCLUSIVE OFFERS
To commemorate this impressive milestone and re confirming its place as Lisbon’s meeting place, the Sheraton Lisboa is offering a
To celebrate the 40th anniversay, the Shertaon Lisboa Hotel & Spa is offering 4 rooms on selected dates at symbolic rate of €40 per room, per night. Celebrate this special year with us!
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Lisbon's iconic landmarks with a glamorous break for 2 in the Presidential Suite, inlcuding Spa access, massage for 2 and an intimate dinner* at the Panorama Restaurant on the 26th floor, overlooking the beautiful city of Lisbon.
A one in a life time opportunity with a rate of €1972 per room, per night.
*including a bottle of house wine
40 YEARS OF SHARING EMOTIONS
History in the making
The emblematic and impressive building of the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of Lisbon, on the very spot where, in the previous century, the Hotel Aviz had secured a privileged place in the memory of the city.
Between 1933 and 1961 many were the illustrious guests who took up residence at the Hotel Aviz – star fado singer Amália Rodrigues, Marcello Mastroianni, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Eva Perón and Calouste Gulbenkian, to name just a few. During the Second World War, spies and refugees were strange co-inmates of this charismatic hotel.
In 1970, after the demolition of Hotel Aviz, the American hotel chain ITT Sheraton built on the site its first unit in the Iberian Peninsula, transposing to Lisbon the unmistakable high-rise concept of American architecture in the building of Lisboa Sheraton Hotel.
Designed by architect Fernando Silva and representing a total investment of 2.5 million Euros (3.34 million USD) it became, at the time, Portugal’s tallest building, rising thirty stories and about 100 meters tall, the various floors served by the fastest elevators in the country.
November 9th, 1972... Sheraton Lisboa was born
November 9th 1972 was the inauguration date of what was to become an iconic landmark of the city, Lisboa-Sheraton Hotel, known as Lisbon’s Eighth Hill. The solemn and glamorous ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic, Admiral Américo Thomaz, and by high officials and celebrities of Portuguese society, as well as leading executives of ITT Sheraton. Although American in origin, the hotel was decorated in Portuguese style and embellished with works of art of renowned Portuguese artists – Querubim Lapa, Tomás de Melo, Figueiredo Sobral, Gomes Martins and Mário Silva.
The Hotel had 401 rooms and suites and a staff of 450. Even then, clients well-being was the Sheraton’s major concern and the facilities included an outdoor heated swimming pool, gym and massage rooms.
At the top of the building, the Panorama restaurant and bar, considered the hotel’s ex-libris, had a terrace that commanded a dazzling view of Lisbon, came to be classed as one of the best restaurants in the city and a favorite haunt of high-society.
According to one of the first general managers of the Sheraton Lisboa, Mr. Mendes Leal, “Portuguese hotelier history can be divided into two distinct periods: pre-Sheraton and post-Sheraton”. Concepts were introduced that were totally innovative at that time, such as Happy Hour, the round-the-clock Coffee Shop, the Piano Bar, Gastronomic Weeks, thematic events, fashion shows and even the election of Miss Portugal, in 1976.
Establishing its place in Portuguese history
1975 was a significant year in the history of the Sheraton. Following the revolution of April 25th 1974, thousands of Portuguese citizens were forced to return to the home country from the ex-colonies and the Sheraton was one of the lodging units selected by the state to provide accommodation and meals for these families. For approximately 15 months the hotel made 200 rooms available for this purpose, at a symbolic rate of 700 Escudos (3.50€) per person.
Towards the end of the 80s, extensive renovation was undertaken and new features were introduced, while the name of the hotel was changed to Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Towers. The Towers concept represented a new dimension in luxury, with exclusive butler service to cater to the clients’ requests. Once again, Sheraton was at the leading-edge of excellence and personalized services.
In the 90s, the Sheraton had become a reference for those who visited Lisbon on business. Chosen to stage many important international conferences, the hotel proposed multifunctional spaces, state-of-the art technology and concepts that heralded the 21st Century. The Smart Meetings, Business of the Move, became the first complex of meeting rooms in Portugal to provide the latest and most sophisticated multimedia equipment.
In 1998, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., acquired the brands Sheraton and the Eighth Hill of Lisbon proudly sailed into the new millennium integrating a hotel group that is characterised by vision, innovation and exceptional services.
The strategic positioning of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is focused on the management and shedding of hotelier units; on the basis of this policy, Lisboa Sheraton is sold to the Portuguese real estate group Marope, towards the end of 2005.
Reemerging as the flagship of the Sheraton brand
Following an ambitious renovation project, the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, re-emerged in 2007 as a business hotel, proposing an urban and lifestyle concept. The modern amenities and comfort of the 369 bedrooms and suites include Sweet Sleeper Beds, LCD Bang & Olufsen and glass bathrooms.
Glamour is still the keynote at the Panorama Restaurant, and the Panorama Bar has become the city’s new hotspot, with chill out atmosphere and live music. A trendy space with luxurious details, such Lalique doorknobs, a wall in onyx semiprecious stone, Schimmel grand piano and handcrafted Ferguson Hill loudspeakers.
Last but not least, the 1500 sq. metre Spirito Spa and the outdoor pool are a haven of wellbeing right in the centre of the city. Sheraton has exceeded all expectations – and 40 years later, once again surprised Lisbon! Today, it is still creating new trends and bringing people together.