Live like a local in Portugal’s coastal capital. Close to the rolling Atlantic surf, you can ride waves in the morning at Cascais, tuck into pastéis de nata in the afternoon before hitting the lively bars in Bairro Alto come nightfall. To make the most of your time in Lisbon, why not stay somewhere that gives you more independence? These top apartment-style lodgings are a great place to start – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Set in an elegant 18th-century building in Lisbon’s super-central Chiado neighbourhood, a stay at Residentas Apóstolos puts you right in the heart of the capital. Interiors combine original features with antique furnishings, all finished in plush modern styling. Apartments sleep up to four, with a choice of duplex and loft lay-outs, all with full modern kitchens and premium bedding for that little extra comfort. Hosts also provide some delicious local delicacies, so you get a taste of Portugal as soon as you arrive.
On the edge of Lisbon’s bohemian Bairro Alto district and overlooking historic Luís de Camões Square, you can’t miss the patterned traditional tiling which covers the facade of this handsome building. Inside are seven apartments, each with either one bedroom (sleeping up to four) or two bedrooms (sleeping up to six). Colourful contemporary decor gives them a warm-yet-chic vibe, plus high-end kitchens make self-catering a cinch. Bathrooms feel particularly luxurious with their premium toiletries, rainfall showers and heated floors.
From industrial-chic to rustic-luxe, you’re sure to find the accommodation that fits your fancy at this Santa Catarina aparthotel. Apartments sleep anywhere from two to six guests with sizes ranging from studios to two-beds with lounge-diners. Kitchenettes provide cooking basics, including espresso makers. Deluxe penthouse options offer furnished terraces with fabulous city views including the nearby Tagus River.
Set among the shopping lanes of central Lisbon, these upscale lodgings put some of the city’s top historical attractions a short stroll away – the Santa Justa Lift is just two minutes on foot. Kitchenettes feature Smeg appliances while beds come with Egyptian cotton sheets and memory foam mattresses. The bright contemporary apartments accommodate either two or four guests, with some opening to balconies overlooking the charming mosaic-patterned streets.
These wonderfully light and breezy apartments are located just steps from the Arco do Castelo, the stone gate marking the entrance to the São Jorge castle grounds. All units sleep up to four, with separate bedrooms, lounges and kitchens with everything you need for a self-catered stay. Some offer Juliette balconies overlooking the adjacent ancient stone walls, while others have pretty river views.
If you like your lodgings with a touch of regal grandeur, Residentas São Pedro could be just what you’re after. They blend the likes of stately velvet furnishings and cut-glass chandeliers with fresh modern decor and high-end comforts. One- and two-bedroom units accommodate groups of four or six, and come with full-size kitchens that even include washing machines. It’s just a short stroll from the ornate Rossio railway station and steps from São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint with breaktaking cityscape panoramas.
With its two separate bedrooms and spacious lounge plus sofa bed, these light-filled lodgings sleep up to six people. There’s two updated bathrooms, too, plus a kitchenette with everything you need for meals in. Its location in Lisbon’s medieval Alfama neighbourhood means its surrounding maze of cobbled streets are dotted with some of the city’s top restaurants. It also means you can watch boats and cruise ships drifting by on the nearby Tagus River.
From its sloping roof and industrial touches, to swish contemporary furnishings and retro lighting, this is every inch the hip design-led loft apartment. Two bedrooms and an open-plan lounge means it can accommodate groups of up to six. Right in the heart of Bairro Alto, the best of the city’s buzzing nightlife is on your doorstep. However, this fully soundproofed apartment means you leave it behind as soon as you step inside.
Do Adro’s apartment is near Rossio, so the main sights are easily accessible, but it’s still away from the crowds. The apartment’s main standout feature is the backyard, a beautiful space where guests can relax after a busy day and night exploring the city. The apartment is modern and cosy but housed inside a historic building that was built at the end of the 18th century.
Bright and airy with a private patio and lots of green plants, the Patio LisBoaBoa is a beautiful space in historic Alfama. The entire apartment is for rent and fits two guests comfortably. Although it is located in the heart of Lisbon’s downtown and near traditional restaurants and fado bars, the apartment itself is peaceful and romantic.
Nina Santos contributed additional reporting to this article.
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