Get a taste of local life in Portugal’s capital city. Explore the colourful old town, visit São Jorge Castle and try the delicious pastéis de nata (egg custard tarts) while staying at these homely guesthouses.
When it comes to bed and breakfasts, Lisbon is home to many. You can sleep in a traditional guesthouse, an organic garden or a converted monastery, with architecture and interiors hinting at the Portuguese capital’s storied past. From themed rooms to eco-friendly facilities, here are the best bed and breakfasts in Lisbon.
This elegant yet homely B&B boasts high ceilings and large windows, allowing you to take in the sights of the surrounding Baixa neighbourhood. Lisbon Cathedral and São Jorge Castle are just a few minutes away. Each apartment at The Lisboans has a unique bespoke interior design, with antiques and modern-style elements sitting side by side (all of which are hand-made in Portugal). A continental breakfast is included and delivered each morning to your door. Bikes are also available to hire.
This pretty 1940s apartment lies next to Parque Eduardo VII (the largest park in Central Lisbon), with easy access to the Avenida da Liberdade, one of the main avenues of designer shops and fashionable restaurants. The traditional pavement, calçada Portuguesa, lining the boulevard features black-and-white stone mosaic patterns that symbolise ocean waves. The rooms at Luna Parque reflect the host’s whimsical side, with an elevator to take you to the cutesy-named Lollipop, Candy Cotton, Baloons and Circus rooms. There is also a private garden to relax in, with bookings available for yoga and surfing excursions.
Nestled in the vibrant residential area of Santa Catarina, with views of the River Tagus, the charming Casa do Pátio by Shiadu was once housing for monks and nuns. There rooms are set over two floors, and the host is very helpful and can recommend things to see and do, with lively districts such as Baixa and Bairro Alto only a short walk away. Breakfast consists of made-to-order egg dishes alongside the highly recommended sugar-coated doughnuts.
This beautiful old mansion is designed in traditional Portuguese style, with a library, sitting room and well-stocked kitchen. The rooms at Casinha das Flores are small but comfortable, each with a unique character. The staff are very welcoming and helpful, especially if you need help with luggage (there isn’t an elevator, and the rooms are on the third floor). Breakfast is plentiful with a great choice of food to set you up for the day, and best of all, you can enjoy it while listening to live music from the resident pianist.
Castilho House is a modern B&B with just eight suites, providing a personal stay. The rooms are elegantly designed and feature modern amenities such as air conditioning and free wifi. The B&B is situated opposite the Roman baths and is within walking distance of Marquis of Pombal Square and the Time Out Market, which is home to a wide variety of food and drinks stalls.
For the eco-conscious traveller, the ‘bio’ Casa do Mercado Lisboa is a dream. The rooms are all about comfort, with some even boasting Victorian bathtubs. Each one carries a food theme – from fruit and seafood to sweets and chocolate. If that doesn’t give you hunger pangs, then the aromas wafting from the cafe on the lower floor will. Filho da Mãe serves vegan breakfasts, and you can also partake in food and wine tastings and cooking classes.
High-back leather chairs, wooden panels and metal edging add to Dalma Old Town Suites’ industrial 1960s-style design. The visual references of the old city trams are particularly eye-catching and on theme – Tram 28 continues to pass right by the building, which makes for a handy transport link. There is a winery attached, and breakfast is served in the coffee shop. The B&B is situated very close to Portas do Sol viewpoint and the Feira da Ladra (Lisbon’s flea market).
This 17th-century house in the heart of historic Lisbon is decorated with artefacts, traditional Portuguese tiles and a grand library. Ramalhete means bouquet in Portuguese, an apt name given its lush, walled gardens filled with flowers. The building is well situated on Rua das Janelas Verdes, opposite the Museum of Ancient Art. Breakfast is served in the wood-panelled dining room, or you can take it outside onto one of the terraces. Palácio Ramalhete also has an outdoor heated pool.
If you would like your stay to have a theatrical touch, then Teatro Boutique B&B is the place for you. Swathes of material in royal reds and blues adorn the beds, and elaborate silver silhouettes decorate the walls. To add to the decadence, you can enjoy a late breakfast, as it’s available until 11.30am. Specialities include home-made chicken rissóis (a Portuguese-style croquette) and chouriço bread (bread layered with Portuguese sausage).
This futuristic B&B in Belém offers beautiful views of the Jerónimos Monastery. The rooms are modern in design, with very comfortable beds. A continental breakfast, including organic fruits and yoghurt, can be enjoyed outside on the patio. The Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos are local landmarks in the area, with the Maritime Museum also worth a look. Belém is also home to Pastéis de Belém, which began making the famous pastel de nata in 1837.
If you spend most of your time in Lisbon marvelling at the beautifully tiled buildings, why not stay in one? Casa dell’Arte Club House extends its elegant 1860 baroque-style facade into its spacious rooms – ornate bed frames and furnishings are offset by blue and white tiled walls, marble-clad fireplaces and crystal chandeliers. Besides its decor, art is the focus here with the Büyükkuşoğlu family’s collection of Turkish art adorning the walls.
Perched on a hill with views of the River Tagus, Alecrim ao Chiado will feel like your (very luxe) home away from home. Each of the rooms at this family-run B&B have been designed to feel as if you’re staying in a private house. The result is individually decorated rooms each with their own quirks and delights. When you want to explore the city, your hosts can organise a private tour to all the secret spots.
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