When it comes to bed and breakfasts, Lisbon is home to many. You can sleep in a traditional guest house, 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.
The Lisboans Apartments
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The Lisboans offers a home-away-from-home experience | Courtesy of The Lisboans Apartments / Booking.com
This elegant yet cosy B&B boasts high ceilings and large windows, allowing you to take in the sights of the surrounding Baixa neighbourhood, and the 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 handmade in Portugal). A continental breakfast is included and delivered each morning to your door, and bikes are available to hire, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of the city on two wheels.
This charming 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, Balloons 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 are 19 rooms 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.
Grapes and Bites is above a bar, so it’s only a short stagger to bed if you’re drinking here. After exploring the avenues and plazas of the Baixa district and admiring the views, take the Santa Justa Elevator to Rua do Norte. Round off the day eating petiscos (similar to Spanish tapas) with local presunto (ham) and sheep’s and goat’s cheeses, washed down with Portuguese wine while listening to live music. While not a B&B, this great little hostel with rooms and shared dorms is similarly fantastic for travellers on a budget. Pets are welcome and can stay for free in certain rooms.
This beautiful old mansion is designed in the 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 spacious stay for guests to enjoy. The rooms are elegantly designed and feature modern amenities such as air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The B&B is situated opposite the Roman baths and 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, and 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 café 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 next to the Feira da Ladra (Lisbon’s flea market).
This 17th-century house in the heart of historic Lisbon is decorated with artefacts, classic Portuguese tiles and a library so grand you can imagine the who’s who of society being entertained here once upon a time. 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 Bed and Breakfast 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.