For the financially savvy traveller, staying at one of Lisbon’s less expensive accommodation options means more euros for sampling the local cuisine (like indulging on pastéis de nata), buying traditional souvenirs, or visiting museums. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Lisbon.
Winding up and down several hills, Lisbon’s cobbled streets are brimming with history, unique architecture and art, and while the Portuguese capital might be home to some luxurious hotels, it also has its fair share of budget-friendly options. In fact, Lisbon is an excellent destination for bargain-hunters. Plenty of hotels offer guests comfortable and spacious rooms, private bathrooms and continental breakfast, as well as attractive prices. Here, we round up the best.
Chic Avenida da Liberdade is well known for its wide garden-lined boulevard, trendy rooftops, and designer shopping, but perhaps not for budget accommodation. Amid the luxury venues, however, is the 2-star Hotel Dom Sancho I. This hotel is favoured for its excellent location and value. Set inside a 19th-century house, traditional decor and complimentary breakfast add to the experience and each of the 40 guestrooms has its own private bathroom.
Find an old-world charm at Pensão Londres with classic furnishings inside spacious, high-ceiling rooms. Located at the top of Bairro Alto, the rooms on the fourth floor offer great views of the Tagus River. This is a centrally located hotel near Lisbon’s liveliest nighttime districts and the beautiful Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. Pensão Londres has 36 guest rooms consisting of single, double and family suites, and some are attached to their own private bathrooms. An added bonus is that continental breakfast is included with each booking.
Located beside the gardens at Lisbon’s popular Eduardo VII park and near a myriad of shops and restaurants, SANA Rex Hotel is another budget-friendly option in a trendy part of the city. Perched atop one of Lisbon’s hills, it is also a hotel with an excellent view that takes in the park and the river. Guests can walk easily to Avenida da Liberdade and the Gulbenkian Museum, or hop on the blue line and take the metro to Baixa.
This cozy and charming bed and breakfast-style hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Lisbon at the historic São Domingos Square and near Praça da Figueira (where you can hop on the bright yellow tram 28 and tour the city). Perks include the complimentary breakfast buffet (although there’s also a great selection of cafés and pastelarias nearby) and comfortable common spaces. Enjoy the lounge where guests have access to book-sharing and board games, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a terrace, perfect for sitting and watching Lisbon buzzing below.
The beautiful Art Deco facade of Hotel Expo Astoria is sure to catch the eye of guests but the visual appeal won’t end there. Inside, the hotel is designed in a range of colours and textures creating a modern look with creative flair. The 113 rooms throughout this eight-floor hotel were renovated just a few years ago and reflect a contemporary style that includes family-friendly suites. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet, hotel restaurant with terrace, lounge bar, and massage services. The hotel is also only a few minutes’ walk from the Marquês de Pombal statue, Eduardo VII Park, and Avenida da Liberdade.
A renovated convent nestled in historic Alfama’s ancient streets, Hotel Convento do Salvador is near some of the city’s best fado houses and amazing viewpoints. The hotel itself is comfortable and stylish, boasting 43 modern rooms displaying artwork by contemporary Portuguese artists, as well as childcare services, a garden and eco-friendly design. It is also conveniently close to popular landmarks like the Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral and the National Pantheon.
Save your euros while still enjoying a 4-star experience at Lutecia Smart Design Hotel, located at one end of Lisbon’s Avenida Novas district. Eight floors are each fashioned with their own unique themes like ‘disco’ and ‘kiss me’. The 175 contemporary rooms reflect smart, city-inspired designs. Lutecia Smart Design Hotel also boasts a restaurant, lounge bar and health club, and is located approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the world-renowned Gulbenkian Museum.