The Best Hotels in Alfama, Lisbon

Santiago de Alfama offers views of the River Tagus
Santiago de Alfama offers views of the River Tagus | Courtesy of Santiago de Alfama / Expedia
Patrick Ward

Alfama, Lisbon’s old city, features steep cobbled streets, guitar-stumming fado musicians and some of the most fascinating sights in the capital. Offering spectacular views of the River Tagus, you will also find a variety of bars and restaurants and a range of accommodation, everything from budget hostels to historical mansions. Here are some of the best hotels in Alfama where you can enjoy the city’s relaxed and friendly vibe.

1. Eurostars Museum

Luxury

Large communal area at Eurostars Museum with grey sofas, leather chairs and tall ceilings
Courtesy of Eurostars Museum / Expedia

Across the street from the Tagus River, the distinguished Eurostars Museum is centuries old. The museum displays preserved walls, public spaces, and objects dating back to the second century AD. Today the hotel offers all the modern comforts and amenities including a serene spa, indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness room. Along with a complimentary buffet breakfast, the in-house restaurant Atlantiko serves traditional Portuguese fare.

2. Solar Do Castelo, Lisbon Heritage Hotels

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Double bedroom at Solar Do Castelo with wicker headboard, grey wallpaper and white linen
Courtesy of Solar Do Castelo / Expedia

This boutique and romantic property, housed in an 18th-century mansion, is the only hotel in the grounds of Saint George’s Castle. Listen to the cry of the castle’s resident peacocks while enjoying complimentary breakfast on the terrace or exploring the courtyard and garden. The regal rooms are a nod to the hotel’s past as a palace and there’s a bottle of Port wine and Molton Brown products to welcome you.

3. Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa

Hotel

Modern living room at Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa with grey sofas, stone arched wall and graphic painting
Courtesy of Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa / Expedia

Centrally located, Urbano is a four-minute walk to Lisbon Cathedral and 10-minutes to St George’s Castle. The rooms are modern and compact with warm wood details and fun Super Mario-inspired artwork. Private bathrooms offer showers and rooms are best suited for one or two people. A continental breakfast of fresh orange juice, bread, croissants, fruit, and yoghurt is delivered daily to your door.

5. Portugal Boutique Hotel

Hotel

Large lobby area at Hotel Portugal with gold walls and ceiling and white furniture
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Just a short walk from historic Rossio Square, the rooms at this boutique gem are decorated in calming blue and white colours, inspired by traditional Portuguese tiles. The hotel’s cheerful restaurant Jony Rules serves Portuguese wine and tapas, while Premium Wine House, an underground wine cellar, offers wine tasting and brunch. Additionally, guests can visit Rooftop Bar, on the ninth floor of the hotel’s sister property Hotel Mundial, for views over the rooftops of Lisbon.

6. Hotel Convento do Salvador

Eco Hotel, Hotel

Contemporary art adorns the white walls of the Hotel Convento do Salvador with juliette balcony overlooking water
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Once part of a 14th-century convent, Hotel Convento do Salvador is just minutes away from Castelo de São Jorge and Sé Cathedral. The well-connected number 28 tram stops outside so its location is perfect for exploring the area. The hotel’s public spaces have the feel of a modern art gallery – clean and light with walls adorned with an array of work by some of Portugal’s most celebrated contemporary artists. As for its rooms, they are cosy, some have river views.

7. Santiago de Alfama

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Large blue double bed in grand white room at Santiago de Alfama with view of water
Courtesy of Santiago de Alfama / Expedia

This family-run boutique hotel won the 2019 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Best Urban Hotel in Europe. It is a favourite of international celebrities and it’s easy to see why. Housed within an exquisitely restored 15th-century palace, it features some of the Roman remains found during its reconstruction. Every room here is unique, with some overlooking the River Tagus. The finery extends to the Dining at Audrey’s restaurant, where menus of fresh seafood and delicious wine pairings promise to seduce.

8. Memmo Alfama

Boutique Hotel

Stylish bright room at Memmo Alfama with white linen, views over the sea and contemporary art
Courtesy of Memmo Alfama / Expedia
The rooms at Memmo Alfama are what you hope to find at a countryside retreat – earthy wooden tones, bare brickwork and unassuming complexity. The rooftop bar, which offers panoramic views of the historic area and the River Tagus, is a big draw here, as is the exceptional service. It is just a short walk from the cathedral and castle and the hotel offers free tours of the area.

9. Alma Moura Residences

Hotel

These stylish serviced apartment, tucked away from Alfama’s bustling streets, come with an outdoor lawn and patio where you can collapse onto a deck chair after a busy day of exploring. The Alma Moura Residences is a short walk from the Jardim da Cerca da Graça, a public park with wonderful views of the city.

10. Alfama – Lisbon Lounge Suites

Hotel

These modern yet inexpensive apartments and rooms feel like a private sanctuary with the friendly services of a hotel. They are situated on a steep cobbled street just wide enough for the popular number 28 tram to pass by and which you can see from the rooms’ large windows if you don’t feel like squeezing onboard.

11. Hotel Riverside Alfama

Hotel

The Hotel Riverside Alfama is about as close to the River Tagus as you can get, offering the perfect starting point to any stroll by the water or exploration of the neighbourhood’s narrow streets. This lobster-red hotel has 21 stylish minimalist rooms that feature striking hand-painted tiles (the owners also run a nearby tile shop) and a top complimentary breakfast. It’s a popular hotel, so be sure to book early.

12. Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei

Hotel, Guesthouse

Grand living room at Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei with marble pillars, opulent furniture and a chandelier
Courtesy of Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei / Expedia

Live like a Portuguese aristocrat at Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei. This magnificent and eclectic building from the 19th century underwent years of restoration, reopening as a boutique hotel in 2010. It feels like a stately home, complete with stained-glass windows, glass chandeliers and a wood-panelled library. Magnificent views of the nearby River Tagus await you from the rooms and terrace, as does your butler.

Christy Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.

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