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
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23 March 2021

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.

Eurostars Museum

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Eurostars Museum
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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.

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Solar Do Castelo, Lisbon Heritage Hotels

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Solar Do Castelo, a Lisbon Heritage Collection
Solar Do Castelo, a Lisbon Heritage Collection | 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.

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Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa

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Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa
Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa | 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.

Vincci Baixa

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Vincci Baixa
Vincci Baixa | Courtesy of Vincci Baixa / Expedia

Shoppers will appreciate the Vincci Baxia’s location, just steps from the buzzy Rua Augusta promenade’s stores and terraced cafes. Rooms are modern and colourful with spacious bathrooms. Dine on Spanish tapas and Portuguese petiscos at the hotel’s Comercio 36 restaurant and relax in the cosy lounge bar with an evening nightcap. An expanded continental breakfast buffet is available each morning so you can hit the stores with renewed vigour.

Portugal Boutique Hotel

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Hotel Portugal
Hotel Portugal | Courtesy of Hotel Portugal / Booking.com

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.

Hotel Convento do Salvador

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Hotel Convento do Salvador
Contemporary art adorns the walls of the Hotel Convento do Salvador | Courtesy of Hotel Convento do Salvador / Hotels.com

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.

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Santiago de Alfama

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Santiago de Alfama
Santiago de Alfama | 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.

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Memmo Alfama

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Memmo Alfama
Memmo Alfama | 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.
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  • Alma Moura Residences

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    Alma Moura Residences
    Each apartment at the Alma Moura Residences has a fully equipped kitchen | Courtesy of Alma Moura Residences / Hotels.com

    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.

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    Alfama – Lisbon Lounge Suites

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    Alfama – Lisbon Lounge Suites offers a dozen rooms and 13 spacious apartments | Courtesy of Alfama – Lisbon Lounge Suites / Hotels.com

    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.

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    Hotel Riverside Alfama

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    Hotel Riverside Alfama
    Each room at the Hotel Riverside Alfama features a mural made of hand-painted tiles | Courtesy of Hotel Riverside Alfama / Hotels.com

    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.

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    Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei

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    Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei
    Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei | 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.

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    Christy Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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