The 13 Best Hotels in Lisbon, Portugal

Stay at a hotel in Lisbon’s Alfama district
Stay at a hotel in Lisbon’s Alfama district | © Luis Leamus / Alamy Stock Photo
For perfect views, patios and plunge pools, look no further than these hotels in Lisbon, hand-picked by Culture Trip as the very best in Portugal’s capital.

Lisbon’s popularity with tourists continues to soar, but fortunately so does its supply of accommodation, with exciting new places opening every year. Some hotels are purpose-built, but the majority are revamped townhouses and historic buildings in and around the city centre, making your stay a memorable one and allowing you to get right in among the trams, churches and markets that make the Portuguese capital such a pleasure to visit.

AlmaLusa Baixa and Chiado


You know you’re in Lisbon when you peer out from your front room and see trams rattling by or the City Hall where the Portuguese Republic was declared in 1910. Nestled into a corner of a cute central square, AlmaLusa sits inside a restored historic building. It neatly combines period features (flagstone floors, original fireplaces) with modern comforts, and all rooms are slightly different in size and decor. A good breakfast is served in the downstairs restaurant, and there’s also an outdoor terrace on the square.

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Memmo Alfama

Boutique Hotel
Lisbon is renowned for its miradouros (viewpoints), and few of them are better than the terrace and front rooms of Memmo Alfama. Based right in the heart of Lisbon’s most historic district, the Alfama, this modern hotel was once three separate buildings – a house, bakery and paint factory, no less. Although you can admire the old brick ovens from its previous incarnation, the overwhelming sense is one of contemporary chic, especially in the bar and front terrace. Here, you can sip a cool white port or cool off in a plunge pool while admiring the views over the higgledy-piggledy rooftops of the old town, the River Tagus and the giant cruise ships that dock down below. Rooms are not huge but have very comfy beds and well-equipped bathrooms.
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LX Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel
Classic room at LX Boutique Hotel
Many rooms at the LX Boutique Hotel have city or river views | Courtesy of LX Boutique Hotel /

Down near the waterfront, the LX Boutique Hotel was one of the first places to launch the formerly rundown district of Cais de Sodré into the hip category. This tall, former townhouse is now home to individually styled rooms, all spacious with shutters and lofty ceilings – the best come with river views. The downstairs restaurant, Confraria LX, is rated one of Lisbon’s top places to eat and drink and offers a complimentary sushi sample every afternoon. You are also right by Rua Nova do Carvalho, also known as Pink Street, with a pink tarmac denoting its role as one of the most happening streets for bars and clubs.

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As Janelas Verdes

Double room at As Janelas Verdes
The As Janelas Verdes has a romantic vibe | Courtesy of As Janelas Verdes /
Slightly away from the hectic centre, this 18th-century former townhouse exudes historical charm. While the hotel is small and intimate, with a relaxing lounge and attractive walled garden where a giant buffet breakfast is served, its rooms are surprisingly spacious, with period furnishings. The place to hang out at As Janelas Verdes is the top-floor library, which has a terrace offering incredible views over the city and broad Tagus Estuary. Many of the rooms share the same panorama. No wonder author Eça de Queirós was inspired to write his novel Os Maias (1888) here.
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Hotel do Chiado

Double room at Hotel do Chiado
The Hotel do Chiado offers light-filled rooms | Courtesy of Hotel do Chiado /

After a catastrophic fire ripped through Lisbon’s upmarket Chiado district in the 1980s, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira was asked to help revamp it, and this classy hotel was part of the project. The windows give tantalising glimpses over the cityscape – you’re on one of Lisbon’s hills here – while the chic bar and terrace command terrific views across the city towards the castle and river. Rooms are big and airy, and some have terraces. You are also in the heart of Lisbon’s main designer shopping district, with the Armazéns do Chiado shopping centre right below you.

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The Independente Hostel and Suites

The Independente Hostel and Suites
The Independente Hostel and Suites has both dorms and private rooms | Courtesy of The Independente Hostel and Suites /

Hats off to the owners of this historic building who have artfully converted adjacent mansions into two different but equally stylish places to stay. The Independente Hostel offers 11 dorms with ornate tiled flooring, while there are also quirky budget rooms on the top floor for those wanting a bit more privacy. The downstairs restaurant-bar and patio is the place to meet people and find out about the various activities organised by the owners. Next door offers roomy double rooms, some with great views over the city, as well as an extremely hip rooftop bar and restaurant, The Insólito.

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Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa

Suite at Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa
The Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa has top-of-the-line amenities and facilities | Courtesy of Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa /

In a city with few high-rise buildings, the Sheraton certainly stands out. Whatever you think of its 1970s exterior, there’s no denying the fact that it offers some of the best value five-star facilities of any hotel in Lisbon. Modern rooms have all creature comforts, and the higher the floor, the better the view (and the lower the street noise). There are top-of-the-range spa facilities, a heated outdoor pool and an unmissable top-floor bar-restaurant.

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Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei

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Suite at Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei
Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei has a handful of elegantly designed suites fit for royalty | Courtesy of Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei /

Staying here feels like being an aristocratic guest in someone’s home (which at some point, it was). The stunning 19th-century townhouse is all stained glass, large mirrors and chandeliers, along with huge double beds that seem dwarfed in the palatial bedrooms. Its location, at the foot of the Alfama district, means you’re only an (admittedly hefty) olive’s throw away from the river, and many rooms have Tagus views. There’s also a giant breakfast served in the ornate dining room.

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Pensão Londres

Budget Hotel
Each booking at the Pensão Londres comes with a continental breakfast | Courtesy of Pensão Londres /

The Pensão Londres is old-school Lisbon at its best, in a tall building superbly positioned between the Bairro Alto’s bars and clubs and the fashionable district of Príncipe Real. A rambling place, there is a range of budget rooms of various shapes and sizes over four floors, the cheapest with shared facilities. Try and bag a top-floor room with a view – they have the best panoramas of the river.

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Heritage Avenida Liberdade

Boutique Hotel
Lisboa room at Heritage Avenida Liberdade
Heritage Avenida Liberdade mixes the old with the new | Courtesy of Heritage Avenida Liberdade /

Avenida da Liberdade is home to Lisbon’s top designer shops and most expensive real estate, making a stay at this wonderfully converted mansion something of a catch. There’s an appealing mix of traditional decor – you can still see the counter from its previous incarnation as a store selling herbal remedies – and contemporary comforts, including a small gym and plunge pool. Rooms are all sumptuous comforts and retro fittings, with the best ones peering out towards the castle.

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Pestana CR7 Lisboa

Double room at Pestana CR7
Pestana CR7 Lisboa features brightly coloured rooms | Courtesy of Pestana CR7 Lisboa /

As you would expect from a place partly owned by Cristiano Ronaldo (hence the CR7 name), this hotel is flash and superbly equipped. Rooms are colourful and plush and, inevitably, there’s a prominent football theme, from table football in the lobby to arty footy photos on the walls. Pestana CR7 Lisboa also has a hip bar and bistro, fitness centre and complimentary signed postcards from the man himself. Right in the heart of the old town, it’s a sure-fire winner, like anything else Mr Ronaldo puts his hand to.

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York House Lisboa

Double room at York House Hotel
The York House Lisboa is a historic hotel | Courtesy of York House /

In a building that was once a Carmelite convent, there’s an inevitable air of serenity at this small historic hotel. Many of the contemporary-style rooms are arranged around a lovely interior courtyard, where you can enjoy a drink or a meal from its highly rated restaurant. Tucked away behind high walls in the upmarket Lapa district, the hotel is a short tram ride away from the centre and an easy walk to the riverfront and the wonderful Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.

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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

Eco Hotel
Deluxe room at Inspira Santa Marta
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel is an eco-friendly accommodation option | Courtesy of Inspira Santa Marta Hotel /

This hotel proudly boasts its green credentials, with allergy-friendly rooms, low-energy fittings and local ingredients used in the restaurant. Even the modern building is partly recycled, retaining the facade of a traditional townhouse. The rooms are designed according to the concept of feng shui, complete with glass-wall showers, and there is also a wellness centre and spa. On a pleasant side street, it’s also an easy downhill walk to the city centre.

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These recommendations were updated on September 2, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.