The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Lisbon

Lisbon has accommodation options of all sorts, including boutique hotels
Lisbon has accommodation options of all sorts, including boutique hotels | © Hilary Morgan / Alamy Stock Photo
When it comes to choosing the right hotel for your stay, the devil is in the details. Culture Trip has compiled a list of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon, allowing you to explore Portugal’s capital in style. Think rooftop pools, renovated 16th-century palaces and Portuguese design elements such as azulejos, elaborately painted blue-and-white tiles.

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina – Simple elegance with 360-degree views of the city

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Guest room at Verride Palácio Santa Catarina
Expect attentive service at the luxurious Verride Palácio Santa Catarina | Courtesy of Verride Palácio Santa Catarina /

Get ready to caption #winning in all of your photos when you book a stay in this renovated palace overlooking the Tagus Estuary. All 19 of Verride Palácio Santa Catarina’s minimalist-chic rooms have a window that looks out over the rooftops of the trendy Bairro Alto district, the city’s centre for nightlife. An even better 360-degree panorama is found on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, complete with a patio bar. In the warmer months, enjoy breakfast poolside, and then come back later in the day for a happy-hour beverage and a sunset dip. It also has a restaurant, Suba, on the top floor that serves Portuguese cuisine with a modern twist.

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Memmo Príncipe Real – Laid-back luxury for couples and business travellers

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Superior Room at Memmo Príncipe Real
Memmo Príncipe Real is a five-star boutique hotel | Courtesy of Memmo Príncipe Real /

The Memmo Príncipe Real offers you a five-star stay in one of Lisbon’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods. It’s close enough to the nightlife of the Bairro Alto, but quiet enough for those wanting a relaxing evening away from the action. The cosy rooms have a laid-back, modern feel – ideal for couples or solo travellers. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, book the Exclusive Room as you can cuddle up by the fireplace located on an open-air terrace overlooking the city. For a more budget-friendly view, try a speciality cocktail at its rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar, Café Príncipe Real.

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Santiago de Alfama – Cheerful design in the heart of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood

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King room at Santiago de Alfama
Santiago de Alfama has five suites and 14 classic guest rooms, all uniquely designed | Courtesy of Santiago de Alfama /

The Santiago de Alfama is the perfect destination for bachelorette weekends and romantic getaways, with a poppy design, modern amenities and prime placement in the heart of Alfama. Treat yourself with a care package at its in-house spa, The Beauty Bar, before you step your freshly pedicured toes onto the cobblestone streets of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood. Alternatively, have a leisurely breakfast at Audrey’s, the hotel’s restaurant with a sidewalk café, and then take one of the hotel’s custom-arranged day trips to nearby Sintra or Cascais.

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The Late Birds Lisbon – A chic, LGBTQ-friendly resort in Bairro Alto

The Late Birds Lisbon lies inside a late-18th-century building | Courtesy of The Late Birds Lisbon /

Carlos Sanches Ruivo founded The Late Birds Lisbon in 2015 as he wanted to create a community in Lisbon that catered to “gay men from all over the world”. The hotel is perfectly placed in the heart of nightlife-friendly Bairro Alto and offers guests (and friends) a private retreat where they can connect with a like-minded community. Lounge by the UV-treated swimming pool, or attend one of the many scheduled events at the hotel’s in-house bar, aptly named Get Home Late.

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PortoBay Liberdade – Central location with lots of amenities

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Double room at PortoBay Liberdade
Most rooms at PortoBay Liberdade have a balcony | Courtesy of PortoBay Liberdade /

Enjoy all the convenience and amenities of a large hotel chain with the small scale and attention to detail of a boutique hotel at PortoBay Liberdade. Perks include an indoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym, a Turkish steam bath and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Its location near Rossio Square means you will have easy access to all of Lisbon’s most popular sights, as well as lots of transportation options for exploring the city and beyond. Plus, joining the PortoBay frequent traveller programme gets you even more discounts during your stay.

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The Vintage Hotel and Spa – Mid-Century Modern design for hipsters

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Double room at The Vintage Hotel & Spa
Warm, rich colours inspired by Lisbon adorn the rooms at The Vintage Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of The Vintage Hotel and Spa /

There is no shortage of charm at The Vintage, a hotel and spa with a hipster’s take on Mid-Century Modern design near the Rato metro station. Among its many novelties is a bespoke record player that guests can use. The location is slightly off the beaten path, giving travellers more of a local perspective of the city. At night, it’s only a short walk to the excitement of Bairro Alto’s nightlife. It’s an even shorter walk upstairs to the hotel’s rooftop bar or your room, which has a vintage bar cart with a complimentary gin and tonic.

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Hotel Jerónimos 8 – A chic hotel with a view of the Jerónimos Monastery

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Hotel Jerónimos 8
Hotel Jerónimos 8 is in proximity to many top Lisbon sights | Courtesy of Hotel Jerónimos 8 /

Located in Belém, the westernmost neighbourhood of Lisbon, Hotel Jerónimos 8 lands you only a short walk from some of the city’s most important architectural monuments. Perhaps more importantly, it also near Pastéis de Belém – a pastry shop that is home to the original custard treat known throughout the rest of Portugal as pastel de nata. The hotel’s rooms have a clean, contemporary design and a front-row view of the hotel’s namesake, the Jerónimos Monastery. While you are about 20 minutes from the city centre, the Hotel Jerónimos 8 offers many amenities, such as a 24-hour concierge service, a rooftop terrace and free Wi-Fi, to help put all of Lisbon at your fingertips.

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Brown’s Central Hotel – Eclectic design and free breakfast

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Double room at Brown’s Central Hotel
Brown’s Central Hotel is close to many tourist attractions | Courtesy of Brown’s Central Hotel /

You’re in the centre of it all at the aptly named Brown’s Central Hotel, located in the Baixa neighbourhood and close to Commercial Square, Rossio Square and the Alfama district. A stay at this hotel is not for those with chromophobia as it has a lime-green exterior and an eclectic collection of original artwork in its lobby and each of its 84 rooms. Don’t forget to enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet every morning before hitting the streets.

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Hotel Britania – Art Deco hotel near the Avenida da Liberdade

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Guest room at Hotel Britania
The Hotel Britania lies inside a historic Art Deco building | Courtesy of Hotel Britania /

Fans of film noir will love to stay in this original Art Deco hotel designed in 1940 by celebrated Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco. Among its unique features are a vintage barbershop and a library with books on local history. Film buffs are only a short walk from the Cinemateca Portuguesa (Museum of Cinema) and the Cinema São Jorge, one of the city’s traditional arthouse theatres. Everyone else will enjoy the hotel’s location near the Avenida da Liberdade, a grand boulevard with several small public parks and some of the poshest shops in town.

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9 Hotel Mercy – A mix of old and new design in the trendy Chiado neighbourhood

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Double room at Hotel Mercy
The rooms at 9 Hotel Mercy are contemporary in design | Courtesy of 9 Hotel Mercy /

The 9 Hotel Mercy captures the bohemian spirit of the Chiado, with its mix of old and new design elements. The outside of the historic building features traditional Portuguese tiles while the inside sees unexpected lighting details, including a giant light fixture that winds its way through the hotel’s entire first floor. Step outside the door to explore the many cafés, restaurants and stores surrounding the nearby Praça Luís de Camões and the Bairro Alto. Grab a nightcap at the in-house cocktail and tea lounge, Double 9, or during the summer, head up to the rooftop bar.

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This article is an updated version of a story created by Nina Santos.

These recommendations were updated on September 9, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.