For financially savvy travellers, staying at one of Lisbon’s affordable accommodation options means more euros for sampling pastéis de nata (egg custard tart), browsing Feira da Ladra market and visiting Belém Tower. Here are the best cheap hotels in Lisbon.
With so many beautiful monuments to see and beaches to visit, it would be a shame to arrive in Lisbon to find you’ve spent most of your budget on your accommodation. The good news is, when looking for an affordable place to stay in Portugal‘s capital, you don’t have to compromise on quality. There are hotels with historic charm, modern facilities and even jaw-dropping city views, all at a low cost.
GS Chiado Boutique Studios & Suites is among the few cheaper hotels in Lisbon located in the city centre. Set near Chiado and Rossio, this is a great option for travellers who want to stay close to Lisbon’s main attractions, including the Santa Justa Lift, Arco da Rua Augusta and Terreiro do Paço. There is a mixture of studios and suites available, and most of them feature a private balcony looking out to Castelo de São Jorge. The decor has a rustic feel, with wooden floors and exposed beams. Some rooms also include a kitchenette with a stove and microwave.
You’ll find this quiet bed and breakfast close to the party district of Bairro Alto, making it a welcome respite from all the revelry. What used to be the home of monks and nuns is now a spectacular guesthouse in the centre of Lisbon, set in a hidden courtyard between cobblestone streets. Traditional Portuguese washing tanks stand next to each door, repurposed with bright colours and filled with plants. The breakfast area is also a distinctive feature, with its tile-covered floors and small souvenir shop in the corner selling hand-made products.
A prime location between Estrela and Príncipe Real helps place Lisbon São Bento Hotel among the best budget-friendly hotels in Lisbon. This three-star property offers 52 rooms, with decor inspired by Lisbon’s water system – there is a beautiful 18th-century reservoir only a few minutes away, after all. While every room is modern and comfortable, the junior suite has one bonus – a private terrace with a view over Lisbon and the Tagus River. Take advantage of the delicious buffet breakfast, which can include gluten-free products on request.
You’ll find The Indy House in the heart of Intendente, a neighbourhood full of international restaurants and hipster party spots. This Lisbon aparthotel has spacious rooms with natural light, plants and colourful wallpaper. The outdoor terrace is a great place to relax and hosts regular live performances and cocktail nights. Each floor has a shared kitchen, allowing you to prepare your meals, but breakfast is also available. Near the hotel, there’s a food market, a public indoor pool and several vintage shops.
In a historical building with a striking facade of turquoise tiles, Sofia and Márcio created the Vila Garden Guesthouse. With a background in hospitality and a passion for their city, this young Portuguese couple set out to transform a building in Lisbon’s Anjos neighbourhood into a modern guesthouse. Of the 22 stylish bedrooms, the deluxe suite, with its own Jacuzzi, is the most impressive. The highlight of this guesthouse, however, is the private garden. Here, you’re invited to enjoy the aroma of citrus trees while basking in the morning sun. To save some money, you can prepare light meals in the common kitchen.
Lutécia Smart Design is an affordable four-star boutique hotel located in Areeiro. It has eight floors, each with a different theme, from the minimal White Space to the gold and black tones of Disco. The hotel also features a fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant that specialises in Portuguese and Indian cuisine. Nearby is Roma-Areeiro train station, which connects directly to the lively Sintra neighbourhood, and several parks, including the Gulbenkian Garden and Museum.
The VIP Executive Art’s is an elegant four-star hotel located near Oriente station. It’s an affordable option for anyone who wants to stay near Lisbon’s airport, which is only one metro stop away. The hotel has 300 rooms, all soundproofed, so you can enjoy a quiet night’s sleep. There’s also a bar and a restaurant serving a mix of Portuguese and international cuisine. Near the hotel, you can enjoy the promenade along the river and a few pleasant green spaces.
For more options check out our pick of the best hotels in Lisbon for every traveller, or expand your holiday to include the shimmering beaches of southern Portugal with the best cheap hotels in the Algarve, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Ellie Ross contributed additional reporting to this article.