The Best Hotels to Book in Lisbon, Portugal, for Every Traveller

The charming Bairro Alto Hotel sits on Praça Luís de Camões
The charming Bairro Alto Hotel sits on Praça Luís de Camões | Courtesy of Bairro Alto Hotel / Booking.com
Matthew Hancock

As Lisbon’s popularity with tourists continues to soar, so too does its hotel offering, with exciting new places opening every year. While some Lisbon hotels are purpose-built, the majority are revamped townhouses and historic buildings in and around the city centre, making your stay a memorable one while allowing you to get right in among the trams, churches and markets that make Portugal‘s capital such a pleasure to visit. With so much choice, knowing the best areas to stay in Lisbon can be daunting. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up where to stay in Lisbon for perfect views, patios and plunge pools, and they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, for skyline views

Chain Hotel, Luxury

The elegant lobby at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa with rich blues, black and gold, plush seating and hydrangeas on a table
Courtesy of Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa / Expedia

This hotel dates back to the 1930s and remains one of the go-to spots in the capital, especially now that it has a sleek rooftop bar and restaurant, where you can indulge in sushi while overlooking the skyline to the river Tagus beyond. It also has 285 spacious rooms, a spa, a garden with a round swimming pool and another restaurant, Cervejaria Liberdade – try the Aveiro Lagoon oysters.

2. Memmo Alfama, for river views from the rooftop pool

Boutique Hotel

A rooftop seating area with a cushioned L-shaped sofa, a white parasol and stunning sea views at Memmo Alfama
Courtesy of Memmo Alfama / Expedia
For a sense of place, few hotels in Lisbon surpass this one, set in the bougainvillaea-clad, cobbled streets of Alfama, the oldest neighbourhood in the capital. Revel in the views of the winding streets and the magnificent Tagus from the chic red rooftop pool. Inside, the light-filled bedrooms are simply furnished with authentic Portuguese warmth. In winter, enjoy a plate of regional hams and cheeses around the rooftop firepit and watch a spectacular sunset.

3. Solar do Castelo, for a stay in former royal kitchens

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

An outdoor patio at Solar do Castelo with wooden tables and chairs, soft seating and potted plants
Courtesy of Solar do Castelo / Booking.com

The only hotel inside the São Jorge Castle compound, Solar do Castelo sits within an 18th-century building constructed on the site of the former royal palace kitchens. It brims with character, with exposed stone walls and antique blue-and-yellow hand-painted tiles. At its heart is a pretty patio, while the 20 bedrooms mix natural woods and a warm red.

5. Bairro Alto Hotel, for contemporary Portuguese cuisine

Hotel

The reading area at Bairro Alto Hotel features eclectic design and a quirky bookcase
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The grande-dame of boutique hotels in Lisbon, Bairro Alto in downtown Chiado was reborn after a major refurbishment and extension. Bedrooms are an essay in luxury, while the fifth-floor restaurant, under the helm of acclaimed chef Nuno Mendes, draws on Portuguese bounty from the land and sea; think smoked goose barnacles on toast or aged beef tartare with red cabbage and egg yolk.

6. Home Lisbon Hostel, for communal backpacker activities

Hostel

People sitting at a communal table and standing at the bar at Home Lisbon Hostel, with wooden furnishings and chandeliers
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This warm and welcoming hostel in downtown Lisbon offers a mix of shared dormitories and private rooms within 200-year-old walls. It has a real traveller vibe, thanks in part to the communal activities, including Mamma’s dinners (a home-made family-style banquet), staff-led bar crawls and excursions to nearby Sintra. If you’re itching to explore Lisbon, the hotel also puts on a city tour.

7. The Vintage Lisbon, for playful design and an on-site spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel

The shaded rooftop bar at the Vintage Lisbon with cushioned seating, mid-century modern tables and city views
Courtesy of The Vintage Lisbon / Booking.com

The Vintage is a quietly charming neighbourhood hotel housing 53 rooms and three suites. It has a contemporary Portuguese restaurant at street level, a spa and a leafy rooftop restaurant with a bar and an outdoor cinema. Rooms have rich, bold colours and come with mid-century design details, such as a trolley bar cart with a complimentary gin and tonic kit.

8. AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, for plenty of period features

Hotel

A dramatic one-bed guest room at AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado with partially wood-panelled walls and interior window shutters
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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. On a corner of a cute central square, AlmaLusa sits inside a restored historical 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.

9. LX Boutique Hotel, for its proximity to the nightlife scene

Boutique Hotel

A large and modern bedroom with a cushioned bed, light-blue walls, a blue table, a chair and lamp at LX Boutique Hotel
Courtesy of LX Boutique Hotel / Expedia

Near the waterfront, the LX Boutique Hotel was one of the first places to launch the formerly rundown district of Cais do Sodré into the hip category. This tall, former townhouse is now home to individually styled rooms, all spacious and with shutters and lofty ceilings – the best come with river views. The Confraria Restaurant downstairs is rated one of the top places to eat and drink in Lisbon. 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.

10. As Janelas Verdes, for literary connections

Hotel

A night-time scene of a terrace with chequered flooring, black-and-white seating, and plants at the As Janelas Verde
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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 breakfast buffet is served, its rooms are surprisingly spacious, with period furnishings. The place to hang out at As Janelas Verdes is the top-floor library, complete with a terrace offering incredible views over the city and the 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.

11. Hotel do Chiado, for its proximity to designer shopping

Hotel

Tables set for dining and Chesterfield sofas at the restaurant at Hotel do Chiado
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After a catastrophic fire ripped through the 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 a hill 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 balconies. You are also in the heart of the main designer shopping district in Lisbon, with the Armazéns do Chiado shopping centre right below you.

12. The Independente Hostel and Suites, for hip rooms for all budgets

Hostel

A lofty suite at the Independente Hostel and Suites with wood furnishings, a Juliet balcony and a framed movie poster
Courtesy of The Independente Hostel and Suites / Booking.com

Hats off to the owners of this historical property – they artfully converted adjacent mansions into two different but equally stylish places to stay. The Independente Hostel offers three types of dorms with ornate tiled flooring. 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, there are spacious double rooms, some with great views over the city, as well as an extremely hip rooftop bar and restaurant, the Insólito.

13. Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei, for an aristocracy-worthy stay

Hotel, Guesthouse

An elegant, palatial bedroom with a shaggy area rug, a chandelier and a large mirror at Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei
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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 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 hearty breakfast served in the ornate dining room.

14. York House Lisboa, for its proximity to the riverfront

Hotel

An outdoor area with a green ivy-covered building, lights, a tree, plants, tables, chairs and parasols at York House Lisboa
Courtesy of York House Lisboa / Expedia

There’s an inevitable air of serenity at this small historical hotel in Lisbon; it sits inside a building that was once a Carmelite convent. Many of the contemporary-style rooms are arranged around a lovely interior courtyard, where you can enjoy a drink or a meal from the on-site highly rated restaurant. 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.

15. Inspira Liberdade Boutique Hotel, for an ecofriendly stay

Eco Hotel

A spa and chairs in a light-filled alcove in a spa suite at Inspira Liberdade Boutique Hotel
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This hotel in Lisbon 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-walled showers, and there’s also a wellness centre and spa. On a pleasant side street, it’s also an easy downhill walk to the city centre.

Looking for more hotels in Lisbon? Explore the city in style with a stay at one of the best luxury hotels in Lisbon, or one of Lisbon’s most unique, boutique hotels, or if you’re visiting on a budget, check out our guide to Lisbon’s best cheap hotels. Venture down south to the shimmering beaches of the Algarve and stay at one of the best budget-friendly hotels in the region, so you can save your pennies for delicious food, drinks and sightseeing opportunities. Wherever your itinerary takes you, be sure to book with Culture Trip.

Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.

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