The Best Hotels in Lisbon, Portugal, for Every Traveller

Stay at a hotel in Lisbon’s Alfama district
Stay at a hotel in Lisbon’s Alfama district | © Luis Leamus / Alamy Stock Photo
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28 January 2021

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.

The Lisboans

Bed and Breakfast
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The Lisboans
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Seven aesthetically pleasing apartments, some with one bedroom and others two, and a spacious penthouse can be found in this renovated 19th-century factory in the cobbled centre of downtown Lisbon. A retro grocery shop (which morphs into a wine bar in the evening) with fresh vegetables, artisanal breads, and local hams and cheeses is tucked into the corner of the building. Also don’t miss Prado Restaurant next door, where you’ll enjoy seasonal Portuguese fine dining.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Chain Hotel, Luxury
4.4/5 (975 Reviews)
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
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From $234 Per night per room
This hotel dates back to the 1930s and remains one of the go-to spots in the capital, especially now 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 a restaurant, Cervejaria Liberdade – try the Aveiro Lagoon oysters.
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Casa Fortunato

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Casa Fortunato
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Found in the smart Amoreiras district, in the centre of Lisbon, this elegant early-20th-century house stands on the rounded corner of a leafy street. Behind the glossy black front door are nine suites, dazzling with design details – think retro furniture, hand-woven rugs, Diptyque candles illuminating vast tubs, and rain showers. Food is macrobiotic, eaten around a shared dining table in a room filled with modern art, warmth and laughter.

Memmo Alfama

Boutique Hotel
4.8/5 (772 Reviews)
Memmo Alfama
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From $157 Per night per room
For a sense of place, few hotels in Lisbon surpass this hotel, set in the bougainvillea-clad, cobbled streets of Alfama, the oldest neighbourhood in the capital. From the chic red rooftop pool you overlook winding streets and the magnificent Tagus. Bedrooms are light-filled and simply furnished with an authentic Portuguese warmth. In winter, take a plate of regional hams and cheeses and gather around the rooftop fire pit to watch Lisbon’s famous sunset.
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Altis Avenida Hotel

Hotel
4.5/5 (755 Reviews)
Altis Avenida Hotel
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From $154 Per night per room
From the rooftop Rossio Gastrobar, the view down the wide Avenue de Liberdade is memorable, but so too are the oxtail croquettes with homemade mustard and the squid with shitake mushrooms and citrus butter sauce. Beneath this, seductively glamorous bedrooms mix glossy black and gold with art nouveau trimmings. Bathrooms come in sleek marble and the linen and leather headboards are butter soft.
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Solar Do Castelo

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (764 Reviews)
Solar Do Castelo
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From $262 Per night per room
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 ancient blue and yellow hand-painted tiles. At its heart is a pretty patio, while the 20 bedrooms mix natural woods and a warm red.
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Memmo Príncipe Real

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (183 Reviews)
Memmo Príncipe Real
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From $225 Per night per room
In fashionable Principe Real, this five-star retreat is the flagship hotel of the Memmo group. It houses real Portuguese luxury across the 41 rooms, with artisanal wares such as glass lamps and bespoke hats on display. The restaurant, which has views over the swimming pool to the city beyond, is also excellent – try the cuttlefish tempura with avocado and lime mayonnaise.
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Bairro Alto Hotel

Hotel
4.6/5 (368 Reviews)
Bairro Alto Hotel
The Bairro Alto Hotel reopened in July 2019 after a two-year renovation | Courtesy of Bairro Alto Hotel / Hotels.com
From $275 Per night per room
The grande dame of boutique hotels in Lisbon, Bairro Alto in downtown Chiado, was reborn after a major refurbishment and extension. Now 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.
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Home Lisbon Hostel

Hostel
4.2/5 (93 Reviews)
Home Lisbon Hostel
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From $71 Per night per room
This warm and welcoming hostel in downtown Lisbon offers a mix of shared dormitories and private rooms within 200-year-old walls. It’s got a real traveller vibe, part in thanks to the communal activities, which include Mamma’s dinners (a homemade family-style banquet), staff-led bar crawls and visits to nearby Sintra. If you’re itching to explore Lisbon, the hotel also puts on a city tour.
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The Vintage Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.7/5 (82 Reviews)
The Vintage Hotel & Spa
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From $161 Per night per room
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 outdoor cinema. Rooms in rich, bold colours are divided into categories – Inspire, Relax and Play – and come with mid-century design details such as a trolley bar cart with a complimentary gin and tonic kit.
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AlmaLusa Baixa and Chiado

Hotel
4.8/5 (408 Reviews)
AlmaLusa Baixa and Chiado
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From $156 Per night per room

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
4.8/5 (772 Reviews)
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From $157 Per night per room
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 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
4.5/5 (969 Reviews)
Classic room at LX Boutique Hotel
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From $101 Per night per room

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

Hotel
4.8/5 (608 Reviews)
As Janelas Verdes
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From $158 Per night per room
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

Hotel
4.5/5 (388 Reviews)
Hotel do Chiado
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From $145 Per night per room

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

    Hostel
    4.3/5 (132 Reviews)
    The Independente Hostel and Suites
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    From $97 Per night per room

    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

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (862 Reviews)
    Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa
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    From $208 Per night per room

    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

    Guesthouse, Hotel
    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 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
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    Pensão Londres
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    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.

    Heritage Avenida Liberdade

    Boutique Hotel
    4.8/5 (932 Reviews)
    Heritage Avenida Liberdade
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    From $154 Per night per room

    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

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (500 Reviews)
    Pestana CR7
    Pestana CR7 Lisboa features brightly coloured rooms | Courtesy of Pestana CR7 Lisboa / Hotels.com
    From $147 Per night per room

    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

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (179 Reviews)
    York House Lisboa
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    From $112 Per night per room

    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
    Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
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    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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    Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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