The Best Luxury Hotels in Lisbon, Portugal

Experience an impeccable level of service at Lisbon's luxury hotels
Experience an impeccable level of service at Lisbon's luxury hotels | Courtesy of Bairro Alto Hotel / Expedia
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30 September 2019

Class, opulence and originality all intertwine at the five-star hotels in Portugal‘s capital city. Whether you are looking for rooftop cocktail bars with views of the River Tagus or Michelin-starred cuisine, here are the very best luxury hotels in Lisbon.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
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Freestanding tubs with city views, fresh-cut flowers at every turn and an excellent restaurant and spa make this a luxury hotel with a difference. The 518 elegant bedrooms and suites are decorated in light blues and greys, with smart marble bathrooms. Even the kids get a look in – with children’s gifts left in the family rooms (which sleep up to six). Dine on the outdoor terrace with its wooden cabanas or amid leafy plants in the Erva restaurant.
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Tivoli Avenida Liberdade

Chain Hotel, Luxury
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade
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Located on Lisbon’s main thoroughfare, the Tivoli has superb views – best taken in from the sleek Sky Bar on the ninth floor. Expect contemporary touches and original artwork in the lobby, and 285 rooms with muted colour schemes, marble bathrooms and Bulgari or Hermès amenities. There’s also a fitness centre and spa offering treatments that blend Far Eastern traditions with Portuguese rituals. Don’t miss the signature pasteis de nata (custard tarts) in the hotel’s Café Liberdade.
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Valverde Hotel

Hotel
Valverde Hotel
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There’s a vibrant colour scheme, retro furniture and moorish touches at this pretty hotel, located on Lisbon’s grandest boulevard. The 25 rooms and suites have bags of character and vary in size, and most have views towards the city’s rooftops. Peckish? The brasserie-style Sítio restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea in a relaxed atmosphere. Menu highlights include octopus with black garlic and pistachio cannoli.
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Pestana Palace Lisboa

Luxury
Pestana Palace Lisboa
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The 19th-century Valle Flôr Palace, erected on a hilltop in Alto de Santo Amaro, is a Portuguese national monument. Decorated in a Belle Époque style, ceiling frescoes, glazed marble, stained-glass windows and an Asian-style pavilion in the hotel’s quiet garden (where you’ll find the Magic Spa) all add to its charm. Several restaurants – among them the Valle Flôr – and two swimming pools offer opportunities to rub shoulders with the likes of Madonna, who lived here for a few months in 2017.

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Santa Clara 1728

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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This six-bedroom hotel sits high on one of Lisbon’s seven hills, offering outstanding views of the Pantheon and River Tagus. A haven away from the tourist traps, it features a peaceful internal garden with nods to the property’s 18th-century heritage including walls and freestanding tubs made from local limestone. There’s a homely feel, and daily afternoon tea unusually involves traditional orange cake and arroz doce (Portuguese rice pudding).

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina

Boutique Hotel
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina
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The 18th-century Verride Palácio lies in the Santa Catarina neighbourhood, an area full of narrow streets and steep stairways. Once the residence of a Portuguese nobleman, this palace-turned-boutique hotel lies in Bairro Alto, a vibrant neighbourhood with shopping, dining and nightlife. The hotel’s luxurious interiors feature shades of white and custom-made furniture. Facilities include the on-site Suba Restaurant, a rooftop bar with incredible views over the River Tagus, and the Winter Garden, which serves breakfast.

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Hotel Avenida Palace

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Hotel Avenida Palace
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Located in Praça dos Restauradores, Hotel Avenida Palace was built in the late 19th century for train travellers arriving at Rossio Station, just a few steps from the building. After changing hands several times over the years, the current owners have spared no expense to maintain its grandness. You can listen to daily concerts (from jazz to the melancholic tones of fado) in the hotel’s salon. If you need a lot of space, the 100-sqm (1,076-sq-ft) presidential suite offers plenty. The hotel also has a bar where you can enjoy a cocktail in a quaint, authentic setting while a pianist plays in the background.
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Palácio do Governador

Luxury
Palácio do Governador
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Palácio do Governador used to be the governor’s residence of the 16th-century Belém Tower, a Lisbon landmark located just a few steps away. However, the palace’s historical importance dates even further back as it sits on top of Roman ruins, which are interwoven into the hotel’s design. Palácio do Governador’s two pools, spa and water-mirror garden offer an escape from day-to-day earthly affairs, while its on-site restaurant, Ânfora, offers Portuguese cuisine under vaulted ceilings.

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  • Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais and Châteaux

    Hotel, Luxury
    Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais and Châteaux
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    In a 17th-century former battery in Cascais, 32km (20mi) from Lisbon, Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho still enjoys its greatest asset – mesmerising views of the Atlantic Ocean. The on-site Michelin-starred restaurant summons its menu from these waters, with speciality sea-to-plate dishes. The hotel’s proximity to Guincho Beach – never crowded, sometimes windy, always fashionable – is perfect for those who want tranquillity with a touch of sophistication.

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    Eurostars Museum

    Luxury
    Eurostars Museum
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    During the redevelopment of the old Eurostars Museum building into a five-star hotel, builders stumbled upon many ancient artefacts of Lisbon’s old wall and port. The findings, some dating back to Roman times, were significant enough to stop work and make changes to the original project – this time, incorporating these archaeological discoveries into its design. If you’re interested in learning about these artefacts, a guided tour is available every day. The hotel also features old naval maps showing Portuguese sea routes of yore in each bedroom, and has a glorious spa and indoor pool.

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    Penha Longa Resort

    Resort, Hotel
    Penha Longa Resort
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    With a Thai-inspired spa, a world-renowned golf course, eight restaurants – two with Michelin stars – and easy beach access, Penha Longa Resort is one of the largest five-star hotels on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s also in proximity to Sintra’s lush natural landscapes and the beach-sprinkled Atlantic coastline, both of which inspire the resort’s decor. It is a particular favourite for weddings, yet families also love it for its family-friendly activities. Penha Longa Resort also has a wellness centre, indoor and outdoor pools and shops.
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    Memmo Príncipe Real

    Boutique Hotel
    Superior Room at Memmo Príncipe Real
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    A tight passage through a 19th-century edifice leads you to this 41-bedroom hotel, which offers views over old Lisbon cascading down the hills. Memmo Príncipe Real lies in the very heart of one of the most prestigious – and tendiest – neighbourhoods in the Portuguese capital. Also known as Lisbon’s gay area, Príncipe Real is brimming with LGBTQ-friendly bars, art galleries and restaurants. If you feel like staying in, savour a meal at the hotel’s Café Príncipe Real while admiring the sunset over Lisbon’s rooftops.

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    Bairro Alto Hotel

    Hotel
    Bairro Alto Hotel
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    Located in Praça Luís de Camões in the heart of the old city, Bairro Alto Hotel combines 18th-century architectural elements with more contemporary aspects. Each of the 87 bedrooms boasts luxury bed linen, Le Labo toiletries and Marshall sound systems. Head to the fifth floor for gastronomic delights from Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes of Chiltern Firehouse fame – it’s intimate and informal with truly spectacular food. Make sure you visit the Instagram-worthy rooftop bar, a favourite thanks to its mesmerising views over red-roofed, sun-kissed Lisbon.
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    Ellie Ross contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on September 30, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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