When it comes to important travel decisions, deciding where to stay is a close second behind the fundamental question of where to go. When Journy trip designers are providing recommendations/hotel offers for travelers to Portugal, they think holistically, with considerations for for neighborhood, type of accommodation, budget, services/features, and design/aesthetic.
Are you okay hopping on the metro to go from one end of the city to the other for sightseeing? Do you want to be in the city center within walking distance of restaurants/nightlife? And what about shopping? If this is just a stopover from one city to the next, do you want to be near a transit hub? Geographical proximity is an important factor to consider when thinking about what neighborhood best aligns with your tastes, preferences, and priorities.
- Type of accommodation
Are you traveling with kids and looking for an adjoining room? Do you want two rooms on the same floor? Would you mind dozing off in a Queen bed or are you a stickler about a King? When it comes to European hotels—especially small boutique or historic properties—you can't expect the same type of accommodations as traditional American hotels, so it's important to do your research.
How much you want to spend per night (or per person, per night) is arguably the most important considering when deciding where to stay.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to hospitality services and features? Non-smoking? Free breakfast? Free wifi? Parking? Panoramic views of the city?
In your mind, is a hotel just a spot to catch some Zzzs, shower, scarf down breakfast, and head back out again? If so, the design and overall aesthetic of the property may not be as important of a consideration. But if you have plans to spend time around the hotel, maybe perch yourself in a corner to read or answer some emails, or head up to the rooftop restaurant for a pre-dinner drink, you may want to consider the vibe of the space—from minimalist decor with natural light streaming through large windows, to a cozy, more intimate art deco feel.
With these five considerations in mind, we've narrowed down a list of the best Lisbon hotels across various styles and price points. But remember, travel is personal. That's why Journy builds every itinerary (complete with hotels, restaurants, activities, and transportation) from scratch, every time.
1. Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina
R. de Santa Catarina 1, 1200-401 Lisboa, Portugal
Verride Palácio De Santa Catarina is located slightly off the main tourist track, but it's still within walkable proximity. The hotel is housed in a renovated historic townhouse, complete with 19 elegant rooms, suites, and common areas. Don't miss the chance to head to the rooftop terrace, where you'll be treated with sweeping, 360º views of the old town, the Tagus River, and the Atlantic Ocean. Breakfast included.
2. Valverde Hotel
Av. da Liberdade 164, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal
3. Pousada de Lisboa - Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio 31-34, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Pousada de Lisboa is located in the chic central neighborhood of Lisbon at the Praça do Comércio, right along the Tejo River. In addition to all the modern amenities you'd expect from a luxury hotel, Pousada offers an indoor swimming pool, private sunbathing deck, sophisticated fitness center, and luxurious spa. The built-in breakfast service isn't too shabby, either.
4. Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei
Tv. do Chafariz 7, 2525-801 Serra d' El-Rei, Portugal
The lavish Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei recently underwent an extensive restoration to preserve the original Neo-Moorish and Brazilian Art Nouveau features of the 19th-century building located in Lisbon's old Alfama neighborhood. The result? A boutique hotel concept that's at once historic and refined, outfitted with all of the modern amenities of a 21st-century house. The six luxury suites all boast stellar views of the river.
5. AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
do, 1100-365, Praça do Município 21, 1200-005 Lisboa, Portugal
AlmaLusa is outfitted with small but elegant rooms and located in one of Lisbon's iconic central squares: Praça do Município. What's more, there's an excellent onsite Portuguese and Mediterranean restaurant, Delfina, which specializes in informal, all-day dining—a Portuguese-inspired brasserie of sorts!
6. LX Boutique Hotel
R. do Alecrim 12, 1200-017 Lisboa, Portugal
The LX is a 4-star boutique hotel housed in a century-old building in the heart of Lisbon's historic quarter. It sits in the triangle between Chiado, Baixa, and Cais do Sodré districts—just a 10-minute walk from attractions such as the Lisbon Cathedral, Praça do Comércio, Igreja de São Roque, and Chiado Museum. The themed rooms offer unique views over Lisbon and the Tejo Riverl. The hotel's restaurant, Confraria LX, is a great spot for sushi.
7. The Visionaire Apartments
Praça da Figueira 5, 1100-240 Lisboa, Portugal
An imposing statue of King D. João I, who commenced the Portuguese navigations of the 15th century, is located directly in front of The Visionaire Apartments—a fitting symbol of the "visionary" that the hotel pays homage to. The eclectic design draws influences from around the world, with hardwood floors, tapestries, printed textiles, tiles, and pottery contributing to its 16th-century, merchant house-like feel. Located in one of Lisbon's biggest squares (Figueira), Visionaire is an ideal starting point from which to explore Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama, and the Tejo River—along with the city's attractions, stores, restaurants, and cafés.
8. Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites
Rua das Flores 44, 8135-998 Lisboa, Portugal
Rua das Flores 44, 8135-998 Lisboa, PortugalMartinhal is a family-friendly, five-star hotel located in the heart of Lisbon. Among its kid-friendly amenities includes a supervised kids club accommodating children from 6-years-old to early teen. Plus, it's open late so parents can enjoy their time out and about Lisbon. They even offer baby equipment for pre-booking, including: door protectors, thermometers, bottle sterilizers/warmers, safety gates, baby cots, and baby baths.
9. Casa das janelas com vista
R. Nova do Loureiro 35, 1200-293 Lisboa, Portugal
Casa des Janelas is a former basketry shop-turned-hotel located on a quiet street in the otherwise bustling Bairro Alto neighborhood. It's within walking distance of Chiado (known for its international shopping), Santa Catarina and Príncipe Real (primarily residential neighborhoods), Baixa (also a shopping hub), and Santos (Lisbon's design district). The rooms are small but creatively decorated, boasting views of the river and the city.
10. The Lisbonaire Apartments
Rua da Glória 16, 1250-116 Lisboa, Portugal
Located slightly outside the main tourist district—but still within walkable distance to Chiado, Bairro Alto, and the Castle—The Lisbonaire is a great option for families/groups (up to 4) looking for apartment-style accommodations in Lisbon. The 1960s building was fully renovated in 2011, and each of 19 modern studios and apartments are fully-furnished and designed with artwork by local Portuguese designers.
11. Internacional Design Hotel
Rua da Betesga 3, 1100-052 Lisboa, Portugal
In terms of location, it doesn't get much better than Lisbon's main square, Plaza D. Pedro IV (Rossio), where the 4-star Internacional Design Hotel is located. Within minutes, you can walk to Bairro Alto, Chiado, and St. George's Castle. The hotel is cosmopolitan and trendy but also homey and comfortable.
12. Casa Fortunato
R. Marquês Subserra 10, 1070-170 Lisboa, Portugal
Casa Fortunato is an intimate hotel that, with just nine rooms, feels more like a home. The number of rooms is intentional, as nine is considered a sacred number, representing wisdom, completion, and fulfillment. It's run by the husband-and-wife duo António and Filipa who met as students studying architecture and have outfitted the light-filled space with eclectic furniture, textiles, and lighting fixtures. The hotel's restaurant fuses the best of Mediterranean fare with Japanese macrobiotic principles. Complimentary yoga and cooking classes are offered.
13. Fontecruz Lisboa
Avenida da Liberdade 138-142, 1250-001 Lisboa, Portugal
The 5-star Fontecruz Lisboa is part of the Autographic Collection of hotels. This urban oasis is ideally located along Avenida da Liberdade, near Rossio Square and Baixa. But don't worry about street noise—every room sports soundproof windows, in addition to quirky, fun furnishings. The hotel restaurant, Bistroa, has an outdoor terrace that's perfect for breakfast, coffee, or dinner.
14. Memmo Príncipe Real
Rua D. Pedro V, 56 J, 1250-094 Lisboa, Portugal
Memmo Principe Real is the first 5-star boutique hotel in Lisbon's elegant neighborhood of Royal Prince, which is known for its alternative shopping, breathtaking views, tranquil squares, colorful houses, and charming gardens. Once a hub for 19th-century aristocracy, Royal Prince is now bustling with young entrepreneurs and artisans. All of the 41 rooms are designed with a mix of contemporary and classic furnishings.
15. Memmo Alfama
Tv. Merceeiras 27, 1100-348 Lisboa, Portugal
The 42 rooms of the Memmo hotel, which was the first boutique hotel in the city's historic Alfama neighborhood, overlook the Tagus river. The property is located just steps away from the Cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, and is surrounded by narrow, cobblestone streets, Fado restaurants, and traditional Portuguese shops. If you stay during warmer months, don't miss the chance to take a dip in the terrace pool.
16. Brown's Central Hotel
Rua da Assunção nº75, 1100-042 Lisboa, Portugal
This boutique hotel in Lisbon's Baixa neighborhood is within walking distance of the city's major attractions, restaurants, and bars. The 63 rooms are small but stylish. On the main floor, you'll find an extensive breakfast buffet along with a vintage-inspired lunchtime brasserie that hosts the occasional art exhibit and pop-up experience.
17. Maxime Hotel
Praça da Alegria Nº 58, 1250-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Maxime Hotel, with its 75 rooms, is designed in the provocative, burlesque, bohemian style of a cabaret. There's The Maxime Restaurant-Bar where frequent performances are held, in addition to the secret Boudoir Garden-Bar—a romantic, relaxing courtyard haven in the middle of the city. This is the perfect spot for younger crowds.
18. Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
R. dos Sapateiros 158, 1100-580 Lisboa, Portugal
As the self-proclaimed "most artistic hotel in downtown Lisbon," Hotel Lisbon Art Stay is a family-run boutique property focused on transforming hospitality into art. The corridors are colorful and the doors, painted. But the creative interior isn't the only feature to write home about. There's also a stunning rooftop terrace boasting stunning views of St. George's Castle. With select apartments sleeping up to seven people, this is the perfect choice for larger groups. Plus, there's guest laundry facilitates!
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