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. Keep reading on for the best hotels in Lisbon.
Altis Belem is a five-star riverfront hotel that draws upmarket travelers with its posh spa, roof deck, and striking architecture. It’s tough to beat the rooftop pool, which has views of the Tagus, and the swank décor. The only downside? How hard it is to leave. Rooms have either river or garden views. Each room is decorated to evoke the regions once explored by the Portuguese, such as Brazil and West Africa. Half the reason to stay here is the exclusive BSpa by Karin Herzog, offering everything from oxygen therapy to massages. Come here for a styled-out getaway—especially if it’s a special occasion.
Casa C’Alma, a boutique guesthouse in Praça das Flores, has only five rooms, making it ideal for travelers who treasure privacy and quiet. The Nordic-inspired design is a refreshing break from the norm, and the affordable price point gives is an added plus. Clean white lines with Scandinavian design elements complement throw blankets and colorful accent pillows. The suite is stocked with a king bed, extra space, and a large bathroom. There’s no restaurant or bar, but an efficient communal kitchen lets you cook your own meals when you need a break from Lisbon’s overwhelming restaurant scene. A light, but tasty, traditional Portuguese breakfast is served here in the mornings. For such a charming place, this really feels like a steal.
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.
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.
Altis Avenida Hotel
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.
The Lisboans Apartments
The Lisboans Apartments are 15 rentals that do just what their name implies: make guests feel like residents, with Juliet balconies to watch the trams and people go by, kitchenettes, and tastefully designed rooms. They’re in a great location in a quiet residential district between Alfama and Chiado, just a short walk to bustling Praça do Comércio. Stylish one- and two-bedroom units have a decidedly Portuguese feel, with fabrics, furniture, and artwork collected from around the country. The owners are charming and engaging—and full of insight on where to eat and shop in Lisbon.
Solar Do Castelo
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.
Memmo Príncipe Real
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.