Looking for somewhere to stay when you travel to Lisbon? Here are some of our picks!
Firstly, a little luxury. Start your day with a view overlooking Lisbon and the Tagus River at the Lapa Palace. Built in the 19th Century, if you wanted to, you could spend the day wandering the halls and looking at the paintings of long-past aristocrats of Lisbon society.
If you’d like the full palatial experience (and have the budget to accommodate it!), book one of the deluxe rooms on the 5th floor, of the Palace wing, known as the “noble floor”. The rooms there were carefully redecorated with furnishings recovered from the original Palace.
The central location places you close to the city so you can keep up with sightseeing too.
This cute and funky three-star hotel is located right in the heart of Lisbon, giving you a head start on your exploration of the city.
Part of the Story Hotel Group, the hotel offers compact rooms with modern amenities. Some of the benefits of staying there include 24-hour reception and in-house restaurant, plus free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
If you’re on foot, or not afraid to use public transport to get around, you won’t find a better location. The hotel is situated in the Praça Dom Pedro IV, an easy walk to attractions such as the Elevador de Santa Justa, one of the best spots to snag a panoramic view of the city.
There are also metro and train stations just a short walk from the hotel.
If you’d prefer to spend your money on sightseeing and the gourmet delights of Lisbon instead of on accommodation, then the Hotel Alicante might be for you.
Offering comfortable rooms and air conditioning (especially important in summer!), Wi-Fi and private bathrooms, the Alicante is located close to the historic centre of Lisbon and helpful staff at reception can assist with booking tours, organising laundry, and hailing you a taxi.
The rooms are small but offer a variety of configurations which would suit families or a group of friends traveling together.
If you’re SKIers (Spending the Kids Inheritance), then the over 55s rate at As Jenelas Verdes might be very attractive. But even if you’re under 55, this upscale boutique hotel has a lot to offer.
You can expect to find a lot of the little touches that make a hotel stay special – like turndown service, a nightly glass of port in your room, and complimentary tea offered throughout the day when you need to stop for refreshment.
It’s also perfect if you’re the kind of traveller looking for rest and relaxation rather than a flurry of activity. The top floor library is the perfect place to while away a few hours – perhaps while you escape from the midday summer sun.
And its neighbour – the Ancient Art Museum, considered to be one of the most important museums in Europe – offers a compelling day’s browsing of the its paintings, artworks, furniture and other decorative art from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century.
The Ribeira Tejo By Shiadu is a reasonably priced guesthouse/boutique hotel.
Previous travellers have remarked on the friendliness of staff and the relatively large, comfortable rooms. On the top floors, there’s a view of the river.
The hotel includes 19th Century tiles from the original building that have been renovated and placed in many of the communal areas and in some suites.
A simple breakfast consisting of breads and pastries (included in most room rates) is served on the top floor.
The Ribeira Tejo is another great location close to the market and to the train station that takes you to and from the airport.
Offering free Wi-Fi and funky décor, the hotel also has a popular coffee shop with quirky yet comfortable furnishings that will help prep you for a busy day ahead.
The rooms can be small, but as apartments they offer facilities such as a washing machine which can come in handy for many travellers. Only some apartments offer kitchenettes – check when you book if this is important to you.
Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments is in a great location with the elevators to the São Jorge Castle just a short walk away.
A more expensive option, but if you’re looking for luxury and a more familiar hotel-style environment it might be worth the splurge. Don’t miss the hotel spa facilities and indulge yourself with a massage, facial and a swim in the lap pool.
Or take time out for a full-day treatment and emerge newly refreshed and ready for dinner at the hotel’s Varanda restaurant. The buffet offers an extensive range of options, including authentic and traditional Portuguese dishes.
Afternoon tea is served in the Almada Negreiros Lounge with a delectable mix of sweet and savoury pastries and treats. If you’re not staying in the hotel you can still book the afternoon tea service, which is offered from 4-6pm.