It may have taken a little while to catch up with its continental contemporaries, but Lisbon has finally upped its accommodation options by adding swish boutique hotels to its chain stays and aging guesthouses; and new hotels are opening all the time.
If you want to be close to the shops, restaurants and nightlife, stay in the Baixo-Chiado and Bairro Alto districts, else head to Avenida da Liberdade for the international chain hotels.
For a quieter slice of life, try west Lisbon or Belem, a 20-minute tram ride from the city. In peak season (July to September), book ahead.
The hotels in Lisbon below have been classed into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over €180)
Moderate (€120 to €180)
Cheap (up to €120)
The prices quoted above are the starting prices for a standard double room, including tax but excluding breakfast, unless otherwise specified.
Inspira Santa Marta
Sleep with a clear mind and conscience at this Feng Shui designed spa hotel, a tranquil oasis close to Lisbon’s grand boulevard Avenida da Liberdade. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices are showcased on the Mediterranean menu and the environmentally-friendly hotel is built from sustainable materials and supports green projects around the globe.Address: , Rua Santa Marta 48, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 210 440 900
Memmo Principe Real
The latest hotel in Lisbon's three-strong Memmo stable blends contemporary style with traditional touches such as hand-painted tiles and hand-blown bedside lights in the 41 rooms. Guests can get their bearings on a free daily walking tour of the local area, including the leafy Principe Real gardens.Address: Príncipe Real, Rua Dom Pedro V, 56 J, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 219 016 800
Olissippo Lapa Palace
Long regarded as Lisbon's finest luxury hotel, the Olissippo Lapa Palace boasts spacious bedrooms with huge bathrooms and splendid beds, all elegantly presented and traditionally styled. Set among sub-tropical gardens, it has indoor and outdoor pools as well as a spa, making it feel like a resort in the city centre.Address: , Rua do Pau de Bandeira 4, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 213 949 494
As Janelas Verdes
This 18th-century palace has been converted into 17-room boutique hotel and offers excellent views of the River Tagus from most rooms. Making the most of its previous role, it has a library, an outside terrace with sun loungers, an honesty bar and courtyard with a cooling fountain. Breakfast is served in a shaded garden.Address: , Rua das Janelas Verdes 47, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 213 968 143
Hotel Lisboa Plaza
Designed predominantly by interior idealist Graca Viterbo, this centrally located 4-star hotel has followed a programme of renovation that has kept it looking fresh whilst retaining its unique character. Though it offers 94 classically finished rooms and 12 suites, it feels much smaller with a cosy lobby and friendly service.Address: , Tv Salitre/Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 213 218 218
Internacional Design Hotel
Overlooking the historic Rossio Square, the interior of this hotel belies its traditional façade. The 55 rooms are split into cool 'concepts' (urban, tribal, zen and pop), with interiors reflecting the themes, such as graffiti artwork, zebra prints and fresh grass aromas, chill-out music or bubble gum colours.Address: , Rua da Betesga 3, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 213 240 990
Hotel Borges Chiado
Located in the central district of Chiado, with views of the Tagus River, this budget hotel offers 96 simple rooms that are both comfortable and clean. All rooms come with air-conditioning, TVs and free Wi-Fi. You'd be hard pushed to find somewhere bettered placed for the Museum of Chiado and Bairro Alto too.Address: , Rua Garret 108, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 210 456 400
This quirky hotel offers rooms inspired by 1950s cinema, some of which have terraces. Its crowning jewel is the retro-themed Great American Disaster Restaurant offering a diner-style vinyl booths and a global menu. Close to the shopping and entertainment district of Bairro Alto, it's also a saunter from the historical neighbourhood of Alfama.Address: , Rua Duque de Palmela 34, Lisbon,
Telephone: +351 213 346 2061
Right in the centre of the city, charming Residencial Florescente makes the most of its former townhouse pedigree with lovely, individually decorated rooms that let in plenty of light. Each comes with a flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms, while the onsite restaurant punches above its weight as well.Address: , Rue Portas de Santo Antão 99, Lisbon, 1150-266
Telephone: +351 213 426 609