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Lisbon is a vibrant city of charm and colour, filled with melancholic fado music and the characteristic rattling of yellow trams as they trundle past decorative tiled façades. A capital since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1755 which resulted in much of the centre being rebuilt and some of the best places to stay in Lisbon are found in this rebuilt section.

Built across seven hills, Lisbon is an easy city to explore, with plenty of treasures to discover. Take a stroll uphill from the river and you'll come upon grand Gothic cathedrals, niche little museums, pretty palaces and the odd monastery just as readily as you'll come upon charming cafes and restaurants.

It's also a relatively friendly place, with well used public baths and a whole district full of music venues, where you can hear everything from fado, to reggae to electronica.

This is also a city on the ocean, which keeps things balmy, and Lisbon is probably one of Europe's warmest Winter city break destinations. Summer is obviously very hot and busy and if you want to ensure a bed in one of the best places to stay in LIsbon, you'll need to plan well ahead.

On the highest of Lisbon's seven hills overlooking the Rio Tejo, sits the Castle of Saint George which rises from the old Moorish quarter of Alfama, a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets. This is a perfect spot for watching the sunset, but also probably one of Lisbon's highlights.

The neighbourhood of Belém, at the mouth of the Tagus river, is another, packed with monuments and must-sees. This is where famous Portuguese explorers, such as Vasco de Gama, set sail from. It is also where the Jerónimos Monastery stands as a reminder of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery.

Lisbon is also home to a number of interesting museums, parks and gardens and monuments - including the twin bridge of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Lisbon vary from excellent value B&Bs to top end luxury for those with deep pockets (for city centre apartments check out our online partner,!

Best Places to Stay in Lisbon

For a city break

  • Heritage Av Liberdade, on one of Lisbon's most famous streets, is the award winning brain child of architect Câncio Martins, renowned for the Buddha Bar in Paris and Strictly Hush in London.
  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza has traditional, old world charm coupled with a very personal atmosphere. The bar and fabulous chill-out terrace emphasise the relaxed ambience. The Hotel Lisboa Plaza has a long list of devotees who wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else, so you might want to book well ahead!
  • The Internacional Design Hotel is a boutique hotel with contemporary designs and modernist furnishings. You're a few minutes from the Bairro Alto, but it's still an urban oasis.

For a special occasion

  • Book a room at the Solar do Castelo, and you will have bagged the only accommodation within the Castle walls - this unique hotel manages to effortlessly blend the old and new - exposed stone walls are complemented by new pale wood and rich fabrics.
  • The only Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, the Hotel Britania has been beautifully restored and retains many period features. Bedrooms are large, and a library and intimate bar on the ground floor give the place a distinctly private club feel.
  • The Lapa Palace is a 19th century private palace, converted into a hundred room hotel by the Orient Express Group. Surrounded by tropical gardens, bend which you can see the sea, this is a sumptuous, almost royal spot, with a world renowned restaurant, Cipriani.

For romantics

  • Close to the Tagus river you'll find As Janelas Verdes, a charming hotel created from an 18th century palace. It brims with old world tradition, and offers a top floor library with superb views, and the unusual treat in Lisbon of a leafy interior courtyard.
  • The Hotel Avenida Palace is a five star taste of old world Lisbon, with luxurious fabrics and furnishings and elegant facilities.
  • Palacio Belmonte is a very special ten room B&B in Lisbon's medieval quarter. Converted from a nobleman's palace, this property is historic, romantic, elegant and has fantastic sea views.

For those on a budget

  • Solar dos Mouros is a ten room B&B with spectacular views over the castle ramparts, the old city and the river. Inside you'll find colourful decor and African art. Room prices start from £62 per night. Definitely one of the best places to stay in Lisbon if you're looking for a bargain!
  • York House Hotel is a converted 17th Century convent built around a beautiful stone courtyard - now also the breakfast cafe. Expect old world charm with modern comforts, and its 32 rooms start from £78 per night.

For a city centre apartment

  • For a self catering option, we recommend you visit our online partner,, where you'll find a wide range from chic penthouse apartments, to budget studios.

Still not sure which hotel to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Lisbon, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Solar dos Mouros


    Extremely attractive B&B with breathtaking views from the castle rampart over the city and the river. Colourfully decorated with walls covered in African art work. A perfect getaway for a weekend exploring.

    10 rooms from $89
    Views  -  Breathtaking views of the city and river
    Sights nearby  -  5 minutes walk from the Old Town and just down the road from the São Jorge castle.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
  • York House Hotel


    A modern recreation of 17th century architecture and style. This former convent has beautiful light airy rooms and a stone breakfast courtyard to soak in the atmosphere. Old-world aristocratic charm with modern comforts - the perfect place to experience the essence of a bygone Lisbon.

    32 rooms from $111
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Ancient Art National Museum and Lapa district
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
  • Internacional Design Hotel


    This truly boutique hotel provides a really unique city experience. Its contemporary designs with their modernist furnishings, aromas, touches, and sounds create a vivid wonderland. An urban oasis.

    55 rooms from $116
    City Style  -  Meticulous in its design and character makes for a really unique city experience
    Sights nearby  -  A few minutes from the Bairro Alto, Chiado and Saint George Castle
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Fontana Park Hotel


    A former iron foundry, turned luxury hotel in the heart of Lisbon. The interiors pay homage to modern design, with bold whites and blacks, sleek lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Striking, cosmopolitan, trendy rooms with plenty of natural light. Enjoy the range of dining options.

    139 rooms from $118
    Foodies  -  With Chef Paula Carção's knockout Japanese Bonsai and the renowned Saldanha Mar featuring the best of Portuguese cuisine.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade


    Extremely well located on the Avenida da Liberdade. Beautiful contemporary design - red and gold features contrasting with marble sculptures, dark wood and brown tones. This luxury hotel with all its comforts is the perfect place to discover the city from.

    171 rooms from $129
    Downtown  -  Very central location on the Avenida
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza


    Charming traditional-style hotel in the historic centre of Lisbon. Old world charm, elegant sun-flooded rooms, and perfect chill-out terrace. Guests can borrow a book from Lisboa Plaza’s private library and read it beside the fireplace. A home from home with a warm and family-friendly atmosphere.

    94 rooms from $132
    Exclusive offer
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is just around the corner from Lisbon's National Monument, Santo António Church.
    Great walks  -  One metro strop will bring you to Parque Eduardo VII, the largest park in central Lisbon.
    Designer  -  Designer interiors by famed decorator Graca Viterbo.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Johansens
  • Lisboa Carmo Hotel


    Delightful low-key hotel with sky blue stucco facade situated in the hilltop, historic neighbourhood of Chiado. It was in Carmo Square where decades of dictatorship finally ended in 1974. Simple, elegant bedrooms with views over the Old Town and the Tagus river. Charming old-fashioned restaurant.

    45 rooms from $167
    Suites  -  Room 503 on the top floor is the most spacious with a free standing bath and views of St George's Castle
    Restaurant  -  The Maria do Carmo bistro serves tapas and Portuguese specaiities with tables outisde
    Designer Shopping  -  A short walk downhill to the smart shopping area of Liberdade
  • Hotel Avenida Palace


    A taste of old world Lisbon in this classical Five Star hotel. Elegant rooms and suites have luxurious fabrics and wallpapers. Fitness centre, business facilities and a lovely lobby. A great choice for families, couples and business visitors.

    82 rooms from $165
    Sights nearby  -  Centre of town. Close to both Bairro Alto and Chaido districts.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Chiado 16


    Contemporary cool in self-catering apartments and rooms in Lisbon's city centre. Private balconies, private chef on request, family friendly. An ideal city spot for families, couples or honeymooners.

    3 rooms from $175
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  São Carlos Theatre and the Museum of Modern Art are nearby
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Memmo Alfama


    A gorgeous boutique hotel in the Old Town with views out to sea and over the Tagus River. Bright white and cream rooms and suites have wooden floors, clean lines, and private balconies. Lovely library and fantastic roof top wine bar and pool area.

    42 rooms from $192
    City Style
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • As Janelas Verdes


    A charming hotel housed in an 18th Century private palace, overlooking the river. The decor oozes old world character and charm with wood-paneled walls, ornate armchairs, Bordalo Pinheiro cartoons and objects d'art. Classically styled rooms with fantastic views, leafy patio and rooftop library.

    29 rooms from $210
    Exclusive offer  -  City break
    City Style  -  this aristocratic townhouse breaths artistic elegance with complimentary Port in the library and objets d’art at every turn.
    Writing a novel  -  Once the home of the Portuguese novelist Eça de Queirós, the hotel retains a refined literary air.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays, Fodors
  • Hotel Britania


    Lisbon’s only Art Deco hotel is a beautifully restored heritage townhouse in the heart of the city. The spacious rooms feature cork and parquet floors, retro fixtures and marble bathrooms. Enjoy sparkling Portuguese wine at breakfast before exploring the area. A truly unique stay.

    33 rooms from $218
    Exclusive offer  -  Welcome drink
    City Style  -  A magnficant testimony to the art-deco brilliance of the 1940s, lovingly restored and centrally situated.
    Great walks  -  Set out from the hotel and wander this historic city centre, with interesting sights around every bend.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays
  • Solar do Castelo


    A unique historical setting for 14 individually decorated contemporary bedrooms. The old blends with the new - stone walls, pale woods, heavy bricks, all the mod cons. Charming inner courtyard and garden with Medieval remains. The only hotel within St. George's Castle walls.

    14 rooms from $219
    Exclusive offer  -  Welcome drink
    Value chic  -  A wonderfully enchanting stay, with peacocks dancing on the old castle walls and the gentle tinkle of the courtyard fountain.
    Local exploring  -  Tucked in the walls of the medieval San Jorge castle, with a rabbit warren of winding cobbled streets to explore.
    Great walks  -  Explore the pedestrians-only fortress, the winding streets are lined with cool shops, boutiques and cafes.
    Sights nearby  -  Within the walls of St. Jorge's Castle and just a few minutes walk to the waterside Jeronimo's monastery.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Sawdays, Fodors
  • Heritage Av Liberdade


    An award-winning hotel from the Heritage stable with a stunning 18th century blue facade. Luxurious bedrooms with interiors by Miguel Cancio Martins in creams and beige, feature huge bathrooms and plenty of natural light. An urban oasis in classic style.

    42 rooms from $222
    Exclusive offer  -  Welcome drink
    City Style  -  You can't beat the winning cobination of 18th-century palace facade and stunning modern Miguel Câncio Martins interior design.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the São Jorge Moorish Castle, this hilltop wonder is a must see for any visitor to the city.
    Designer  -  By Miguel Câncio Martins.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Johansens
  • Bairro Alto Hotel

    Lisbon (Bairro Alto)

    This is Lisbon’s first contemporary boutique hotel with minimalist interiors and a warm ambience. Rooms have white washed walls, frescoes of birds and wooden floors. Sweeping views of Lisbon and the Tagus River from the roof terrace make this a stylish city break.

    55 rooms from $247
    City Style  -  A charming hotel in Lisbon's arty district, with classic chic decor, hand painted frescoes and amazing rooftop bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Right in the centre of town on Lisbon's main square Praça Luís de Camões, within walking distance of the castle.
    Great walks  -  The hotel offers two hour free English-speaking walking tours of the hip neighbourhood.
    Views  -  Panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Palacio Belmonte


    Very special B&B in Lisbon's medieval quarter with fantastic sea views. A nobleman's palace; historic, elegant, utterly romantic. Enormous family rooms and suites have original tiling, oil paintings, large marble bathrooms and private balconies. A treat for romantics and families alike.

    10 rooms from $330
    Views  -  Fantastic sea views from balconies and terraces.
    Chic  -  A favourite with Christian Laboutin.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Pestana Palace


    An opulent extravaganza of stained glass, parquet floors, stucco work and painted rococo ceilings in this 19th Century Palace. Rooms ooze classical elegance and romance with views of the Tagus River from private balconies. Enjoy the fantastic fine dining cuisine, sleek bar, pool and spa.

    190 rooms from $320
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in a truly regal stay- lavish suites filled with fine antiques and rich fabrics, lush gardens and wonderful food.
    Sights nearby  -  The fascinating Hieronymites Monastery is just two minutes down the road, trace the history of the Order of Saint Jerome.
    Great walks  -  The sprawling sub tropical gardens are well worth exploring, they have even been declared a National Monument.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two lovely pools.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Lapa Palace


    A stunning 19th Century Palace, turned luxurious hotel, in Lisbon's most exclusive neighborhood. Nestled in a beautiful sub-tropical garden with fantastic views of the Tagus River. Sumptuous rooms with antique furnishings, silks and drapes. Ristorante Hotel Cipriani is sure to draw a crowd.

    109 rooms from $359
    City Style  -  Crowning jewel on the city's most exclusive hilltop, opulent interiors of gold muslin curtains & hand-carved Indian headboards.
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through one of Lisbons most exclusive neighbourhoods and check out the palaces, embassies and historic buildings.
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful sprawling gardens, full of palm trees and a rainbow of flower bushes.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor pool
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz


    This city landmark offers accommodation of the very highest standard. Bask in the twinkling interiors of marbles, chandeliers and ceiling-to-floor windows. Sumptuous bedrooms with fantastic views exude luxury. Enjoy the great restaurant, unrivaled spa and leafy gardens.

    282 rooms from $544
    City Style  -  The most luxorious stay in Lisbon, commanding spectacular views, chandeliers, gilded furniture and top notch spa.
    Sights nearby  -  A must is the nearby St. George's Moorish Castle, full of history and architectural wonder.
    Great walks  -  Explore Lisbon's Eduardo VII Park, a fragrant oasis of calm.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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