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The 6 Best Hotels in Alfama, Lisbon
Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon (the part where you’re almost always accompanied by Fado music) - a collection of narrow cobbled streets between the Moorish castle and the Tejo river and estuary. As well as the castle, this is where you’ll find the cathedral, the National Pantheon and St. Anthony’s Church - consecrated on the birthplace of the patron saint of Lisbon. The charm here is somewhat dilapidated, but the 6 best hotels in Alfama have bags of character and the location is certainly perfect if you’re here to visit historic Lisbon.
This is the kind of district you should stroll without a map. There’s so much to discover: lots of tiny plazas with adorable cafes, inventive galleries or boutiques and fantastic views - both of the river and port and of Lisbon. If you find yourself at a tram stop, catch the number 28, it’ll show you around!
The castle is certainly a highlight of Alfama, but there are several churches of great note too, plus the National Panthenon and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, and the Museu de Artes Decorativas, which has its home in a glorious former palace. There’s also the Military Museum and a Fado Museum, as well as numerous Fado bars, plus a fantastic twice-weekly market.
The 6 Best Hotels in Alfama, Lisbon
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The Solar do Castelo is the only hotel within the stone walls of St. George Castle. Its 20 rooms blend their original features with the modern decor beautifully - think dark wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, heavy bricks and all the mod. cons.. There’s also a garden, a charming courtyard and Medieval remains.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Alfama
Just a short distance from the coast, the Santiago de Alfama offers boutique accommodation combining old with new, whilst it's also just a short distance from many of the city's sights.
The Best Hotel Views in Alfama
The Best B&Bs in Alfama
The Palacio Belmonte is a beautiful, ten room B&B. There are fantastic sea views, in many of the rooms - including the enormous family rooms and suites, which also have original tiles, oil paintings, large marble bathrooms and private balconies. The smaller rooms and suites are just as romantic - if not more so.
The Solar dos Mouros is another ten rooms B&B, this time with breathtaking views over the castle, city and river, and walls colourful with African art and bold coloured paint.
The Best Value Hotels in Alfama
The Hotel Convento do Salvador is a trendy hotel with contemporary styling and 43 white, minimalist rooms - the idea being not to distract you from the sea views. There’s a bar with pop-art and plenty of modern art throughout the hotel. You’re also well located, and rooms start from around £85 per night.
The Best Apartments in Alfama
The Lisboans are impeccably designed apartments featuring a great balance of thoughtfully sourced artisanal and contemporary pieces, and upcycled or vintage furniture. The effect is a sophisticated home-away-from-home, with tasty breakfasts delivered each morning. A great base for discerning, independent guests.
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The 6 Best Hotels in Alfama. Lisbon
Solar do Castelo, a Lisbon Heritage Collection 20 rooms from £171Lisbon
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.Exclusive offer - Welcome drinkValue 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, Sawdays, Fodors
Santiago de Alfama 19 rooms from £161Lisbon
A meticulously crafted boutique hotel that seamlessly combines old and new. Constructed from Roman-era ruins using the original ancient blueprint. Vibrant, hand-picked interior design by owner Heleen Uitenbroek. Extensive breakfast menu served by some of the friendliest staff in Lisbon.City Style - An unmissable stylish and sophisticated converted palace, nestled in the historic streets of Alfama.Romantic Break - With luxurious suites and a sleek bar- it's perfect for an indulgent, romantic weekend in Lisbon.Great walks - A great starting point for a city walk through the historic old town of Lisbon.Sights nearby - Five minutes walk from Santiago Church and Lisbon Cathedral.Recommended by - I Escape, Great Small Hotels
Memmo Alfama 42 rooms from £248Lisbon
Tucked away in the higgledy-piggledy streets of Alfama, the city’s most atmospheric district, this hotel is a surprise. Designer-cool and surprisingly large with pool and stunning views. Bright white and cream rooms and suites have wooden floors, clean lines, and private balconies.City Style - Clean lines and bright colours with a great vibe in the rooftop winebar, with great city views.Views - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Fodors, Design Hotels
Palacio Belmonte 10 rooms from £257Lisbon
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.Romantic Break - This medieval quarter definitely gives a romantic air with beautiful sea views and elegant rooms.Families - Large suites give plenty of space for families, great views and close to main sights.Views - Fantastic sea views from balconies and terraces.Chic - A favourite with Christian Laboutin.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Solar dos Mouros 10 rooms from £190Lisbon
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.Views - Breathtaking views of the city and riverSights nearby - 5 minutes walk from the Old Town and just down the road from the São Jorge castle.Recommended by - I Escape, Frommers, Michelin Travel
Hotel Convento do Salvador 43 rooms from £83Lisbon (2 B 1100-465 Lisboa Santa Maria Maior)
A trendy contemporary hotel in the historic Alfama district. The minimalist white washed rooms draw the eye to the stunning sea views. Unwind in the expansive lounge and slick bar, decorated with large pieces of pop-art. Walking distance to many of the cities best attractions. A chic choice.City Style - A funky hotel littered with modern art and complete with slick bar amd gorgeous city and sea views.Local exploring - Nestled in the historic neighbourhood of Alfama, within striking distance of all the main sights.Local markets - Scour the stalls of the Feira da Ladra, open every Tuesday and Saturday.Sights nearby - Marvel at the studded facade of Casa dos Bicos.