The Best Hotels in Lisbon

Don’t let Lisbon’s crumbling facades and narrow streets deceive you: The Portuguese capital’s hotels have amenities fit for royalty. From intimate boutique properties with São Jorge Castle views to grand palaces with sprawling suites, here’s where to make like Vasco da Gama and launch your own voyage of discovery.
Collected by AFAR Editors AFAR Staff
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R. Jau 54, 1300-314 Lisboa, Portugal

About a 20-minute cab ride from the historic city center, Pestana Palace Lisboa in Santo Amaro bears a unique honor: it’s a designated national landmark. The 194-room property occupies a carefully restored 19th-century manor that once belonged to...

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Praça do Comércio 31-34, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal

The Pestana Hotel Group has a knack for turning historical properties into luxe hotels; the Pousada de Lisboa is no exception. Situated on Lisbon’s grandest square, the Praça do Comércio, the 90-room property inhabits the elegant former home of...

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Praça do Município 21, 1100-365 Lisboa, Portugal

Housed in an 18th-century building on the Praça do Município, the site of Lisbon’s City Hall, AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado has just 28 rooms and suites defined by plush beds, a muted color scheme of whites, grays and browns, and views either of the...

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Those looking for space, privacy, and a wallop of streamlined design in Lisbon need look no further. Situated near several museums in the elegant Chiado neighborhood, the 10 apartments range in proportion from an amply-sized 710-square-foot studio...

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R. das Janelas Verdes 92, 1200-692 Lisboa, Portugal

Palácio Ramalhete has the soul of a historic property—Manuel II, Portugal’s last king, and Britain’s Duke of Windsor were once guests—without any of the attendant stuffiness. Situated in an 18th-century palace on the Rua das Janelas Verdes,each of...

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R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 83, 1250-238 Lisboa, Portugal

When it launched in 2011, the Independente Hostel & Suites epitomized the splashy haute boarding house movement that swept across Europe in the last two decades; this grown-up successor is situated just next door. Instead of towering triple...

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Tv. Merceeiras 27, 1100-348 Lisboa, Portugal

The first property in Lisbon’s Memmo chain of boutique hotels, Memmo Alfama set the tone when it opened in 2013, with 42 rooms outfitted in crisp, clean-lined furnishings and a neutral color scheme of warm whites and beiges. Like its sister...

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Lisbon, Portugal

Accessed through a tiny passage in the Príncipe Real, an upscale residential neighborhood filled with centuries-old mansions and tranquil gardens, this 41-room property feels akin to a secret hideaway. Embodying modern Lisbon, rooms have...

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Avenida da Liberdade, 164, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal

Opened in 2014 on Lisbon’s grandest boulevard, the tree-linedAvenida da Liberdade, Hotel Valverde has the look and feel of a private—if elegantly bohemian—residence. Each of its 25 dramatically painted rooms and suites is uniquely furnished with...

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Rua de Santiago 10 a 14, 1100-494 Lisboa, Portugal

Lisbon’s oldest district is known for its labyrinth of narrow streets, abundant Fado bars, and numerous historical attractions. Opened in 2015, the Santiago de Alfama is a draw in its own right: It occupies a former 15th-century palace just below...

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R. Rosa Araújo 8, 1250-195 Lisboa, Portugal

Steps away from boutique-lined Avenida da Liberdade, PortoBay Liberdadeis an urbane yet unstuffy boutique hotel designed by Lisbon-native architect Frederico Valsassina, who carefully preserved the building’s historic facade while incorporating...

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