Where to Stay in Lisbon, Portugal: Editor’s Picks

Lisbon doesn’t have just one downtown, so we’ve compiled a list of ‘where to stay’ options that represent the city’s most popular areas. These include the Bairro Alto neighborhood, the Belém neighborhood, and the Costa da Caparica beach area. We’ve also  given special attention to hotels that offer free wireless internet. When deciding where to stay, it helps to know that hotels tend to be cheaper in Lisbon than in other European cities. Our ‘where to stay’ options are organized by star rating, beginning with 5-star hotels and ending with budget accommodations. B&Bs are prevalent in Lisbon, and a special section has been dedicated to B&Bs.

5-Star Hotels in Lisbon

Located in the Lapa neighborhood between Bairro Alto and Belém, this hotel is not only one of the best hotels in Lisbon but one of the best hotels in the world. It is private and ideal for travelers looking to relax. Once a 19th century palace, this hotel offers the greatest of Old World charms, from antique luxury furnishings to beautiful subtropical gardens on the grounds.

Amenities include a sauna, Turkish bath, fitness center, spa, indoor swimming pool, two restaurants, and the Rio Tejo Bar. The Palace Deluxe Rooms feature classic décor while the Villa and Garden wings are more modern. WiFi is available in all rooms for a charge. For the best views of Lisbon and the Tagus River, stay on the higher floors. Expect a 30-minute walk to the city center.

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade 


This 5-star hotel is located closer to the Bairro Alto city center and walking distance to  the St. George Castle, the cathedral, and many of the area’s restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.

The Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade’s atmosphere is purely modern. Each of the contemporary rooms features complimentary WiFi, a Bose sound system, L’Occitane toiletries, and MyBed beds. The staff is particularly friendly and efficient with the comfort of each guest a high priority.

Amenities include a fitness center with a jacuzzi, the chic Intra-Muros bar, which features a library for your perusal, and the AdLib restaurant, which features French-Portugese Fusion cuisine.On-site parking is also offered.

4-Star Hotels in Lisbon

Clarion Suites

Located near Praça Marquês de Pombal square, this hotel is just a short walk from many sights and the Caparica beach area. The rooms are quite large and include kitchenettes, making this hotel a great value for those who want to prepare a few meals in. All of the 57 rooms come with individualized climate control, desks, hairdryers, WiFi (for a charge), and mini bars. The hotel is short on amenities but does have an outdoor pool. A continental breakfast is also offered. If you plan on cooking in the room, make sure the kitchenette has everything you’ll need before signing off on it.

As Janelas Verdes

This boutique hotel has the feel of a B&B, and its funky personality isn’t for travelers who prefer cookie-cutter hotels. It is located next to the National Art Museum, and the Bairro Alto city center is about 10 minutes by foot.

Each of the 29 rooms comes with complimentary WiFi, complimentary Port wine, and individualized climate control. Some of the rooms are on the small side. There’s a library with a terrace that serves complimentary tea. The hotel is located in a charming neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and wine bars. The staff is relaxed and goes out of its way to help you get the most of your visit. Breakfast is served in a sheltered garden.

Britania Hotel

From cork floors to the marble staircases, this boutique hotel is chic and inviting, and it comes at a terrific value. It is surrounded by shopping and dining options and the Bairro Alto city center is a 20-minute walk away. All of the 33 rooms feature complimentary WiFi, complimentary Port wine, Molton Brown amenities, marble bathrooms, and individualized climate control. The rooms are individually decorated and quite large. The staff is very friendly. Note: the WiFi connection gets weaker on the higher floors.

3-Star Hotels in Lisbon

HF Fenix Garden
This hotel is all about location. Located on Praça Marquês de Pombal square, the hotel is within walking distance of most sights. There are metro and bus stops nearby, and the bus to the Belém Tower stops right outside the door. For its central location, this hotel is quiet and quite peaceful. The 94 rooms are clean and functional and offer complimentary WiFi. The continental breakfast is quite good.

Dom Carlos Liberty Lisboa

This hotel’s rooms are a bit on the small side, but it is centrally located—the Bairro Alto neighborhood is about a 10-minute walk—and comes at a good price. Each of the 59 rooms features complimentary broadband internet, a mini bar, and reading lights. Rooms are clean and the staff is professional.

Amenities include a fitness center and 24-hour reception. The Dom Carlos Lounge provides a relaxing area where guests can read complimentary newspapers, use complimentary WiFi, or read a book from the hotel library. The continental breakfast features only cold dishes, but the selection is vast.

Pensao Residencial Portuense

This hotel keeps it simple, offering clean rooms, friendly staff, and a central location for a good price. Rooms come in a number of sizes, from singles to rooms that can accommodate up to four adults. The quadruples are dorm-style. Each room comes with air conditioning and satellite TV.

Amenities include 24-hour reception and 24-hour room service. WiFi and high speed cable internet are provided in the lobby and on the ground floor free of charge. It is near the Terminal do Rossio train station.

B&Bs in Lisbon

Lisbon Dreams Guesthouse

Located near the Praça do Marques de Pombal square, this B&B is hipper than most, featuring trendy décor. It has a luxurious side too, and all guests get bathrobes and slippers and the staff goes out of its way to provide everything needed.

Every room shares a common bathroom, and each room has complimentary WiFi. Rooms are singles, doubles, twins, and triples. Breakfast features freshly baked pastries. Note that this B&B is a little hard to find, so make sure you have good directions.

Family Macedos Bed & Breakfast Lisbon

This B&B excels at providing a family atmosphere and spotlessly clean rooms furnished with antique Portugese furniture. You’ll feel as though you stumbled upon a side of Portugal that few tourists see.

The location is a bit out of the way, but the city center can be reached by metro in five minutes or by walking in thirty minutes. All rooms share bathrooms, and there are 2 bathrooms on each floor: one men’s and one women’s. Some of the apartments can accommodate up to 12 adults. The grounds include a garden and children’s pool. Note that this B&B is also hard to find, so make sure you have good directions.

Budget Hotels in Lisbon

Royal Lisbon Hostel

The Royal Lisbon Hostel offers modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service, all in a very convenient location. Located  on the eastern face of Praça de Camões, the Royal Lisbon overlooks the epic poet’s statue surrounded by a vibrant crowd of locals and urban travelers.

The Hostel has 5 bedrooms 1 for 2 people; 3 for 8 people and 1 for 12 people. Accommodation include 24hr room service, elevator, bar/pub, laundry,  business center and free breakfasts. This hotel is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and tradition.

Lisboa Central Hostel

This hostel is located near Praça do Marques de Pombal square and features rooms for two to ten people. It is clean, has a party-friendly atmosphere, and the staff is uniquely outgoing. There are three common rooms replete with video games and a fully equipped kitchen.

Breakfast is included in the price and prepared daily by a resident chef. Complimentary WiFi throughout and 24-hour reception. If you arrive on a Milkshake Monday, make sure to grab one of the free shakes that the hostel gives to guests.

Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com

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