Lisbon is getting more and more popular and I totally get it. It offers a wealth of art and culture, great architecture, shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife. I didn’t even mention all the great bars and restaurants there. But finding where to stay in Lisbon can be overwhelming. Each area has a distinct look, style, and overall vibe. Where to stay in Lisbon? This guide will tell you where to stay in Lisbon, list the best hotels in Lisbon and the best neighborhoods in Lisbon!
Chiado is probably one of the best places to stay in Lisbon. It’s central and it offers plenty of sightseeing, with its theaters and museums. Fantastic shopping can be found, especially around Rua Garrett. The food scene is also great, this is where you’ll find Belcanto, a 2-star Michelin restaurant, but also wine bars and cocktail bars. There’s also a vibrant nightlife if you’re into partying all night long!
Where to stay in Chiado
- Luxury: Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel. This luxurious, elegant hotel is made up of parts of the 14th-century Muralha Fernandina. It’s also surrounded by 17th-century houses. The hotel features an excellent on-site restaurant. The staff is amazing, the rooms are lovely and the breakfast is great!
- Mid-range: LX Boutique Hotel. This is a really nice boutique hotel, home to Confraria, one of the top sushi restaurants in Lisbon. The rooms are nicely decorated, the beds are comfortable, the staff is nice and the rooms are clean!
- Budget: Hotel Borges Chiado. This hotel is set inside a gorgeously historic building. It’s elegantly furnished and the decor is light and bright. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, carpeted floors, wooden furniture, and an en suite bathroom.
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Perfectly located in the heart of Lisbon, Baixa features numerous shops, restaurants, hotels and museums. Many of the attractions of the city are within easy walking distance of Baixa, therefore it’s really a perfect location for exploring the city. Plus it’s well connected to public transportation. There are many budget hostels in Baixa. However this area is quite touristy and it can be noisy in the evening.
Where to stay in Baixa
- Luxury: Hotel Avenida Palace. This 5-star hotel is in a 19th-century building overlooking Restauradores Square and offering views of St. George’s Castle. The rooms have antique-style furnishings and marble bathrooms. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast and massage services, and it features a fitness center.
- Mid-range: Hotel da Baixa. This nice 4-star hotel has a colourful and classic façade, as well as a modern interior décor. The rooms are elegant and spacious, and feature a 4K TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and Bluetooth sound system. It’s clean, the service is good and their breakfast is great!
- Budget: Lisbon Destination Hostel. This cool hostel offers dorms but also private rooms. There’s also a kitchen with a microwave, toaster, kettle and basic kitchen supplies. The staff often organizes activities so that everyone can mingle. A great hostel for budget travelers!
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This is the place to be if you want to experience Lisbon nightlife! It’s pretty normal during the day but in nighttime, you realize there are actually numerous bars, restaurants and clubs. But most people hang out in the streets. You can still find quiet streets in Bairro Alto, and you’ll notice it’s home to quirky shops and street art. If you’re in Lisbon to party, staying in Bairro Alto is a good option.
Where to stay in Bairro Alto
- Luxury: Bairro Alto Hotel. An amazing luxury hotel! It features a fitness center, a wellness center, an on-site award winning restaurant, an on-site café and it offers great views from the terrace! It’s set in an 18th century building and there are also meeting rooms if needed. The rooms are comfortable and well decoreated.
- Mid-range: Casas das Janelas com Vista. It means The House Of The Windows With View. It’s in a restored building in a quiet side street in the heart of Bairro Alto. It offers individually-decorated rooms with a private balcony. All rooms have AC, wooden floors, luxury beds, stylish furnishings and a modern bathroom.
- Budget: Inn Bairro Alto B&B. This budget hotel offers private and shared accommodations. There’s a common area and also a kitchen if you want to cook your own meals. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean and cozy.
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Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district with narrow cobblestone streets and tightly packed houses. It almost feels like a village within Lisbon. This is the birthplace of Fado music, and it’s a charming and romantic area. If you’re looking for a truly authentic area to stay in Lisbon then look no further than Alfama. However Alfama is built on the side of a steep hill, with a lot of steps to climb! Now you know!
Where to stay in Alfama
- Luxury: Memmo Alfama. It’s a charming boutique hotel with great views from its rooftop terrace. It’s clean and modern and it features a wine bar and a pool. Moreover the hotel offers complimentary walking tours of the Alfama area to its guests. The staff is friendly and the rooms are comfortable.
- Mid-range: Hotel Convento do Salvador. This hotel is built into a former convent offers comfortable and bright rooms. Many of the rooms boast views of the Tagus River. It features an excellent outdoor terrace and bar. Don’t miss it!
- Budget: Alfama Lisbon Lounge Suites. It’s set in an old building and is not far from St George’s Castle. All apartments and rooms are modern and spacious. All the apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with sofa bed. A great option for budget travelers!
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Principe Real is one of Lisbon’s trendiest and LGBT-friendliest neighborhoods. It’s packed with cafes, funky bars and restaurants but there are also beautiful parks and several urban concept stores. This is the perfect corner of Lisbon for those looking for have a mix of sightseeing and nightlife. Regarding accommodation, there is something for every price range in Principe Real.
Where to stay in Principe Real
- Luxury: Memmo Principe Real. This 5-star hotel features a stunning rooftop pool with a view that you’re going to love! It’s a modern and luxurious hotel with top quality amenities and attention to every detail. Their on-site restaurant serves delicious food.
- Mid-range: Casa do Principe. It means “The Prince’s House”. This charming B&B is beautifully decorated and offers spacious rooms. All of them have a flat screen TV and a private bathroom. The staff is super helpful, approachable and polite.
- Budget: Hotel Botanico. A great option if you’re traveling on a budget! It’s quiet, clean and the staff is welcoming and helpful. It’s an ideal choice for families seeking an affordable place to stay in Lisbon.
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It’s not a neighborhood per se but Lisbon’s main avenue, often compared to Paris’ Champs-Élysées. It’s lined with 5-star hotels, chic fashion outlets, high end restaurants and internationally-renowned designer stores. Not the cheapest of places to stay in Lisbon but you can find cheaper options in the side streets.
Where to stay in Avenida da Liberdade
- Luxury: Heritage Avenida Liberdade. It’s a nice boutique hotel in a restored 18th century building with a contemporary interior. The rooms are stylish and modern and the design is sleek. The hotel features a fitness center, a bar and an indoor swimming pool.
- Mid-range: BessaHotel Liberdade. This one features modern rooms with rain showers. The hotel features a fitness center, a swimming pool, a sauna and Turkish bath. The staff is great, the breakfast is delicious and the rooms are very clean.
- Budget: Brasilia. It’s a guesthouse located two minutes away from Avenida da Liberdade. It features double rooms, some of them with a balcony or a private bathroom. The host is fantastic, the guesthouse is charming and clean, and the rooms are comfortable.
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Belem is known for its cultural and historical attractions like the Tower of Belem or the The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. You can learn a lot about Portugal’s seafaring past in Belem, since this is where navigators set sail in the 15th and 16th centuries. There are many cafes and restaurants, and this is also where you have to taste the famous Pastéis de Belem (egg custard tart). There are some nice luxury hotels as well as cool hostels and mid-range options in Belem. A quieter area than central Lisbon.
Where to stay in Belem
- Luxury: Palacio do Governador. It’s a classy hotel mixing modern and traditional style. It features an indoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, a wellness center and a garden terrace. The rooms are stylish and chic. Don’t miss it!
- Mid-range: Geronimo Guest House Belem. This guesthouse features a garden, a terrace and offers nice views of the river. It also offers a hot tub and all rooms come with a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower.
- Budget: Setubalense. This guesthouse is in a renovated 17th century building. All the rooms feature AC, wooden furniture, tiled floors, a TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms also have a balcony with city views. The hotel features a communal seating area and a sunny garden area. Great value for your money!
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Now you know all the best places to stay in Lisbon! Feel free to check out my Lisbon travel guide!
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