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The 17 best boutique hotels in Lisbon: from wine cellars to secluded pools

Looking for an excellent excuse to escape your rut? Book a night in one of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon

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Time Out Lisbon editors
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Katherine Lovage
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Jennifer Banful
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You're visiting Lisbon, the gorgeous, although very hilly, capital of Portugal, so why settle for accommodation that doesn't match the authentic vibes? Considered the rich cousin of the not-so-fancy B&B, boutique hotels are known for their vibrant personalities and cosy environments. The laidback mood is designed to make guests feel at home, and the best ones in the capital certainly know how to do it in style.
If you're looking for a beautiful place to rest your head, look no further. Pack your things, head into the city, and stay at one of our choices of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon. You'll be thanking us. 
 
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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best boutique hotels in Lisbon

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lisbon
  • price 3 of 4

With a lovely location in the old Palace of the Counts of Paraty, Hotel da Estrela enjoys something many hotels in Lisbon don't: outdoor space. The gardens of this modest luxury stay are beautifully kept, with a circular pond in the centre, and made private by the surrounding trees. There are only 19 rooms here, so exclusivity is the name of the game, and the staff will make you feel just as special.

Time Out tip: Such gorgeous surroundings are an excuse to enjoy a picnic by the pond. Just make sure it's pre-approved!

Budget: Moderately priced. 

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  • Santa Maria Maior
  • price 3 of 4

The five-star Altis Avenida harks back to the sumptuous design of the 1940s. Rich gold trim and slabs of marble run throughout, with lovely modernist touches. Despite the retro glamour, you can rest assured that they have all the mod cons. Enjoy an elegant lobby bar, rooftop restaurant (Rossio), and 24-hour room service.

Time Out tip: A huge bonus is that they're pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido along (so long as he's under 15kg) and they'll provide a bed and bowls.

Budget: On the pricier end, but totally justified by the incredible views.

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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Santa Maria Maior
  • price 3 of 4

Set in Town Hall Square, Alma Lusa has an antique-modern vibe geared toward a young crowd. It does have some elements of Portuguese history in its identity – the Alma Lusa Hotels group logo, for instance, is a traditional Portuguese knocker (no pun intended).

Time Out tip: Chiado has many dining options, but if you want somewhere relaxed and traditional head to Taberna da Rua das Flores.

Budget: On the higher end but doable for a weekend break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real
  • price 3 of 4

Situated in one of the finest spots in Lisbon, Memmo's third hotel offers an unbeatable view of the city from the sweeping terrace of their restaurant/cocktail bar. Named after the nineteenth-century Portuguese King D Pedro V, this place certainly feels fit for royalty. Guests can enjoy sleek, modern design, secure parking with valet service, and a free walking tour that leaves from reception daily at 5 pm.

Time Out tip: Every afternoon, the hotel offers an hour-long walking tour through Príncipe Real which is included in your stay.

Budget: Spenny. 

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Brown's Central Hotel
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Baixa Pombalina
  • price 3 of 4

Eighty-four rooms – and no two are alike. Some are Art Déco, others are classic, others modern and one of them even has a sloped ceiling as if it were an Alpine cabin. Brown's Central is everything but dull. Despite being located in the middle of Pombaline downtown in an old building, it does not seek to impress through its link to the city's history. Instead, it breaks through the stigma of the hotel as a closed-off space to be a meeting point and an arts venue. 

Time Out tip: Being just a 10-minute stroll from Bairro is the perfect excuse to swing by Manteigaria. 

Budget: Pretty affordable for a few nights. 

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  • Avenida da Liberdade

A 19th-century building with artistic flair, this renovated boutique hotel merges original features with a bold aesthetic. Located in Avenida da Liberdade, you can expect everything from fine china and old tapestries to contemporary artworks from abstractionist, Vieira da Silva. The 25 rooms vary in shape and size, however even the smallest have large bathrooms complete with a glorious tub. Bubble baths, incoming.

Time Out tip: Make your stay truly extravagant with a hotel sailboat rental and picnic. 

Budget: A luxury price tag, as you'd expect. 

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Santa Maria Maior
  • price 3 of 4

Upon entering 4 João das Regras you will find an unusual lobby, with brass walls and marble columns welcoming you to the Boutique Hotel. Inside are 53 rooms in a contemporary style, low on frills but high on comfort, most of them facing the João das Regras street – named after a nobleman whose actual surname was João de Aregas; in the great game of telephone of history, the original Aregas became a rather more colourful 'Regras', the Portuguese word for 'rules'.

Time Out tip: We'd highly recommend checking out the hotel's Private wine cellar for an aperitif featuring some of the finest wines on Portugal's shores. 

Budget range: In the mid ranges

138 Liberdade Hotel
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Avenida da Liberdade
  • price 3 of 4

Even before it opened, a neon sign blinked on its black tile facade announcing the arrival of a new boutique hotel at the Avenida da Liberdade. Nobody knew what it would be like, but you could predict it would be original and somewhat irreverent. It is a sort of punk outsider among a preppy lot, whose enviable confidence allows it to ignore the formality of its neighbours. It's a hotel that doesn't take itself seriously - but don't confuse playfulness with slackness.
Time Out tip: You could go elsewhere to enjoy traditional cuisine or you could just grab a table right here at 138 for a gastronomical dining experience that celebrates local, fresh ingredients. 
Budget: A little steep in comparison to some of the others.  

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As Janelas Verdes
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Santos
  • price 3 of 4

Graça Viterbo, one of the busiest interior decorators in the country, was tasked with turning a palace where writer Eça de Queirós once lived into a boutique hotel. Mission brilliantly accomplished: the result is there for all to see at the welcoming As Janelas Verdes, a 29-room manor where every corner has traces of the literary and artistic heritage of one of Portugal's most important novelists. There is a friendly mood to the place, perfect for lovebirds looking for the romantic side of Lisbon. 

Time Out tip: Start each morning with a peaceful breakfast in the vine-trailed courtyard.

Budget: Mid-range - ideal for a few days. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Alfama
  • price 3 of 4

Any tourist guide worth its salt advises Alfama to anyone looking to settle in the heart of Lisbon. A few years ago, the city's most traditional district had little to offer tourists apart from some local lodgings and budget hostels. A less money-conscious traveller looking for a fuller experience would have to look elsewhere. That lasted until the day the Memmo Group decided to up the stakes and start Alfama's first boutique hotel worthy of that name, youthful in spirit but much more ambitious than its neighbours. It is not a luxury hotel, neither is it meant to be one. 
Time Out tip: To indulge in the panoramic views of Alfama some more, sign up for the free couples' walking tour. 
Budget: Worth forking out for.

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Torel Palace
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Lisbon
  • price 3 of 4

There can be no greater luxury than staying in the city centre while keeping the urban noise at bay and enjoying country-style tranquillity. At Torel Palace, a boutique hotel consisting of two old palaces, you will find the best of two worlds: the speedy pace you would expect from a capital city and the peace and quiet you only obtain in a rural environment. One of the main features? Its unbeatable, instagrammable view: no other hotel spreads itself down a hill with such a fantastic view of the São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint, overlooking the Tagus and the Pombaline city centre.

Time Out tip: This goes without saying, but Blind Restaurant is a must-try dining experience It's even been recommended by the Michelin Guide for 2024.
Budget: On the luxury end.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real
  • price 2 of 4

At first, it seems a nondescript building. But it's like a Kinder chocolate egg – plain on the outside, full of surprises within. Upon stepping into the lobby, you will realize the hotel is much more ambitious than you might have previously thought. Don't expect gold-plated walls, but this utilitarian hotel has earned a positive reputation for its good taste and friendliness.

Time Out tip: Find it hard to accommodate your dietary needs while you're away? Restaurant Open is a gourmet experience tailored to all diets, including gluten-free and vegan.

Budget: For the big spender.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Santos
  • price 3 of 4

When you think boutique, you think small but luxurious, which is precisely what Palacio Ramalhete offers. There are only nine rooms and seven suites, so there's an air of exclusivity too. The decor is all very chic, almost regal in fact, and the location on Janelas Verdes Street is as pretty as the hotel's name, which means Bouquet Palace. There's also an outdoor pool, which is heated for those slightly cooler Lisbon nights.

Time Out tip: Take in all of the beautiful architecture of this 18th-century palace from the stucco ceilings to the intricate tiles and aged concrete pillars. Stunning.
Budget: Also spenny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Baixa Pombalina
  • price 3 of 4

This one of those chicken-and-the-egg stories. When you're talking about the International Design Hotel, you have to wonder what came first - was it the restaurant or the hotel? The hotel does sound like the parent and thus could play the chicken to the restaurant's proverbial egg – whose father is unknown. No really, the restaurant's name is Bastardo, and yes, it means that in Portuguese too. Bastardo displays the creative side of an illegitimate child of Portuguese cuisine. It has a teasing and biting sense of humour (the walls include paintings telling people to drop dead, but don't take them personally, OK?), and it is unpretentious. The same goes for the hotel, whose sole flaw is being rather small for all the stories it has to tell.
Time Out tip: For a more intimate experience, why not enjoy a wine or cocktail workshop during your stay?
Budget: Quite affordable.

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Lx Boutique Hotel
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Cais do Sodré
  • price 3 of 4

The ideal spot for lovebirds aged 20 to 30 who want to be in the heart of Lisbon's nightlife – the Cais do Sodré. Young and stylish enough, this 45-room boutique hotel is located in the nexus between the Chiado and the renewed Ribeira das Naus (a riverside “beach” of sorts). It is geared at young folks, to whom it caters with an artsy but relaxed vibe. 

Time Out tip: A great choice if you want to avoid climbing up any steep hills.
Budget: Suitable for a short break.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Santos
  • price 2 of 4

Lisbon has hundreds of centenary buildings, and renovated palaces are a major part of the hotel offerings. There's nothing wrong with that; indeed, part of the city's charm is precisely the boldness with which it displays its history. Another charming feature is that some hidden pearls can still be found in unlikely places. York House is one of those. Hidden in an old seventeenth-century convent in a Lapa hill facing the Tagus, this small boutique hotel has been open for business for more than 100 years. 
Time Out tip: If walkability is high on your list, this hotel is a no-brainer - you're a 10-minute walk to the centre. 
Budget: Not too shabby. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Castelo de São Jorge
  • price 3 of 4

They say people are what's most important in a place, and they may be right. Santiago de Alfama might be valuable all by itself, but it would not be the same if not for the friendliness and warmth of the staff in charge, a fabulous experience would be downgraded to a merely nice one – that's not necessarily bad but it would not be the same. The Santiago's charm also comes from architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade's decision to maintain the original fifteenth-century design of the building, preserving the Roman fragments found during the renovation, uniting past and present under the same roof. 

Time Out tip: The hotel has a selection of tours including a wine-tasting tour that takes you through Arrábida national park.
Budget: On the luxe end. 

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