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The best boutique hotels in Lisbon

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

Fotografia: Matilde Cunha Vaz
As Janelas Verdes
That Lisbon doesn’t lack hotels, everyone knows. And that the number of hotels has risen considerably over the last few years – a result of the worldwide hype around our city – is also a well-known fact. That being said, we swooped the whole of the city’s hotel industry to bring you the best boutique hotels in Lisbon.
 
Considered the rich cousin of the not-so-fancy Bed&Breakfast, boutique hotels are known for their personality and cosy environment. The laidback mood is designed to make guests feel at home, and these certainly knew how to do it.  
 

The best boutique hotels in Lisbon

Memmo Príncipe Real - Design Hotels

Príncipe Real means “crown prince”; this Lisbon district takes its name from 19th century Portuguese king D. Pedro V. It's one of Lisbon's most prestigious locations, and the Memmo Group chose it for the brand's third hotel in Portugal. Is third time a charm for Memmo, then? It will at least be a while until they get real competition in the area. It will be next to impossible to compete with the view from their bar/restaurant's terrace.

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Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

Altis Avenida Hotel

The architecture and the decoration are 1940s-inspired, an urban-chic concept where past and future meet in a unique environment. Altis Avenida might be the nexus where both strands meet. Where the Avenida da Liberdade ends and the Rossio begins, the building remains one of the most valuable modernist icons in Lisbon. The hotel is, inside and out, a worthy representative of late 1940s glamour.

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Santa Maria Maior

Hotel da Estrela

A special, unique, cosy and intimate hotel. Located within the old palace of the Counts of Paraty, it is a small deluxe hotel with the kind of gardens and outdoors areas that few city hotels enjoy.
With only 19 rooms and suites, at the Hotel da Estrela luxury doesn't mean officiousness. The staff is thoughtful but not overwhelming, and whatever flaws they might have, they make up for it with their kindness and effort.
 

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Lisbon
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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

Alma Lusa is modern and relaxed, geared towards a young crowd. It does have some elements of Portuguese history in its identity – the Alma Lusa Hotels group logo, for instance: that is a traditional Portuguese knocker – no adolescent jokes, please -, a small ring or iron-cast hand used either as locks for gates and doors or to knock on them.

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Santa Maria Maior

Torel Palace

There can be no greater luxury than staying in the city centre while keeping the urban noise at bay and enjoying country-style tranquility.
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.
 

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Lisbon

The Independent Hostel and Suites

The meeting point for Lisbon's coolest people to have a drink in the evening, eat dinner or have a Sunday brunch. 
Many people don't even know that beyond the Decadente and Insólito restaurant/bars there is a hotel both original and lively, one of the few in Lisbon with two very different lodging options: the economic one, with triple bunk beds, and the posh one, with double suites including a terrace facing the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint or the castle hill. 

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Bairro Alto
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Portugal Boutique Hotel

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”.

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Santa Maria Maior

Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa

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.
 

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Avenida da Liberdade

As Janelas Verdes

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. 

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Santos
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Memmo Alfama Hotel

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. 

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