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The best 5-star hotels in Lisbon

Nights of pure luxury and whimsy satisfaction are waiting for you at the best 5-star hotels in Lisbon


By Time Out Lisbon editors

Posted: Friday February 17 2017


Fotografia: Matilde Cunha Vaz
Olissipo Lapa Palace

The offer for hotels and hostels in Lisbon keeps growing to keep up with tourists pouring in to meet the capital. We’ve already covered the best hotels in Lisbon, but now we are narrowing it to the cream of the crop. If you are looking to live it large check-in at one of these best 5-star hotels in Lisbon. 

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InterContinental Lisbon

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If you need to describe the hotel where you stayed in Lisbon, saying it was the one with the great panoramic view might not be very helpful. That is because so many hotels in Portugal's capital city offer postcard-pretty views. But the Intercontinental can make an especially good case: few hotels have such a broad and unimpeded view from their terrace. One glance and you'll see the many faces of Lisbon: its big city skyline, the small-town charm of the historic centre neighbourhoods and the cosmopolitan bustle of a major park are all right in front of you. That is a rare privilege, and so is staying at a five-star hotel whose 331 rooms are not contaminated by the nervous energy typical of large crowded places. 
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Memmo Príncipe Real - Design Hotels

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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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Pousada de Lisboa - Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

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Sorry if we sound pedantic, but there's something we need to explain before introducing you to the Pousada de Lisboa. 
The Portuguese word “pousada” usually means no-frills lodging for short stays. That is not what's on offer here. The newest addition to the Pestana Group family is the fulfilment an old promise to the city; some doubters thought Lisbon would never be a part of the Pousadas de Portugal roster. Last year it finally came to be, as this “Pousada” with a capital P moved into a Pombaline-style building in the Terreiro do Paço, which once housed Portugal's Interior Ministry. Inside you will find a cosmopolitan, luxurious hotel, one that proudly displays its commitment to Portuguese arts.
 
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Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites

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Hidden in a narrow Chiado street, it is located smack in the middle of Lisbon's nightlife and the historic centre. It is but a very short (downwards) walk to TimeOut Mercado da Ribeira, where you can find the city's top chefs' restaurants. It is thus a great starting point for discovering Lisbon without making detailed plans, even if your family came along.
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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

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This five-star hotel once hosted Hillary Clinton during a visit to Lisbon by the former US secretary of State. That is not surprising, considering how low-key the hotel is from the outside – as much as such a thing can be said about a 24-storey giant. But that is just a smokescreen for what's inside: the marble lobby is breathtaking, and presents works Portuguese and foreign artists. 
The location, distant from the major tourist centres, explains its moneyed clientele, the kind of people who want to enjoy the city's cosmopolitan style while staying away from the crowd. 
 
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Pestana Palace Lisboa

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Picture yourself in a hotel that was once the main residence of a 19th century nobleman, the Marquis of Valle Flôr, a well-travelled man of refined taste.
After his death, the building was left abandoned for more than 60 years, until being purchased by the Pestana group – who saw a diamond in the rough in this Petit Trianon of sorts. It became the crown jewel of this hotel corporation, and it is considered one of the world's best luxury hotels. Madonna, a former guest, can attest to that. 
 
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Altis Avenida Hotel

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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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Olissippo Lapa Palace

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In the middle of one of Lisbon's poshest neighbourhoods lies one of its most expensive luxury hotels.
The only bad part of Olissipo Lapa Palace is getting there – the Lapa is a maze of steep and narrow streets – but everything else is incredible. Hidden among the mansions of four-surname-plus-two-hyphen-named families, this 19th century manor house is as close as it gets to a modern day royal palace. Think Downton Abbey – or maybe not. Let's face it, the Lapa Palace has a big edge on the Crawley home simply based on location – it's in Lisbon! 
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Hotel Tivoli Lisboa

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Portuguese star Beatriz Costa lived here for 30 years, in a time when the Tivoli was one of the few Lisbon hotels up to movie diva standards.
For more than eight decades in business (the hotel was built in 1933), the Tivoli's group grew and expanded within and outside the city. Its Avenida da Liberdade firstborn remains one the city's classics. Lisbon is not New York but if you had to draw a comparison, you'd say the Tivoli is Lisbon's version of the Big Apple's Plaza when it comes to fame, recognition and location. The Avenida da Liberdade, with its designer shops and international brands such as Cartier, Gucci and Louis Vuitton is not far behind  Manhattan's 5th. 
 
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Hotel Avenida Palace

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If you're an urban architecture geek, Hotel Avenida Palace is a great starting point in Lisbon. Avenida Palace precedes by many decades the big tourist boom. It survived the Portuguese republican revolution, the Spanish civil war and both world wars, while being a major venue for political intrigue and espionage – or so some say.
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Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa

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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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EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

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Now here's something interesting. Ready? The Epic SANA hotel has no view towards the castle, or downtown, or any part of the historic centre.
That's a pity – but to make up for it, it has an open air heated swimming pool in its ninth floor terrace, from which you can see the river at a distance. The 291 rooms and suites are a luxury  proposition. Their minimalist décor highlights their generous size and spaciousness, making their king-sized beds the centre of attentions. Bathrooms are also worthy of mention, with their huge showers and tubs, so large you will feel like soaking in a bath all day long and fall asleep (we're not saying that's what happened, but we're not saying it didn't either).
 
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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

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Portuguese high society's golden age was about to come, but 1950s Lisbon was still behind its peers in terms of luxury accommodations. There were a couple of hotels with a good international reputation, but not much else. And then came the Ritz, in 1959. Its grand opening was a hot ticket, with more than two thousand guests and a French hotel's refinement in its decoration and service. The luxury remains and this five star hotel is still one of the city's most popular. 

“No” is a taboo word here; ask for anything and the hotel will get it for you. 
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Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa

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Sheraton has for 40 years been gaining a reputation as one of the world's best luxury hotels. The 91-metre tall giant hides within its walls one of the most effective staffs you will ever find (they even have a medical department). Its 369 rooms will make you want to move in. We don't even mean the ten executive suites, whose generous areas make them larger than many Lisbon apartments; the standard rooms are breathtaking enough in its style and luxury features, such as Bang & Olufsen LCD screens, marble bathrooms and delightful beds by Sheraton's exclusive brand, Sweet Sleeper.
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Eurostars das Letras

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Statistics say European reading habits are dwindling to the point of nearly disappearing. 
Fortunately some can still name the ABCs of classic literature without getting lost and some even make a point of keeping the classics alive. Eurostars das Letras is one of those; it can't force the Portuguese to buy more books, but it aims to show that literature is neither boring nor passé. This luxury hotel in the back of the Avenida da Liberdade invites its guests to gather in lively soirées where great writers are remembered. Its 107 rooms got their names from Virginia Woolf, Stendhal, Shakespeare or Mark Twain; snippets of their work hover above the bedposts. Drop by the bar and say hi to Dickens and step inside the conference room to witness an unlikely meeting of Pessoa and Cervantes. 
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Bairro Alto Hotel

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Elegant and low-key, it is one of Lisbon's most charming constructions. But the best thing about the Bairro Alto Hotel might be its location, right in the heart of Lisbon (if such a thing may be said to exist), at the Luís de Camões square, where Bairro Alto, Chiado, Cais do Sodré and Príncipe Real all come together: the perfect starting point for hitting every side of the city. In the vicinities you will find baroque churches, historic cafes, restaurants and shops; there is plenty to do for a day of strolling around. But it's at night, especially during the weekends, that the area really comes to life.
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Santiago de Alfama

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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 15th century design of the building, preserving the Roman fragments found during the renovation, uniting past and present under the same roof. 
 
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PortoBay Liberdade

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Porto Bay Liberdade offers the best of both worlds: a five-star city hotel's luxury, the relaxation and friendliness of a vacation resort. The location, just a couple of minutes from the Avenida da Liberdade, is an added bonus for tourists: in fifteen minutes, you can get to the traditional shops of the city centre or the Chiado. 
The hotel's name is a bit deceiving. You'd assume it has something to do with Portugal's second city, but actually it comes from Porto Santo, in the Madeira islands, where this group already has 11 other properties. 
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Myriad by SANA Hotels

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This may not be the most convenient place to get to know the historic districts, but everything else is all around you: a mall, bakeries, restaurants, bars, open-air cafes and, first and foremost, the Oceanarium and the Knowledge Pavillion – Ciência Viva, two mandatory stops in any alternate tour of Lisbon. You're also a 10-minute ride away from the airport, which will come handy if you have to take a red-eye flight. The district lacks the history or the romance of the city centre, but it has something you won't find almost anywhere else in Lisbon: the Tagus by your doorstep. Myriad SANA takes the most advantage of this: the hotel is literally on top of the water, so there can be no better view of the river.
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The best hotels in Lisbon

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