The best hotels in Lisbon
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 5pm.
Look out over the Tagus from one of the many windows in this glass tower. The InterContinental provides the lap of luxury, with elegant decor that harks back to the Golden Age of Hollywood glamour. There are vintage Azulejo ceramic tiles along the walls, the steak tartar at their exemplary restaurant Akla is well known and there's a wine cellar too. You can access free wifi everywhere in the building, use the onsite gym and take advantage of the private parking.
In Portugal the term pousada (hostel) is usually used to mean somewhere cheap and cheerful, but that's not the case here at all. Run by the SLH group – that's Small Luxury Hotels of the World – Pousada de Lisboa offers cosmopolitan luxury with a commitment to Portuguese art. Tapestries, sculptures and paintings line the lobby, stairwells, rooms and more. It's situated in the impressive Pombaline Interior Ministry building, which sits right on the banks of the Targus, overlooking Praça do Comércio.
Given the name, you'd be right to assume that this hotel was once a palace – belonging to Marquis of Valle Flôr no less. You'd also be right in guessing that Pestana Palace is a five-star establishment that is so high-end that even Madonna has stayed here. You may well just rub shoulders with the stars if you stay here, but if not, at least you can take advantage of the spa, gym, indoor/outdoor pools and three restaurant/bars.
This historic building was protected from alterations when renovations were being made, so much of its nineteenth-century charm remains. Naturally, this means the 25 rooms vary hugely in size, but even the smallest ones (little more than 20sqm) are decked out beautifully and have en suites (with tubs). Each room also has a different aesthetic, from neoclassical to Scandi midcentury modern. Guests can enjoy cocktails or afternoon tea in the restaurant/bar, live fado twice a week and a walled pool garden.
Formed from two old mansions built in the heart of Lisbon (on Colina Sant'Ana), Torel Palace boasts crisp rococo décor. All over are golden and florid details fit for a French monarch and, as if that weren't Instagrammable enough, you can get the most stunning views of the city from here. Torel Palace sprawls down a hill that rolls down to São Pedro de Alcântara and the Tagus beyond. Rooms here provide free wifi, minifridges, Nespresso machines and flat-screen TVs. There's a pool on the hillside, a gym, restaurant and bar.
Stay here for easy access to Time Out's acclaimed Mercado da Ribeira (as well as restaurants, bars and attractions). Located down a narrow street in Chiado, Martinhal is a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon's historic centre. Plus, with childcare available at the hotel, this is the perfect place for parents holidaying with young children.
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. Plus 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
If you're looking to unwind you could do worse than staying at Corinthia. Their spa is well known for its hydrotherapy, beauty and wellness centre and panoramic gym. The hotel prides itself on providing a haven of peace and comfort. There are two restaurants to enjoy – O Típico for traditional Portuguese cuisine and Sete Colinas for international. Plus, on Fridays there's live music in the Terrace Lounge, from which you can see the entire Águas Livres Aqueduct.
The Lumiares Hotel offers accommodation in Lisbon. Chiado is 400 metres from the property. All units feature a flat-screen TV. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. There is also a kitchenette, equipped with a dishwasher. An oven and coffee machine are also offered. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Towels are featured. The Lumiares Hotel also includes a spa centre, sauna, and hammam. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. Rossio is 400 metres from The Lumiares Hotel, while Dona Maria II National Theatre is 500 metres away. The nearest airport is Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, 6 km from The Lumiares Hotel.
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