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The coolest hotels in Lisbon

Check out the hippest places to check in with our guide to the coolest hotels in Lisbon


By Time Out Lisbon editors

Posted: Friday March 3 2017


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What makes a hotel cool? In coming up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon, we considered a heady mix of factors – from definables like design, location, service, amenities, architecture, and value for money, to less tangible elements like ambience or history. Then we factored in what we think Time Out readers would want from a trendy hotel and ended up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon with something for every relaxed aesthetic sense.

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Memmo Príncipe Real - Design Hotels

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It's one of Lisbon's most prestigious locations, and the Memmo Group chose it for the brand's third hotel in Portugal. Starting with Sagres in the Algarve in 2007, then expanding to Lisbon's Alfama six years later, Memmo picked Príncipe Real for its most recent venture. Despite the tourist swarm, Príncipe Real is still mostly a genuine “Lisboner's Lisbon” district, cool and cosmopolitan, yet strangely lacking in terms of lodging. The building is brand new and its style is far from the Pombaline ideal of most of downtown Lisbon.
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Pestana CR7 Lisboa

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A day in the life of the world's best – this is the Pestana Group's proposal at the new CR7, the chain's second hotel (the first is located in Funchal, Madeira) inspired by Portugal's celebrated footballer and aimed at a millennial crowd. Interactive, modern and connected, Pestana CR7 brings to Lisbon a seductive offer: to have a glimpse at a day in the life of Ronaldo, and enjoy the same comforts and extravagances that the Real Madrid star expects to find away from home. This includes perks such as a suite equipped with a Playstation – Ronaldo himself says that wherever he is, there is always a game of FIFA and a pair of controllers around.
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Hotel da Estrela

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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. Right in the vicinity, the Estrela garden is a local favourite on sunny weekends, but you might have to fight to get a free square metre of lawn, so you may want to enjoy the Lisbon sun quietly at the hotel's garden and swimming pool. In summertime there are picnics on the grass.
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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

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This boutique hotel opened in March 2016 and it occupies an 18th century Pombaline building, one of many erected after the 1755 earthquake. But don't think that crossing the number 20 door at the Praça do Município is some sort of time travel. 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. With its 28 rooms, it's a street away from the Chiado, the Ribeira das Naus and the busy downtown streets.
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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

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Belém includes the city's most famous monuments, such as the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Pastéis de Belém pastry shop (not, strictly speaking, a monument, but it might as well be). You would expect hotels to mushroom around here. But they don't, and so Altis Belém had space to grow undisturbed by competitors to become a luxury hotel with a Michelin restaurant. Modern on the inside and out, its trademark is the Tagus – it is very close to riverside. Within you will find a quasi-futurist setting unafraid of empty spaces and minimalist decoration, in a black and white scheme that only varies in theme rooms inspired by Portugal's former colonies.
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The Independente Suites & Terrace

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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. One of the aims of the Independent Collective brand is to appeal to more than one market segment. What this actually means is a hotel where backpackers and moneyed tourists rub shoulders – but no guests under age 16 are allowed. And it is one of the city's coolest hotels thanks not only to a bold décor but to the charming century-old building.
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Portugal Boutique Hotel

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Inside are 53 rooms in a contemporary style, low on frills but high on comfort, next to the Figueira Square. This is an excellent area of the city, close to the Rossio, the Chiado and the Cathedral, where you can enjoy the best Lisbon has to offer without having to go far. This includes the Deck, a traditional Lisbon patio turned into a café. The Portugal Boutique Hotel also offers other quality alternatives, including access to the bar and two restaurants at the nearby Hotel Mundial. One of these is the Varanda de Lisboa, where traditional Portuguese food is served with a panoramic view to the city and the river.
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Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa

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Its 72 rooms come with a choice of view, according to how much peace and quiet you require. There is the front of the hotel, overlooking the busy Avenida da Liberdade, a lovely boulevard with its share of heavy traffic and nervous honking; or you can face the backyard patio, where the bar's outdoors tables are placed, which offers a rare commodity in the city centre: silence. Conceived by and for young people, in Fontecruz the leisure areas share an open space with the lobby. After checking in we felt tempted to immediately take a detour towards the bar before going up to the room, but we're well behaved and waited patiently until 2pm. At the Bar Small and Delicious (also a restaurant), the gin menu has scores of choices, which connaisseurs will appreciate.
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Memmo Alfama Hotel

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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. Memmo wants to be a home away from home, and that requires an informal mood that would not fit in with the five-star model. There are 42 rooms of varying sizes, some with a balcony, others with larger areas to make up for a less inspiring view, and yet a few quieter ones overlooking the inner courtyard.
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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

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Born in 2010, Inspira Santa Marta is 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. It is a favourite among the LGBT community. There are 89 rooms; those on the ground floor are the plainest, but even they have a Nespresso machine, free wi-fi, glass window showers and biodegradable amenities by Ominsens - stuff worthy of a five-star hotel. Feng-shui principles determine the hotel configuration both inside and outside the rooms, which are ample, minimalist and very comfortable.
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Internacional Design Hotel

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The International Design Hotel's gets 10 out of 10 marks for its location, on the corner of the Rua da Betesga and the Rua Augusta, in the middle of the Rossio. It only lacks official recognition to be a national monument, with its ancient facade being one of Lisbon's oldest. A complete renovation in 2009 cleaned up the dust and brought the city centre a hotel with a strong personality. Its 55 rooms are small, you won't be able to throw a party in them, but they make up for that with their design options, based on four major themes: Urban, Feeling, Zen and Pop.
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Lx Boutique Hotel

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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. Being in the middle of the “movida” scene makes this hotel a typical example of the cool side of Lisbon that puts the city among the world's most seductive destinations. The design options aren't particularly bold, and at a time when boutique hotels compete for pizazz this can be a relief (sometimes less really is more), as it helps create an intimate, home-style environment. This might be a minus if you're not into raw fish but a plus if you love sushi: the hotel's restaurant, Confraria LX, is 100% devoted to Japanese cuisine.
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York House Hotel Lisboa

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Hidden in an old 17th century convent in a Lapa hill facing the Tagus, this small boutique hotel has been open for business for more than 100 years. Where once Carmelite sisters wandered, now tourists roam in search of their cloisters. True, the current configuration is modern, but this is not a party destination: rather it is a quiet haven away from the crowds, a peaceful sanctuary with an easy access to the city centre. You might even wonder if you had the right address on your way in, as you meet the unassuming lobby and the friendly but subdued staff. There is still something monastic about the 32 rooms, with their austere lines and antique furniture pieces, as if reminiscent from the building's former use. But that was then, and now you can expect large rooms with big four-poster beds, bedside tables built out of old doors, modern fixtures and clear tones that make the rooms even sunnier.
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Santiago de Alfama

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The 19 rooms are all different in size, and even the most affordable ones include a range of amenities  that you would not normally find in a boutique hotel: lots of space, a large bed, a full bathroom including, in some rooms, an old-style tub. There is neither a pool nor a garden, understandably so given the sloping terrain. But the roomy building allows for some extravagances, including an abundance of places to eat and drink: three different venues, each with a different style and purpose. At the Audrey café – named after the glamorous Ms. Hepburn – breakfast is served à la carte and has an immense selection of eggs, pancakes, toast, tea, yogurt and fruit. For lunch or supper, there's two good choices: Fábrica de Santiago and Manny's Bar.
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Brown's Central Hotel

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Brown's Central is everything but dull. Despite being located in the middle of Pombaline dowtown 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. Its bar and restaurant both have a cultural program with pop-up concerts and chats, and they are trendy gathering points for artists and prospecting gallerists. The place has an arty feel: a revivalist style recreating the café scene of the early 20th century, combining vintage furniture and contemporary artworks. The common areas have an intimate and familiar feel: walls are painted in strong colours, the floor is tiled and there is an Art Déco-inspired counter.
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9 Hotel Mercy

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The hotel has 47 rooms, some of them with a balcony or a patio, but the best view is from the sixth floor terrace, where you can see Lisbon all the way to the river, ideally with sunglasses on while holding a glass of wine. Downstairs, there is no restaurant but Le9 serves light meals; there is also room service. It is important however to notice that the bar does not specialize in food but in mixology: their original cocktail menu is infusion based – they have a great selection of teas. Breakfast is a neverending food festival, so you'd better pace yourself: homemade yogurt, detox juices, “nata” tarts, croissants, five varieties of bread, bacon and eggs are some of the offering. Free parking is available, and so is free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
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My Story Hotel Rossio

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The story is MyStory Rossio's, a simple and cheerful hotel whose reputation as one of Lisbon's best goes beyond its excellent location, in the middle of the Rossio. Imagine a clash between the 17th century and a pop art invasion – that's what you will find here. The lobby has stone arcades and neon lights, the bar has ancient tiles, chandeliers and design furniture, the rooms (46 of them) have signs on the wall reading Fado, Lisboa and Amor (fado, Lisbon and love), to let you know romance is part of the story. In 18 of the rooms you will get a view of the Rossio, and you should demand one of them: it's a rare privilege to get to watch the city parading in front of you.
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Rossio Garden Hotel

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Located at the Rua Jardim do Regedor, the hotel is rather conspicuous thanks mostly to the deep red that colours this 1900 building, where once a B&B operated.  The reddish tones are also to be found inside as part of the bold decoration by designer João Rolo. Expect a friendly, relaxed hotel that wants its guests to feel at home. Very little remains from its previous B&B incarnation, and the space was well divided to fit 56 rooms in just five floors. Some effort was needed to assemble such a puzzle, but the results were good and we can assure you that the rooms, though not huge, are comfortable and spacious enough for a good night's rest after a day of walking around.
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HF Fénix Music

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HF Fénix Music is not just a music-tribute hotel, it's a whole sensory experience. All 109 rooms have a theme, from rock to pop to classical music to fado, and every one is equipped with all you need to create you own private disco: Bluetooth sound systems, Internet access touchscreens and even dynamic, disco-style lighting. Music is everywhere: the front desk is drum set-shaped, the bar resembles a piano keyboard. On top of the building you will find a small oasis that will make you forget you're in the centre of Lisbon: a lounge terrace with a swimming pool and a bar with a broad view of the castle. The restaurant serves breakfast only – such a great establishment could do more. At the bar you can chat and have beer either at the counter or on the couch, everything lit as if on a dance floor.
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Hotel Santa Justa

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When it comes to the Hotel Santa Justa, the secret, the X-factor may be the well-stocked minibar. That and the Pombaline downtown location, in a centenarian building surrounded by cafés, shops and restaurants, five minutes away from the Chiado and the Terreiro do Paço – great destinations for shopping and dining. There is no restaurant at the hotel, but one is not needed: there is a multitude of options nearby and the bar offers not only a vast drink menu but also snacks.    The 55 rooms are modernly styled and spacious – family rooms and attic suites are huge and come with a Nespresso coffee machine, to give you one last shot of adrenalin before getting in line for the Santa Justa Lift, right next door.
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Vincci Baixa Hotel

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Its 66 rooms are not particularly large but they are comfortable and surprisingly well lit, considering how narrow its windows are. The pillow menu is a charming little touch to make up for the diminutive size of the rooms. The hotel comes with two other fine surprises: the Lounge Bar with its relaxed feel, for sipping cocktails; and the Tapas & Friends restaurant, whose purpose is quite clear – unpretentious Portuguese and Spanish snacks for sharing at lunch and dinnertime in the prettiest room of the hotel, a marble-arched hall whose huge windows face the street. Breakfast will prove the theory that you can eat with your eyes. The buffet has a little bit of everything you might crave in the mornings.
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Hotel Gat Rossio

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Built for the tourist that hasn't made any plans, is up for anything and only wants to feel happy in the city, the Gat Rossio is strategically located in a quiet street behind the Restauradores square. It's a hip hotel, that knows the city inside and out and can tell you the best way to get anywhere. What does that exactly mean? It means a friendly environment where people from all over the world gather. If you are hoping to remain incognito, that won't work: the hotel is relatively small and beyond its 71 rooms there isn't much space left for common areas. Between the lounge and the outer terrace, you will be rubbing elbows with other guests. A buffet breakfast is served on long tables, usually a good meeting point for early birds.
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Evolution Lisboa Hotel

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For months on end – maybe even years – locals waited for the scaffolding to come down at the Saldanha square; but nothing prepared them for a new building supported by a giant stone hand. Yes, the Evolution Lisboa Hotel is held up by a sculpted hand. The name suggest a futuristic vision, but you couldn't guess what was inside. The hotel is conceived for independent guests or impatient people who can't stand waiting. It goes beyond being an original hotel, it's more of an optimized version of an hotel, where everything is managed in an efficient, quick and informal way. If you're travelling alone, it's paradise: wi-fi, USB chargers and electric sockets are everywhere, so you can stay permanently plugged in. Rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable, including a sitting area, a desk and a view of the city.
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Hotel Figueira Lisboa

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The hotel couldn't decide between being charming or beautiful, so it decided to be both (beautiful + boutique = beautique). Nini Andrade da Silva is behind its brave and completely outside-the-box concept. The 50 rooms pay tribute to nature in panels with leaves, figs or tree bark, but green is all over. The hotel layout went against the grain and put the spa on its top floor, disregarding the obvious move – an open-air rooftop bar. But there are plenty of rooftops in Lisbon; a panoramic spa is more unusual and valuable.
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Augusta Boutique House

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Inside the hotel, a friendly staff helps the location feel comfy, but the Augusta Boutique Hotel also aims to be recognized for its tasteful decoration. Their furniture is well chosen, a retro-chic mix of vintage and design pieces that does not overwhelm. Essentially a bed & breakfast in terms of service, there are few common areas, with the exception of a terrace, from which you can see the castle hill. The 12 rooms are the centrepiece of the hotel: they too have an irreverent aesthetic, with tapestries by the bedposts, wooden panels on the walls and wonderfully curated vintage furniture contrasting with the monochrome. Breakfast comes with a catch: there is no specific room to have it. You can either enjoy it on the terrace or in your room at no extra cost.
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Hotel Convento do Salvador

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Out of the former convent the only thing remaining is the frame; everything else was conceived from scratch. The old backyard became a hip lounge bar, with light wreaths and mood music to enliven the evenings; the old dining room is now a vibrant living room with a mezzanine for serving breakfast. Proud of its artistic side, the Convento do Salvador likes to lend its salons and walls to major Portuguese and Lusophone artists. Works by Sebastião Salgado, Júlio Pomar, João Cutileiro and Paula Rego are all on display. The lobby tiled panel was commissioned by the hotel to the Pedrita duo.
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