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Contributor Gina Baksa takes a look at the most popular boutique hotels in Lisbon Portugal
The vibrant capital of Portugal, Lisbon boasts a history spanning more than 1,000 years. The result is an extraordinary architectural legacy a soulful musical tradition, superb cuisine (don’t miss the pastéis de nata), and an eclectic nightlife in the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts.
Add to the mix Lisbon’s charming boutique and luxury hotels and you have one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Hop on a tram, take a boat down the Douro and visit the vineyards, or explore Lisbon by foot – or even on a tuk-tuk – and you’ll find no end of fun things to do in Lisbon.
Here are some of the best boutique hotels in Lisbon, chosen for their amenities, service and location.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Lisbon
Memmo Príncipe Real
Choosing the best area to stay in Lisbon depends on what you plan to do: party or explore the culture – or both. Memmo Principe Real is ideally situated for work and play in its privileged position on Rua Don Pedro in the Bairro Alto. Choose a superior terrace city view room for vistas across the capital, while the luxurious junior suite enjoys its own balcony and living room with work desk – ideal for business stays.
Head to the rooftop pool for panoramic views of Lisbon and the ultimate in refined relaxation, before dinner at the in-house Café Principe Real with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hotel terrace, pool and the city.
For further details, visit www.memmohotels.com/principereal/.
Santa Clara 1728
Possibly the best boutique hotel in Lisbon, Santa Clara 1728 boasts superlative river views from its location in Lisbon’s old cultural district. Housed in a restored 18th century building, Santa Clara 1728 is an homage to exquisitely simple interior design that enhances the building’s natural charm.
Join other guests for a communal dinner or take a book and escape to the hotel’s secret garden. The hotel comprises of six elegant suites, all providing guests with understated luxury in the bedroom and sitting rooms, in addition to peaceful river views.
For further details, visit www.silentliving.pt/houses/santa-clara-1728/.
For an authentic Lisbon boutique hotel experience, we recommend the charismatic AlmaLusa Baixa. Artfully combining modern aesthetics with rustic charm, the vibe here is relaxed sophistication. Choose the deluxe suite with its views over Municipo Square, and enjoy the use of a complimentary Samsung 4G smartphone during your stay with 30 minutes’ international calls and free Wi-Fi.
Lisbon has hundreds of superb restaurants and the AlmaLusa Baixa plays host to one of the best: the Delfina. Popular with locals, diners can expect a warm welcome and a selection of fine regional Portuguese cuisine with an exemplary wine list from independent local wine makers, including Sogrape House.
For further details, visit www.almalusahotels.com/.
As Janelas Verdes
The award-winning As Janelas Verdes boutique hotel boasts a central Lisbon location in an 18th century townhouse, adjacent Lisbon’s National Ancient Art Museum. Relax by the fountain in the interior garden, or enjoy cocktails on the hotel terrace with views of the River Tagus.
Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and Molton Brown amenities in your well-appointed rooms before a stroll around the vicinity. The famous Palacio de Santos is in the same street, while the Basilica da Estrela is only a few stops via Tram 28. Take this fascinating 4.5-mile route and discover Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods.
The nearby Bica Funicular will take weary legs up the hill to the Santa Catarina Belvedere where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the river and the Bairro Alto.
For further details, visit https://lisbonheritagehotels.com/as-janelas-verdes.
Augusta Boutique House
In a convenient pedestrian location on Rua Augusta, just off Rossio Square, this quaint Lisbon boutique hotel provides a comfortable central base during your stay in the Portuguese capital. All the good-sized rooms are soundproofed so proximity to tram stops and the main streets is never an issue.
Enjoy breakfast on the rooftop terrace with city views, or linger longer in the privacy of your room. Alternatively, take brunch – and one of the city’s famed custard tarts – at one of the many local cafés and restaurants. Ask your taxi to drop you off at the Rossio Square end of Rua Augusta and choose Room 501 for superb views of the castle.
For further details, visit http://augusta-boutique-house.lisbon-hotel.org/en/.
Mr and Mrs Smith honoured the Casa Fortunato with a Best Hotel Award last year, and deservedly so. This charming Lisbon boutique hotel run by Antonio and Filipa offers guests nine very individual elegant rooms in the central Amoreiras district.
Imagine bold patterns, colours and textures alongside feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Moroccan handwoven carpets are the backdrop for king-size beds with the finest linens, bistro lighting and smart workspaces. Choose Room Number 1 – at 52 square meters the largest room in the hotel – for its deep soaking bath and rain shower, lounge area, and king-size bed.
Wi-Fi and daily yoga classes are complimentary. Casa Fortunata’s restaurant boasts an open kitchen and serves Mediterranean cuisine with macrobiotics and the Japanese shibui philosophy of beauty in simplicity. Highly recommended.
For further details, visit www.casafortunato.com/.
LX Boutique Hotel
If you’re looking for a central Lisbon boutique hotel with elegant and contemporary interiors then the LX Boutique Hoteloverlooking the River Tagus is a great choice. Uniquely situated with views of both the estuary and Lisbon city, LX Boutique Hotel is a sympathetically restored historical building in the Cais do Sodre district, within easy walking distance of the river, Chiado, and Comercio Square.
Enjoy a glass of chilled local wine as you watch the sunset from your private terrace in the Rooftop suite. The beautifully decorated loft-style accommodation boasts separate lounge and workspace areas. Head to the in-house Confraria LXrestaurant for cocktail lounge ambiance and award-winning sushi.
For further details, visit www.lxboutiquehotel.com/.
Condé Nast voted Palacio Ramalhete the Best Hotel in Lisbon, while The Times
gave this boutique hotel a gong for the ‘5th sexiest hotel’ in Europe. This former palace received royalty and film stars when it belonged to the Taborda family.
Hand-painted Portuguese tiles and three courtyards – one with a pool – create a perfect combination of traditional and thoroughly modern aesthetics. Experience the regal life yourself in one of the 12 rooms and suites from this exquisite palace hotel in the heart of Lisbon. We love the extraordinary Ramalhete Suite with its patio river views, separate lounge area, and king-size bed.
For further details, visit www.palacio-ramalhete.com/.
Santiago de Alfama – Boutique Hotel
From its unique location directly on Rua de Santiago in the capital’s vibrant Alfama district, the Santiago de Alfama is one of the best places to stay in Lisbon. Between Saint George’s Castle and just above the Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint, the area is also home to Lisbon’s renowned Fado district.
This family run boutique hotel housed in a 15th century palace is perfect for sightseeing – Tram 28 is just a few steps away – while the shimmering Tagus River just a short walk away. Santiago’s restaurant, Audrey’s, is named after the owner’s daughter and serves the very best local cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. A perfect start to your evening after a couple’s massage at the in-house beauty bar.
For further details, visit www.santiagodealfama.com/.
Contributor Gina Baksa is a freelance lifestyle and features journalist with a focus on luxury brands and experiences. You can follow Gina’s travel adventures on @Travelscriber (Twitter), @ginabaksa (Instagram), www.ginabaksa.com, and www.ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.