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As Contributor Gina Baksa discovers, luxury accommodations come in all shapes and sizes in Lisbon. Here’s her list of the Top unique Lisbon hotels
Visitors to cosmopolitan Lisbon can choose between hundreds of unique luxury boutique hotels for their stay in the vibrant Portuguese capital.
Thanks to its history spanning over 1,000 years, an incredible architectural legacy is on offer here, which is reflected in its beautifully restored palace and boutique hotels: one of which even boasts a museum. Of course, the Portuguese food, the warmth of its people, and Lisbon’s café scene and nightlife are reasons enough to visit this breath-taking metropolis by the River Tagus.
Here are some of our favourite unique Lisbon hotels to enjoy during your stay in the Portuguese capital.
The Top Luxurious Unique Lisbon Hotels
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
Enjoying a private yet central Lisbon location in the city’s diplomatic district, the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel Relaxoffers guests 21 rooms and suites with stunning views over Lisbon and the Tejo River – all decorated in very individual styles: Colonial, Neo-Classic and Art Deco to name a few.
The Palace is a unique Lisbon hotel and was originally built for the first Baron of Porto in 1755 and remained a family house until 1988 when it was transformed into a hotel. Reserve the enigmatic Tower Room on the 7th floor of the Palace wing with its two private balconies. There’s a sauna and Turkish bath here, as well as peaceful gardens at the rear of the hotel where you can unwind and relax.
Try the fabulous Mediterranean dishes at Lapa Restaurant, aperitifs at the Rio Teja bar and in summer head outside for lunch and drinks at the Le Pavillon restaurant bar.
For further details, visit www.lapapalace.com.
Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
One of the best areas to stay in Lisbon is around the historic Cais do Sodré district – home to the luxurious five-star Corpo Santo Lisbon boutique hotel. Within walking distance of Lisbon Cathedral, the Santa Justa elevator and Chiado, the Corpo Santo is ideally situated for a Lisbon city break.
Each of the hotel’s 75 rooms (it has eight suites) uses traditional azulejo tiles against a calm palette of creams and browns to create a relaxing, refined home-from-home. Book the spacious Prestige Suite with Molton Brown amenities, 24-hour room service, and Nespresso machine.
Relax in the Fernandina Room lounge, replete with historical artefacts, before heading to Corpo Santo Lisbon’s own restaurant, the renowned Porter Bistro. This is your chance to sample the famous Bacalhau à Bras codfish, and a cocktail or two at the 146 Bar, before heading out to explore the Praça do Comércio, Chiado, Bairro Alto, the Santa Justa elevator, Lisbon Cathedral and other tourist must-sees.
For further details, visit www.corposantohotel.com/en/.
If you’re looking for a truly unique Lisbon hotel for your city break, the EuroStars Museum hotel on Rua Cais de Santarém is highly recommended. During the 16th century, this 5-star former palace was home to local noblemen and now boasts a fascinating museum across two floors where guests can see remnants of the city walls and public spaces.
Join the daily free mini-tour through centuries of Lisbon’s history, before relaxing in one of the 81 double rooms and 10 suites in this fabulous historic hotel. For maximum comfort and luxury book the Presidential Suite. Located on the 5th floor, the suite boasts a separate living room, a shower and tub, and a superb terrace on which to enjoy aperitif with views across the river and the harbour.
Work off the fabulous Portuguese food with a gym session, a swim in the hotel pool, or a detox in the sauna or Turkish bath before a revitalising Ayurvedic massage.
For further details, visit www.eurostarshotels.co.uk/eurostars-museum.html.
H10 Duque de Loule
Among the best hotels on our Lisbon list is the unique H10 Duque de Loule, a boutique hotel located on the Av Duque de Loulé, just by the Praça de Marquês de Pombal. Highlights include its easy access to the entire city via the metro and taxis, and relaxing interiors are a combination of contemporary and historic using local craftspeople.
The H10 Duque has its own à la carte Azul e Branco restaurant serving a succulent selection of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. Enjoy a cocktail from the Limao Terrace or a coffee stop in the relaxing Equestre Bar.
If you’re in Lisbon on business then two meeting rooms are available for hire, as well as use of Limao Terrace with panoramic views over the city and the Tagus Estuary. If you’re driving a secure covered car park is available, as are electric charging points.
For further details, visit www.h10hotels.com/en/lisbon-hotels/h10-duque-de-loule.
Lisbon’s boutique Hotel 1908, located in the vibrant Intendente neighbourhood is
is one of the best places to stay in the Portuguese capital. The Art Nouveau building has been sympathetically restored retaining historic elements alongside a modern sensitivity.
Choose the King of Dome Duplex Suite for a trendy mezzanine living space and separate Queen bedroom area facing Avenida Almirante Reis and Intendente Square. Another reason to book Hotel 1908 is the convenience of having one of the Lisbon’s best restaurants – the Infame – right in your hotel. Chef Nuno Bandeira de Lima’s menu stays faithful to its Portuguese roots infused with Oriental and Indian flavours in his à la carte and lunch menus.
For further details, visit www.1908lisboahotel.com.
Are you looking for an inspiring Lisbon city hotel in a lively central neighbourhood? Then we recommend a stay at Le Consulat Lisbon hotel and apartments in Chiada near the city’s famous tram stop.
One of the smartest areas of Lisbon, the hotel was formerly home to the Brazilian consulate and is located on the Plaza Luis de Camoes. Each of Le Consulat’s 20 apartments and suites measure from 36 square meters to 145 square meters and boast a selection of artwork on loan from Lisbon’s top galleries.
Choose the Protocole Suites with floor-to-ceiling French doors and a balcony: ideal for breakfast or brunch overlooking the square. Or perhaps reserve the Consulatire apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchenette and full hotel service. Le Consulat brunch features British, Portuguese or English brunch menus.
For further details, visit https://leconsulat.pt.
The Lumiares Hotel & Spa
Take an 18th century former palace, add modern touches while keeping the historic aesthetic and you have the perfectly located Lumiares Hotel & Spa in Lisbon’s trendy Bairro Alto district.
Authentic interior design from local artists include the impressive brass chandelier above the main staircase, the Azul tiles and fabulous original paintings. Relax after a day’s sightseeing in the small but perfectly formed spa and fitness area before exploring Lisbon’s nightlife.
The Lumi Rooftop bar is perfect for aperitifs while the hotel’s restaurant offers authentic Portuguese dishes from Joao Silva, while you admire the skyline and River Tagus below. We love the Penthouse Suites for all the obvious reasons: panoramic Lisbon city views, high ceilings and a private outdoors terrace.
For further details, visit https://www.thelumiares.com.
The unique Lisbon hotel Palacio Belmonte is one of the capital’s most famous Palace hotels, fully restored with love and attention by Frederic and Maria Coustols. This extraordinary 15th century masterpiece actually forms part of the walls of Castelo de Sao Jorge in Alfama.
Relax in the garden and pool oasis surrounded by shady fruit trees and intriguing art installations before enjoying cocktails on the terrace. The Palácio Belmonte boasts its own Grenache Restaurant serving fine French cuisine under the helm of Chef Philippe Gelfi.
Choose one of the 10 boutique suites , each with its own unique design. We love the Alberto Caeiro two-bedroom two-bathroom suite that overlooks the garden and has a small kitchenette.
For further details, visit: https://palaciobelmonte.com.
Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto
A unique Lisbon hotel needs attitude, style and imaginative use of ancient and modern. Cue Raw Culture Art & Lofts in the funky Bairro Alto district. Imagine 13 breath-taking lofts created out of a former printing factory, all based around a skylight staircase and encompassing an art gallery and cultural hotspot.
Each loft is unique and contains design and art pieces – some from the owner’s private collection. Prints are available to buy online and also in person at the hotel. The Bairro Alto is the artistic centre of the capital, buzzing with creativity, museums, restaurants and more making it the best place to stay in Lisbon.
For further details, visit www.rawculturebairroalto.com/en.
Contributor Gina Baksa is a copywriter and lifestyle writer with a focus on luxury lifestyle (hotels, travel, autos…) and adventure travel. See examples of her work at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.