One of Europe’s top cultural cities, the Portuguese capital is one of the coolest places for a city break. Packed with pretty tiled buildings, great bars, interesting boutiques, street art, trendy nightclubs, live music, an incredible restaurant scene and laid-back cafes, it provides plenty of pop culture. But the hilly city also has historic sites such as a Gothic monastery, Moorish castle and an iconic viewing elevator. The retro tram rides are also a must, accompanied by some local port and a pastel de nata! Read on to discover our favourite luxury hotels in the city.
EPIC SANA Marquês Hotel
EPIC SANA Marquês Hotel is the sparkling new luxury business and leisure hotel in the heart of the Portuguese capital. This latest property from the luxury hospitality group SANA Hotels is in the very epicentre of Lisbon, close to the renowned square ‘Praça Do Marquês De Pombal’ and the most elegant avenues of Lisbon, including ‘Avenida Da Liberdade’. EPIC SANA Marquês offers innovatively designed accommodation and stylish facilities, including a rooftop pool and lounge, spa and gym at Sayanna Wellness as well as destination dining at Allora, a signature Italian restaurant, and a rooftop Japanese bar.
Bairro Alto Hotel
This member of Leading Hotels of the World has five stars and sits in a charming spot on Praça de Camões at the heart of the cultural quarter – Barrio Alto. The building is a product of the 18th century, accommodating 87 bedrooms each drawing on Portuguese crafts from artisanal rugs to Costa Nova ceramics, a restaurant, spa and a beautiful rooftop terrace with sea views. It celebrates all things Portuguese throughout, from the on-point decor to the food, the artwork, and the furnishings. On the fifth floor is BAHR & Terrace serves the best of Portuguese cuisine in a contemporary setting and on the ground indulge in delicious baked goods at the in-house patisserie.
The Ivens Autograph Collection
Conveniently set in the centre of Lisbon The Ivens Autograph Collection is the perfect base for a city adventurer. Housed in an iconic building that encapsulates the spirit and culture of Lisbon, the hotel presents 87 unique rooms, of which ten are spacious suites including two signature top floor suites. Guests can choose to dine at the hotel’s three restaurants; Rocco Restaurant is an Italian-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Crudo Bar offers a gastronomic seafood journey and Gastro Bar presents light meals and an exquisite drinks menu. Guests can also make use of the gym which includes a range of cardio equipment and free-weights.
1908 Hotel Lisboa
Adães Bermudes first designed this building as apartments and indeed it served this purpose from 1908 to 2017, winning awards for the architecture. Now, the listed Art Nouveau property offers 36 guest rooms with interiors by Atelier Maldonado. Street art and installations have been incorporated into the contemporary-chic decor, with technology embedded into the guest experience (the concierge is accessed via WhatsApp). Infame is the lifestyle hotel’s destination restaurant offering incredible seafood, with mixologists creating cocktails in the bar. But if you’d rather venture beyond the front door for food and drink, the local district of the Intendente has much to offer.
Offering an especially unique experience as part of the stay, the Lumen Hotel presents a daily evening immersive light and colour video mapping show, taking place in the internal garden. This as well as an outdoor pool rooftop pool, sundeck and bar with incredible views over the city make it particularly appealing for those looking to turn a city break into a mini holiday. Bedrooms are contemporarily decorated and soothing with pops of vibrant colour via the soft furnishing accessories, while suites in the executive floor over plenty of space with separate living and sleeping areas. The minimalist modern style, with a touch of a mid-century influence, is found throughout the hotel.
Lumiares Hotel and Spa
This 5-star boutique hotel is located in the bohemian and vibrant area of Bairro Alto. What was once a former 18th century palace has now been converted into spacious apartment suites – all of which have been created in collaboration with local brands, makers and artists. The vibe is authentic Portugal. The Lumi Rooftop bar and restaurant boasts stunning panoramic views across the city and serves contemporary dishes sourced from local ingredients. The small but perfectly formed spa is a haven for guests in which to retreat, relax and rejuvenate. This is a hidden gem worth seeking out.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Conveniently located close to many of Lisbon’s most popular attractions, this luxurious hotel provides a stylish retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Guests are treated to their own private terrace so that they can gaze out over the city, while the blue and cream décor comes come with 18th-century furniture for a truly decadent feel. Spending time in the spa is the perfect way to unwind after spending the day exploring the city while taking a dip in the 18-metre lap pool is the perfect way to work up an appetite before enjoying a meal at Varanda Restaurant, which is a popular spot among Lisbon’s elite.
Olissippo Lapa Palace
People who want the chance to feel like royalty are sure to love staying in this luxurious hotel, which is set on a hillside to provide guests with stunning views. While each guest room is decorated in uncompromising style with marble floors, picture windows, large private balconies and antique furniture, the suites are particularly enchanting as they boast private turrets and huge four-poster beds. Taking afternoon tea in the Rio Tejo Bar is a decadent experience that should not be missed as guests can take their pick from more than forty varieties of tea as well as a selection of tasty treats.
Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection
Offering guests all of the creature comforts and style that you would expect from a leading boutique hotel combined with the convenience of being situated right on Avenida da Liberdade, this hotel boasts a playful and vibrant design that makes it popular with younger travellers. Guests have a choice of view as the 72 guest rooms face different sections of the city, while the backyard patio is the perfect place to meet new people and unwind with a drink or two from the chic Bar Small and Delicious.
Memmo Príncipe Real – Design Hotels
Named after the 19th-century king D, this stylish hotel is located in one of Lisbon’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. The forty-one spacious rooms reflect the modern style of the rest of the hotel, while guests are treated to a large indoor swimming pool to splash around in. The view from the restaurant terrace is simply stunning and this is a great place to unwind in the early evening while sampling a number of traditional dishes that are given a new lease of life by the resident chef.
Pousada de Lisboa
Combining pure luxury with cultural heritage, this iconic hotel offers guests a selection of rooms to choose from with the biggest and best providing stunning views over the Praҁa do Comércio square to the Tagus River. Huge rain showers in the marble decorated bathrooms help to complete the feeling of pure decadence. Stunning city views can be enjoyed with splashing around in the swimming pool that is situated at the very top of the building, while guests are also treated to a large fitness room, sauna and spa to make unwinding in style effortless.
Santiago de Alfama
Set on a quiet cobbled side street just below St. George’s Castle and opposite one of the most enchanting viewpoints in the city, this impressive hotel occupies one of Lisbon’s most desirable locations. This impressive 15th-century hotel has been given a new lease of life and combines authentic style with plenty of luxurious touches. The hotel’s 19 rooms are set right into the medieval walls and boast luxurious Portuguese beds, huge freestanding tubs,1 and breathtaking views of this charming neighbourhood.
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Set right on the bank of the Tagus River, this hotel features striking black and white décor throughout from the plush white leather sofas set on highly polished black marble floors to sparkling white marble bathrooms supplied with black toilet paper. However, the real highlight here is the rooftop swimming pool where guests can gaze out at the river, while the onsite spa comes complete with a hammam and a large Turkish bath.