Where to stay in Lisbon [2021 Guide For First Time Visitors]

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Where to stay in Lisbon

Wondering where to stay in Lisbon? From Alfama's beautiful quarters through the vibrant sights of Chiado to the historical streets of Belém, Lisbon is one of the most interesting and colourful cities in Europe. Immerse yourself in a laid-back atmosphere, learn about Portugal's maritime history and eat your way around its picturesque capital city. Here is your comprehensive guide on where to stay in Lisbon.

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Where to stay in Lisbon

Perched upon seven hills, Lisbon’s pastel coloured buildings, steep cobbled lanes and laid-back atmosphere make it the perfect place for a short city break. And when it comes to deciding where to stay in Lisbon there are plenty of neighbourhoods to suit whatever it is that draws you to this riverside city.


Nestled on the hillside between the São Jorge Castle and the riverbank, Alfama is not just Lisbon’s oldest district, but it’s most beautiful too. Made up of a maze of delicate streets, hidden archways and spindly steps, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time here. Yet the neighbourhood’s freckling of bustling bars, restaurants and cafes make it anything but old-fashioned.

Why stay in Alfama

If you’re looking for a truly authentic area to stay in Lisbon then look no further than Alfama. Couples will love the air of romance that graces the streets, whilst creative types will love its charming alleys, street art scene and the photo opportunities that come with them. Travellers can also enjoy staying in a side of town that’s slightly quieter, yet easily reachable from the main tourist areas and just a stone throw from the castle.

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Alfama The Heart of Lisbon

Situated in Lisbon within 2 km of Rossio, Alfama The Heart of Lisbon provides accommodation with free WiFi, seating area and a kitchen.
Each unit is equipped with an oven, microwave, a coffee machine, as well as a toaster and kettle. Some units feature a dining area and/or a balcony. Prices start at £63 per night.

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Pateo Santo Estevao

Parquet floors and a bright décor are standard in all studios and apartments. The kitchen includes a microwave, oven, washing machine and toaster. Some of the units have colorful, mosaic-tiled bathrooms. Prices start at £48 per night.

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Hotel Convento do Salvador

Set in a former convent, this hotel offers a variety of rooms adapted for modern needs including families and guests with reduced mobility. Each air-conditioned room features a flat-screen cable TV, a telephone, a wardrobe, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a shower and a hairdryer. Prices start at £84 per night.

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Where to stay in Lisbon [2021 Guide For First Time Visitors]

Where to stay in Lisbon [2021 Guide For First Time Visitors]

Bairro Alto

Not that much goes on in Bairro Alto during the day. Yet come back at dusk and it’s a whole different story. Home to the best bars, restaurants and clubs in the city, there’s no neighbourhood better than this one to enjoy Lisbon’s nightlife. In the evenings, patrons of all ages come to meet, tables and chairs spill out onto the streets and a kind of festival spirit pulses through the air.

Why stay in Bairro Alto

If you want to be in the thick of it all after hours, then Bairro Alto is the place to stay. With the hottest bars and clubs right on your doorstep, you won’t have to go far to find a decent night out. Though if you do fancy sleeping too, it’s best to stay a little further away from the main hub as it can get quite loud. And as it’s such a central area, Bairro Alto is also just a hop and a skip away from the sights and attractions of the rest of the city.

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Dear Lisbon - Charming House

Located in the heart of Lisbon, Dear Lisbon - Charming House offers a unique experience in its 19 themed rooms and panoramic views over the city. Set in a renovated building, the rooms offer a decoration regarding discovery, travel, literature and memories using various pieces of art. Prices start at £68 per night.

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Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Chiado Emenda

All of the units feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and fully-equipped kitchenette. An oven and coffee machine are also available. Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Chiado Emenda features accommodation 900 m from Chiado. Prices start at £111 per night.

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Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto

Situated in historic Lisbon, Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto is a new concept of lodging, offering a unique cultural experience, with comfort and a sophisticated ambience. Each loft was decorated tapping into the owner's private art collection and temporary displays often adorn the property's public areas. Prices start at £187 per night.

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Baixa & Chiado

Baixa & Chiado are the most touristy areas of the city. They may not be as pretty as some of the other neighbourhoods but are home to Lisbon’s main sights and attractions. Here, you’ll also find most of the city’s shopping galleries and streets, theatres and lively squares full of street performers. The most notable of which is the iconic Praça do Comércio by the river Tagus that acts as the gateway between the two areas.

Why stay in Baixa & Chiado

If it’s your first time in Lisbon, then the adjacent districts of Baixa and Chiado are great places to stay. You’ll be in walking distance of the city’s main sights and shopping streets and also well connected by public transport to other areas of Lisbon.

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TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel

Featuring single, twin and double rooms, the central TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel features comfortable and modern accommodation with a private bathroom. Each room has a a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and free WiFi access. Prices start at £141 per night.

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Hotel da Baixa

With a colourful and classic façade, as well as a modern interior décor, the 4-star Hotel da Baixa enjoys a prime location in Lisbon's historic downtown area. Featuring a restaurant and a bar, it just 200 m from Rossio Square a short walk from the iconic Santa Justa Lift. Prices start at £115 per night.

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Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

Situated in Lisbon, 400 m from Chiado, Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel provides accommodation with on-site dining. This 5-star hotel has a chunk of the historical 14th-century Muralha Fernandina, along with views over 17th-century noble households. Prices start at £123 per night. Compare prices and read reviews, check:

Príncipe Real

This is fast becoming Lisbon’s most fashionable district. Although it’s still primarily a residential area, there’s now a younger crowd moving in that’s bringing a wave of boutique shops, quirky bars and hipster cafes to the district. It’s slightly north of the tourist areas of Baixa, Chiado and Bairro Alto, yet still close enough to reach them on foot. And as it’s set higher up in the hills, the area boasts fantastic views of the city from all around.

Why stay in Príncipe Real

Príncipe Real is perfect for travellers looking to stay outside the tourist bubble, yet still within easy reach of it. It also offers a great way to see a slightly more alternative and local side to Lisbon as well as stunning views of the city.

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Flores Guest House

Each unit has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and guests will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the accommodation. All feature a private bathroom, fitted with a shower. The apartments and studios are self-catering. Prices start at £54 per night.

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Hotel Botanico

Botânico‘s guest rooms have air conditioning, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with bath or shower. Guests can enjoy a wholesome breakfast in the breakfast room in the morning. It includes different types of bread, cereals, yoghurt and fruits. Prices start at £134 per night.

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Memmo Príncipe Real - Design Hotels

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a modern Bang & Olufsen TV. A terrace is featured in certain rooms. For guest’s comfort, there are bathrobes and slippers. The private bathroom comes with premium Hermés amenities and with professional quality hair dryers. Prices start at £260 per night.

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Set in the west of the city, this leafy suburb has long been associated with Portugal’s golden age of exploration and discovery. It’s home to one of the city’s main historical attractions, Belém Tower, yet there’s much more to this neighbourhood than that. There’s also plenty of quaint parks and gardens for relaxing, ancient monasteries to discover and an esplanade that winds alongside the river flanked with restaurants and bars, on which you can stroll into the centre.

Why stay in Belém

If you’re looking to fully absorb Lisbon’s history and culture, then Belem is a great place for you to stay. It’s also a good option for those looking to stay in a quieter area of town, although just be mindful you will have to use public transport to travel into the centre.

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Hotel Jeronimos 8

Each of Jerónimos Hotel’s rooms features modern furnishings and comes equipped with air conditioning and cable TV. Also available is a minibar, safe box and room service. Some rooms offer private terraces. Prices start at £107 per night.

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Altis Belem Hotel & Spa

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Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Altis Belem Hotel & Spa

One of our top picks in Lisbon. This luxury 5-star hotel occupies a unique waterfront location in the historic Lisbon district of Belém, next to the Tagus River. It features a Michelin Star restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a rooftop sun deck. Prices start at £150.

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Palacio do Governador

Guests can find a garden and a terrace on the property. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a private bathroom and a satellite flat-screen TV. Breakfast is included and guests will find bathrobes and slippers in the rooms. A library and a lounge area are also available. Prices start at £149.

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