Finding a place to stay in Lisbon is not at all difficult but there are several things to consider when choosing a hotel. Lisbon is a very diverse city and the different districts have different things to offer so you should strategize to find a good hotel near where you need to be that best fits your budget.
For example, if you wish to get a good history lesson about Portugal’s Age of Discoveries it may be a good idea to stay in Belém where all the important monuments can be found although you don’t have a wide selection of hotels here and most of them are pricey.
Some recommended hotels in Belém:
- Hotel Vila Galé Ópera – 4 star
Many tourists staying in Lisbon would opt to find a hotel in Bairro Alto because of its very robust club scene and nightlife and the relatively affordable room rates. However, if you’re an early or light sleeper, Bairro Alto might not be a great idea because the noise and revelry generally goes on until the sun rises. If you come to Lisbon without booking a hotel at least a week in advance, note that it is hardest to find a room in Bairro Alto and you will have better luck in less busy areas.
Some recommended hotels in Bairro Alto:
The Saldanha area, and nearby São Sebastião, features a good range of affordable hotels. Although it’s not very near the historical sites other districts are easy to access with the Saldanha underground station. For sightseeing and culture there is the Gulbenkian Museum and there are a good range of restaurants and shops in this prestigious business and residential district.
Some recommended hotels in Saldanha and São Sebastião:
- Olissippo Marquês de Sá – 4 star
- Hotel Sana Lisboa – 4 star
- Real Residencia Suite – 4 star
- Hotel Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa – 5 star
- Hotel Real Palacio – 5 star
- Hotel Turim Lisboa – 4 star
Pombaline Baixa or Baixa for short, which is downtown Lisbon, is the most elegant and well-structured part of Lisbon with almost all its buildings reconstructed after the 1755 earthquake and now virtually unshakeable. Accordingly it is also the most expensive place to stay in Lisbon. The neighbourhood and buildings here, as well in nearby Alfama, are some of the most beautiful in the city.
Some recommended hotels in Baixa and Alfama:
Some Lisbon visitors may find themselves away from the city centre for several reasons. They might have business to attend to in Estefânia or Campo Pequeno or are purposely in Lisbon to visit the entertainment centres in the Parque das Nações. There’s no need to look for lodgings away from these areas as there are recommended hotels in Estefânia and Campo Pequeno.
Some recommended hotels in Estefânia and Campo Pequeno:
Hotel Dom Carlos Park – 3 star
Hotels in Parque das Nações:
Hotel Olissippo Oriente – 4 star