Best hotels in Lisbon, Portugal | Budget accommodation (€)

Travellers House (89 Rua Augusta) is owned by keen travellers, and it shows. There are four common rooms and a heavy emphasis is put on keeping everything spotless, while the downtown location and atmospheric old building are hard to beat. The Lisbon Lounge Hostel (41 Rua São Nicolao) is also a good backpacker option. Otherwise, bargain rooms in a movie-themed design hotel are available at the Hotel Florida (34 Rua Duque de Palmela).

Best hotels in Lisbon, Portugal | Mid-range hotels (€€)

Hidden between the Santos and Lapa districts, York House (32 Rua das Janelas Verdes) is worth raving about. With stunning gardens, rooms with distinct personalities and peaceful charm in spades, there’s very little not to like.

Hotel Lisboa Plaza (5 Travessa do Salitre) is a good four star option, although it can’t decide whether it’s heritage or contemporary. Alternatively, Aparthotel VIP Eden Executive (24 Praça do Restauradores) offers spacious suites at attractive rates  in the impressive setting of an old Art Deco cinema – rather tired furniture is the trade-off.

Best hotels in Lisbon, Portugal | Luxury hotels (€€€ to €€€€€)

The Internacional Design Hotel (3 Rua de Betesga, €€€/ €€€€) has themed rooms that vary from tribal to pop. It’s stylish, fun and brilliantly located. Solar do Castelo (2 Rua das Cozinhas, €€€) is built into the castle walls, and the romantic rooms are matched by a courtyard that should win over the sternest heart. It’s boutique with charm rather than attitude. Meanwhile, the Hotel Britania (17 Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, €€€/ €€€€) combines Art Deco good looks with massive rooms – it’s a good bet.

The Hotel Bairro Alto (2 Praça Luís de Camões, €€€€) has a swaggering hipness and to-die-for rooftop bar that pull in the fashionable set. At from €230 a double, however, the rooms should probably knock your socks off rather than merely raise a smile. At the other end of the scale is the Lapa Palace (4 Rua do Pau da Bandeira, €€€€€), which revels in its old school glamour – it’s more fit for royalty than young celebs. Hotel Avenida Palace (Rua 1 Dezembro, €€€€/ €€€€€) does attract the stars, and it’s the only old palace in the downtown area.

Lisbon hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

€ = under €60 a night

€€ = under €120 a night

€€€ = under €180 a night

€€€€ = under €240 a night

€€€€€ = over €240 a night.

The Lisbon hotels above have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Lisbon, try a Lisbon hotel search with our booking partner, Ebookers.com.

Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in July 2010. Things may have changed since then.

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