When planning a trip, one of the first and most important decisions is where to stay. Lisbon is the capital, the largest city in Portugal and also the country’s biggest tourist centre. Therefore, the accommodation options are immense and varied – from large international hotels and boutique hotels to guest houses, tourist flats and cheap hostels. In this article focus on luxury hotels, we will gather the best options, taking into consideration some hotel characteristics such as: price and value for money, location, quality of service, comfort, design/characteristics, and other amenities.
Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa
If you are looking for the most authentic way to discover the city of the seven hills with a touch of class, then the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisbon is an option that will satisfy you. It was founded in 1959 with a lavish opening party and the refinement of French hotels in the exuberant decor and exemplary service. The luxury has been maintained and this five-star hotel is still one of the most popular in the capital. The building itself is a city landmark and inside there are halls with marble floors, huge chandeliers, gilded furniture, flower arrangements that take up entire tables and collections of ancient and contemporary art.
Situated in the heart of Lisbon, this historic hotel reflects the soul of Portuguese culture. Inside, Art Deco notes blend with an updated Louis XVI style, and a collection of important modern artworks by Portuguese artists decorates the atriums. Outside, views of the city’s hills and bright tiled façades spread out before you. After a day exploring the city’s sights, many of which are within walking distance of the hotel, we invite you to enjoy a seasonally inspired artisanal dining experience at the CURA restaurant. Guests who wish to take care of themselves can also enjoy treatments such as acupuncture and lymphatic drainage or Ayurvedic rituals at the spa. The indoor pool overlooks the hotel gardens and Lisbon’s Parque Eduardo VII.
The Lumiares Luxury Hotel & Spa
Located in the bohemian and cultural heart of Lisbon, Bairro Alto, , the luxurious but relaxed The Lumiares is an oasis of tranquillity. The rooms are designed to be your 5* home away from home, which are divided between loft-studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms and penthouses with a view, are spacious and have a fully-equipped kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine, toaster and SMEG water boiler, crockery service and dishwasher.
The rooftop overlooking the river and the castle serves breakfast in the morning and cocktails in the evening. The top floor is also home to the Lumni restaurant, which is run by Chef Miguel Castro e Silva, you can’t miss the unique gastronomical experience that they are able to provide. There is also the spa: it is not exclusively for guests and has aromatherapy treatments to die for. Enjoy your staying in Lisbon with panoramic views of the Tagus River on one side and São Jorge Castle on the other.
Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
This Hotel is located in Largo do Corpo Santo in Lisbon, 400 metres from Chiado, Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel offers accommodation with on-site dining options. This 5-star hotel features a piece of the historic 14th-century Fernandina Wall and offers views of the houses of 17th-century noble families. The hotel has 75 rooms of which 8 are suites.
Pestana Palace Lisboa
Imagine a hotel that was the main residence of a member of the 19th-century nobility, the Marquês de Valle Flôr, a well-travelled man of refined tastes. After his death, the building languished abandoned for over 60 years, until it was bought by the Pestana Group, which saw the Petit Trianon as a diamond in the rough. Only in 2001, after being elevated to National Monument status, opened to the public as Pestana Palace, the jewel in the crown of the hotel group and already considered one of the best luxury hotels in the world.
It has 193 rooms and four suites all elegantly decorated and equipped with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Many rooms open out onto a furnished balcony overlooking the lush garden, and some have a seating area with a comfortable sofa.
The D. Carlos suite, the largest in the hotel, in honour of the penultimate Portuguese monarch, is exactly what you’d expect from a royal quarters: luxurious, elegant, spacious and comfortable, with a 33 square metre terrace overlooking the Tagus and the hotel’s pool and tropical gardens, two living rooms, dining room, bathroom with foot bath and king-size bed, as it should be.
Few hotels can boast such a broad framework as the Intercontinental Hotel. The terrace of this hotel overlooks Marquês de Pombal and Av. da Liberdade, the Parque Eduardo VII right outside the door, with Baixa, the Tagus and Christ the King (no longer very clear but still visible) in the background. It is managing to bring together in the same field of vision the various faces of Lisbon: the urban, of the pure and tough city, the parochial of the historic centre and the cosmopolitan, with the bustle of one of the largest green parks in the city right in front.
The building itself is 30 years old but it has recently had a facelift that has given the hotel back its rightful glow, with an airy, welcoming decor and the addition to the rooms of the technology necessary for life in the 21st century. InterContinental Lisbon offers elegant and spacious rooms. Many of the rooms offer panoramic views of the park’s green areas. They all include flat-screen TVs and access to satellite channels. Wi-Fi access is free throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s Restaurant, Akla, is open daily and serves a wide variety of international dishes along with a wide selection of Portuguese specialities. You can also visit the UpTown Bar, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink in a relaxing and cosy atmosphere.