Lisboa is currently one of the most visited European capitals, so choose well where to stay in Lisbon to make the most of your stay. Please note, in particular, that it is very important to choose a hotel very central or well served by public transport. Especially by the subway. Be that as it may, if you make a last minute reservation and stay in a less central location, know at once that Uber works very well in Lisbon (not expensive).
From the experience resulting from dozens of stays in the Portuguese capital, and talking to friends who know the city better, Lisbon, here are my recommendations on the best place to stay in Lisbon. In summary, depending on your style of travel, choose to stay in a hotel in Chiado, Low, Cais do Sodré, Prince Real ou Avenida da Liberdade (I explain the advantages of each zone).
For business travelers and those passionate about comfort and stewardship, perhaps the luxury hotels in Avenida da Liberdade are the preferential lodging option in Lisbon, despite prices too high for ordinary tourists. In any case, I will include some Liberty Avenue hotels in this post on where to stay in Lisbon; even because there are good surprises.
In this regard, be prepared that, taking some guesthouses and the shared rooms of the hostels, there are less and less cheap hotels in Lisbon. At least in the center of town. The rest of the hostels. Despite this, it is fair to say that, compared to other Western European capitals, the cost / benefit ratio of accommodation in Lisbon remains unbeatable.
I will then help you decide where to stay in Lisbon. Let's do it.
Where to stay in Lisbon: neighborhood and hotel tips
For the tourist traveler but with some purchasing power, the Chiado region is probably the best place to stay in Lisbon. This, of course, if you are willing to pay the price for the central location. It is a typical upper-class area with a perfect location that allows easy access to museums such as MUDE or the historic Carmo Palace and nightlife. Some of the best hotels in Lisbon are in Chiado.
As I have already mentioned, although it is increasingly rare, there are still cheap accommodation in Lisbon - even in Chiado - and Surf in Chiado is one such case of a hostel in Lisbon well located and of average price. Other examples, attractive and relatively considerate in this location (by current standards), are the guesthouses Chiado 44 e Feeling Chiado 15 (a bit more expensive).
If you are looking for a style boutique, I recommend the cozy House of the Baron, or Lisbon Carmo Hotel and the charismatic Sightseeing, the latter of five stars (reopens in April of 2019, after deep enlargement works). It is a modern luxury option, with all the comfort and where they still treat it by name. Although it does not have much to do with my style, it is surely one of the best hotels to stay in Lisbon.
Why stay at Chiado
In summary, stay in the Chiado region if privileges the central location above all else, in a charming and still Lisbon environment (despite tourism); and of course, is willing to pay for it. For me it is, most probably, the best area to stay in Lisbon.
Chiado hotels are marked in blue on the map of Lisbon.
2. Lisbon Downtown
Anyone looking to stay in heart of the city, with easy access to the river and museums, like crowds and assorted restaurants, you can choose Low. It is another of the preferential zones for the travelers in tourism to stay in the Portuguese capital; and many of the good hotels in Lisbon (including guesthouses e hostels) are situated in downtown.
If you choose to stay in Baixa, avoiding the large impersonal chains and taking into account the location, comfort, price and opinions of other guests, I recommend the very well done Brown's Downtown Hotel e Brown's Central Hotel; or even the very popular Hotel da Baixa and the creative International Design Hotel (which I love).
For young, budget conscious travelers, or Yes! Lisbon Hostel and Home Lisbon Hostel (continuously placed among the best hostels of the world) are hostels good and cheap for Lisbon standards, with a functional decoration and a cozy atmosphere.
Finally, and as a fan of apartments, I could not fail to mention the exclusive Madalena Hermitage e Houses of the Low - by Jules and Madeleine (the couple's name is only marketing, but the studios are very cozy).
Why stay in Baixa
In summary, choose a hotel in Baixa if you do not mind staying in tourist heart of the city (think of Rua Augusta and Terreiro do Paço) and enjoy walking or public transportation everywhere. Note that Baixa is the region with the highest concentration of hotels in Lisbon; there is no shortage of options for all tastes and budgets.
Hotels in Baixa de Lisboa are marked on the map green.
3. Prince Real
The Príncipe Real is one of the areas of the city of Lisbon that I like, although it is not so convenient in terms of access to public transport.
If you choose to sleep next to the Príncipe Real, among the available hotels, there are two that stand out for the quality: 1869 Principe Real and Memmo Príncipe Real, a member of the Design Hotels network. For those looking to economize, the The Independent Hostel & Suites solves the problem of the stay with quality and friendliness.
For who is the Royal Prince
Ideal for those who enjoy good food and some refinement, with less confusion than the Baixa / Chiado axis. You can see all the accommodation options at Príncipe Real in link below.
Príncipe Real hotels are marked with brown on the map of Lisbon.
4. Cais do Sodré
Perhaps one of the most cool Lisbon (along with Alcântara) - to use a Brazilian expression that I love -, the Cais do Sodré area is where the famous Ribeira Market (or TimeOut Market) and Rua Cor-de-Rosa are located. It is recommended for both young and carefree minds, as for those who require comfort. I love the ambience; and I easily imagine staying there the next time I visit Lisbon, since it's in a room with good soundproofing.
Do not expect to find classic Lisbon at Cais do Sodré; think more about entertainment and nightlife, in a prime location. If this is music to your ears, you'll love Cais do Sodré.
So, if you want to stay at Cais do Sodré, know that there are two high quality hotels in the region: LX Boutique Hotel and Holy Body Lisbon Historical Hotel. They are surely among the hotels in Lisbon.
In the opposite budgetary extreme, there are three hostels truly extraordinary, very popular and with great location. Namely: o Sunset Destination Hostel, which is literally inside the Cais do Sodré Train Station; the pleasant Lost Lisbon :: Cais House it's beautiful Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel. They are all examples of cheap and well located hotels in Lisbon.
Why stay at Cais do Sodré
Choose Cais do Sodré as your base in Lisbon if the word unglued It makes you smile. It is ideal for open minds; for those who like music; in street food; of unconventional environments and a communion of multicultural energies. For me, Cais do Sodré is surely one of the best areas to stay in Lisbon. I love the ambiance, although I do recognize that it can be a bit noisy. If you do not like any of these hotels but want to stay near Cais do Sodré, see other good options in link below.
The Cais do Sodré hotels are marked in green on the map of Lisbon.
5. Liberty avenue
The Avenida da Liberdade is the chic neighborhood of Lisbon, the boulevard of upscale shops and five-star hotels. It is far from my favorite area of the Portuguese capital, but has some of the best hotels in Lisbon; and, surprisingly, some excellent guesthouses e hostels Cheap.
If you choose to sleep next to Avenida da Liberdade, among the many luxury hotels available I recommend the extraordinary Valverde Hotel (five stars - I've slept there and it's great!) and the BessaHotel Liberty (four stars).
For those looking to economize, the Goodmorning Hostel Lisbon and Lisbon Destination Hostel (inside the Rossio train station) solve the problem of the stay with quality and friendliness. Technically they are not on Avenida da Liberdade, but on the adjacent Praça dos Restauradores and Rossio.
Who is Avenida da Liberdade?
For those who like luxury and exclusivity, including shopping at the best shops in Lisbon. Liking, you can view all accommodation options in Avenida da Liberdade on the link below.
Avenida da Liberdade hotels are marked with a rose on the map of Lisbon.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of the best hotels in Lisbon. It's just a set of recommendations on where to stay in Lisbon, according to my experience (I've already visited and I was sleeping in Lisbon dozens of times.).
In summary, depending on the style of each traveler (and their budget), I recommend sleeping in Cais do Sodré, Chiado, Baixa, Príncipe Real or Avenida da Liberdade. See which area of Lisbon you most identify with and stay there.
After all, what is the best region to stay in Lisbon?
All in all, and having to choose, I think the Chiado is the best area to sleep in Lisbon. The location is very central, within easy walking distance of a few neighborhoods, monuments, museums and viewpoints, and good public transport links to major Lisbon attractions, including Belem.
And why not recommend Bairro Alto, Alfama or Bethlehem?
The Bairro Alto, Alfama and Belém are all very attractive areas of the Portuguese capital, but I do not think they are the best options to stay in Lisbon. As for Alfama, although it remains charming, lost the soul of a traditional neighborhood, and is currently mostly "inhabited" by tourists. In addition, many inhabitants were obliged to leave Alfama so that their apartments were transformed into local accommodation, whose number is already exaggerated.
About Bairro Alto, now a Mecca of nightlife for the youth, became too noisy and bustling in the wee hours of the night. For those looking for quiet, it is not at all the best choice.
As for Bethlehem, it is a very beautiful area but too far from the center, so I would not recommend it. Note that it may be a good choice for those looking for tranquility.
Where to stay near the airport?
If you have a flight leaving Lisbon early in the morning, it might be a good idea to stay at the airport. In this case, the Tryp Airport it is an unbeatable hotel; literally just across the street and is in the main airport terminal.
When does it cost to sleep in Lisbon? (average price of hotels)
Lisbon is no longer as cheap a destination as it was half a dozen years ago and this is reflected in the price of Lisbon hotels. I would say that for a couple of average requirement, who values the location but does not want to sleep nor in a hostel basic or luxury hotels, the average daily cost will be around 100 €.
Specifically, for a good bed in a shared dormitory, count at least 15 €; in a medium-sized Ibis hotel, the price per double room varies a lot depending on the location, but you can go from 50 to 100 € (two people); and a night in a luxury hotel easily surpasses 250 €, although there are four or five star cheaper units.
How many days does it take to get to know Lisbon?
I recommend at least four days (five if you want to include a tour to Sintra).
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