Lisbon is the in-vogue city break of this summer.
And it’s not hard to see why the Portuguese capital it’s one of Europe’s hottest destinations in Europe. Whether it’s wolfing down fresh sardines or dancing the night away to traditional fado music and drinking authentic port, a visit to Lisbon is an exciting, culturally rich experience.
For the perfect stay in Lisbon, you need to stay at the perfect hotel. Here are the ten best 5-star hotels in Lisbon, based on guest ratings, reliable recommendations, and editorial preferences.
A converted 19th-century palace sat atop a hill in Lisbon’s most high-end neighbourhood, Olissippo Lapa Palace is the perfect retreat for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Antiques and marble adorn the public spaces, while rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, decadent beds, marble bathrooms and private balconies.
For the true palace experience, stay in one of the sprawling suites on the seventh floor and enjoy royalty-worthy four-poster beds, stunning artwork, and private turrets. Dine at Restaurante Lapa for an exquisite rendition of classic Italian dishes. Have your afternoon tea at Rio Tejo Bar, however, where some 40-odd Asian varieties are available.
Emerging from the water on Lisbon’s scenic shore, Myriad by SANA makes an impressive sight standing alongside the sculptural sail beside it. The hotel’s contemporary interiors are fresh and vibrant, staff are professional and attentive, and natural light-infused rooms boast excellent views of Lisbon.
Pamper yourself on the top floor of the hotel, where Saynnah Wellness offers a broad range of spa treatments along with four massage chairs, two whirlpool beds, and an indoor swimming pool with views over the River Tagus. There is also a well-equipped fitness centre, a hammam, a “floatarium”, and a Turkish bath.
Valverde Hotel is an icon of understated luxury and impeccable service. Staff are just as charming as the boutique hotel’s 25 stylish rooms, while the 19th-century exterior lends a sense of grandeur to the property.
Located on Lisbon’s busy Avenida da Liberdade, the city’s main thoroughfare, lined with upscale boutiques, authentic cafes and some fine restaurants, Valverde Hotel is perfectly situated in the thick of the action. The luxury Lisbon hotel also offers a fitness room in the basement, a swimming pool in the courtyard, and a restaurant called Sítio restaurant on the ground floor, where you can find some wonderful local wines and classic Portuguese cuisine.
A glorious 19th-century riverfront mansion set amongst the charming alleyways and steep steps in the old quarter of Alfama, The Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei offers an opulent stay in one of Lisbon’s most eclectic neighbourhoods.
The building has undergone three years of renovation and restoration, which has seen the hotel preserve many of its original features as well as the decorative and architectural elements that make up the interior and the exterior of the building. Along with its quirky locale, the 5-star hotel boasts wonderful views of both the river and the city.
A posh 5-star hotel in central Lisbon, EPIC SANA Lisboa is sleek, stylish, and full of character despite its size – The hotel has 311 rooms, which are all spacious and smartly assembled with posh furnishings and minimalistic designs.
EPIC SANA is one of LIsbon’s more modern hotels and, therefore, it attracts a modern and sophisticated crowd. They are drawn by vibrant atmosphere in the Onyx Bar, on the ground floor lobby and with a popular terrace, and the fancy UpScale Bar on the roof terrace, with its impressive city views. The hotel also houses a posh spa, a very good restaurant, and a rooftop swimming pool.
As Lisbon’s oldest 5-star hotel (dating from 1892), Hotel Avenida Palace Lisbon has long been revered in the Portuguese capital for its architectural wonder and classic luxury. It is located on Avenida Liberdade, looking up to St George’s Castle, making it perfectly positioned near attractions, transport links, and the shoreline of River Tagus.
The main lobby and public spaces showcase charmingly dated antique furniture, regal red walls, and marble floors. Rooms are as opulent as you would imagine, while they are equipped with every modern-day comfort you would expect at a luxury hotel, including Nespresso machines in suites. Most rooms also feature deep bathtubs, perfect for a relaxing soak after a day’s sightseeing.
Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais is set in an 18th-century, neo-classical palace in the stunning wooded mountains of Sintra, just a 30-minute drive from Lisbon airport and a short train journey from the city centre. A remarkable attraction in its own right, Sintra is home to fairytale palaces and exotic gardens, earning it a classification as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
With just 30 guest rooms, the hotel offers an intimate and private environment. Rooms come equipped with Nespresso machines, antiques and elegant linen. Take a walk around the beautifully curated grounds and you’ll find yourself amongst roaming peacocks and one of the most magical settings in the world.
Praҁa do Comércio, the famous square right in the heart of the historic centre of Lisbon and alongside the banks of the River Tagus, Pousadade Lisboa is the complete package. A perfect blend of timeless luxury and cultural heritage, stay here for an immersion into Lisbon’s past and to enjoy the modern delights of 5-star hospitality.
Impressive artworks (both old and new) adorn the hotel’s public spaces while a stunning staircase backed by stained glass forms the hotel’s centrepiece. Rooms offer high ceilings, plush bathrooms and great views. There is also an indoor swimming pool at the top of the hotel, as well as three restaurants, a bar, spa, sauna and fitness room.
Lisbon’s best family-friendly hotel, Martinhal Lisbon Cascais is heaven for the little ones, medium ones, and big ones. Leave the kids in the well-staffed Kids’ Club and explore the upscale area of Cascais with its beautiful beaches and high-end shopping and dining, all just a convenient 30-minute drive from the city centre.
The 5-star resort is also home to a huge spa complete with heated indoor pool, which can be nice as the waters off Portugal are notoriously cold. There are also three outdoor swimming pools, 72 spacious rooms and suites, and 12 pretty two-bedroom villas. Another plus point for families is that a number of guestrooms interconnect and some have foldaway “Lollipop bunk beds”.
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Located on the outskirts of Lisbon’s lively Bairro Alto neighbourhood, where cobbled roads, restaurants, and bars keep the party going well into the night. Bairro Alto Hotel is, however, far enough away from the bars so that they don’t disturb, while still being in the thick of it.
The hotel itself is cool, modern and full of young, professional staff who will take care of any need and can advise on the best things to do, see and eat in Lisbon. A refreshing 5-star hotel experience, stay at Bairro Alto Hotel and take advantage of the sensational round-floor Flores Restaurant before enjoying a cocktail on the swanky rooftop terrace.
Whether it’s a busy city break, a relaxing beach holiday, or an escape to the countryside, Lisbon has it all. So jump aboard that cheap and easy flight and stay at one of Lisbon’s best 5-star hotels for a truly memorable stay in the sunny Portuguese capital.