Best lisbon hotels for city break

Where to Stay in Lisbon – My Top Picks of 3, 4 & 5-Star Lisbon Hotels & Apartments

Planning a city break to Lisbon but not sure where to stay?  I’ve hand-picked highly rated Lisbon Hotels to help you make the most of this charming city. 

A beautiful coastal city built on seven hills, renowned for terrific sightseeing and a great food scene, it’s not surprising that Lisbon is one of Europe’s top city break destinations. However, choosing where to stay is not easy – but don’t panic, I have done all the hard work for you. I have some great Lisbon hotels and apartments in various parts of the city below, including luxury apartments for families.


Each area of Lisbon has its own unique charm and is easily accessible on foot, or by the classic old trams. The trendy Bairro Alto and Chiado areas are packed with al-fresco eateries and late night bars, while the medieval Alfama district offers the best sunset views over the Castelo de São Jorge and Lisbon’s colourful buildings.

Read: Top things to do in Lisbon – with or without kids


However, these areas are the most expensive to stay in. The more modern shopping area near Avenida da Liberdade has larger and more inexpensive hotels. I have no doubt there are Lisbon hotels here to suit all tastes and budgets. 


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3-Star Lisbon Hotels:


HF Fénix Music

3 star lisbon hotel - fenix music hotel

This music-themed hotel is one of the top-rated three-star hotels in Lisbon. Its trendy rooftop pool, funky decor and location close to the Marques de Pombal Square, probably has something to do with that. It is also located beside the Oriente metro station which connects to Lisbon airport and Lisbon’s old town.


This hotel receives excellent reviews onTripAdvisor and is a super choice for anyone looking for a good value hotel with a lively atmosphere.

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Lisbon Sao Bento

The centrally located São Bento Hotel has only 52 rooms. Its modern décor and super service ensure excellent reviews from guests onTripAdvisor.  This hotel offers superb value for a Lisbon city break, and they offer complimentary breakfast!




Ibis Styles Lisboa centro Marques de Pombal

ibis Styles Lisboa Marques de Pombal

Another great value option, the modern Ibis Styles Marquês de Pombal is located close to Avenida da Liberdade and the Marquês de Pombal metro. It offers complimentary breakfast and is always a great value option, it receives good reviews on TripAdvisor too.

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4-Star Lisbon Hotels:


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Hotel Lisboa Plaza

This Lisbon Heritage Collection Hotel has been owned and managed by the same Portuguese family for over 60 years. Located in the heart of the historic centre of Lisbon, this boutique-style hotel has a classic and relaxed atmosphere.


Facilities include a bar, restaurant, library and a fitness room. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is sure to please those looking for a traditional hotel in central Lisbon.

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PortoBay Marquês

The PortoBay Marquês hotel is a popular choice for its central location, friendly service and facilities on site. The rooftop plunge pool with solarium and sauna, and the choice of dining options ensure high ratings on TripAdvisor. The complimentary breakfast is a nice touch too! 

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Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon 

This highly-rated modern hotel offers the advantages of a five-star hotel, with the price of a four-star. Its sister hotel, the five-star Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa is located just two-minutes away and has a swimming pool, sauna, a Sky-Bar and a choice of restaurants, while the Avani Avenida Liberdade has a state-of-the-art fitness centre.


The in-unit handy phones are a great asset to have when navigating the streets of Lisbon – enjoy all the perks of a phone, without the costs! Check out the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

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Hotel Mundial

lisbon hotels - mundial hotel

One of Lisbon’s most iconic hotels, the Hotel Mundial boasts superb city views from its famous Rooftop Bar – the perfect place for sundowners 🍸. Located beside Rossio Square and the main entertainment and shopping areas, it is hard to beat the Mundial’s location. 


The famous ‘Tram 28’ stops right outside the door, which will take you to all of Lisbon’s top spots. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor here.

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LX Boutique Hotel


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Located in the heart of the old between the upmarket areas of Chiado and Baixa, this is one of the best areas to stay in Lisbon. There are restaurants and bars within a five minute walk, as well as a trendy Sushi restaurant on site. This hotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice award winner this year.

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4-Star Altis Prime apartments

altis prime apartments lisbon

 The Altis Prime are also a great choice for families or friends getaway, with plenty of room to enjoy pre-dinner drinks together 🍸. The Altis Prime are highly rated on TripAdvisor and enjoy a top floor sundeck, a lounge café, heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. 

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5-Star Lisbon Hotels:


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Altis Grand Hotel

The Altis Grand Hotel is excellent value for a five-star hotel. Centrally located and recently renovated, it boasts a covered heated pool, a spa with jacuzzi, sauna and turkish bath, fitness room, three bars and two restaurants! One of the restaurants is located on the top floor with a panoramic view of the city. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor here.

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Bairro Alto Hotel

Barrio Alto Hotel, Lisbon

Located in the heart of Lisbon’s old town, between Bairro Alto and Chiado districts, this is the ‘cool’ place to stay in Lisbon. You only have to look at this landmark hotel to know its one of Lisbon’s best hotels. It offers modern luxury inside an 18th century building and boasts stunning views over the Tagus river and Lisbon’s colourful rooftops. 

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Iberostar Selection Lisboa

The brand new Iberostar Lisboa is a luxury boutique hotel located near the Marques de Pombal in Lisbon. With an outdoor pool, wellness centre, spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre, it is not surprising that this hotel receives such excellent reviews on TripAdvisor

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Hotel PortoBay Liberdade 

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Not only is the PortoBay Liberdade Hotel superbly located next to the upmarket Avenida da Liberdade, but the building itself is an architectural delight. The historic facade of the palaces of Lisbon are preserved, while the interior is modernly furnished, with a focus on technology.


The indoor swimming pool and spa make it a great choice at any time of year. With over 1300 excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, make sure you check this one out.

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Lumiares Hotel & Spa

Lumiares is one of the best Lisbon hotels

Part of the small luxury hotels of the world, this boutique hotel is not only one of Lisbon hotels, but its location in the fashionable district of Bairro Alto is superb. We dined in its small rooftop restaurant, which offers stunning sunset views over Lisbon’s terracotta rooftops. 

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Best for families in Lisbon – Martinhal Chiado

family holiday in Lisbon

I travel a lot on city breaks with my children and usually find apartments the most convenient to stay in. However, I have yet to find city apartments as good for families as Martinhal Chiado. Officially a 5-star hotel, you have all the benefits of self-catering, with the amenities and service of a luxury hotel.


Martinhal Resorts were specifically designed with families in mind and are without a doubt some of best luxury family resorts in Europe. There are two resorts on the Algarve, one in Cascais, as well as Martinhal Chiado in the heart of Lisbon.

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Living area of two bedroom apartment at Martinhal Chiado

The location in Lisbon’s trendy Chiado district is superb – you are right in the centre of Lisbon’s old town and within walking distance to the main square and coast. But it is the spacious apartments and family facilities that set Martinhal Chiado apart from the rest.

There are no sharp edges on the furniture, child steps, potties and even nappy bins in the bathrooms, handy hooks so kids clothes are not left lying around – to say the apartments are well equipped for families is a massive understatement! 


Martinhal Chiado has a baby concierge service, so everything from high chairs, to sterilisers and even buggies, can be pre booked in advance. There is a kids club onsite, that also offers evening sessions so you can enjoy a night out in this vibrant city.

Kids club at Martinhal Chiado Lisbon
Kids club

The apartments are set in three old listed buildings, and the interiors blend perfectly to give a sophisticated yet understated feel. Rooms are very spacious and there is a selection of room types to choose from, all equipped with every possible child’s need.  If you are looking for a luxury stay in Lisbon, that caters exceptionally well for families – look no further.
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Like Lisbon? Read my blog on the top things to do in Lisbon – with or without kids


Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note these Lisbon hotels contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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