Where to stay in Lisbon – What you need to know

Lisbon, the city of Discovery, is a beautiful, attractive and untamed city. Its rich history and its theatrical location among capricious hills make it one of the most enchanting capitals of Europe.

Best area to stay in Lisbon - Top districts and hotels

Best area to stay in Lisbon – Top districts and hotels

Its location makes it the westernmost capital in Europe. Lisbon sits where the waters of the Tagus River meet the Atlantic Ocean. It is located on several hills, making the views from many points of the city truly incredible.

Lisbon has a hot and dry summer season, during which many visitors come from all over the world in search of its great beaches and lively nightlife. Winters are mild in temperature but unpredictable in terms of rainfall. The low winter season is the best time to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed side of the city.

Lisbon tourist attractions are open and available throughout the year and almost all of the city centre can be walked on foot, by tram, metro, train or funicular. There’s always something going on in LIsbon throughout the day and the central neighbourhoods are very lively at night.

The city sports a constant mix between tradition and modernity, residents and visitors, cultural sights and nightlife.

Being one of the least visited capitals of Europe, Lisbon is very budget-friendly in terms of accommodation costs, from hotels to holiday apartments, an average night rate in low season can be as low as €45. It is important to keep in mind that in high season, rates climb to match those of many other capitals in Europe.

As for the best area to stay in Lisbon, the Lisbon City Centre will always be the best area to stay due to its proximity to the city’s attractions. See hotels in Central Lisbon.

If you are looking for lower prices, but at the same time being close to the metro, then the area around Praça Marquês de Pombal in Avenidas Novas is the place to stay. See hotels around Praça Marquês de Pombal.

This is a comprehensive guide with the best areas to stay in Lisbon.

Best areas to stay in Lisbon

1. Best area: Centro

Lisbon’s City Centre is quite large and diverse, covering at least four neighborhoods; Misericordia, Santa Maria Maior, Chiado and Bairro Alto.

Centro is the oldest part of the city, full of charming narrow streets, ancient churches and hills, lots of hills. Its narrow and quaint streets are full of small shops and restaurants.

Centro also hosts the impresive Praça do Comércio (the most important square in the city) and a large promenade next to the port area.

The architecture varies from neighborhood to neighborhood and all the buildings are very picturesque.

Many of Lisbon’s attractions are located in the centre of the city, and you will always end up there, which makes it very convenient and accessible if relatively expensive to stay when compared to other neighborhoods of the city.

However, staying here is worth it, whether you want to spend the day visiting museums, eat well, spend time in the squares, wander around the port or take a boat to a beach, go on a guided walk or party all night, everything will be close.

As the busiest and most important area of ​​Lisbon, here metro, tram, funicular and train lines converge in the area.

Mejores barrios para dormir en Lisboa - Centro

Best area to stay in Lisbon – Centro

Lisboa City Centre - Click to see all hotels on a map

Lisboa City Centre – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Easy to walk around
  • Public transport
  • Lively 24/7
  • Lisbon Cathedral
  • Comercio Square
  • Santa Justa Lift

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Hotel Convento do Salvador is located in Lisbon’s historic Alfama district, just a 6-minute walk from the emblematic São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral and the National Pantheon. There is free WiFi in all areas. – from €99.

  • Budget Option

    Artbeat Rooms, with free WiFi, is located 400 meters from the Dona Maria II National Theater. All rooms include access to a shared bathroom. – from €49 .

  • Midrange Option

    Casa do Principe is a charming B&B located in the center of Lisbon, opposite the Jardim do Principe Real. It is a 7-minute walk from Liberdade Avenue and its metro station. – from €94 .

  • Luxury Option

    Pousada de Lisboa – Small Luxury Hotels Of The World is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of Lisbon, offering stylish accommodation, free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and an à la carte restaurant. – from €249 .

 

 

 

2. Avenidas Novas

The Avenidas Novas (New Avenues) district is located in the north of Lisbon.

It is an upmarket business and residencial area designed as the city expanded north, away from the medieval town.

Avenidas Novas is a place that mixes old bourgeois palaces with modern buildings in a luxurious setting, it is the favourite shopping spot in town, thanks to its multitude of shopping centres. It also sports several large green areas converted into parks and recreational areas.

Avenidas Novas has very good connections to public transport, but, as it is a major commercial abd business hub, you have to take into account the dreaded rush hours.

The area around Marqués de Pombal concentrates a lot of four-star accommodation at very low prices. It is theb best area to stay in Lisbon if you’re looking for pocket-friendly luxury.

Avenidas Novas - Best areas to stay in Lisbon

Avenidas Novas – Best areas to stay in Lisbon

Avenidas Novas - Click to see all hotels on a map

Avenidas Novas – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great public transport connectivity
  • Lots of parks
  • Relatively quiet at night
  • Shopping centres and boutiques
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church
  • Upmarket vibe

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Las Castilho Lisbon Suites is in the San Antonio district of Lisbon, 700 meters from Avenida Liberdade. All rooms have a private bathroom with bath or shower. – from €54.

  • Budget Option

    Silk Lisbon, a 3-minute walk from Picoas Metro Station, offers accommodation and free Wi-Fi. This B&B is on the 2nd floor of a century-old, typically Portuguese building. – from €59 .

  • Midrange Option

    HF Fenix Garden is a 4 star hotel located on Marquês de Pombal square, in the center of Lisbon. Eduardo VII Park and Marquês de Pombal Metro Station are a short walk from the hotel. – from €99 .

  • Luxury Option

    Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a 5-star hotel located 150 meters from Lisbon Zoo Metro Station and 5 minutes by metro from the famous Avenida da Liberdade. It has received several environmental awards and has 2 restaurants, as well as the largest spa in Lisbon. – from €139 .

 

 

 

3. Alfama

If there is a place in the city that can rival the charm of Lisbon’s city centre, that is the neighborhood of Alfama.

Alfama is located on the hills directly to the east of the city centre, in a privileged position to enjoy the magnificent views of Lisbon, its bridges and its spectacular sunsets.

This neighbourhood wasonce an old fisherman’s quarter that blossomed on the slopes around St. George’s Castle.

Alfama is the cradle of modern Lisbon culture, birthplace of Fado (typically Portuguese musical expression) and home to Feria de Ladra, the tram 28 and Mirador de Santa Lucia; possibly the most beautiful viewpoint in all of Western Europe.

It is a busy area for tourists, day and night.

The Alfama district is well connected with the rest of the city by trams. Santa Apolonia train station is also nearby.

Alfama - Best neighbourhoods to stay in Lisbon

Alfama – Best neighbourhoods to stay in Lisbon

Alfama - Click to see all hotels on a map

Alfama – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great historical value
  • Spectacular views
  • Very walkable (if you’re ok with hills)
  • Santa Lucia viewpoint
  • São Jorge Castle

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Hotel Convento do Salvador is located in Lisbon’s historic Alfama district, just a 6-minute walk from the emblematic São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral and the National Pantheon. There is free WiFi in all areas. – from €99.

 

 

 

4. Parque das Nações

The neighborhood of Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations) is undoubtedly the area most far removed from traditional Lisboan architecture and presents an ultramodern design with attractive contemporary spaces.

Located in the northern part of the city, it was the site of the 1998 Universal Exhibition and since then has preserved an athmosphere of its own.

It is a nice, modern area of town and a tourist attraction on its own right, however it can be a bit generic and lackluster.

Here, we can find the Lisbon cable car, which gives us a unique view of the Vasco de Gamma bridge and the futuristic Oriente train station, work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Although undoubtedly this area lacks the architectural charm of the Lisbon city centre, it is a great area to stay given the more than reasonable prices of accommodation options here.

Best areas to stay in Lisbon, Portugal - Parque das Nações

Best areas to stay in Lisbon, Portugal – Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações - Click to see all hotels on a map

Parque das Nações – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Modern architecture
  • Lisbon Cable Car
  • Relatively affordable
  • Lisbon Aquarium
  • Oriente train station

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Lutecia Smart Design Hotel is a 4 star design hotel. It has been recently renovated and has 9 themed floors and a fusion restaurant serving Portuguese and Indian cuisine. Roma-Areeiro Metro Station is about 200 meters away. – from €79.

 

 

 

5. Belém

Belem is one of the most charming districts of Lisbon.

Although it is not connected by metro (but by tram and train) and it’s located relatively far from the center, many tourists prefer to stay here because of the affordability of its rates and its proximity to historical must-see attractions such as the tower of Belém (symbol of the city) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

This area is also home to a different kind of Lisboan attraction; the world-known Pasteis de Belém; puff pastries filled with cream. You can buy them straight from the source at the Old Confectionery of Belém.

If you do not need to go out and return to your hotel several times in a day, this may be the neighborhood for you.

Best districts to stay in Lisbon - Belém

Best districts to stay in Lisbon – Belém

Belem - Click to see all hotels on a map

Belém – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Residencia Setubalense is a 19-minute walk from the beach in a renovated 17th-century building in the picturesque area of Belém. It offers modern rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony and city views. – from €54.

 

 

 

6. Arroios

Arroios is located to the northeast of Lisbon.

Separated from the center, but connected by metro by the green line, Arroios is an area that has many hotels and places to stay and is not at all considered touristy, this makes this municipality a much cheaper option than the rest of town and offers a rare opportunity to enjoy cafes, restaurants and shops in a more Lisboan way.

Among other benefits, parking spaces are abundant in Arroios and its nightlife is quite lively.

Arroios - Click to see all hotels on a map

Arroios – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Cheap accommodation
  • Local vibe
  • Great nightlife
  • Metro access
  • Parking spaces

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Top Pick

    Paradouro is a guest house offering good-value accommodation in Lisbon’s commercial center, just a 5-minute walk from Arroios Metro Station. The air-conditioned rooms have a private balcony and city views. – from €52.

 

 

 

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