Where to Stay in Lisbon ✔️ 9 Top Areas (by a LOCAL)

Vintage yellow tram on a cobblestone street in Lisbon, with traditional Portuguese buildings lining the road

Are you looking for where to stay in Lisbon? Fantastic! I am lucky to call Lisbon my home and happy to tell you everything I know about the city! 

I have done all the planning for you, so you can pick from the very best that Lisbon has to offer. You’ll be able to just pick your favorite area and hotel, and be on your merry way!

Spoiler alert: The best area in the city is Chiado, especially for first-timers. It is in the heart of the city and has landmarks and restaurants around every corner! 

Read this post because you will learn everything about tourists-friendly neighborhoods to stay in. Not only that, but I also went ahead and compared pretty much everything out there accommodation-wise and hand-picked the best of the best for you for different budgets. 

This way you can book your ideal accommodation in literally a couple of clicks!

Please note that Lisbon is super popular all year round, and hotels book fast. So, to get good deals and the best hotels, you must book in advance! 

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Here are some amazing Lisbon hotels in the city center sorted by prices (all of them have fabulous reviews, too!):


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here is a map with the 9 Lisbon districts I will be talking about in this post, so you can easily visualize them:

Colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Lisbon, Portugal, with distinct neighborhoods marked and labeled
  1. Chiado: for first-timers
  2. Baixa: for sightseeing
  3. Bairro Alto: for nightlife
  4. Alfama: for local atmosphere
  5. Avenida da Liberdade: for luxury and shopping
  6. Príncipe Real: the coolest area
  7. Estrela: for a budget stay
  8. Graça: for historical charm
  9. Parque das Nações: for familes

1. Chiado – where to stay in Lisbon for first-timers

Wide view of Rossio Square in Lisbon, with a patterned cobblestone pavement, a central fountain, and historic buildings in the background

If this is your first time visiting Lisbon, you will love staying in Chiado! It is the heart and center of the city!

Chiado has so much to offer, from tourist attractions, museums, and unique shops to upscale hotels! This nice mix of offerings makes it the best location for first-timers!

If you are a foodie, you MUST visit TimeOut Market Lisbon (map), a vibrant food court with hundreds of top-notch food joints. Here you can try Portuguese street food or international delights at the many restaurants onsite! 

Chiado is the home to the oldest bookstore in the world! Bertrand Bookshop opened in Lisbon in 1732!

Another iconic stop in Chiado is Ascensor da Bica (map), it was built in the 1900s and is still functioning! It can be a bit of a wait, but less if you come early in the morning. The price is €3.80 cash or a metro pass. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can totally walk to the view yourself, here is the point on the map to reach the view yourself – it is a nice 10 min walk. 

While there, check out Rua do Carmo, a shopping haven with everything from trendy boutiques to classic Portuguese stores.

Cais do Sodré is part of Chiado and it includes Pink Street – this area is bustling with bars and it can get super loud during the night. In this street you can also see burlesque shows (a great spot for this is Pensão Amor bar), street performances, night clubs, all kinds of bars and more!

And don’t worry about getting around. Chiado’s excellent public transport connections make exploring Lisbon easy and hassle-free.Below, you have the best hotels in Chiado. You can also check out our piece for the best hotels in Lisbon City Center for more superlative accommodation in the city.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Lisbon, Portugal: a quirky dining area with a vintage red car turned into a seating space,  a minimalist bedroom with a vibrant red accent wall, and a cozy living room with a colorful modern art piece and a unique cork coffee table.

This luxury hotel has an amazing rooftop terrace with a view of the Tagus River on one side and the Castelo de São Jorge on the other side. This 5-star hotel offers all the amenities you need, including a fabulous spa, fitness center, and bar!

Other accommodation options in Chiado

Mid-range
Exterior view of a classic building on Liberdade Avenue with outdoor seating of a cafe at the ground level under a clear sky

Set in a historic hotel filled with modern amenities. A great place to stay with an artsy atmosphere

budget
Simple and neat bedroom with a double bed, red headboard, white bedding, and framed photographs on the wall.

Stay in shared rooms and make friends on your vacation. The main sights are just a short walk

airbnb
Spacious living room with a large striped sofa, retro-style coffee table, and a black-and-white photograph of a crowd on the wall

Stay in a glamorous studio in the heart of Chiado. The decor is exquisite, and it features a marble bathroom

Things to do in Chiado

2. Baixa – where to stay in Lisbon for sightseeing

Crowded Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, showing people walking across the spacious square with the iconic Rua Augusta Arch in the background

Baixa is one of the most central neighborhoods, located next to Chiado, only a 7-10 minute walk away, and right along the same metro line! 

This would be the best neighborhood where to stay in Lisbon for a night since it is great for sightseeing! It nestles several landmarks and amazing restaurants.

Rossio Square is as central as it gets in the city; it is a meeting point for locals and tourists, a central hub with traditional Portuguese mosaic cobbles, cafes, and restaurants You can sit down at a local cafe and watch life go by with views of Rossio Square, and Dona Maria II National Theater.

Don’t forget to visit Rossio Train Station (SO beautiful, especially the entrance doors!), it is close to Rossio Square and its architecture is iconic! Btw, this is also going to be your getaway to Sintra if you decide to visit it by train. 

FUN FACT: I lived in the city for quite some time now, and only now, doing the research for this post, I learned that you actually can climb the beautiful arch of Praça do Comércio, the main square of the city. Tickets are 3,5EUR and you can buy them here

Do yourself a favor and go up for movie-like views of winding cobblestone streets and the Tagus River!

In the 18th century, Baxia was affected very severely by an earthquake, and then the whole area was rebuilt according to European city planning trends. Now, you will see unique neoclassical architecture in the Baixa district!

Other things to do in the area – there is a Lisbon Story Center museum, which is located right on Commercial Square, walk around the promenade of the Tagus River and have a coffee in one of the restaurants on Rua Augusta street (there are a lot of them there!). 

The ideal thing about this area is that it is within walking distance of all the other cool areas in the city, such as Alfama, Barrio Alto, and Chiado. Basically, all the walking tours pass by this district at some point!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos depicting elegant hotel rooms: a sleek work desk and a comfortable armchair by a large window, an inviting bed with a geometric headboard design and chic bedside lighting, and a refined sitting area with a vintage phonograph and bookshelves

This hotel is located within walking distance of the Baixa Chiado metro station. It is perfect for a relaxing vacation in downtown Lisbon. The interior design looks luxurious, and select rooms come with sweeping city views!

Other accommodation options in Baixa

mid-range
Bright and airy living room with modern furniture and a minimalist design in a Lisbon apartment

Located near the Baixa Chiado metro stop, this boutique hotel has easy access to main attractions, restaurants, and shopping centers

budget
Cozy hostel room with bunk beds, a small seating area, and a window in Lisbon

The hotel is located inside the historic Rossio train station. Popular sights and restaurants are within walking distance

airbnb
Chic bedroom with a large bed, mirrored closet doors, and natural light in a Lisbon home.

Situated at Baixa Chiado, this Airbnb has modern rooms with a balcony overlooking the city. Very close to the main attractions

Things to do in Baixa

  • Visit the interactive museum Lisbon Story Center and learn about Lisbon’s history
  • See the incredible architecture of Rua Augusta Arch and Praça do Comércio
  • Walk around the riverside and get yourself a pineapple cocktail from the Brazilian street vendors 
  • Uncover secrets of civilization at the Money Museum
  • Go shopping at the iconic Rua Augusta
  • Discover Portuguese traditional street food at Mercado de Baixa

3. Bairro Alto – for a vibrant nightlife scene

Panoramic view of Lisbon's terracotta rooftops, the São Jorge Castle, and the Tagus River from a high vantage point.

Bairro Alto is the party district of Lisbon! It is located only a 7 minute walk from Chiado and it’s the coolest neighborhood in Lisbon for nightlife. The food scene here slaps, and the area is filled with the trendiest wine bars!

At nighttime, the streets of Barrio Alto fill up with groups of friends with a bar-hopping mission. It can also get pretty crowded, with lots of tourists (especially in the summertime), so get ready to meet some fun people!

I personally recommend you first enjoy a sunset at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint (map). After that, head to Pavilhão Chinês, one of the most unique bars in Portugal!

Did you know Barrio Alto is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon? It dates back to the 16th century!

If you stay in Barrio Alto mainly for the nightlife and the parties but still want to enjoy the city’s attractions during the day, the area has some unique gems worth checking out! Aaaand, Cais the Sodre (the famous Pink Street) is only 10-15 mins walk away (downhill!). 

One of the must-visits in the area if you want to feel like a local is Zé Dos Bois Cultural Center. They have many local bands and DJs playing weekly and cool art exhibitions.

By the day, don’t forget to stop by the Church of Saint Roch, a Jesuit church dating from the 16th century. Its architecture is absolutely breathtaking! Convento do Carmo, a Gothic church and museum that houses an eclectic collection of archaeological treasures

NOTE: the only downside to this awesome area is how hilly it is! If you’re not prepared for some uphill climbs, it’s better to stay in Baixa, one of the flattest areas in Lisbon!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of a hotel to stay in Lisbon: a sophisticated lobby with black and white checkered flooring and chic tan leather chairs, a cozy bedroom with colorful art and modern design elements, and a rooftop view with comfortable outdoor seating overlooking the picturesque cityscape.

The Lumiares Hotel is definitely the best luxury place to stay in Bairro Alto. This stylish hotel has a garden terrace with river views, a spa, a fabulous fitness center, and a rooftop bar where you can enjoy Portuguese wines. The main sights are within walking distance, and family-friendly rooms are available too

Other accommodation options in Bairro Alto

mid-range
Patio dining area in a secluded courtyard with lush greenery and a modern glass backdoor in Lisbon

The hotel has a chic terrace and is located in a great area of Bairro Alto to discover sights and go out at night

budget
Elegant bedroom with a blue headboard, white bedding, decorative pillows, and a balcony overlooking the city

Stay in a gorgeous boutique guesthouse! Some rooms come with a balcony and dreamy views

airbnb
Elegant, simple living room with a yellow sofa, gray curtains, and decorative wall art in a Lisbon apartment

Set in a nice building, this Airbnb has beautifully decorated rooms and easy access to restaurants and the night scene

Things to do in Bairro Alto

  • Check out the street art of Bairro Alto at Travessa dos Fiéis de Deus
  • Admire interior design of Museu Sao Roque Church
  • Enjoy a play at the astonishing Teatro da Trindade INATEL
  • Have a romantic seafood dinner at Kais Restaurante
  • Take in the beautiful sights at São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint

4. Alfama – best for local atmosphere

Scenic view of Lisbon's historic architecture with the São Vicente de Fora monastery prominently visible among the terracotta rooftops

Located just east of downtown, Alfama is the city’s most romantic and historic part of the city. This makes it the ideal place to stay for couples since it offers a unique ambiance for exploring Lisbon!

Many apartments in Alfama are transformed into boutique hotels and homestays. So, If you want to feel like the locals on your Lisbon trip, my recommendation is 100% to stay in Alfama.

This neighborhood is ideal for checking out historical sights and the most impressive buildings set in cute cobblestone streets. The views from this district are also beautiful, thanks to its steep, hilly streets! 

Don’t forget to hop on the famous tram 28, an old beauty with wooden interiors from 1930. It takes you from Martim Moniz station to Campo de Ourique and goes through all the main attractions in the city! You can pay the €3 ticket fare in cash or get the Viva Viagem card! 

Alfama is home to the top sights in Lisbon. For instance, the incredible Castelo de Sao Jorge: this medieval castle complex is huge, the panoramic views to the city are amazing and you will gladly spend hours wandering around its ruins. 

Make sure you stop by Lisbon Cathedral (map) during your stay; it dates back to 1150, making it the oldest one in the city!

One of the things I can highly recommend you do in Alfama – switch off your GPS and just let yourself get lost in the labyrinthine of cobblestone alleyways there. You will not regret it, I promise!

Alfama is also the main hub for Saint Anthony Festival, the biggest traditional festival in Lisbon taking place in June. The streets get filled with colorful decorations, local elderly women sell ginjinha from their house windows, and fado is playing everywhere! 

You can experience the San Anthony Festival all around the city but in Alfama, the celebration goes to the next level, and the streets are packed! 

By the way, Fado (a traditional Portuguese music genre known for its melancholic, expressive melodies) was born in Alfama, so if you want to check out a show here is our guide for the best Fado restaurants in Lisbon!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of a hotel to stay in Lisbon: a bright bathroom with a unique window view, a spacious bedroom adorned with traditional blue and white tiles, and a cozy nook with vintage-style sepia-toned photographs and elegant lighting

This 5 star hotel is located in the historical center of Lisbon. The spacious hotel rooms have great city and Tagus River views and are set in a historic building. You’ll love the on-site restaurant and you’ll have easy access to the main sights of the city

Other accommodation options in Alfama

mid-range
Modern living room with geometric wall design, a blue sofa with purple cushions, and a glass coffee table

Stay in a cute apartment in the heart of Alfama. It comes with a kitchenette and room for 3 guests

budget
Bright bedroom with a minimalist design, featuring a double bed with white bedding and a modern desk by the window

Located in the historical center, the hotel with mid-range prices has rooms with panoramic river views

airbnb
Modern kitchen with a wooden dining table set for a meal, tiled floors, and a large window letting in natural light

Set in a historic building, this Airbnb has spacious rooms with garden views. Great value for money

Things to do in Alfama

5. Avenida da Liberdade – for luxury and shopping

Aerial view of Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon, showcasing the long, tree-lined boulevard stretching toward the Tagus River, with overcast skies above

Avenida da Liberdade is not exactly a neighborhood but a very long street, and it is one of the most luxurious areas in all of Lisbon.

Here you can find high-end brands, designer shops, as well as the most breathtaking upscale hotels and restaurants! It is a great area for shopping and fine dining!

The avenue is super picturesque and has beautiful buildings all around, and in the middle of the avenue, there is an esplanade full of greenery where you can sit down on a bench and watch the scenery!

On one of the ends of the avenue, you can find an iconic roundabout with a statue of Marques De Pombal, which gives the same name to the roundabout and its metro station! 

Behind Marques De Pombal lies Parque Eduardo VII (map). An astonishing park – and quite inclined – with fountains and Estufa Fria Botanic Garden, and a beautiful event venue, Carlos Lopes Pavillion.

Don’t forget to visit the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, in the Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, only a 10-minute walk from Parque Eduardo VII. An art museum and garden not to be missed!

At the other end of Avenida da Liberdade, you have trendy Baixa (15 to 30 min walking depending on where you are), so the area is super central!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three images from the Heritage Avenida Liberdade hotel: an inviting hotel room with a chic bed and decorative headboard, a stylish corner with a leather chair and elegant fireplace, and an indoor pool adorned with a classical mural

This luxurious hotel is located right on Avenida da Liberdade. Top attractions like the famous Pink Street are only a scenic 20-minute walk away. It features a delightful decor with a unique eclectic vibe. The rooms are spacious and come with upscale furniture. Some of them have a balcony with views.

Other accommodation options in Avenida da Liberdade

Mid-range
Outdoor hotel pool surrounded by lounging chairs on a wooden deck with trees in the background

Located steps away from Avenida metro stations! This hotel is chic and comes with a stunning swimming pool

Budget
Cozy bedroom with a neutral color scheme, featuring a bed with beige bedding and a woven headboard with a book and a hat placed on it

This cozy boutique hotel will charm you with its unique style! Located steps away from central Lisbon

Airbnb
Contemporary living area with a green sofa, round coffee table, and large windows providing ample natural light

Feel at home at this artsy Airbnb! It comes with a private garden, and there is an indoor pool onsite

Things to do in Avenida da Liberdade 

  • Go for a refreshing walk at Parque Eduardo VII
  • Discover exotic plants at Estufa Fria Botanic Garden
  • Check out Calouste Gulbenkian Museum ancient art collection 
  • Take a photo in front of Marques De Pombal statue

6. Príncipe Real – the coolest area to stay in Lisbon

Twilight over Lisbon streets showcasing the grandeur of the Rossio Railway Station with its distinctive architecture and façades

Príncipe Real is located north from Bairro Alto and a 20-minute walk from the city center. It is a modern and deluxe residential area with cool coffee shops, unique restaurants, funky bars, and luxury shops. 

Príncipe Real is highly recommended if you’re not a big fan of the crowds of Bairro Alto! It’s calmer and more relaxed, but it also offers a lot of cool things on its own! It’s also the safest area to stay in Lisbon, so it’s a great choice all around. 

One of the most iconic things to see in the area is Ebaixada, a stunning 20th-century neo-arab palace turned into a hip, upscale mall. Here you can find from acclaimed brands to trendy restaurants. I suggest Gin Lovers Bar and Restaurant for a royal setting and service!

Principe Real nestles Lisbon Botanic Garden home to around 1500 different plant species, and founded in 1878!

By the way, you should definitely check out Jardim do Principe Real. A cute city park where you can enjoy a picnic and some good old people-watching to get the local vibe (tee-hee). 

Some nice activities you can do with the family is visiting the Science and Natural History Museum. Or wander around the stunning Botanic Garden, which will amaze the little ones and grown-ups the same! PRO TIP: Get the combo ticket; it’s a great deal!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three images of a hotel to stay in Lisabon: an aerial view of an elegant outdoor patio with modern furniture next to a shimmering pool, a serene bedroom with a plush bed and a faux fur blanket with city views, and a stylish restaurant with a chic array of hanging lights and contemporary seating arrangements.

This luxury hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with a river view, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel rooms are decorated with premium products and equipped with a modern TV. Steps away from São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint.

Other accommodation options in Príncipe Real 

mid-range
Elegant bedroom with green walls, ornate white moldings, and large windows leading to a classic wrought-iron balcony

A very nicely decorated 4-star place in Lisbon’s trendy district with quick access to downtown

budget
Sunny street view of a traditional yellow corner building with white windows in Lisbon, with cars parked alongside.

Beautiful property featuring a charming traditional style. It offers private rooms for travelers with a tight budget

airbnb
Tranquil outdoor patio with wooden decking, comfortable chairs, and lush potted plants creating a serene urban oasis

Charming Airbnb is located in Lisbon’s residential area. The place has a nice terrace with great amenities

Things to do in Príncipe Real 

  • Check out Portuguese designer boutiques at Embaixada Mall
  • Explore cinema history at the spectacular Cinemateca 
  • Discover designer boutiques and upscale restaurants in Avenida da Liberdade 
  • Visit the Botanical Garden of Lisbon and enjoy the nature

7. Estrela – where to stay on a budget

The classic facade of the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, displaying large banners of historical figures against a blue sky with wispy clouds

Estrela is a cute area in Lisbon that nestles a park with the same name and expands to the south until it reaches the river.

The area is beautiful and quiet compared with the nearby neighborhoods of Baixa and Barrio Alto, most expats live here so there is no shortage of nice restaurants too. Which BTW you can reach in only 10 minutes with public transport! 

Since Estrela is not in the heart of the action and is not as popular as other areas, accommodation here tends to be cheaper. 

Did you know the former LX Factory building dates from 1846? First, the space was used for a textile company and later a food company. Now is a creative hub where you can find trendy restaurants and boutique stores, and attend events!

In Estrela you can visit the National Museum of Ancient Art and discover beautiful European art. If you want something different, the Museum of the Oriente has a wide collection of Asian art!

I highly recommend you visit the beautiful beach of Costa de Caparica if you are staying in Estrela. You can reach this little piece of paradise in only 15 minutes by car (taking the famous red bridge)! 

PRO TIP: If you find accommodation in Campo de Ourique (just a bit north from Estrela), consider booking there too! The area is good; the only thing is that it is not a lot of public transport from there, but Uber is available and fairly cheap!

Luxury hotel
A collage of pictures from the The Felix 10 hotel: a bedroom featuring bold floral wallpaper, a serene balcony set for relaxation amidst greenery, and a rooftop offering cityscape views and a spot for sunbathing

I am obsessed with this hotel! It is modern, luxurious, and eclectic! A unique accommodation to spend a trendy stay in Lisbon. The rooftop terrace is ideal for enjoying a sunset with a glass of wine in hand and good company! The property comes with a spa center and an optional breakfast.

Other accommodation options in Estrela

Mid-range
Bright and colorful open living space with a blue sofa, yellow chairs, an orange dining set, and a modern white kitchen in the background.

Feel like a local staying at these trendy and bright apartments. The biggest apartment hosts 4 guests

Budget
Attic bedroom with skylight, featuring a double bed with white linen and orange pillows, and a rustic wooden floor

Stay in beautiful budget apartments at this boutique hotel. The terrace and garden are perfect for relaxing

Airbnb
Cozy lounge area with a beige tufted chair, a fireplace, and wall-mounted lights, complemented by a flatscreen TV and indoor plants

Charming Airbnb featuring river views. It comes with everything you need for a comfy stay

Things to do in Estrela

  • Get artsy and attend events at LX Factory
  • See beautiful art pieces at The National Museum of Ancient Art
  • Have a picnic at Jardim da Estrela
  • Go on a day trip to Costa de Caparica (full guide on what to do is here)

8. Graça – where to stay for historical charm

Scenic view from the Miradouro da Graça in Lisbon, with a large tree framing the historic castle of São Jorge and the cityscape extending to the Tagus River

This is one of the best neighborhoods for a unique local fee, and it is located North of Alfama. And while it shares its charm and historical significance, this area has far fewer tourists than the latter! Which is a huge plus!

Get lost and wander around the hilly streets of the neighborhood and stop by one of the many non-touristy restaurants! I highly suggest you try out O Pitéu da Graça, the decor is beautiful!

One of the main attractions in the area is Miradouro da Graça (map), an iconic terrace with unbeatable views of the city. This viewpoint is located in Jardim da Cerca da Graça, a great place to relax and have a coffee like a local would! Another great one, a bit more north, is Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (map). 

One of the best things about staying in this neighborhood is that all of the main attractions are around a 10-30 minute walk depending on where you want to go! For example, Castelo de São Jorge is only a short walk away from the area (aaaand, it is only downhill from there!).

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures from the Riverview Historical Lisbon hotel: a sunny bedroom with colorful accents and classic charm, a picturesque balcony overlooking quaint streets, and a comfortable living space

This property features apartments with the most adorable decoration, it is unique with a traditional touch! There is a picturesque patio and rooftop terrace available for guests! The location is simply perfect, steps away from São Jorge Castle and Elevador de Santa Justa.

Other accommodation options in Graca 

Mid-range
Sunny rooftop terrace with blue Acapulco chairs, a small round table, and potted plants, set against a cobblestone floor and a clear sky

Stay in a lovely apartment and feel like a local! The apartment is modern and features unique city views

Budget
Minimalist attic bedroom with a grey bedspread, side tables with lamps, and a bean bag, showcasing a skylight and sloped ceiling

This budget hotel is a hidden gem! The decor is incredible, and the rooms are cozy with a traditional touch

Airbnb
Stylish living room with a grey sectional sofa, a bookshelf, and a panoramic city view through large windows under a sloped ceiling

Stunning apartment with unspoiled views of the city and a furnished terrace. The property is great for 2 guests

Things to do in Graca

  • Catch a Sunset at Grace Viewpoint
  • Discover 17th secrets at the National Pantheon 
  • Go graffiti hunting through the cobblestone streets of Graca
  • Feel like a local and try out Ginja at Camones – Artes Bar

9. Parque das Nações – where to stay with a family

Overhead view of the modern Parque das Nações district in Lisbon, featuring contemporary architecture and the Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River

While it might not be centrally located (about 30 min away by metro), it is a great place for those looking to do mainly kids friendly activities and/or visiting not the first time (Park of Nations has A LOT of hotels to choose from). 

This area was actually built from scratch for the famous Expo 98 World Fair, which was celebrated in the Pavilhão de Portugal. Nowadays, Web Summit is celebrated in the neighborhood, so if you are attending, this area and its big modern hotels and restaurants will suit you!

One of the most iconic attractions in the area is the Lisbon Oceanarium. Here, you can see the most beautiful ocean creatures and learn about how to preserve their habitat. 

The Science Museum known as Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva will charm kids and adults! Most of the exhibitions are interactive, so everyone will have fun while learning!

Don’t forget to take the Funicular that takes you from the north to the south area of Parque das Nações. Everyone will love the incredible river views you can enjoy from the scenic aerial lift ride!

Check out our comprehensive guide to the best family-friendly resorts in Portugal for more family fun!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos from the MYRIAD Hotel by SANA Hotels: the hotel's striking modern architecture reflected in waterfront views, a luxurious room with sea views and chic red decor, and an elegant lounge area with panoramic windows

This five-star hotel is located in the heart of Parque das Nações by the waterfront. Wake up to unspoiled views of Tagus River, and head to the common saloon to enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The hotel comes with a swimming pool. The spa center offers massages and comes with a sauna.

Other accommodation options in Parque das Nações

Mid-range
Elegant hotel lobby with a curved white sofa, tall indoor plants, and a sleek modern decor under a high ceiling with natural light

This trendy hotel offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Tagus River. It features a fitness center

Budget
Modern hotel exterior with a distinctive red artwork on the facade, adjacent to a landscaped walkway.

This budget hotel feels so luxurious and comfortable! The rooms are modern and cozy!

Airbnb
Trendy twin bedroom with a bold red accent wall featuring geometric white lines, complemented by contemporary decor and a window view

Cool studio apartment steps away from the waterfront and all the area’s main attractions. Hosts 2 guests

Things to do in Parque das Nações

👑 Luxury price:€200
💵 Mid-range hotel:€100
🛏️ Budget:€60
📍 Best area:Chiado
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Martinhal Lisbon Chiado
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Blue Liberdade
👛 Best budget hotel:Inn Possible Lisbon

BONUS 1: Where to stay in Belém

The iconic Belém Tower at the edge of the Tagus River in Lisbon, with a backdrop of tree-lined streets and distant modern apartment buildings

Belém is technically not in Lisbon, but tourists always make some time to visit it because it is a) worth it b)located only a 20-minute ride away from the city center. 

If you are visiting for the second time and/or looking for more budget options and don’t mind commuting, this is something to consider. 

Belém is quite a relaxed and laid-back zone and nestles a great deal of attractions and history. It has a broad scenic waterfront area, and presents flat and wide streets, so Belém will feel SUPER airy and spacious compared to the hilly and narrow streets of Lisbon Old Town!

One of the most iconic things about this place is the Pastéis de Belém bakery, where they have been making the traditional Pastel de Belem since 1837. 

Another iconic sight is the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), the stunning 16th-century fortification by the Tagus River. The MAAT Gallery, a unique and innovative Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, that kids and adults will love!  

Don’t forget to take a photo in front of The Monument of the Discoveries during your stay. And visit the unique Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Some people just visit it on a day trip, but honestly, it is so close to the city it just makes sense to stay here, too! Below, you can check out some top hotels in the area!

  • Luxury (from €200 and up): Wine & Books Lisboa Hotel – This hotel is a beautiful oasis located steps away from all of Belém main attractions. The rooms look like a wonderful mirage, I recommend the suite for couples! Relax at the onsite spa, and have an upscale meal at the onsite restaurant.
  • Mid-Range (from €100 to €200): Geronimo Guest House Belém – This hotel is so quirky and artsy, you will love it! Some of the rooms come with a jacuzzi, and some others with a balcony and unspoiled views of the city! It is located a short walk away from the MAAT Gallery.
  • Budget (up to €100): Famous Crows Lisbon Suites – Stay at this stunning budget hotel and enjoy its value for money! It is located steps away from the waterfront and all of Belém’s main attractions. Rooms are comfortable and modern!

BONUS 2: Best beachfront hotels near Lisbon

Aerial shot of a luxurious beachfront hotel near Lisbon, showing its proximity to the sandy beach and the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean

If you are looking for the best place to stay in Lisbon near the beach, I have some amazing accommodation recommendations for you! 

These aren’t in Lisbon city center, as there aren’t really any beaches there. But the Lisbon coastline is absolutely beautiful, and these hotels aren’t far from the center. so you’ve got to check out these options if you’re a beach bunny!

Here you have the top beachfront hotels along the Lisbon coast:

  • Estoril Vintage Hotel – this exquisite hotel, located in Monte Estoril, features the MOST stunning 19th century estate house architecture and design. The outdoor swimming pool features sweeping beach views. The complimentary breakfast can be served on the terrace and offers many Portuguese delights. Rooms are spacious and come with en suite bathrooms.
  • Westlight Cascais Chalet – stay in a modern adults-only hotel in the heart of Cascais! This property comes with a trendy and luxurious interior design. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning. The rooms come with air conditioning, and select rooms come with balcony and sea views.
  • Suites Guest House – feel right at home, staying at this deluxe guest house! This property offers rooms for solo travelers and big groups. Some of the rooms come with a kitchenette. The guest house is located within walking distance of Cascais restaurants and souvenir shops.
  • T1 Sea & Pool – stunning property by the ocean, and with Caxias Beach just a short 10-minute walk away! The building comes with an incredible rooftop swimming pool with sweeping views. It can host groups of 4 members.
  • 7 Castelos – this Oeiras apartment is only a 5-minute walk away from the beach! It is perfect for those looking for a homey feel! The 1 bedroom apartment has a kitchen and a lovely balcony where you can have breakfast!
  • Vila Gale Collection Palácio dos Arcos – located in Oeiras, and with Caxias beach only a 15-minute walk away! The hotel comes with a spa center, an outdoor swimming pool, and a playground for kids. Making it great for families. Select rooms come with ocean views!

BONUS 3: Best airport hotels in Lisbon

Spacious interior of Lisbon Airport with a large glass facade, people descending on escalators, and the bright, open atrium with travelers and shops

If you are wondering where to stay in Lisbon for 1 night because you are catching an early flight in the morning, I’ve got you!

I have gathered the best lodging in Lisbon near Humberto Delgado Airport for a stress-free flight and restoring sleep:

  • Meliá Lisboa Aeroporto – feel at ease staying at Meliá! There is a spa center and swimming pools onsite so that you can relax before a good night’s sleep! It comes with a complimentary breakfast you can have before heading to the airport. It offers a free airport shuttle to all guests.
  • Star Inn Lisbon Airport – this hotel comes with everything you need for a relaxing stay before catching a flight! It offers a free breakfast and a free airport shuttle service. There is an onsite restaurant and bar available to all guests!
  • Be My Neighbour – this property is within walking distance of the airport. You can get there in 10 minutes! There are a few restaurants nearby for a filling dinner. It offers a homey vibe, which is great for an easy breezy sleep!

FAQs about where to stay in Lisbon

Classic Lisbon yellow tram navigating a narrow street, lined with traditional buildings, under the clear blue sky

🗺️ Which is the best area to stay in Lisbon?

Baixa and Chiado are the best areas to stay in Lisbon for the first time. Just next to them, Alfama is another alternative to stay in Lisbon with its historical texture.

🚶‍♂️ Is Lisbon a walkable city?

Yes, Lisbon is a walkable city. However, there are lots of hills, so taking public transportation will help you to get around. Also, it is fun to take vintage trolleys!

🤔 Is Lisbon safe at night?

Yes! The main tourist areas of Lisbon are very safe and alive at night. Especially these central areas I am mentioning. The first time I visited Lisbon was on my own, and felt safe! Of course, you need to watch your stuff like in any other big city!

⏱️ How many days do you need in Lisbon?

3 days is enough to explore the main districts of Lisbon, including sightseeing, experiencing the nightlife, and attending some nice activities. Add one day each if you want to visit Belem and castles outside.

🗓️ What is the best month to visit Lisbon?

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October. In these periods the weather is still warm, accommodation in Lisbon is cheaper, and you can avoid the tourist crowds.

💰 Is Lisbon expensive to travel to?

Lisbon is one of the least expensive capital cities in Europe to travel to. So compared to other European cities, hotels and market prices are cheaper in Lisbon.

🕺 Where is the best place to stay in Lisbon for a weekend?

If you are looking for where to stay in Lisbon for 2 nights or a weekend, I recommend Barrio Alto, especially if you want to party! If you want to see the historical landmarks, I suggest Chiado, the best area for tourists.

⛔ Which areas to avoid staying in Lisbon?

If you are wondering where not to stay in Lisbon, then avoid Cova da Moura. It is a city slum and an area tourists should avoid. All the areas I am mentioning above are safe. That being said, you need to watch your belongings and be cautious, like in any other capital city.

Conclusion

The writer of the article exploring the ornate Gothic architecture of the Tower of Belém in Lisbon, with stone carvings and the Tagus River in the background

That is all for today, now you know where to stay in Lisbon, the city that I proudly call home! Plus, you’ve got some cool airport lodging in Lisbon, beachfront hotels, plus airport hotels for a convenient check-in!

I totally loved all the hotels I am recommending, but if I had to choose only 2 options, these were my favorite:

  • Hotel da Baixa – love the location in the heart of the city! Also the style is super luxurious! 
  • Hotel Convento do Salvador – the hotel is so modern and cute! The indoor patio looks like the perfect place to relax!

Lisbon is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Europe, so, if you don’t want to miss your perfect place or the great prices, you NEED to book your hotel now!

Which one of these Lisbon neighborhoods was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy your time in Portugal, 

Yulia


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