Throughout my 4-day visit to Lisbon last year, I stayed with a friend in a suburb called Odivelas which was a twenty-minute commute by metro to the city centre. I didn’t spend time researching on where to stay, and so, I have no personal recommendations or reviews on accommodations in Lisbon. However, I have gathered a list of accommodations based on personal recommendations from 13 travel bloggers.
Depending on your budget and preferences, here’s a fairly good selection of hostels, hotels and an apartment in Lisbon for you to consider and to choose from:
*Also Read: Discover Lisbon with Lisboa Card
Oasis Backpackers Hostel
Amy – Globetrotter Guru
I had an amazing stay at the Oasis Backpackers Hostel a few years back when touring Portugal. I found it to be clean and friendly with good WIFI. Oasis backpackers Hostel is centrally located and walkable from Lisbon train stations – around 15-20 minutes’ walk from Lisboa Rossio and 30 minutes from Santa Apalonia.
The beds at Oasis Backpackers are predominantly dorms of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 14 beds. There is one double room available, but if you are looking to secure this, book in advance – it goes quickly! The main reception has a cool retro-vibe social area where people come together to discuss travel plans and use their laptops. There’s a beer garden out the back which is extremely sociable, especially when they hold their BBQ nights! What I love most about this hostel is the friendly atmosphere and well-organised social activities.
Home Hostel Lisbon
Patrick – German Backpacker
Rated as one of the best hostels in the world, Home Hostel Lisbon is a great place to stay if you want to have an unforgettable experience in Lisbon. The hostel offers a variety of clean and nice dormitories and prices are around 20€ a night. There’s fast internet and good breakfast and the hostel also organizes some trips to nearby places (e.g. for surfing). The location is excellent and directly in the city center.
The one thing that makes Home Hostel Lisbon so special is the social and great atmosphere. There’s a big common area, where it’s easy to meet other travelers. Every evening, everyone is welcome to join for the famous “Mama’s Dinner” when the hostel manager’s mother cooks a delicious meal for the guests. The dinner creates a very familiar vibe, with everyone eating, socializing and drinking together. Especially if you’re a solo traveler, this is the place to stay!
Parampara – Awara Diaries
In a bustling city like Lisbon, it’s key to have an accommodation that makes the city accessible without throwing you in the typical touristy areas. I was lucky to find Ambiente Hostel in the heart of Lisbon. The key reason I picked this stay was for the location and the cost. At $20 per night, breakfast included this was a steal deal especially with the key attractions being less than 15 minutes walking, yet it wasn’t in a very touristy area.
Ambiente Hostel was a typical Portuguese home with fine traditional architecture that was recently converted into a hostel for backpackers. Except for the bunk beds, it was like staying in a Portuguese home. From the rooms to the kitchen to the bathrooms, everything was extremely beautiful and well maintained. Look out for the quaint little pieces of décor that are spread all across the hostel!
The hostel also has all basic amenities like laundry, storage room, fully equipped kitchen, play station, TV and internet. Most importantly, it has the best hosts who take utmost care of the hostel and its guests.
I always recommend this property to anyone travelling to Lisbon simply because this property is no less than luxury on a budget. The vibe of this hostel and their hospitality will win you over. It’s a great place to stay, and an even better place to meet some awesome like-minded travellers from across the globe!
Danielle – The Thought Card
Lookout Lisbon! Hostel is a backpacker’s hostel right outside Bairro Alto, a popular bohemian district with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in Central Lisbon.
Lookout Lisbon! Hostel offers free buffet breakfast and hosts events and a variety of walking tours and street art tours. It even offers day trips to the beach and nearby destinations like the village of Sintra.
One of my favorite things about this hostel are the floor-to-ceiling patio doors that lead to a small balcony with fantastic views of the viewpoint Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcântara. In addition the cozy common room with high ceilings and colorful couches, this is the perfect place to enjoy a cool breeze, read a book or people watch!
The average cost for a single bed in a shared room is 25€ per night.
Good Morning Lisbon Hostel
Lydia – Lydiascapes Travel
It was a lovely and cosy place to stay in bustling Lisbon, located in an accessible central part of Lisbon. One of the most welcoming and homely hostels I have ever stayed in my life.
Rates start from US$26 a night for a 10-person mixed dorm, and that’s a steal because they have special daily treats for their hostel-lites like Free Soup day and Free Tox Detox Night; where they serve free sangria beer that night during happy hour and encourage the hostel guests/ outsiders to gather, take break from their phones/ 3G and mingle with each other.
My personal favourite is their daily breakfast, where they serve freshly toasted sandwiches and have a big jar of Nutella for us to spread on your toasts and share the love and friendship. Sounds like a really fun interactive hostel isn’t it?
Alya – Stingy Nomads
I went to Lisbon for the first time in March which is quite off-season but I still decided to book a hostel in advance just to have a place for the first night, I arrived by bus from the South of Spain.
After checking different options, I booked The Independente Hostel & Suites, it had great reviews, good prices and excellent location. It wasn’t difficult to find it. When I saw the building, I was quite surprised it looked like an old palace, not what you would expect a hostel look like.
I arrived quite late and was a bit tired, the receptionist was extremely nice and helpful, they accommodated me immediately, gave some information about the hotel and the surroundings and reminded me about the included breakfast; muesli, yoghurt, tea/coffee and fruit. Inside the hostel everything was new, nice, cozy and very clean. I loved the living and dining room; very big, with a fireplace, comfortable couches, board games and a balcony with a stunning view on the River and the city.
*Price from US$22 for a dorm bed.
Hotel Santa Justa
Chris – Amateur Traveler
I stayed at the Hotel Santa Justa last time I was in Lisbon. I am seeing prices right now as low as $127 for this beautiful 4-star modern boutique hotel which is located in the middle of Lisbon’s pedestrian-only Old Town. This is a great home base for exploring the city. The classic facade of the building belies a very modern interior style. The street outside is lined with sidewalk cafes and shops. It is an easy walk to anywhere in the older part of Lisbon or up to the Castelo de São Jorge from the hotel.
Altis Avenida Hotel
Inma – A World to Travel
The Altis Avenida, a 5-start charming boutique hotel I stayed in last year is located right in Restauradores square, in the city center of Lisbon.
Although my time there was really short, as I was headed to an Alentejo road trip next, I enjoyed my stay to the nines. My room, on the last floor, had a balcony over Restauradores square where I was taking some pictures at night. I also had dinner in their restaurant and breakfast in the rooftop terrace. Both great and, again, with awesome views of Lisbon. But it was the unique retro urban chic decor and furniture from the 40s what I loved the most. Seriously inspiring and the perfect base for all your Lisbon explorations.
*Prices start from 160€.
Altis Bélem Hotel & Spa
Eileen – Pure Wander
It’s always fun to stay in the heart of the city, but when it comes to Lisbon and a luxury trip, you’ll want to be near it’s iconic waterway. This gives you space to explore and a beautiful base to temporarily call home.
The Altis Belem is steps from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and features innovative design that accentuates its natural surroundings. Each room allows loads of light into its interior, overlooking a small marina and pedestrians. The hotel’s design also celebrates Portuguese conquest with brightly colored wallpaper depicting various leaders and stories.
The luxurious perks found at Altis Belem are the real show stoppers: a Michelin-star rates restaurant on site and an alluring underground spa with soaking hot and cold pools. It’s the ideal spot to relax and unwind from the busy city.
*Prices start from $200.
HF Fenix Music Hotel
Kylie – Between England and Iowa
The HF Fenix Music hotel is located a few minutes’ walk away from the Marques de Pombal metro station. What makes this hotel unique is its music theme! The reception desk is a drum kit, the bar is a piano, each floor of rooms is dedicated to a different genre and on the lower level there is even a music room with a guitar that can be played! The hotel has lots of modern features including a rooftop swimming pool, the rooms have automatic window blinds, bluetooth speakers and mood lighting. The free continental breakfast has juices and yoghurt served in individual glass bottles and jars!
*Average room rate per night (2 people including breakfast): $110
Lara – Heart of Everywhere
Casa Balthazar could be just one of the many great accommodations Lisbon has to offer to its visitors, but Casa Balthazar is much more than a great accommodation.
Casa Balthazar is a boutique hotel. This property has only 17 rooms. All the rooms have an elegant decoration, some also offer breathtaking city views. However, the distinctive factor between this accommodation and all the others are the rooms that besides having a terrace with magnificent city views also offer a jacuzzi on the balcony. There are three of these amazing rooms.
When the morning comes, whatever the room you have chosen, you can always count with a free and delicious breakfast knocking on your door room.
*Rooms with city views and jacuzzi- Average cost per night: 221 – 394 USD
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
Kathryn – Boutique Travel Blog
I stayed at the sustainable 4-star boutique hotel, Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, just north of the historic city centre for a long weekend on a solo trip to Lisbon.
When the hotel was renovated the original façade was kept with wrought iron balconies. Inside it has a modern design and layout with bold shapes and colours, following Feng Shui principles throughout. Each of the 89 rooms is themed on one of the elements – earth, water, fire, metal and wood and every mod con imaginable. The staff were wonderful and I had a fabulous massage in the spa here.
What really made this hotel stand out for me, however, was the incredible sustainability and corporate responsibility policies and practices of the hotel including their involvement with a number of local community groups.
Lisbon Historic Center Apartments
Bec – Wyld Family Travel
Lisbon Historic Center Apartments has been a brilliant place for my family and I to stay. We have loved it so much we stayed there on our second trip to Lisbon and we will when we return next time too.
We love it because it is very tidy and well cared for, it is close to Largo do Carmo, so dinner and some music in the square is a great way to end the day with a short walk home. There is a little supermarket a few doors down and the lady in there becomes your friend after a couple of days and greets you with a smile but most importantly, it is well-equipped for our family of four and if we have ever needed anything, it has never been a hassle to help us out.
At roughly 90USD per night for a 2-bedroom apartment, I think it is perfect for families or friends wanting a brilliant place to stay in Lisbon.
I love places I can take my family and feel like I can make a home in a place we have never been, a place where I feel safe and secure and for me Lisbon Historic Apartments ticks all the boxes.
*Also Read: Sintra – Day Trip From Lisbon
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