- Memmo Alfama Hotel
- Casa Dell’Arte Club House
- Convento do Salvador Hotel
- Eurostars Museum Hotel
- Olissippo Castelo Hotel
- Palacete Chafariz d’El Rei
- Santiago de Alfama Boutique Hotel
- Solar do Castelo
- Solar dos Mouros
Hidden in a quiet alley behind the cathedral, this design hotel overlooks all of Alfama. It has 42 rooms, a wine bar, and a terrace with a small rooftop pool. If you’re looking for a romantic place with a view, this is it.
The building dates from 1783, but the monumentally-tiled façade is from 1860. It’s arguably Lisbon’s most beautiful tiled building, and is always photographed by those who visit the city’s flea market, which takes place right outside every Saturday and Tuesday. More tile panels cover the interior, mixing antiques and 20th-century productions. There are just three suites, with a regal décor and pieces of art (paintings and sculpture) from the owner’s collection.
A convent founded in 1392 and which only closed in 1884, has become a cultural center and is now also a modern hotel. It presents several works of art by contemporary Portuguese artists, and each of the 43 rooms has a simple, modern décor. Some have river views, others look out to the traditional Alfama houses. Popular tram 28 passes right by the door, and many of the city’s top attractions (such as the castle and the St. Vincent Monastery) are within walking distance.
Part of a 16th-century palace was renovated, and a new building was built for the creation of this 5-star hotel on the waterfront in Alfama. It has almost 100 rooms and suites, and offers an indoor pool, a spa, gym and restaurant, as well as the museum it’s named after (which is open to everyone on pre-booked guided tours). It’s an archaeological museum that shows about 8000 years of everyday life in Lisbon, through over 60 Phoenician, Roman and Moorish artifacts found on the site during the hotel’s construction in 2017. The oldest piece is a funerary stone with Phoenician writing, saying “Wadbar, son of Lbadar,” and is said to be the oldest found in Western Europe. The highlight, however, is a mosaic from a Roman house. It’s one of only two complete Roman mosaics that survive in Lisbon, and the only one in color. You can still see the old city wall, a Roman well, coins, medals and a curious collection of pipes. The hotel's theme is the Age of Discovery (with reproductions of 16th-century maps and of passages from Vasco da Gama's journal from his first trip to India), and the restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine.
Opened in 2003, this hotel offers classically-furnished rooms. It's found by the castle, in one of the most tranquil areas of the city, and some of the rooms have wonderful views. If you want peace and quiet, this is the place for you, although you should know that it's a steep walk up from downtown.
One hundred years after it was built as a private mansion, this romantic building opened as one of Lisbon's most charming hotels. The complete refurbishment in 2009 maintained much of the early-20th-century atmosphere and the neo-Moorish architecture. All of the suites are unique and beautifully designed, and breakfast is served in a room looking out to the river. Connected to the building is Lisbon's oldest fountain, first built in the 12th century and a major water source in the 16th century, when it supplied many of the Portuguese explorers’ ships with water for their journeys.
A 15th-century building (that was originally a palace and then a shirt factory) is now a romantic 5-star hotel. It’s found between the castle and two of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city (Santa Luzia and Portas do Sol), and only has 19 rooms, all of them unique. Some offer garden views, others look over Alfama’s rooftops. The service includes a restaurant with outdoor seating, a bar, a shop with Portuguese products, a meeting room, and a "beauty bar."
If the romantic idea of sleeping in a castle appeals to you, this is as close as you get to that in Lisbon. It's an 18th-century mansion inside the castle walls (it's believed to have been the site of the castle kitchens) and offers an authentic Lisbon experience, featuring traditional cobbled pavements and tile panels. It also displays Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish artifacts found during the building's renovation in the 1990s. In the fourteen rooms are classic wooden furnishings mixed with the contemporary touches expected in a modern boutique hotel. Outside is a lovely patio to catch some sun or to relax reading a book in the company of roaming peacocks (which regularly visit from the castle garden across the wall).
Located up on a hill by the castle, this intimate and romantic hotel offers some of the best views of Lisbon. It has just over a dozen rooms, and is lovingly decorated throughout, including with paintings by the owner and other artists. It’s therefore the place for those who like smaller and authentic hotels.