Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon

Set high on seven cinematic hillsides that keep a watchful eye over the picturesque River Tagus, Portugal’s balmy historic capital is becoming an increasingly de rigueur city break destination. Once visited, it’s easy to see why – Lisbon is a picture-perfect panorama of ancient ruins, glitzy cafes and boutique shops and white-doomed cathedrals all lining a maze of cobbled alleyways and encircled by a sea of terracotta roofs. There are many enticing reasons to visit the centuries-old city, including chic Michelin-starred restaurants and gourmet-food markets galore, a cosmopolitan waterfront where it’s almost essential to kick back and sip on expressos, numerous terraced viewpoints where you gaze in awe at the no-filter necessary sunsets and a burgeoning art scene. With this new found love for creativity overspilling into their blossoming collection of trendy hotels, there’s also no shortage of truly beautiful places to stay. Here are 15 of the best cool and unique hotels to stay in Lisbon (in no particular order)…

WC Beautique Hotel – trendy and unique boutique

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Set in the heart of the downtown Avenida Almirante Reis, the exceptionally rated WC Beautique Hotel is a stunning example of how to dispel the idea that all hotels should look and feel the same. Uniquely decorated and conceived to celebrate the beauty of modern day bathrooms, the hip and cool Lisbon hotel features a lobby area with two huge stand-alone bathtubs and marble walls with running water features. Bedrooms are elegantly furnished with turquoise walls, circular beds and bathtub in the bedrooms. While some rooms are funkier than others, all of them are a delight for the senses with quirky washing facilities barely separated from the main sleeping area. The hotels Banho Restaurant serves well excused Portuguese cuisine, while the on-site bar has an extensive cocktail menu and fine wines.

Internacional Design Hotel – bright, colourful and ultra charming

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

A trendy boutique hotel situated in a truly central location on the corner of Rossio Square. While the Internacional might be one of the oldest hotels in the city, the interiors are anything but dated. Modern decor combines bold patterns with intricate works of art and an eclectic mix of furnishings to create design-conscious looks, whilst bedrooms at this stylishly funky Lisbon abode have been created to match the many themed floors that run throughout the hotel. Choose from pop art inspired Andy Warhol rooms, as well as rooms on the Zen, Urban and Tribal floors, all with plenty of space, style and even individually themed scents on offer. The Bastardo Bar features plastic chairs, long-hanging lampshades and trendy artwork as well as a modern menu and first class drinks.

Dear Lisbon, Charming House – unique Moorish style boutique

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Located in the iconic neighbourhood of Santa Catarina, where winding streets spill down the hills of the city, the exceptionally rated Charming House is an authentic Mediterranean hotel with a Moorish vibe. Bedrooms are refined with crisp white bedding, polished wooden floors and incredible views out across the Santa Catarina rooftops, while the communal lounge is an eclectic mix of wing back chairs, rustic tables and button leather sofas centred around a stunning feature fireplace. The outdoor space at this hip and beautiful Lisbon accommodation offers a Riad style patio with a small swimming pool and Arabian styling, and although there is no restaurant on-site, guests can enjoy a continental style breakfast in the lounge. For more filling fare, explore the world-food cafes and restaurants that can be found on every corner of this buzzing, bohemian neighbourhood.

LXBoutique – creative and arty boutique hotel

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

An artsy but unpretentious boutique hotel close to the bars of Bairro Alto and the shops of Chiado, with wonderful views out across the river. The 4-star exceptionally rated LX Boutique Hotel has a fresh, modern feel with an arty vibe, and each of the five floors has its very own theme. Bedrooms have a cosy, waterfront feel and are dressed in hues of blue and grey, whilst the bathrooms are bright and modern. The stylishly quirky hotel has a nice, friendly bar that is perfect for a cold beer or two, and the Confraria do Sushi serves delicious sashimi. There are plenty of bars and restaurants just outside the hotel doors, so if Sushi isn’t your thing you certainly won’t go hungry here.

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado – a sophisticated Lisbon experience

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Understated and utterly sophisticated, the AlmaLusa Hotel is tucked away in an 18th-century building that was once the site of the city’s old arsenal. The building has listed status meaning that the interiors are full of original features including flagstone flooring and huge wooden fireplaces that have been carefully combined with contemporary elements and a clutter-free approach to hotel design. Bedrooms are well equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, smart televisions and REVO SuperSignal radios and are dressed in calm neutral colours with soft beds and quality furnishings. Bathrooms offer traditional black and white slate tile designs, and feature walk-in showers with rain heads. The chic Lisbon hotel is also home to the Delfina Restaurant that serves good food in brasserie style surroundings.

  • Prices from €130 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for AlmaLusa Hotel

Hotel Portugal – unique and stylish

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the historic Rossio Square, this refined boutique hotel offers uniquely decorated bedrooms and 24-hour room service. Inspired by the beauty of traditional Portuguese tile designs, every room at the 4 star exceptionally rated Hotel Portugal is individually styled but contains high-end furnishings, soft, sumptuous bedding and hues of royal blue. Guests at the unique Lisbon hotel can dine at the stunning Varanda de Lisboa, that serves up gorgeous Portuguese cuisine and panoramic views out across the city, or eat on the terrace at the Golden Sushi Japanese restaurant. The Jony Rules bar in the lobby offers a good selection of local wines, while the Premium Winehouse has the look and feel of a first class cellar bar.

  • Prices from €120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Portugal

My Story Hotel Rossio – an Avant-Garde gem on Rossio Square

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

An offbeat hotel by the busy Rossio Square, on the Avenida da Liberdade, right on top of a wide selection of shops, restaurants nightlife. The exceptionally rated My Story Rossio is a small hotel with lots of quirky touches that transform it into an intimate hideaway in the heart of the city. Maps of the city line the floors of the lobby area, whilst the original 18th-century stairwell is well-lit by a rooftop skylight. Bedrooms at the cool and creative Lison hotel offer ceiling beams and exposed stone walls, but also offer avant-garde additions like floor to ceiling mirror televisions, wooden stools with leather belts for support and Scandinavian style bathrooms with wood panelled walls. The Café Portugal on the first floor is a great place to enjoy fine food and watch the world go by, whilst the Corner Bar is tiny but fun and perfectly put together.

Memmo Alfama – a bright and breezy townhouse

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Located in the lanes of Moorish Alfama, the 4-star exceptionally rated Memmo Alfama offers an authentic taste of Lisbon living. The buildings 19th-century exterior has been painstakingly restored, while the interior offers 21st-century style and convenience. From the thick exposed ancient stone walls to the fine cement floor in the bathrooms, the old and the new blend seamlessly here. Bedrooms at the trendy Lisbon abode have a simple feel with wooden floors, rustic bedcovers and simple white linens, while the bathrooms are fresh and modern. In true small hotel style there is a 24-hour honesty fridge filled with local delicacies, a sitting room with tables and chairs and a small Wine Bar upstairs that offers food and views out across the city. There is also a beautiful red-tiled lap pool and fire pit on the terrace too.

  • Prices from €140 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Memmo Alfama

1908 Lisboa – award winning Art Nouveau hotel

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Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Housed in an award-winning Art Nouveau building situated in downtown Lisbon, the 4-star exceptionally rated 1908 Lisboa Hotel is uniquely different on so many levels. Cool antiques blend perfectly with funky Art Nouveau features, whilst the unique and sophisticated Lisbon hotel is also home to an ever-evolving art gallery of sharing the work of up-and-coming artists. Bedrooms are clean and comfortable and have a modern vibe, whilst bathrooms offer steaming hot showers and are incredibly clean. The lobby has stunning tiled floors that blend perfectly with industrial decor and an original turned staircase. The Restaurant Infame serves up delicious local food, while cocktails, cold beers and fine wines are also available.

  • Prices from €140 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for 1908 Lisboa Hotel

9 Hotel Mercy – chic upscale Lisbon hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

A sleek, upscale hotel tucked away in the narrow streets of the Chiado, a district buzzing with cafés, shops and excellent restaurants. Converted from a historical building into a modern-day hotel, the 9 is awash with first class interior design elements that focus heavily on hues of black and gold. The bedrooms at the hip Lisbon hotel have parquet flooring and large padded headboards and are incredibly stylish, whilst bathrooms are sleek and masculine with black Corian panels and rain showers. The 4-star exceptionally rated 9 Hotel Mercy Hotel also offers its very own compact library space, and appeals to the younger, hipper Lisbon set by offering an unusual tea cocktail bar, where a DJ plays on weekend nights, under the light of a giant illuminated snake, as well as a popular rooftop bar.

Hotel York House – charming and tranquil Lisbon gem

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

What was once a 17th-century Carmelite convent is now a contemporary boutique hotel in the Lapa district of Lisbon. Stone floors and wood panelling retain a sense of the buildings unique history, while antique furnishings add style and comfort and the beautiful courtyard garden is the perfect place to swing in the hammock or read a book underneath the canopy. Bedrooms at the 4-star highly rated York House Hotel mix original features like antique brick floors, terracotta tiled vaulted ceilings and wooden beams with modern lighting and contemporary furnishings, and bathrooms are either black slate or marble with large basins and bathtubs with showers overhead. The beautiful boutique Lisbon hotel also offers fine dining on the ground floor and a good choice of crisp, cool Portuguese wines.

  • Prices from €120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for York House Hotel

Solar dos Mouros – upscale hotel located in ramparts of a castle

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

In the heart of the narrow streets of the Alfama district, the 4-star highly rated Solar dos Mouros is housed within the towers and ramparts of St. George’s Castle. 18th-century stone walls are beautifully decorated with modern art, while thick hardwood floors feel solid underfoot. Bedrooms at the trendsetting Libson abode are brightly coloured with oversized leather headboards and comfortable wicker furnishings, while bathrooms are clean and modern. The bedrooms and suites all have wonderful views out over the city or the river. Buffet breakfasts are served in the courtyard, and there is a Tapas bar next to the reception that also offers a good selection of local wines.

  • Prices from €110 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Solar dos Mouros

Hotel da Estrela – mixes vintage with contemporary

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

In a building that was once a school; the 4-star highly rated Hotel da Estrela is situated in the elegant Condes de Paraty palace, and offers reasonable access to the city’s main squares and attractions. Using a clever mix of vintage school furniture and contemporary touches, the cool and eclectic Lisbon hotel retains a real sense of the properties heritage. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with a high-end feel, while bathrooms have large tubs and contemporary fittings. Guests can eat at the Cantine da Estrela which serves fine international style cuisine to diners seated on old school benches, and the hotel also has a beautiful garden.

  • Prices from €110 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel da Estrela 

Browns Boutique – elegant central boutique hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Offering glamorous accommodation just a few minutes’ walk from the Praca do Comercio‘s waterfront plaza, the highly rated Browns Boutique Hotel Lisbon is a boutique hotel that offers international refinement. Bedrooms are stylish, with crisp white linens and soft wooden furniture teamed dramatically with vintage pieces and desks for business travellers, while bathrooms are bright and modern with showers. There is also superfast broadband and iHome docking stations in every room. The unique and stylish Lisbon hotel has its very own urban eatery, Brown’s Bistro, which offers traditional Portuguese cuisine as well as superfood salads and burgers. The area surrounding the accommodation is filled with restaurants, cafes and shops, and the well-known 28 tram stops 50 yards from the hotel.

Monte Belvedere – chic retreat overlooking the River Tagus

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Lisbon Global Grasshopper

Housed in a building that was once used as French perfume factory, the  4-star exceptionally rated Monte Belvedere offers some of the most amazing views of the River Tagus to be found anywhere in the city. Located at the Alto De Santa Catarina, the building has been lovingly restored and now offers a fabulous rooftop terrace for taking in those views. Bedrooms are clean and contemporary with parquet floors, white walls and beautiful restored original windows, while the bathrooms are graceful with feature slate tile walls and large shower cubicles. The hotel is also home to the Madame Petisca restaurant where diners can enjoy amazing local dishes and crisp local wines, high up on the hills above the city.

  • Prices from €90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Monte Belvedere 
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