7 Best areas to stay in Lisbon for one night
Are you staying in Lisbon for a night? There are plenty of options to go with when you’re choosing your accommodation for the night.
Lisbon’s accommodation scene has exploded recently, from historic buildings and palaces to excellent hotels or even the cheapest hostels! There are real bargains to be had in the off-season. In the other hand, the city can get very busy and crowded from June to September. Prices are at their highest during the summer and you’ll need to book ahead to avoid any disappointments.
Regardless of the place you stay, always have in mind that Lisbon is a small city and you can travel from one point to the other by metro in less than 30 minutes.
Here is a list of choices for you to take depending on your taste and curiosity of Lisbon.
1. Sunset Destination Hostel
ADDRESS: PRAÇA DO DUQUE DE TERCEIRA, ESTAÇÃO FERROVIÁRIA DO CAIS DO SODRÉ, 1200-161 LISBOA
METRO STATION: CAIS DO SODRÉ
PHONE NUMBER: 21 099 773
Distance from airport to hostel: 35 minutes by metro and 23 minutes by taxi
This hostel has a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, with a view for the Tagus river. It has a Zebra Bar where you can have a cocktail there and enjoy the sunset with the greatest view of all. The name says it all!
The eye-catching rooms have amazing and creative bunk beds.
This hostel has a cool location, just beside the Cais do Sodré train station. Cais do Sodré is blessed with the front of the river and the view of 25th April bridge. This is where you will find some of the best bars and is where the best parties take place. Also, there is a big pathway along the river where you can walk or ride a bike. There are many cafes alongside it where you can take a drink and enjoy the sun (use the sunscreen)!
Don’t forget to go to Mercado da Ribeira, the biggest market in that area. Mercado da Ribeira has a collection of many restaurants well-known by the Portuguese. From vegetarian, to fish and meat dishes, there are served many dishes, for all different tastes.
2. Lisbon calling
ADDRESS: RUA DE SAO PAULO, NO. 126 – FLOOR 3D, 1200-429 LISBOA
METRO STATION: CAIS DO SODRÉ
PHONE NUMBER: 21 343 2381
distance from airport to hostel: 38 minutes by metro and 25 minutes by taxi
In this beautiful 250-year-old building, Lisbon Calling hostel is hosted.
There are dorms for every need. Expect to find raised sleeping platforms, warm colours (the yellows, the oranges, …) and themed rooms. It has a touch of vintage from its accessories to the furniture. All the dorms are mixed, each with a different theme which have handmade wood bunk beds.
There are also big private rooms with a unique style each. These ones are perfect for a romantic night! So, if you’re travelling as a couple, my advice is to stay in this hostel.
Lisbon Calling wanted to create a homely feeling, so bathrooms are shared for everyone (but dedicated women’s and men’s toilets and showers!). The living room is representative of a typical cosy and calm homestead.
In the common living room and kitchen you can feel the best vibes and meet new people! At these spaces, you can chill, cook nice meals or have dinner together with other guests. This hostel doesn’t arrange any kind of activities, so it’s perfect for whoever is looking for downtime.
Lisbon calling is a 5-minute walk from Cais do Sodré metro station. This relaxed hostel is a 15-minute walk from the busy Rossio Square and 3 km from the 11th-century São Jorge Castle.
3. Hotel do Chiado
ADDRESS: R. NOVA DO ALMADA 114, 1200-290 LISBOA
PHONE NUMBER: 21 325 6100
METRO STATION: BAIXA-CHIADO
distance from airport to hotel: 31 minutes by metro and 26 minutes by taxi
Hotel do Chiado is located in Baixa-Chiado, Lisbon’s historical district, close to Bairro Alto, Rossio Square and Avenida da Liberdade. All of these places have amazing things to offer you from the architectural elements of the buildings to the history. The people’s habits, the smell of traditional food in the air, the big blue skies, all of these will be different!
Hotel do Chiado was built in the historical building of Armazéns do Chiado, the current shopping centre, which was completely refurbished by the famous architect Siza Vieira after the tragic fire of 1988.
This area where the hotel is located is the most trendy and elegant meeting point in Lisbon, being the only hotel in the city that offers rooms with private terraces and panoramic views of the Tagus River and the Castle. Its varied rooms offer lust, with their white colours that transmit calmness and cleanliness.
It also has a rooftop bar, located on the 7th floor, which is known for having the best view of Lisbon. This is the ideal place for a romantic dinner, a date with friends or just to unwind at the end of a working day.
This is a great place for your one-night stay in Lisbon as it is very well located for the best reasons: the historic centre, public transportation, a shopping area on the doorstep, and being close to all the major tourist-attractions.
4. Myriad by Sana
ADDRESS: LOTE 2.21.01, PARQUE DAS NAÇÕES, R. CAIS DAS NAUS, 1990-173 LISBOA
PHONE NUMBER: 21 110 7600
distance from airport to hotel: 12 minutes by taxi and 17 minutes by metro
If you have a morning flight, you can stay near the airport at Parque das Nações, the Expo ’98 host. Within 5 minutes you can reach the airport, via the underground.
Between all the enterprises that you can find at Parque das Nações, there is this futuristic Hotel.
Many attractions just like the gardens where you can rest and sunbathe, the Casino Lisboa, the science museum and the famous Oceanarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. You’ll also find a range of national and international restaurants, bars, the Altice arena which hosts many great concerts and the giant Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre. All of these attractions are faced onto the Tagus river. Europe’s longest bridge, the Ponte Vasco da Gama is the bridge which crosses the river, beside Parque das Nações.
This is the most luxurious pick from the list. The hotel is equipped with everything you could want, from an inside pool to a gym. The bedrooms are huge and comfortable. All the hotel has red decorations which gives it a classy style. The view of the hotel is the most amazing thing, a complete and private view to the Tagus river.
5. Memmo Príncipe Real
Príncipe Real is one of a kind special place. At its garden, there are people dating, working out, or just walking to catch some fresh air! This is a place which is surrounded by boutique shops, chic cafés and some original restaurants. In this cosmopolitan area, you can find a few hotels to stay. Memmo Príncipe Real is one of the best.
This hotel has presented on its design, elements of history such as the huge painting of Portugal’s former king Pedro IV hanging at the entrance. The king Pedro IV, the liberator, was the first ruler and founder of the Brazil Empire. Before he went to Brazil, he reigned over Portugal, on the XIX century.
The rooms have clean lines, warm colours and modern furniture. On the ground floor, a pool stretches along the terrace. Here you can sip a cocktail and admire the view of the city.
After the cocktail outside, you can get inside, take a seat and eat something at the Café Príncipe Real. At this groovy restaurant you can sense the smell and the mixed flavours of Portuguese and Brazilian food. The plates are beautifully prepared for you, always thinking on the country you’re visiting!
If you choose this hotel, this one has a great location for various reasons. It’s located just off Rua Dom Pedro V, Príncipe Real’s main shopping strip. Therefore, if you want to be located where the main things are happening, close to everything, Memmo is a good choice. From the dozens of restaurants and cafés nearby, to the National museum of Natural history, the Príncipe Real gardens to some trendy stores. All of these will keep you happy and satiated.
One of the trendy stores I can recommend is Embaixada. It is probably one of the most beautiful shopping spots in Lisbon. It takes place at this XIX century new-Arabian palace which was into this shopping gallery. You’ll find many national and original brands. Gastronomy, crafting, fashion and some more. You should go there and have the experience of this original shopping.
ADDRESS: RUA DOM PEDRO V, 56 J, 1250-094 LISBOA
PHONE NUMBER: 21 901 6800
METRO STATION: RESTAURADORES
distance from airport to hotel: 25 minutes by taxi and 45 minutes by metro
6. Zenit Lisboa Hotel
ADDRESS: AV, AVENIDA 5 DE OUTUBRO 11, 1050-047 LISBOA
PHONE NUMBER: 21 310 2200
distance from airport to hotel: 21 minutes by metro and 16 minutes by taxi
If you want a cheaper option for an hotel, there’s Zenit Lisboa Hotel. Located on a young and leafy avenue in central Lisbon, Zenit offers contemporary accommodation. This hotel provides an equiped private gym, a restaurant and has a great location once it’s near the Saldanha metro station From this station you can go to Baixa-Chiado and to more touristic areas.
The design of the rooms at Zenit are clear and have good colours to rest such as white and yellow lights.
There are also meeting rooms if you want to have any kind of event.
The restaurant of the hotel is the Marquês de Pombal restaurant which gives a great buffet of national and international cuisine.
Near this hotel, there are some attractions like the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Parque Eduardo VII, a 10-minute walk from the Zenit Lisboa hotel.
Calouste Gulbenkian has a pretty garden where you can rest under the trees. There is also a café inside if you want something to eat or drink. And, of course, you should visit the Gulbenkian museum which owns a large private collection of art pieces.
Parque Eduardo VII is the huge iconic garden in Lisbon which hosts some fairs like the Wonderland Lisbon during winter and the book fair just before summer.
7. Lutecia Smart Design Hotel
ADDRESS: AV. FREI MIGUEL CONTREIRAS 52, 1749-086 LISBOA
PHONE NUMBER: 21 841 1300
METRO STATION: AREEIRO
TRAIN STATION: ROMA-AREEIRO
distance from airport to hotel: 9 minutes by taxi and 21 minutes by bus
Lutecia is set in the residential Areiro area. It’s a 4-star design hotel which was recently renovated.
The guest rooms of the hotel are quite simple and with warm colours. They offer some kinds of rooms with “city design”, “premium design”, “executive” or even thematic suites. Most of the rooms offer panoramic city views.
InFusion restaurant is the restaurant of the hotel. It offers à la carte dining in a modern atmosphere. It offers a good selection of Indian and Portuguese dishes. The menu also includes several vegetarian alternatives. In the morning you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with hot dishes, fresh fruit and cakes.
Lutecia Hotel is located close to the busy Avenida de Roma. In about 8 minutes you can travel by metro and go to Baixa-Chiado, from Areeiro metro station.