Unique Places to Stay in Lisbon
Portugal is a mecca for unique accommodation options. Unfortunately most of them are located outside of Lisbon, in areas like the Algarve and Porto. In Santiago do Cacém there are even a lot of dome experiences where you essentially sleep under the stars.
Closer to Lisbon there are a few unique options, too. I’ve listed a few below:
Airbnb Motorhome in Lisbon
This is an Airbnb option that I’ve seen come up time and time again when I sit searching for Lisbon based staycations.
There are a few of these available, as this is a growing trend and more & more hosts are jumping on board. The one I like most goes by the name “on the road to happiness” and is a fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.
You’ll be able to drive this motorhome all along the coast, parking anywhere you like to spend the night. Ten further up the west coast you go, the more beautiful the beach scenery gets.
You can take this motorhome as far out of Lisbon as you’d like, just so long as you return it to the host when your vacation comes to an end. It’s also incredibly affordable, coming in at a rate lower than most hostels charge per night in the Portuguese capital.
Average Cost: €50 per night
Dear Lisbon – Charming House in Lisbon
The Charming House is aesthetically unique, landing it a spot on this roundup of places to stay while in Lisbon.
It’s a 3 star hotel, which in Lisbon is usually on par with 4 star accommodation. The space is Moorish themed, centered around a Riad style patio with Arabian finishings. There are bright colors throughout and tiles to swoon over, as in the rest of Lisbon.
Basically, the Charming House is a visual feast, with interesting things to look at in all of the spaces. It’s an affordable and unique accommodation option right in the heart of the city.
You’ll be staying in the northernmost part of Cais do Sodre, just west of Bairro Alto. You’re in walking distance of all of Lisbon’s best nightlife, restaurants, cafes and shopping facilities. Enjoy eating at the Time Out Market every night where you’ll find cuisines from all over the world.
Average Cost: €100 per night
ADDRESS: R. de Marcos Marreiros 13, 1200-254 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Cais do Sodre
Pestana Palace Lisboa in Lisbon
A lot of Lisbon is comprised of old castles and palaces that were once used to house the Portuguese monarchy prior to the country becoming a democracy after the Carnation Revolution.
Many of royal dwellings have been converted into private accommodation and hotels, & travelers from around the world come to stay during their vacations.
The Pestana Palace is the most iconic of all in Lisbon. It’s in Santo Amaro, a quieter neighborhood between the city center and Belem.
This famous turquoise palace was built during the 19th century for the Marquis of Valle Flor and his three daughters, and has been fully restored to its former glory of these times. It is officially a National Monument of Portugal, so you’ll be staying in a literal piece of history.
The rooms and grounds are phenomenal. All things considered, the Pestana Palace is actually quite affordable.
Average Cost: €184 per night
ADDRESS: R. Jau 54, 1300-314 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Alcantara Mar
Boat Airbnb: A Night on the Tagus in Lisbon
Fancy a night off the Portuguese soil entirely? This is another unique Airbnb option that has tickled my fancy for quite some time now.
It’s a small yacht held in the marina in Belem, just a short train ride from the city center.
Despite being incredibly tiny, this boat has a capacity for four guests across two bedrooms. There is a small kitchen and sitting area below deck, and you should be able to comfortably enjoy one or two nights accommodation here.
One thing to note about this special spot is that there is no bathroom on board. Both the toilet and shower can be found in the public facilities inside the marina, and their cleanliness is left to the staff and not the Airbnb host.
Belem is a great neighborhood in which to spend a few nights in Lisbon. Families love it here because the town is quiet come sundown, and during the day there are many monuments & museums to explore.
Average Cost: €30 per night
Pousada Marvão near Lisbon
As I said, Portugal is a land of discarded castles and palaces once used by the powerful royals. Since the political changes, these are now some of the most astounding getaway options for travelers to the country.
The Pousada Marvão is a mountain top castle in the Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede. This national park sits on the easternmost boarder of Portugal, where the land crosses into Spain.
It’s about a two and a half hour journey outside of Lisbon, and one of the most unforgettable getaways you’ll probably take in your life. The castle, however, is in no ways a lap of luxury. On the contrary it’s a 3 star hotel with prices as low as €100 per night.
Whatever you do, insist on a room with a balcony. You’re on top of the world with Portugal to your right and Spain to your left.
Wherever you decide to spend your stay in Lisbon, make sure you find time to enjoy the free guided walking tours on offer in the city center. They depart daily and all are welcome.