Where to Stay in Lisbon

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The Praça Dom Pedro IV (or the Rossio) in Lisbon.

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The human scale, hospitable people and accessible culture of Lisbon make it a city well suited to guesthouses, serviced apartments, grown-up hostels and all sorts of other alternative accommodations. There are plenty of good Airbnbs, but if you’re looking for a sure thing, this is where to stay Lisbon.

Casa Amora

Casa Amora

Slightly away from the tourist center, in a leafy neighborhood near Amoreiras park, this stylish guest house is one of the best-kept secrets in Lisbon. Now comprising five guest rooms and six suites, it began with the renovation of two emblematical Lisbon buildings: a quintessentially bourgeois early-20th-century building and an 18th-century house, an example of the local Pombaline-style architecture. The rooms pay homage to the city and its artistic side. The ivy-clad courtyard is a dreamy refuge from the city outside.

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Esqina Urban Lodge

The name is a deliberate misspelling of the Portuguese word for “corner.” The aim is to convey that feeling that something interesting is just around the corner, while also establishing a dash of quirk. Since you never know when you might stumble across something great, the lodge aims to get guests out of it and into the city outside. The 20 rooms are meant to be beautiful “places to crash,” with work by local artists. The concierge helps guests discover the best of what’s outside, and everyone gets a phone for use outside the hotel, which is loaded with its curated cultural guide.

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Selina Secret Garden

The rooftop at the Selina Secret Garden.

Selina

“Where social travelers come to experience the world” is the tagline for the newfangled hospitality network Selina. The properties have smartly designed, hostel-style communal rooms, private rooms and in some cases (not Lisbon) camping areas or hammocks; plus coworking spaces, wellness programs and sometimes surf ties. The Lisbon Selina is in the trendy São Bento neighborhood, near restaurants and nightlife, and is known locally for its pretty garden pool.

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The Visionaire

The Visionaire

This collection of serviced apartments aims to be a celebration of those who went further, who went beyond, of those who discovered the world. Inspired by the 500-year (or 2000 depending on perspective) multicultural heritage of Lisbon, it evokes a merchant’s house from the 16th century, at the height of the Discoveries era, full of exotic pieces from all corners of the world.

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The Lisbonaire

The Lisbonaire

From the same owner as the Visionnaire, the Lisbonaire is more design-oriented and focused on the typography heritage of downtown Lisbon. Its 19 fully equipped apartments occupy a renovated 1960s building downtown. Each one is the work of a different Portuguese designer, and the whole project was overseen by Experimenta Design, which also organizes the Lisbon design biennale. There’s a large common room with pool table, library, board games and so on, plus a newly added gym.

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