Romantic Hotels in Lisbon: The Loveliest Places to Stay

Feeling flirty and frivolous? Looking for somewhere to pop the question, enjoy a honeymoon, toast an anniversary, celebrate a special occasion or simply relax and unwind with your other half? There are several truly romantic hotels in Lisbon that offer a mix of modern or historic accommodation options, special places to stay for those seeking memorable moments in the Portuguese capital.

Spending a night in AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is to embrace 18th-century elegance with a sophisticated charm, and you’ll be immediately smitten with this centrally located property. Its original antique décor lends Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei near Alfama a wonderfully authentic and traditional air, but if you’re after a more contemporary setting, head along the Lisbon coast to the funky Farol Design Hotel On The Water. Further along the coast and providing a complete contrast is historic Fortaleza do Guincho, which offers guests an upscale stay in a converted sea fort, replete with Michelin-star restaurant. Out of the city in Sintra the opulent Tivoli Pálacio de Seteais reigns over one of the most romantic landscapes in Portugal, and affords an exceptional overnight experience.

Meanwhile back in the capital another regal building with a fascinating history, Pálacio Belmonte, holds court in the picturesque Castelo district. Close by are two discreet boutique properties, Solar do Castelo and the equally enchanting Solar dos Mouros – both ideal for a romantic city break. Hidden away in the narrow winding lanes of Alfama is the chic Memmo Alfama. The views from the terrace swimming pool are quite beautiful. And over in the west of the city, in the trendy Santos district, is Pálacio Ramalhete, a bespoke hotel property of graceful dimensions and perfect for a peaceful and discreet stay.

10 Palacio Ramalhete Photo courtesy of Palácio Ramalhete

A real sense of history greets guests at this noble property, parts of which date back to the 17th century. Once the home of the Dukes of Palmela and Counts of Póvoa, the building speaks of exclusive elegance and timeless romanticism and perfectly reflects the Lisbon of yesteryear. The 12 different rooms and suites are individually styled, with several distinguished by outstanding features. The walls of the Oak Suite, for example, are lined entirely in wood, and the room also features an impressive stucco ceiling. The Old Kitchen Suite is fashioned out of the palace’s original kitchen where the old copper roofed fireplace has been converted into a lounge area. Complementing all this graceful authenticity is the heated swimming pool set in a lovely garden and shaded by a sleepy palm tree. Other leisure amenities include an inviting bar where guests can relax over light meals and Portuguese wines. Indeed, indulging in blissful peace and quiet is a large part of Palácio Ramalhete’s appeal.

A real sense of history greets guests at this noble property, parts of which date back to the 17th century. Once the home of the Dukes of Palmela and Counts of Póvoa, the building speaks of exclusive elegance and timeless romanticism and… Read More

Memmo Alfama

Alfama/Graça Memmo Alfama Photo courtesy of Memmo Alfama Hotel

The stylish and contemporary four-star Memmo Alfama is currently the only hotel property situated within the city’s ancient Alfama neighbourhood. This charm filled boutique bed & breakfast, beautifully converted from a townhouse, is tucked away in a quiet side street not too far from Lisbon’s cathedral and is the perfect city break bolthole or romantic getaway option. Views from the 42 smoke-free guest rooms and suites take in amazing views of the vicinity and the sparkling River Tagus, and are offered in several different categories. Facilities include iPhone/iPod/iPad charging docks, in-room safes and TV and radio. Amenities extend to complimentary Internet access, daily newspapers and 24-hour loyalty fridge. An outstanding feature is the hotel’s funky Wine Bar & Terrace positioned over a wood deck terrace where a small outdoor pool is sunk. The surrounding views are simply jaw dropping, especially at dusk when the old quarter starts to sparkle.

The stylish and contemporary four-star Memmo Alfama is currently the only hotel property situated within the city’s ancient Alfama neighbourhood. This charm filled boutique bed & breakfast, beautifully converted from a townhouse, is tucked… Read More

 

Solar dos Mouros

Alfama/Graça Solar dos Mouros Photo courtesy of Solar dos Mouros

The bright and vivacious interior of this snug bed and breakfast hideaway is the result of the creative flair of Portuguese abstract artist Luis Santos, who in fact owns the property. His eye for design has seen each room decorated in a unique and wonderfully colourful fashion, with canvases by various contemporary artists adding depth to an already stylish interior. Just 12 rooms, including two suites, are available in this gracious Alfama townhouse, with each affording spectacularly romantic views of Castelo de Sao Jorge and the river beyond. A ground floor terrace blossoms into life in spring when flowers of all hues provide even greater colour.

The bright and vivacious interior of this snug bed and breakfast hideaway is the result of the creative flair of Portuguese abstract artist Luis Santos, who in fact owns the property. His eye for design has seen each room decorated in a unique… Read More

 

Solar Do Castelo

Alfama/Graça Solar Do Castelo Photo courtesy of Solar Do Castelo

A favourite haunt of honeymooners and others seeking a romantic city getaway, this charming 14-bedroom boutique property is unique in that it’s the only hotel located within the walls of Castelo de São Jorge. The 18th-century building was originally a mansion, itself built over the foundations of a medieval palace. Privacy is a byword here, and the intimate, individually styled rooms all face inwards to overlook a cobblestone courtyard, complete with gurgling fountain. The peace and quiet is such that peacocks roam the grounds at will. At night, flickering candlelight and glowing Moorish lamps further heighten the sense of occasion. A wonderful rooftop view of Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, is served with breakfast.

A favourite haunt of honeymooners and others seeking a romantic city getaway, this charming 14-bedroom boutique property is unique in that it’s the only hotel located within the walls of Castelo de São Jorge. The 18th-century building was… Read More

 

Pálacio Belmonte Hotel Lisbon

Alfama/Graça Pálacio Belmonte Hotel Lisbon Photo courtesy of Palacio Belmonte

With its film-set looks and history book heritage, Palácio Belmonte is one of the most distinguished hotel properties in Lisbon –– and one of the least conspicuous. Sections of the edifice date from 1449, built around towers constructed in 123 BC, thus making it one of the oldest buildings of its kind in the city. Yet the veiled exterior is such that it’s easy to walk straight past this extraordinary architectural gem. Inside, meticulous restoration has provided guests with a choice of eleven individually designed suites, each featuring a considered blend of bespoke classical and contemporary furnishings but bereft of television (senses are instead stimulated by the beauty of the location and the rarity of the occasion). Landscaped Mediterranean gardens embrace a black marble swimming pool, itself overlooked by a generous terrace that leads the eye over the terracotta rooftops of Alfama, a romantic picture-postcard canvas of astonishing allure.

With its film-set looks and history book heritage, Palácio Belmonte is one of the most distinguished hotel properties in Lisbon –– and one of the least conspicuous. Sections of the edifice date from 1449, built around towers constructed in… Read More

 

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Outside the City Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Photo courtesy of Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

Set at the foot of the Sintra hills in beautifully manicured grounds, Seteias Palace is quite simply one of the most romantic hotel properties in the Lisbon area. Sintra itself was the favorite retreat for the kings of Portugal and the old town and surrounding historic monuments have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace dates from the late 18th century and was built for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester. Careful refurbishment has seen the building transformed in to an exclusive 30-room boutique bolthole, with the public spaces featuring many of the original furnishings: the ballrooms still dazzle with their rich tapestries and rare frescos. Guest facilities extend to the Seteais gourmet restaurant and an inviting swimming pool sunk into the gardens. To the rear of the property, Portugal’s western coast stretches away as far as Ericeira.

Set at the foot of the Sintra hills in beautifully manicured grounds, Seteias Palace is quite simply one of the most romantic hotel properties in the Lisbon area. Sintra itself was the favorite retreat for the kings of Portugal and the old town… Read More

 

Fortaleza Do Guincho

Outside the City Fortaleza Do Guincho Photo courtesy of Fortaleza do Guincho

Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the magnificent Guincho beach is Fortlaleza do Guincho, a former 17th-century military garrison that’s now one of the most prestigious and enticing hotel properties in the Lisbon area. Accommodation is made up of just 27 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with sea views. The three Junior Suites are particularly enchanting, each one classically styled and commanding a jaw-dropping Atlantic Ocean panorama. This exclusive retreat facilitates some memorable wild and romantic encounters with Nature. The stunning Sintra National Park, which encompasses Cabo da Rocha, the westernmost point of continental Europe, is on the doorstep, while the windy coast attracts experienced surfers and windsurfers to the beach. And the Fortaleza guest experience is further heightened by the Michelin star that shines above the restaurant ––” a gastronomic accolade that’s been maintained since 2001!

Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the magnificent Guincho beach is Fortlaleza do Guincho, a former 17th-century military garrison that’s now one of the most prestigious and enticing hotel properties in the Lisbon area. Accommodation is… Read More

 

Farol Design Hotel On The Water

Outside the City Farol Design Hotel On The Water Photo courtesy of Farol Hotel on the Water

Seemingly sculptured out of a rocky bluff on the outskirts of Cascais, this remarkable oceanfront hotel commands one of the most enviable and romantic locations on the Lisbon coast. Converted in part from a 19th-century nobleman’s residence and extended to follow a bold and audacious contemporary blueprint, the property features 33 guest rooms, including three suites and nine so-called designer rooms ––” accommodation individually hallmarked by a select group of Portuguese and international fashion designers commissioned to decorate each unit in their own inimitable style. Guests are enviably indulged. An inviting saltwater swimming pool surrounded by comfortable sun-loungers is sunk into the exterior terrace, catered for by the On The Rocks bar. Inside, the super cool Farol Bar serves cocktails and snacks. The achingly chic Mix restaurant is the domain of chef Hugo Silva. His menu of fusion Mediterranean gastronomy is complemented by the exotic sushi and sashimi prepared by chef Pekel in the Sushi Design bar.

Seemingly sculptured out of a rocky bluff on the outskirts of Cascais, this remarkable oceanfront hotel commands one of the most enviable and romantic locations on the Lisbon coast. Converted in part from a 19th-century nobleman’s residence and… Read More

 

Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei

Santa Apolonia Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei Photo courtesy of Paul Bernhardt

Sited on the edge of Lisbon’s picturesque Alfama district and overlooking the River Tagus, this extraordinary boutique B&B property is one of the most charming and beguiling hotels in the city. Combining neo-classical design elements with art nouveau and rococo flourishes, the hotel is an architectural gem. Beautifully appointed throughout with original period furniture and decorative art, the building ––” which dates from 1909 ¬– comprises of just six guest suites, accommodation that includes the Grande Torreão, housed in a tower and commanding stunning panoramic views of the river and the old town. Each room is complimented by a host of modern amenities, including satellite TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi. Some of the suites face the river. Breakfast is taken in considerable style, served as it is in a room at the front of the hotel that’s very often bathed in morning sunshine. Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei is known for its brunch, where guests can mingle with non-residents in the splendid “Mirror Lounge”, a fabulous salon designed in the Brazilian art nouveau style ––” the hotel’s highlight interior design feature. A balcony terrace, replete with gurgling fountains and, in summer, a blaze of purple bougainvillea, adds additional romantic appeal to this unusual and unique Lisbon hotel property.

Sited on the edge of Lisbon’s picturesque Alfama district and overlooking the River Tagus, this extraordinary boutique B&B property is one of the most charming and beguiling hotels in the city. Combining neo-classical design elements with art… Read More

 

AlmaLusa Baixa & Chiado

Baixa/Chiado AlmaLusa Baixa & Chiado Photo courtesy of AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

Tucked away in a corner overlooking Lisbon’s splendid Praça do Munícipio is this enchanting boutique bolthole Occupying an historic 18th-century premises which used to be the city’s former military arsenal but was later turned into a bank, the building now houses one of the capital’s most romantic hotel options. Offering 28 rooms and suites, the interior décor draws on 500 years of Portuguese history where noted interior designer Giano Gonçalves has enhanced original features such as the attractive vaulted ceilings and heavy flagstone floors with stylish shabby-chic flourishes like the atmospheric mood lighting and retro furnishings. The Sanidusa power showers meanwhile, make a big splash. The signature Junior Suite has been modeled around a beautiful fireplace embellished with decorative Portuguese tiles (azulejos). The upmarket amenities extend to the refined Delfina Restaurant, a brasserie-deli style concept big on al fresco dining.

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