Top 10 Historic Hotels In Lisbon, Portugal - Updated 2024

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The historical city of Lisbon is known as the hill capital of Portugal. Its architecture, incredible castles and the gorgeous Tagus River are just some of the things you can look forward to in this city. You will find pastel-coloured buildings constructed in the 18th century that are now styled as hotels or apartment blocks for commercial use. You can visit Sao Jorge Castle, where the king of Portugal used to live, and the Rocco-style Church of Sao Roque with realistic imagery of Biblical events painted on its ceilings. You can also check out the Mercado da Ribeira, popular for local food products, and the National Ancient Art Museum exhibiting collections of paintings, sculptures, and gold and silver preserved from the 12th to 19th centuries. If you want to stay in accommodation that’s equally as interesting as the city attractions, stay in one of these historic hotels in Lisbon, Portugal.

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In Portugal, you'll also see history in the trees. From May to June, which I think is the best time to visit, Lisbon shows off beautiful lilac colors with the blooming of Jacaranda trees, an exotic species originally from Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay that adapted to the local climate. Its seeds were probably brought here from Brazil to integrate the collection of plants in the botanical garden of the royal Ajuda Palace.

Behind this project was Felix Avelar Brotero, known as the father of botany in Portugal and the director of the botanical garden from 1811 to 1826. He is also said to have offered the seeds of Jacaranda to anyone who wanted to grow them in the city.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) properties with historic significance, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 09, 2024.

1. Olissippo Lapa Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World (from USD 660)

Olissipo Lapa Palace was built in 1870, originally as a house gifted by the viscount to his son. Here, you will find wall paintings of the Count of Arnoso and other famous aristocrats in various rooms and suites of the palace. Additionally, famous ceramist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro designed the furniture and tiles of the palace.

The 19th-century property represents Colonial and Neo-Classical will amaze you with its elegant decor and magnificent architecture. It also boasts furniture inspired by notable figures.

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Olissippo Lapa Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Rua do Pau de Bandeira, 4
2.76 km (1.8 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

2. Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel (from USD 154)

Corpo Santo Hotel preserves the history of fishermen who worshipped Saint Pedro Goncalves since the 15th century. The Corpo Santo square was reconstructed into a hotel from a shipyard where fishermen gathered daily. The hotel has air-conditioned rooms with sitting areas and themed interiors. Reservations can be made for food and drinks, at the Porter (named after the beer brewed in Corpo Santo Square) in the 18th century. The hotel is given a higher rating for couples, and with a multi-linguistic staff, it becomes easier for the guests to communicate effectively.

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Elevador do Lavra

Just 1.6 km (0.99 mi) from this property, you'll find the oldest and one of the least popular funiculars in Lisbon, Elevador do Lavra. It's located in a hidden spot in one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city where real life still happens. 

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Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Largo do Corpo Santo, no 25, 1200-129 Lisboa
1.05 km (0.7 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

3. Hotel Avenida Palace (from USD 302)

This luxurious 5-star hotel was built in 1892 and has since been the centre of comfortable travel for diplomats, royalty, politicians and European aristocrats. As a part of its history, guests used to come here to enjoy pleasant evenings with live music from a private orchestra, Saturday night balls and a la carte French meals.

Today, guests can stay in suites that are designed and decorated in themes based on different eras and nobilities during the Belle Époque period.

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Museu da Cidade Museu da Cidade

Just about a 25-minute drive from this hotel is Museu da Cidade, which has paintings of the Belém Tower and the Monastery of Saint Jerome worth admiring. These buildings are marvels of architecture from the 1500s (mostly) and are only 10 minutes away from Lisbon center. They look a bit different and are certainly more crowded in the present, but the paintings in the museum show how they looked prior to the great earthquake of Lisbon in 1755.

Built for a military purpose, the tower is mostly an empty shell. So, you can save on the 6 EUR (6.57 USD) entrance fee to buy glasses of wine just outside while looking at the exterior.

Meanwhile, the monastery outside is absolutely stunning and includes a cloister and church. Don't miss it!

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Hotel Avenida Palace

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Rua 1. De Dezembro, 123
696 meters (0.5 ft) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Laundry

4. Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument - The Leading Hotels of the World (from USD 333)

Originally built by Italian architect Nicola Bigaglia in 1904, the 5-star Pestana Palace Hotel was restored in the Valle Flor Palace. The accommodation has French- and Japanese- influenced décor featuring paintings by Domingos Costa and Carlos Reis. The palace is also laden with stained glass windows made by Claudio Martins, depicting magnificent female figures completed by Conceicao Silva.

Aside from the incredible and historical art of the palace, the furniture has been preserved for its high-quality wood imported from São Tomé. Guests can have a gastronomic experience at Valle Flor restaurant offering local cuisine, then enjoy a walk in the well-maintained garden.

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Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument - The Leading Hotels of the World

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Rua Jau, 54
4.78 km (3.0 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

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Ana-Cristina Paiva

Ana Cristina Paiva

I am an australian-born Portuguese living in Lisbon since I was 8 years old. I studied Tourism and became a Licensed Guide and I absolutely love my job! The Portuguese landscape, history, food, traditions have won me over and I hope to share all this with you! I live in an historical neighborhood and believe that the best way to get to know a city is by walking. During the tours I hope to answer your questions and curiosities, proving a memorable and fun learing experience.

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Francisco

Francisco

Hello!!! My name is Francisco, but my friends call me Chico, so, feel free to call me that! I was born, raised and live in Lisbon, but I am a well travelled person, as I work for almost 30 years in the Tourism Industry. I am a family man, father of 3 grown up boys, and my friends say I am a "Social Animal" as I easily make friends! I love sports ( especially soccer and rugby), walking the streets of Lisbon ( I always discover new things. . . ); talking to people; trying a new wine or a different type of food. With a degree in Social & Cultural Anthropology, and with the experience as a Tour Guide, I have learned to look and feel our City and its people with tourist's eyes and heart. I believe that Life is a wonderful gift and must be enjoyed every single day, and in every moment, so my Tours reflect this philosophy. You can expect I will inform you about facts, but I will tell you the stories that made these facts interesting. My favourite themes are History and Traditions, Art and Gastronomy, Sports and People. . . Lisbon People!!! My Tours are relaxed; they are made for people who seek to Know, but also, to Enjoy!!! Aahh. . . and I can customize any of my Tours according to your special interests. Just ask me. So, this is Me. . . I am waiting for your contact!

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Marta Côrte-Real

Marta Côrte Real

I was born in Lisbon and I'm forever in love with it! After my family, guiding is my greatest passion: I love what I do! I have a 5 year degree called Touristic Information, specifically to work as a Tourist Guide, as well as the Certificate of Competence acquired through a qualifying examination, in order to be able to exercise this regulated profession. I own and manage a tour company licensed by the Turismo de Portugal IP, Portugal's National Tourism Authority. Tour guiding has been my full time job since 2003 and it has always been incredibly rewarding. In 2021, I was recognized by the Wanderlust Awards as one of the world's "Best Specialist Guides", which I think is a result of doing what I love every day. Waking up knowing I'll meet enthusiastic people who are excited to discover my city makes me a very grateful and happy person. For almost two decades (how am I that old already?!) I travelled around the world as a tour guide and tour manager in Portugal, Europe, South and Central America. I stopped being so nomadic when my first child was born and in 2016, I became part of ToursByLocals' amazing team and since then I've been 100% dedicated to my lovely Lisbon and its surroundings. I am a mother of 3. I love planning family trips. I know how important it is to create special family memories. Travelling means getting to know new places and cultures, experiencing nature more closely, walking and playing more, discovering history through cities, monuments and palaces! Our childhood travel memories are often the sweetest and along with other remarkable moments, we build who we are and how we live in the world. So if you're in need of someone to guide you and your kids and have them thrilled about travelling, I'm your guide! I'm also very fond of small groups of friends, extended family trips and solo travellers. It's a much more personal approach and very interesting and grateful, too. It's so lovely to get to know you! My wish is to make you feel all the unique details of this fairytale country the way I proudly do, welcoming you as a friend, however always assuring professional, original and interesting tours. I offer walking tours or if you prefer to just sit and relax, I also provide tours with transportation included (private minivan, minibus, bus). You can choose from my many tours the one you're most interested in, or we can build together a tailored experience, everything at your pace. Once you send me a message, I'll try to answer right away, but if I'm delivering a tour or busy with my family, I'll let you know that I'll get back to you soon. I'll be happy to create a customized tour just for you and if you have a special request, if it's a family with different age ranges. . . let me know so we can build the best option for your group. Some of my tours can perfectly be combined. I can also help you plan the best timings to avoid the crowds and even buy your tickets, if needed. There are lots of magic places in Portugal: let me know about you, your interests and ideas and according to that I will work on your time here! The most recent experience has been incredible: the virtual tours. The idea came up with the 2020 pandemic scenery and I decided to keep them going in the future as they're such a pleasant way of travelling differently and sustainably. These tours are perfect to gather families and friends who live away from each other and for schools to complement their teaching, as well as to help those who cannot travel for many reasons, to be able to see the world. I believe we always need to make the best out of the worst. Portugal is a country to visit all year round: weather is wonderful and even during the winter you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life like sitting on an esplanade, absorbing each sunbeam! Plus, I love cooking and baking and I'm happy to share my recipes. Portuguese food is simply delicious and the wine is just perfect for a toast to celebrate life! Get ready to deeply fall in love with Portugal! Can't wait to meet you!

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Beatrice Sacco

Beatrice Sacco

Hello! My name is Beatrice, I'm originally from Milan and I'm currently living in Lisbon. Travel, nature, music and art are among my passions. I'm curious and determined and I love meeting people from different countries. I moved to Portugal after finishing my studies in Art History. Now I'm putting into practice what I have learned by working as a tour guide. I love to share with people all the history, culture and local insights about the beautiful city of Lisbon and its surroundings! Come with me, if you want to go deep into the richness of this place!

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Rita Jardim

Rita Jardim

Rita has been a tour guide in Portugal since 2015. She is a passionate storyteller and a history buff whose goal is to immerse curious travelers in the beautiful Portuguese tale. Rita creates customized tours, cultural experiences, and food adventures in Lisbon, Belém, Sintra, Évora, and lesser-explored corners of Portugal. If you're looking for a genuine and immersive experience beyond the typical tourist route, Rita is your guide.

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5. Hotel Britania Art Deco - Lisbon Heritage Collection - Avenida (from USD 277)

Hotel Britania has been known for providing top-notch accommodation since the 1940s. The property is a project by Cassiano Branco, a famous Portuguese architect. He combined modernism with Art Deco style featuring cork floors created by Mundet Factory in 1944. The hotel boasts attractive interiors representing history through wall paintings of the Portuguese Empire.

The popular places near the property include Sào Jorge Castle, Bairro Alto and the Botanical Garden of Lisbon, all more or less 12 minutes away by car.

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Hotel Britania Art Deco - Lisbon Heritage Collection - Avenida

Wifi Available

Address: Rua Rodrígues Sampaio, 17
1.35 km (0.9 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Breakfast in the room

6. Solar do Castelo - Lisbon Heritage Collection - Alfama (from USD 262)

Solar Do Castelo is a historic part of São Jorge Castle, built in an 18th-century building. It towers over the Alfama district. Atelier Graça Viterbo preserved the medieval origins of the castle with a contemporary perspective to create the décor of the property.

The hotel has fully furnished rooms, showers and tubs in the bathroom and a comfortable seating area. For entertainment, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi are available for you. People travelling abroad can access the airport shuttle services for free, so have a hassle-free ride before your flight.

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Castelo de São Jorge Castelo de São Jorge Castelo de São Jorge

Take advantage of your proximity to the castle of Lisbon, the most visited monument of the city (amazing view from up there), while here. It has a 1940s medieval style that reminds me of a smaller version of Carcassonne or Castello Sforzesco. The castle has a similar story but a more interesting history!

A defensive Roman fortification was probably there once before the Arabs built an alcáçova expanding the Roman walls. They ruled Lisbon until the Crusaders led by D. Afonso Henriques defeated the Moors in 1147. The castle was renamed after St. George. In the Middle Ages, kings and queens had their Paço Real here. The castle was gradually used less often and slowly forgotten until only its ruins remained.

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Solar do Castelo - Lisbon Heritage Collection - Alfama

Wifi Available

Address: Rua das Cozinhas 2 (ao Castelo)
84 meters (277.0 ft) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

7. York House Hotel (from USD 125)

York House Hotel was built in the 17th-century by James Banks. The property has been popularly known as a gentlemen’s club “ The Wakefield and County Club” until the 1950s. The accommodation is indeed beautiful and well equipped with good bedding and bathing /shower in the bathroom, Guest can avail of special services of the minibar stocked with drinks and snacks in their rooms.

Nearby places to visit are Santa Catarina viewpoint and Ribera market popular for local and traditional food products.

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York House Lisboa Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Rua Das Janelas Verdes, 32
2.4 km (1.5 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Babysitting/child services

8. Chafariz D'el Rei Palace (from USD 246)

The hotel Chafariz D'el Rei Palace was built in the 19th century. The exquisite interiors of the hotel highlight the Art Nouveau style which was popular in the 1900s. The tiles used in the hotel belong to the Pombaline architectural style popularized several hundred years ago. You can enjoy a royal brunch at the palace’s restaurant and admire the view of the Tagus river. Avid readers fond of European literature and history can visit the wood-panelled library. People on a visit from the out-station can directly take the metro or come in taxis from the international airport (7.5 km or 4.66 mi).


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Wifi Available

Address: Travessa Chafariz De El Rei, 6
570 meters (0.4 ft) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Pets allowed Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services

9. Pousada de Lisboa (from USD 340)

This gorgeous hotel is located in the heart of Lisbon. It was originally built by Antonio Ferro, playwright and poet in the early 1940s. Pousada means a Hostel or “inn” for people to enjoy staying in small hotels that represent the true Portugal origins. The first-ever Pousada was opened in Elvas in Alentejo. In 2003 the Pestana group acquired over the Pousada from the government and created small luxurious hotels for the tourists. Aside from basic amenities, you can visit the indoor pool, gym, wellness centre, sauna, and spas for a relaxing day. Travelling to public places can be easy such as Bairro Alto street is just a seven-minute walk from the hotel and has the most popular bars for drinks and live music in Lisbon.


Pousada de Lisboa - Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Praça do Comércio 31-34
743 meters (0.5 ft) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

10. As Janelas Verdes Inn (from USD 228)

The hotel was the home of the famous writer Eca de Quiroz in the 18th century. The property inspired Quiroz’s famous work “ The Maias”. Acclaimed interior designer Graca Viterbo designed the hotel with oil paintings, ornate armchairs, wood panelling, and a rooftop library for book lovers. The guests are welcomed to admire the breathtaking views of the Tagus river from the terrace of the Property. Apart from this, quality tea time can be spent with friends in the interior garden for creating lovely memories together.


As Janelas Verdes Inn - Lisbon Heritage Collection - Riverside

Wifi Available

Address: R. Janelas Verdes, 47
2.51 km (1.6 mi) from Castelo de S. Jorge

Parking Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

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Be ready to be awe-inspired by the elegant architecture and rich history of Lisbon, Portugal. Your trip here is sure to be filled with good memories, especially paired with a stay at one of the top-notch historic hotels above.

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