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. 

Cais do Sodré/Santos

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outside the City

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

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

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

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...  Read More


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