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Romantic Hotels in Lisbon. The Loveliest Places to Stay in the City



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. For example, hidden away in the narrow winding lanes of Alfama is chic Memmo Alfama: the views from the terrace swimming pool are quite beautiful! Likewise, Lumiares Hotel in Bairro Alto offers its guests a romantic interlude option in noble surroundings with inspired rooftop views. Similarly, 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. In nearby picturesque Castelo district two discreet boutique properties, Solar do Castelo and the equally enchanting Solar dos Mouros, are both ideal for a romantic city break. Over in the west of the city, in the trendy Santos district, Pálacio Ramalhete guarantees its guests a peaceful and seductive stay. Back in the Santa Clara district is the wonderfully refurbished Santa Clara 1728. And along the Lisbon coast beyond Cascais you have charming Fortaleza do Guincho, which offers guests an upscale stay in a converted sea fort, replete with Michelin-star restaurant. Back in town meanwhile, crowning a hill overlooking the city centre, is Torel Palace Lisbon, a former 19th-century palace that's been cleverly converted into a elegant and seriously romantic bolthole. 


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A historic palace and two mansion houses fashioned into a collection of themed rooms and apartments constitute this prestigious hotel property. Set on a hill above Avenida da Liberdade and overlooking central Lisbon, Torel Palace in fact offers 26 rooms, one apartment, and one villa. Decor is inspired by the kings and queens of Portugal, and the names of various houses of the Portuguese monarchy. A blend of the elegantly classic and contemporary distinguishes the design signature. The wooden floors lining the bedrooms and bathrooms lend a touch of period authenticity to the property, which dates back to the 19th century. Services and facilities include a beautiful swimming pool sunk into a cobbled terrace that affords grand views across the capital. The pool is open during the summer season only. The palace's restaurant, Terrace 23, is noted for a menu of traditional Portuguese cuisine presented with imaginative modern flourishes

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A 19th-century former palace building has been skilfully converted into a singular hotel property that exudes plenty of charm and authentic period character.

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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!

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The stunning location plus the restaurant's Michelin credentials underline Fortaleza's enviable reputation.

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Overlooking the landmark Panteão Nacional is this delightful six-suite retreat. Borne out of a carefully undertaken restoration project, Santa Clara 1728 retains its original 18th-century architectural heritage through the employment of traditional building methods, including the generous use of local marble. The sense of history is tangible but so, too, is the wonderfully tranquil atmosphere that permeates throughout the entire property. Accommodation is divided into two different categories, the large Suite Santa Clara option and the slightly smaller Suite Tejo options. Adding to the sense of occasion are the romantic views afforded to all rooms. Bathrooms meanwhile feature oversized freestanding limestone-clad tubs and basins. There are no conventional leisure facilities here. Santa Clara 1728 is bereft of spa, gym, and business salon. Breakfast is a healthy choice of cereals and yoghurt, or an equally wholesome hotplate. Lunch can be arranged on request, and dinner is served Wednesday to Saturday.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Santa Clara 1728, borne out of the restoration of a historic property, exudes a timeless elegance that will appeal to those seeking a peaceful retreat.

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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 perfectly reflects the Lisbon of bygone years. 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. Leisure amenities at this singular property include a heated swimming pool set in a lovely garden, and an inviting bar where guests can relax over light meals and Portuguese wines.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Located in a leafy neighbourhood away from the city centre, Palácio Ramalhete lures with its period charm and a tangible historical identity.

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Castelo/Alfama


The bright and vivacious interior of this snug bed and breakfast hideaway set just a few minutes' walk from the cathedral 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 seven rooms, including two suites, are available in this gracious Alfama townhouse, with some affording spectacular and romantic views of Castelo de Sao Jorge or the river beyond. Amenities extend to satellite TV, minibar, and private bathroom facilities. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Guests can enjoy breakfast in the garden terrace, which blossoms into life in spring when flowers of all hues provide an even greater brighter perspective.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A hotel property with an exceptional design signature, Solar dos Mouros ticks all the sophisticated style and intimate atmosphere boxes.

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Castelo/Alfama


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 castle grounds at will, and you might just be greeted by the unmistakable call of one of these graceful birds as you check in. Parts of the hotel originally served as the castle's kitchen and at night, flickering candlelight and glowing Moorish lamps further heighten the sense of history the property exudes. A wonderful rooftop view of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood, is served with breakfast.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The historic location and tranquil atmosphere combine to reward the visitor with a vivid yesteryear impression of their stay in Lisbon.

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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. 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 terrace, replete with gurgling fountains and, adds additional romantic appeal to this unusual and unique Lisbon hotel property.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: An early 20th-century palacete carefully converted into an unusual and highly decorative boutique bolt hole replete with original period furniture.

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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 understated 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado exudes understated romanticism and an appealing understated but chic atmosphere. Discretion is the byword here.

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This Lisbon hotel is one of the city's most romantic and aesthetically pleasing. Located in the heart of the capital's hipster nightlife zone, Lumiares is a boutique gem, housed in a carefully refurbished historic property of noble ancestry. Accommodation comprises a choice of apartments: studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, loft style and, crowning the top floor, a glorious penthouse option. Styled and decorated using modern furnishings embellished with traditional Portuguese handicraft and artisanal accessories, room decor combines regional cultural flourishes with a fashionable and contemporary signature. It's a theme carried through to the public spaces and into the restaurants. Located on the ground floor is the bright, breezy Mercado Café for light snacks in a cosmopolitan, al fresco atmosphere. Upstairs, the über cool Lumni restaurant and rooftop bar offers diners a gastronomic hideaway and a seriously swooning panoramic view. Guest amenities extend to a modest but inviting spa and gym space.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Beautifully styled, this hotel offers quiet sanctuary for guests yet is just a footstep away from some of the liveliest nightlife in Europe.

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The stylish and contemporary four-star Memmo Alfama is located in the city's ancient Alfama neighbourhood. This charm-filled boutique bed and breakfast option, beautifully converted from an authentic 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 retreat. Views from the 42 smoke-free guest rooms and suites, offered in several different categories, take in amazing views of the vicinity and the sparkling River Tagus. 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, positioned over a wood deck terrace where an inviting outdoor pool is sunk. Again, the surrounding views are simply jaw dropping, especially at dusk when the old quarter starts to sparkle.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Memmo Alfama enjoys a fabulous position overlooking the city's ancient Moorish quarter, a location especially alluring after dark.

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