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Where to Stay in Lisbon
From the grand hotels of Lisbon's city center to the budget backpacker hostels near the popular Bairro Alto district, you can find an accommodation to suit your particular tastes. If convenience is a priority, then book hotel reservations in Baixa, the center of modern-day Lisbon. Here, among many historic shops and cafes, you'll find Commerce Square and Rossio Square, two of the most culturally significant sites in the city. For a mix of old world and new world, search for a luxury boutique in the Chiado neighborhood. This popular shopping district features a myriad of bookstores, apparel stores and cafes situate along its beautiful streets and squares. Stay among the locals in the Alfama district, one of Lisbon's oldest neighborhoods. Alfama features breathtaking views from its riverside hilltops, and its architecture is representative of the traditional Portuguese style. Or, if you're looking for lodgings in Lisbon's most active nightlife scene, search for budget hotels in the Bairro Alto neighborhood. This district is known for its many late-night bars, clubs and live music venues.
Lisbon Hotel Tips
Lisbon's location makes it a prime destination year round. The climate is moderate with temperatures falling as low as the mid 40s in winter and as high as the low 80s in summer. The city's peak tourist season lasts from about June to September when the weather is exceptionally warm. If you plan on booking your trip for this period, search for low-priced hotel rates in advance. One of the best times to visit is in April and May, right before the bulk of tourists invade the city. This shoulder season is still comfortably warm, but you won't have to be fighting crowds for some of Lisbon's top attractions. Plus, it's easier to find low-priced flights to Lisbon and discount hotels. If you do want to see Lisbon during the summertime, consider making reservations in August. This is when many locals take their vacations, making it a quieter time to visit.
Lisbon Hotel Recommendations
Stay in Lisbon's historic Alfama neighborhood at the boutique Hotel Olissippo Castelo. Located just a stone's throw away from the St. Jorge Castle, this four-star hotel pampers its guests with friendly service and luxurious accommodations. The spacious rooms are decorated in inviting earth tones and furnished with soft linens and comfortable furniture. The small hotel also boasts a cocktail bar and a rooftop sundeck that provides amazing views of the city. The hotel also offers special room rates during low tourist seasons, so be sure to compare prices before booking your trip.
Or find rooms at one of the most exclusive hotels in all of Lisbon. The five-star Chiado 16 in the trendy Chiado district provides guests with convenient access to Lisbon's best restaurants, shopping options and cultural institutions. The hotel occupies a historic building that has been redesigned by award-winning architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade. Inside, the hotel features lavish, handcrafted furnishings and cutting-edge amenities. Guest suites each occupy an entire floor of the hotel and include a fully equipped kitchen, marble bathroom and in-room laundry.
Consider staying in Lisbon's top nightlife district, Bairro Alto. Here, you'll find several reasonably priced guesthouses and inns. Lodgings aren't necessarily luxurious, but they are affordable and comfortable. Plus, guests have direct access to Lisbon's best bars and nightclubs. Compare rates at Pensao Residencial Camoes, a small, 18-room guesthouse that provides guests with clean rooms, private baths and free breakfast. Or check out the Bed & Breakfast Lisboa. This inn provides guests with cozy, modest rooms and amazing views of the city.
Lisbon sports a comprehensive public transportation system that stretches throughout the city and beyond. The Lisbon Metro is a 24-mile subway system that claims four different lines. Visitors can hop on one of the color-coded lines and explore the inner city of Lisbon and beyond. Lisbon also has a tram that relies on historic, four-wheeled cars to cart passengers throughout the city. A ferry service provides transport across the Tagus River. Lisbon is also known as a very bike-friendly. In recent years, the local government has created more bike lanes to cater to cyclists. If you are staying in the center of the city near Baxia, you can walk to many of Lisbon's tourist districts, including Alfama and Bairro Alto. Renting a car is not recommended as traffic jams are common and parking downtown is difficult.
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