LISBON

Pensão Praça da Figueira
Travessa Nova de S. Domingos 9
Lisbon 1100-372
Tel: +351 21 342 4323
Fax: +351 21 342 4323
Email: pensaofigueira@clix.pt
Website: www.pensaopracadafigueira.com
Neighboourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Praça da Figueira is on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of a building without elevator. So if you don’t mind a little cardio, you’ll find the pension to be quite pleasant. It’s inexpensive and has a fantastic location: on Praça Da Figueira Square and just steps away from the restaurants, bars, shops, Rossio Square and Rossio metro station The rooms are clean, bright and decent-sized, with colourful décor and wooden flooring. Most have nice views of the square. Rooms with private bathrooms have a TV, fridge and air-conditioning or a fan; those with a private shower (shared toilets) have a TV. If you’re on a tight budget, there are rooms with shared bathrooms on the 4th floor (they’re without amenities but have balconies). The pension also has a suite with 2 TVs, telephone, air-conditioning, living-room and private bathroom. There’s no breakfast but each floor has a guest kitchen. Wi-Fi is free and the airport bus-top is nearby. Praça da Figueira is a cheap, cheerful and central.

Hotel Duas Nações Residence
Rua da Vitória 41
Lisbon 1100-618
Tel: +351 21 346 0710
Fax: +351 21 347 0206
Email: reservas@duasnacoes.com
Website: www.duasnacoes.com
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Set on a pedestrian street in the middle of lively Baixa, Duas Nações is a modest hotel with a handy location. It’s perfectly placed for eating out and the popular shopping area of Chiado and the Biaxa metro station are a short walk away. The rooms vary in size; they range from cramped to spacious, so ask ahead. All rooms are clean and have basic décor, with a blue and yellow colour scheme.  Rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor are renovated and modern. Amenities include a TV, telephone, Wi-Fi and small private or shared bathrooms (some rooms have air-conditioning). For lovely views, get a front-facing room on a higher floor, many of them have balconies. Note: Street facing rooms on lower floors can get noisy. Internet is free, Wi-Fi is extra charge and the included breakfast is so-so. Duas Nações is good value for money Food tip: For delicious Portuguese food, try Restaurante Regional at R. dos Sapateiros 68.

Lisbon Lounge Hostel
Rua de Sao Nicolau, 41st
Lisbon 1100-547
Tel: +351 21 346 2061
Email: info@lisbonloungehostel.com
Website: www.lisbonloungehostel.com
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Run by four young artists, Lisbon Lounge is small, hip and has a warm, communal living vibe. And the prime location ensures that you’re never short of places to eat and shop. The 9 mixed rooms (2 to 8 beds) are squeaky clean, large and sunny, with eye-pleasing decor: you’ll find Ikea style furniture, wooden flooring, white walls and just the right amount of colour. The 2 twin rooms have a TV and 2 of the rooms have air-conditioning. The rooms share 6 bathrooms which are immaculate. The common areas are impressive. There are 3 lounge rooms with bean bags, stylish furniture and funky wall art. There’s a bar, a guest kitchen with a communal breakfast table (breakfast is included and good). There are also cheap and yummy 3 course dinners with wine every night. Extras include free tea / coffee all day, free walking tours, free towels, free Wi-Fi and movies on a giant projector. Hostels don’t come better than Lisbon Lounge.

Grande Pensao Alcobia
Rua Poço do Borratém 15
Lisbon 1100-408
Tel: +351 21 884 4150
Fax: +351 21 886 4201
Email: residencial.alcobia@mail.ptprime.pt
Website: www.grandepensaoalcobia.com
Neighboourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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The street Alcobia sits on is not the prettiest and the rooms at the back face a large courtyard lined with rundown buildings. That said, the hotel’s pros far outweigh its cons. It has top notch rooms which are quiet and the location is convenient: next to Praça Da Figueira Square and around the corner from the shopping streets, the eateries, the tram stop and the Rossio metro station. And if you get a street facing room on a higher floor, you’ll have stunning views of the Sao Jorge castle. The rooms are recently renovated, so they’re spotless and in good condition. They’re also spacious and well-priced. The décor is warm; you’ll find red and beige striped bed covers, large wooden headboards, wooden furniture and wooden flooring. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and neat private bathrooms. A few rooms have balconies. The hotel has a bar and other facilities include bicycle rental. Breakfast is included; Wi-Fi is extra charge. Note: The elevator starts from the first floor. Alcobia is a solid option with a pleasant vibe.

Pensao Residencial Portuense
Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 149-157
Lisbon 1150-267
Telephone: +351 21 346 4197
Fax: +351 21 342 4239
Email: rportuense@mail.telepac.pt
Website: www.pensaoportuense.com
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Recently renovated, Portuense is one of the best budget bets in the city. It’s a professionally run place with a sweet setting. It’s housed in a pretty sky blue building on a small cobble stone street on the edge of Baixa. So you’re central minus the noise. Bonus: The street runs parallel to Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s most important avenue. The rooms are compact but impeccably clean, quiet and inexpensive. The décor is sparse yet pleasant, with clean lines, small rugs and elegantish wooden furniture. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and clean private bathrooms with great showers. Most front facing rooms have balconies. For nice city views get a room on a higher floor. The street has quite a few good restaurants and the airport bus stops nearby. There’s a drink / snack machine and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. The clincher is the staff which is attentive and super helpful. Breakfast is included. Two thumbs up for Portuense.

Pensão Residencial Florescente
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 99
Lisbon 1150-266
Tel: +351 21 342 6609
Fax: +351 21 342 7733
Email: geral@residencialflorescente.com
Website: www.residencialflorescente.com
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Residencial Florescente has all the ingredients of a good budget hotel. Ok, the rooms are not huge but they’re airy and well-maintained, the service is fantastic, the lobby is large and cheery and the location is great. The hotel sits on a pedestrian-only lane lined with restaurants and the Rossio Square is nearby. The rooms are clean and have functional décor. Front rooms have street facing glass doors with railings, so you get a balcony feel. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and neat private bathrooms. Rooms at the back are quieter, though some have windows that overlook the air-conditioning ducts and can be noisy, so ask ahead. If you like more space, get one of the spacious Superior Rooms. The hotel has an in-house restaurant cum bar with a nice outdoor sitting area and an inexpensive lunch and dinner buffet. The included breakfast is good and Wi-Fi is free. Residencial Florescente is recommended.

Albergaria Insulana
Rua da Assuncao 52
Lisbon 1100-044
Tel: +351 21 342 7625
Fax: +351 21 342 8924
Email: info@insulana.net
Website: www.insulana.net
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Insulana has an old fashioned feel and decor but it’s charming, in good shape and prices won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s spread across 3 floors and is located bang in the centre of Baixa, surrounded by restaurants and shops It’s also close to the airport bus-stop and Chiado. The rooms are clean and cosy, with antique style wooden furniture, off-white patterned bed covers and green wall-to-wall carpeting. The rooms are good-sized and the amenities are not bad. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Some street facing rooms have balconies. The staff is friendly and efficient, and has good suggestions on where to eat. The hotel has a bar which doubles as a breakfast room. It has dated furnishing but who cares, it has alcohol. There’s free Wi-Fi in the bar and lobby and a basic breakfast is included. Insulana maybe a bit old style but don’t let that stop, it’s an excellent option in an excellent location.

Hotel Borges
Rua Garret 108
Lisbon 1200-205
Tel: +351 21 346 1951
Fax: +351 21 342 6617
Email: reservas@hotelborges.com
Website: www.hotelborges.com
Neighbourhood: Baixa and Chiado
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Borges is one of the oldest hotels in Lisbon and enjoys a mouthwatering location. It overlooks the lively Chiado Square and sits between Baixa and Barrio Atlo. So the restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping and the Bairro Alto-Chiado metro station are around the corner. The rooms are neat and spacious, with standard 3-star hotel décor: wall-to-wall carpet, bright curtains, big wooden headboards and wooden furniture. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi (extra charge) and well-equipped private bathrooms. Street facing rooms (some have balconies) can be noisy, so if you like it quiet, get a back facing room. The lobby is modern, while the large breakfast room is grand, with chandeliers and decorative ceiling. A basic breakfast is included. If nightlife tops your priority list, Borges is the place to be. Food tip: Head to Brasileira (Rua Garret 120), it’s the city’s most famous café and one of the oldest. Get a pastry and coffee and soak in the historic atmosphere and the gorgeous interiors.

Pensao Londres
Rua Dom Pedro V 53
Lisbon 1250-092
Tel: +351 21 346 2203
Fax: +351 21 346 5682
Email: pensaolondres@pensaolondres.com.pt
Website: www.pensaolondres.com.pt
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto
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Few hotels in Lisbon offer better views than Londres. Housed at the top of Bairro Alto, most of its rooms have stunning views of the Tajus river and the city.  But views are not the only reason to stay here. Londres sits in a fairly quiet part of Bairro Alto and is yet close to its nightlife. The rooms vary in size and are clean and comfortable. The décor is traditional and charming, with high ceilings and lovely dark wood furniture which goes nicely with the white curtains and beige walls. All rooms have a TV, telephone, free Wi-Fi and private or shared bathrooms. Rooms with private bathrooms have air-conditioning and many of them have balconies. Tip: For best views get a higher floor room. There’s a restaurant and a bakery in the building, and the Elevador da Gloria funicular that takes you to Restauradores Square is close by. The included breakfast is decent and Wi-Fi is free. If you’re looking for charm and character Londres is the place.

Orange3House – Bed & Breakfast
Travessa da Laranjeira 6
Lisbon 1200-239
Tel: +351 919 191 981
Fax: +34 917 692 644
Email: info@orange3house.com
Website: www.orange3house.com
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto
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The romantic Orange3House is one of our favourite places to stay in Lisbon. Housed in a cute Portuguese-style building surrounded by orange trees, it has an air of tranquility. And being located on a street with steps adds to its charm. But that’s just half the story. The owners, Igor and Marisa, are as warm and helpful as anyone you’ll meet. Their little thoughtful gestures make staying here a pleasure. The B&B has just 3 rooms; all are large, comfortable and sunny. The big windows open on to balconies with lovely views of rooftops or the Tajus river. The décor is picture worthy; all rooms have pure white walls, crisp bed linen, colour co-ordinated throw blankets and pillows, stylish carpets and elegant furniture. The suites come with a TV, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and immaculate private bathrooms. The B&B has an equally well done-up kitchen and lounge area on the ground floor. The nightlife and the famous Bica funicular are nearby. A delicious breakfast is included and Wi-Fi is free. The only downside, there’s no elevator. Orange3House is a gem.

Hotel Anjo Azul
Rua Luz Soriano 75
Lisbon 1200-246
Tel: +351 21 347 8069
Fax: +351 21 347 8069
Email: hotelanjoazul@gmail.com
Website: www.blueangelhotel.com/anjoazul/index-pt.php
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto
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Anjo Azul’s rooms have erotic pictures of men on their walls. This would a good time to point out that Anjo Azul is a gay-friendly hotel. But a number of its clients are heterosexual and it’s easy to see why it’s popular with everyone. It sits on an authentic Lisbon street close to the bars and restaurants of Bairro Alto. The smallish rooms are recently refurbished so they’re immaculate, with colourful, eye pleasing décor that’s different in each room. The rooms are also well-equipped, they have a TV, DVD player, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms with coloured tiles and glass sinks. A few rooms have tiny balconies and ground floor rooms have mini private patios. One double room has a cute mezzanine sitting area. The lobby is sleek and bright and the hotel has a bar. Internet and Wi-Fi is free. There’s no breakfast and no elevator. Anjo Azul is the kind of place you’d want to come back to some day.

Oasis Backpackers’ Mansion
Rua de Santa Catarina 24
Lisbon 1200-402
Tel: +351 21 347 8044
Email: lisboa@hostelsoasis.com
Website: www.oasislisboa.com/lisbon-hostel
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto
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When you walk into a hostel and get a welcome drink, you know you’re in for a good time.  Oasis is friendly and fun, and the large and relaxing common areas make meeting people easy. The hostel is set in a beautiful Portuguese building near the Barrio Alto action and a hilltop terrace which has cool views of the Tajus river. The dorms and double rooms are neat and modern. The décor is minimalistic and tasteful, with crisp white sheets, wooden flooring, wall art and chic lamps. Most dorms and rooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and new private bathrooms (the rest share). 2 dorms have balconies with river views. The common areas are stylishly done-up. There’s a lounge with a fireplace, a bar, fully-equipped kitchen and a lovely outdoor garden with tables and chairs. The hostel organises free walking and bar-hopping tours. Other nice touches include cheap dinners, free phone charging, free Wi-Fi and free tea and coffee all day. A good breakfast is included. Our favourite bit about the hostel? If you volunteer to make beds, your stay is free. As hostels go, Oasis is up there with the best.

Pensao Luar
Rua das Gáveas, 101
Lisbon 1200
Tel: +351 21 346 0949
Fax: +351 21 346 0949
Email: luarhotel@gmail.com
Website: www.pensaoluar.com
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto
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If you’re in Lisbon for the nightlife, there is no better place to stay than the no-frills Luar. Sure, it can get noisy sometimes but there’s a reason for that, it sits in the heart of the nightlife action. And the shockingly low prices make sure you have enough money left to blow up in the bars and clubs which are at your doorstep. The hotel has just 10 rooms, all of them face the street and vary in size. The rooms are well-scrubbed and neat and the décor is minimalistic and colourful: bright coloured bed linen with matching curtains and walls. Amenities include a TV, telephone, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. 5 of the rooms have balconies. The lobby is small and cute and the staff is friendly. There’s no elevator or breakfast but there’s free Wi-Fi. Note: Most of the bathrooms are walk in showers in the corner of the room with walls that don’t extend to the ceiling. All in all, Luar is a sweet little place and its prices and location make it even sweeter.

Residencial Dom Sancho I
Avenida da liberdade 202
Lisbon 1250-147
Tel: +351 21 351 3160
Fax: +351 21 354 8042
Email: dsancho@iol.pt
Website: www.domsancho.com
Neighbourhood: Avenida da Liberdade
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Dom Sancho’s rooms are small and have small bathrooms. But there is good news. The rooms are of high quality and also, the hotel has the sweetest staff in Lisbon and a posh location that’s envied by most. It sits on Avenida da Liberdade, close to the Avenida metro station, opposite the airport bus-stop and an easy stroll from Rossio and Restauradores Square. The rooms are clean, inexpensive and tastefully done-up, with red and gold bed covers, dark wood antique style furniture and wooden flooring. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Street facing rooms can be noisy but they’re brighter and 4 of them have lovely balconies over-looking Avenida da Liberdade (grab them). The reception, on the 2nd floor, is pleasant and sunny. It has comfortable leather sofas and high decorative ceiling with a teardrop chandelier. The staff has good suggestions on where to eat. Breakfast is 5 Euros and Wi-Fi is free is you have breakfast at the hotel. Dom Sancho’s location and service will make sure you leave Lisbon with a smile.

Hotel Jorge V
Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, Nº3
Lisbon 1250-165
Tel: +351 21 356 2525
Fax: +351 21 315 0319
Email: info@hoteljorgev.com
Website: www.hoteljorgev.com
Neighbourhood: Avenida da Liberdade
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Jorge V is a good old fashioned hotel with excellent service and a location that ensures a good night’s sleep. It sits on a quiet street off Avenida da Liberdade. The city centre is an 8-10 minute walk away and if you’re feeling lazy, there are frequent buses plying up and down Avenida da Liberdade. The 49 rooms have slightly dated décor but they’re clean, comfortable and decent-sized, with colourful tiled flooring. The rooms are also well-equipped; they come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar and well-stocked private bathrooms. The best part is, street facing rooms, 24 of them, have good-sized balconies with chairs (recommended). If you want more space, get one of the junior suites, they have a sitting area with a sofa and a coffee table. The hotel has a bar which is open till midnight and the friendly staff will help you with restaurant reservations. Wi-Fi is free and a good breakfast is included. Jorge V is ideal if you’re looking for a relaxed stay in a central location.

Residencial Alegria
Praca da Alegria 12
Lisbon 1250-004
Tel: +351 21 322 0670
Fax: +351 21 347 8070
Website: www.alegrianet.com
Neighbourhood: Avenida da Liberdade
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With its cute rooms, convenient location and down to earth prices, Alegria is good value for money. Tucked away off Avenida da Liberdade, it sits opposite a small park and is a mini walk away from Restauradores Square, the eateries and shops. So you’re close to the action minus the commotion. The rooms vary in size; they range from the tiny to the large, so ask ahead. All rooms are clean and bright, and have cheery décor with ornate touches. You’ll find purple and blue walls, antique style wooden furniture, wooden flooring and modern art on the walls. The rooms are equipped with a TV, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and neat private bathrooms. Rooms over-looking the park have small balconies and are more airy. The marbled lobby is inviting and elegantly done-up, with potted plants, comfortable sofas and eye pleasing dark wood furniture. The hotel also has a small bar and the staff is welcoming. Wi-Fi is extra charge and the included breakfast is decent. Get a room facing the park and you’ll like Alegria even more.

Pensao Residencial Roma
Travessa Da Gloria 22-A
Lisbon 1250-118
Tel: + 351 213 460 557
Fax: + 351 213 460 557
Email: res.roma@cyclopnet.pt
Website: www.residencialroma-lisbon.com
Neighbourhood: Avenida da Liberdade
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Residencial Roma is a basic hotel with plain rooms and no elevator. On the flipside, it keeps its rooms clean and you get quite a bit for a next to nothing price. Another reason to consider Residencial Roma is its location; it’s literally steps away from Avenida da Liberdade and close to the airport bus-stop and the city centre action. The dated room decor won’t feature in interior design magazines but the rooms are decent-sized and well-equipped. All have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. A few rooms have balconies. The hotel also has a small bar in the lobby and fully loaded apartments on the top floor. Spacious and functional, they’re ideal for families. They have a telephone, air-conditioning, kitchenette (with microwave fridge and cutlery), dining area and washing machine. Internet is extra charge, the included breakfast is good. If you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to stay in a hostel, head to Residencial Roma.

Hotel Solar dos Mouros
Rua do Milagre de Santo António 6
Lisbon 1100-351
Tel: +351 21 885 4940
Email: reservation@solardosmouros.com
Website: www.solardosmouros.com
Neighbourhood: Alfama
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Housed on a tranquil street on the foot of the São Jorge castle, Solar dos Mouros is a small and stylish hotel. It’s not cheap but you’re paying for top class rooms and some of the best views in Lisbon.  The 12 rooms are huge and charmingly done-up, with a fusion of contemporary and traditional: bright colours, attractive furniture, fluffy carpets, abstract art and African motifs. Rooms on the higher floors have lovely views of the river or the castle and are more expensive. If you don’t mind splurging, get the attic suite. It has a low ceiling but it comes with a private terrace and stunning views. Ground floor rooms are the cheapest and over-look a cute garden. The amenities are ample; all rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, radio, DVD player and private bathrooms. The hotel has a modern bar cum lounge, and if you prefer a drink outside, the city centre is an easy walk away. The 13 Euro breakfast is excellent, there’s free Wi-Fi in the lobby and no elevator. Solar dos Mouros is the place to stay if you have a fat wallet.

Residencial Horizonte
Avenida Antonio Augusto de Aguiar 42
Lisbon 1050-017
Tel: +351 21 353 9526
Fax: +351 21 353 8474
Email: residehorizonte@netcabo.pt
Website: www.hotelhorizonte.com
Neighbourhood: Marques de Pombal
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Horizonte doesn’t look particularly impressive when you’re checking in. Housed in a residential apartment building, it has its reception in a not so well lit basement. Apart from that minor blip, this unpretentious and inexpensive hotel gets the job done quite well. And the location is good: bang opposite the Parque metro station and near the Edward VII Park and the Marquis de Pombal square. The 53 average sized rooms are not luxurious but they’re clean and well-maintained, with basic décor and very comfortable beds. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and tidy private bathrooms. Most street facing rooms have small balconies. For nice views ask for a room on a higher floor. The hotel has a TV lounge and a bar which is open till 11:30 pm. There’s free Wi-Fi in the bar and the included breakfast is decent. We like Horizonte’s simplicity and down to earth vibe. Food tip: For authentic and fabulous local food, try Restaurante O Campos at Rua Filipe Folque 19. It’s also inexpensive.

Hotel Miraparque
Av. Sidónio Pais, 12
Lisbon 1050-214
Tel: +351 21 352 4286
Fax: +351 21 357 8920
Email: hotel@miraparque.com
Website: www.miraparque.com
Neighbourhood: Marques de Pombal
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The 3 star Miraparque has a 5 star setting. It’s set on a quiet, tree-lined side street opposite the Edward VII Park. So a goodnight’s sleep in guaranteed. And when you wake up, you can be in the city centre within minutes. Courtesy the Parque metro station which is steps away from the hotel. But the location isn’t the only reason to stay here. The service is friendly and impeccable and the rooms are spotless and decent-sized. The décor is warm, with off white walls, wall-to wall carpeting, big wooden headboards and old-fashioned furniture. The rooms also come well-equipped: TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini-bar, radio, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. 2nd floor rooms in the front, facing the park, have small balconies (these are prized and cost 10 Euros extra). The breakfast room with its wood paneling, chandeliers and high ceiling is impressive. The hotel’s in-house restaurant is good the cosy bar has mellow lighting and inviting leather chairs. Wi-Fi is free, the included breakfast is good. Miraparque has everything a good budget hotel should have.