5 New Hotels in Lisbon

Avani Avenida Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon


This new hotel is the result of a renovation and rebranding of one of the most well-located hotels in town. Just around the corner from the city’s grandest boulevard, it features contemporary furnishings and a pleasant garden surrounding a round swimming pool.

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Corpo Santo Hotel, Lisbon


Found halfway between the grand Comercio Square and the revived Cais do Sodré district, this new 5-star hotel is also a museum, after all the artefacts found during the building’s renovation. It incorporated part of the city’s medieval wall, and offers rooms with a simple décor mixing vintage and modern pieces.

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Iberostar Lisboa Hotel, Lisbon


Well located just steps from Avenida da Liberdade and within walking distance of downtown, this new 5-star hotel is perfect for business or leisure travelers. It has an indoor pool, a spa and meeting rooms.

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Le Consulat Hotel, Lisbon


Home to the Brazilian consulat for decades, part of this historical building is now a tasteful bed & breakfast with art-filled rooms and suites. Guests have a magnificent view over one of the city’s main central squares and are within walking distance of many of the main attractions.

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The Lift Hotel, Lisbon


Inspired by the landmark Santa Justa Elevator which stands just a few feet away, this small hotel features a décor mixing Art Deco and modern designs. Every room is slightly different, with some of them incorporating the 18th-century building’s original wooden beams.

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10 Cool New Hotels in Lisbon

Memmo Principe Real Hotel, Lisbon


This is a 5-star design hotel in the city’s trendiest neighborhood. It has a wonderful view from the rooms (some of them with small balconies) and from the restaurant and small pool.

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Alma Lusa Hotel, Lisbon


It faces one of the main central squares, home to the city hall palace. It has a nice restaurant with outdoor seating, and places you within walking distance of most downtown attractions.

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Palácio do Governador Hotel, Lisbon


Facing the city’s most iconic landmark (the Belém Tower), this 5-star hotel is the former 16th-century home of the tower’s governor. It has a wonderful spa, an even more wonderful outdoor swimming pool and another indoor pool, a refined restaurant and a décor inspired by the city’s famous blue-and-white tiles.

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PortoBay Marquês Hotel, Lisbon


With a small rooftop swimming pool and terrace, this hotel is in a good central location, just around the corner from Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s main shopping street. It also has a gym and a good restaurant.

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Pestana CR7 Lisboa Hotel, Lisbon


The CR7 in the name refers to world-famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who teamed up with the Pestana chain to offer this sports and fashion-inspired hotel right in the heart of Lisbon. The bar and bistro on the ground level is open to everyone, and serves good cocktails as big screen TV show different sports events.

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Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, Lisbon


This hotel is just a few feet from a charming square in the city’s most elegant central district, Chiado. It has a nice rooftop terrace serving drinks and views throughout the day.

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Hotel Riverside Alfama, Lisbon


It’s right next door to one of the city’s most historic landmarks, the curious “house of spikes” Casa dos Bicos, today celebrating the life and work of Nobel Prize author José Saramago. It’s a nicely renovated traditional building, facing the riverfront, with simple contemporary-style rooms.

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Martinhal Family Suites, Lisbon


This hotel is made up of 37 apartments, catering to families that want to spend several days in Lisbon. It’s in a very central location, and it offers a “kids club” for parents who wish to leave the kids behind as they explore the city’s cultural attractions.

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Hotel White Lisboa, Lisbon


This hotel is down the street from one of the city’s businest squares in a central business district. A Metro station is right outside, taking you downtown in just a few minutes. A rooftop terrace with pool lets you relax as you overlook the city.

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Turim Terreiro do Paço Hotel, Lisbon


Just a short walk from the city’s grandest square and the waterfront, this 4-star hotel has rooms of different sizes. Although it has an 18th-century façade, it’s entirely new inside, featuring a contemporary décor.

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10 New Spots to Eat and Drink in Lisbon

Palácio Chiado, Lisbon

Rua do Alecrim, 70
Tel: 210 101 184

A palace built in the 1700s now has its beautiful rooms divided into several dining options. Downstairs by the entrance is the bar and a room serving lighter meals, while upstairs is the finer dining, with sushi, meats and seafood. Open throughout the day, it’s already one of the city’s hottest spots.

Momento HB, Lisbon

Rua da Rosa, 151
Tel: 213 420 765

An experienced young chef who has worked with some of the city’s top chefs has now ventured on his own with this new restaurant in Bairro Alto. Here he serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with his own personal modern twist. Prices are reasonable, but it’s worth splurging on the most expensive option on the menu, the delicious jumbo shrimp. There’s also an excellent chocolate mousse for dessert.

Monte Mar, Lisbon

Rua da Cintura, Armazém 65
Tel: 213 220 160

One of the most famous seafood restaurants by the beach in Cascais has now opened in the center of Lisbon, right on the waterfront. The terrace is also open for drinks throughout the afternoon, and at dinner time it serves fresh fish and seafood. If you prefer to eat inside, there’s plenty of space in the former warehouse, also with views over the river.

Isco da Bica, Lisbon

Rua do Almada, 29
Tel: 213 461 376

Decorated like a fisherman’s hut, this very relaxed restaurant is found by the popular Santa Catarina viewpoint. It serves both traditional and creative fish dishes, but which fish you’ll get depends on what was caught in the Atlantic waters north and south of Lisbon on that day.

Fábrica da Nata, Lisbon

Praça dos Restauradores, 62-68
Tel: 217 933 766

Lisbon’s famous custard tarts are found in every café and pastry shop in the city, but there are only a few places that specialize in it. This new spot in one of the city’s biggest central squares serves them warm, straight from the oven, inside or at the terrace facing the square.

Bread 4 U, Lisbon

Rua dos Sapateiros, 41
Tel: 211 394 632

It’s a bakery and cafe, hidden on a quiet street downtown, offering a variety of bread and pastries. Decorated with antique pieces, it’s a nice spot for a break between sightseeing, either for just a drink, a light meal or a sugar rush.

Bacalhau com Todos, Lisbon

Rua São Nicolau, 47-49
Tel: 213 420 745

Even if you don’t really like fish, you can’t leave Lisbon without trying one of its traditional salted cod dishes. At this new restaurant downtown you can choose from several options, and there almost isn’t anything else on the menu. To be enjoyed inside or at the sidewalk terrace.

Pizzaria do Bairro, Lisbon

Rua Nova da Trindade, 10
Tel: 213 951 843

The first Pizzaria do Bairro was a small spot by the Cais do Sodré ferry station serving pizza by the slice, and now it has expanded to this second spot in Chiado, as a full-blown restaurant. Decorated like a traditional Lisbon patio with orchard, its pizzas mix Portuguese and Italian flavors.

The Wine Cellar, Lisbon

Rua de São Paulo, 49
Tel: 213 470 098

It’s right in the heart of the new nightlive quarter, Cais do Sodré, but it’s also open during the day. In addition to serving wine by the glass (there are nearly 200 labels to choose from), it also offers Portuguese petiscos (tapas) for a meal or as a snack to accompany the wine.

UAU, Lisbon

Doca de Santo Amaro РArmaz̩m 13
Tel: 211 384 812

The latest spot at the docks is a cafe and ice cream shop that also serves brunch on weekends and cocktails, always with a beautiful view of the marina and bridge. Before refreshing yourself with a popsicle made with fresh fruit, you may also enjoy a light meal of meat, fish or vegetarian kabobs, accompanied by freshly-squeezed juices or smoothies.

5 Things to Do in Lisbon Before the End of 2015

Videomapping Terreiro do Paço

It’s becoming an annual tradition — the multimedia Christmas show projected onto the triumphal arch in Comercio Square. Twelve projectors will present a 15-minute family-friendly show from December 11th to the 20th, at 7PM, 8PM and 9PM. As this is a public square, it’s a free event for all.


Photo: Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

An extraordinary collection of works by Goya, El Greco and other great Spanish painters is now on display at the Ancient Art Museum until April 3rd, 2016. It’s a total of 60 paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, and tickets are 7 euros. This is also a great opportunity to check out the museum’s permanent collection of Portuguese treasures, which is free with the Lisboa Card.

Lusitania Romana

Lusitania was the name of the Roman province in Western Iberia that is mostly modern Portugal, and Lisbon’s National Archaeology Museum is presenting the art and culture of that time. It’s showing around 200 pieces from several museums in Portugal and Spain, including mosaics and sculptures. The exhibition lasts until June.

Henrique Sá Pessoa

Check out two new restaurants from two of the city’s top chefs. The first one is Alma, from chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, which previously existed in the Santos district, but has now moved to Chiado (Rua Anchieta, 15 ). Only the name remains from the previous restaurant, although the chef’s innovation is still there. The menus and the decor have changed, now serving contemporary Portuguese cuisine with some Asian influences. The second restaurant, also of fine dining, is Loco, found facing the back of the Estrela Basilica (Rua dos Navegantes 53B). This is where chef Alexandre Silva expects to surprise you with his most creative dishes.

Obidos Vila Natal

It happens every year — the medieval village of Obidos is turning into the “Christmas Village”. Just one hour north of Lisbon, it’s presenting several holiday-themed family activities around its castle and narrow streets, from December 4th to January 3rd.

10 New Attractions in Lisbon

2016 promises to bring several new attractions to Lisbon, from a major world-class art museum to renovated public spaces on the waterfront. But over the last year, from late 2014 to late 2015, there have also been several new openings that you won’t yet find in your guidebooks. Below are ten of them, which are either brand new or renewed or expanded sites in the city:


Casa dos Bicos

The curious Casa do Bicos, from the 1600s, had been hiding Roman remains for two millennia, but they’ve finally been uncovered and put on display. They’re now part of an exhibition on the ground level of the building, which serves as the headquarters of the José Saramago Foundation, or something of a museum dedicated to the Portuguese author who won the Nobel Prize. The archaeological space is part of the Lisbon Museum, and may be visited from Monday to Saturday. It’s free, but if you also want to visit the José Saramago exhibition upstairs, there’s an admission charge.


Roman Theater

Speaking of Roman sites, the most significant one is the former Roman Theater. It was only unearthed in the 1960s and there was a museum explaining it a few years ago, but it closed for a major renovation. It finally reopened this summer, much bigger and better, and you may now walk over the archaeological site of the former theater, then enter a building where it comes to life through pieces found on the site.


Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara

This convent founded in 1670 had never been open to the public, despite its location facing one of the city’s most popular lookout terraces. Now that there are no more nuns living in it, it’s now a free attraction you may want to include in your itinerary when you visit the terrace. You’ll find an interior dating mostly from the late 1700s, which includes rich gilding, paintings by Portuguese and French artists, beautiful blue-and-white tile panels depicting the life of St. Peter of Alcantara, and lots of marble in the former funerary chapel.


Terraços do Carmo

These terraces behind the ruins of Carmo Church were always closed, as they were part of the local police barracks. But they’re finally been turned into a public leisure space, offering a great view of the castle and Santa Justa Elevator. It has a cafe on the upper level, where you may sit and enjoy a drink or meal.


Jardim da Cerca da Graça

Also open for the first time ever is the park beneath Graça Church. Although it’s existed for centuries, it was used exclusively by the residents of the convent next to the church, and only now has it been turned into a public park. There’s a small children’s playground, a kiosk with terrace serving light meals, and lots of space for a picnic or to simply enjoy a view of the castle and of the old Mouraria neighborhood.


Museu de Santo António

The site where St. Anthony was born is now a church built in the 1700s. A small museum was created next to it a few years ago, but over the last year it has expanded and reopened completely new. There are new pieces and documents relating to the life and legacy of the saint, who ended up in Italy and died there. Despite usually thought of as an Italian saint, here you’ll understand why he’s such an iconic Lisbon figure. Admission is just €1.50.


Miradouro do Recolhimento

Yet another previously-inaccessible spot has been opened for locals and visitors to enjoy the view. This small terrace hidden on a street not far from the castle opens from morning to early in the evening as a tranquil spot to sit and relax, as you watch the trams go by below you. To find it you’ll have to turn on Rua do Recolhimento before you reach the castle’s ticket office, then turn on Beco do Recolhimento.


Museu do Aljube

A former ecclesiastical prison that was turned into an archbishops palace in the 1500s, became a prison once again in the early 20th century, to hold (and torture) political prisoners. Many of Portugal’s influential politicians and intellectuals were sent there at some point, until the revolution in 1974 that overthrew the right-wing regime. This year it was turned into a museum dedicated to the struggle for freedom and democracy. The permanent exhibition is spread over three floors, and includes documents about censorship, the fight for independence of the colonies, as well as archaeological remains explaining the origins of the building. You’ll find it on Rua de Augusto Rosa, 42, in Alfama.


Chiado Museum

Previously simply known as “Museu do Chiado”, this national museum dedicated to Portuguese contemporary art is now the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado. In 2015 it expanded to a second building around the corner from the first one, and in addition to the previous permanent collection, it now also displays works from major Portuguese artists from 1960 to 1990.


Carriages Museum

After much controversy, the new Coaches Museum finally opened this summer, on the 110th anniversary of its original inauguration. The massive building is just across the street from the old one, and may now display many more carriages and related pieces. The most magnificent examples are still the ones used in an embassy to France’s Louis XIV and to Pope Clement XI.