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10 New Hotels in Lisbon

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Valverde Hotel, Lisbon

This luxury boutique hotel is right on the city’s main central boulevard, Avenida da Liberdade. It only has 25 rooms, so it’s perfect for those looking for a more intimate atmosphere. It features an elegant decor, and a patio with a small pool.
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Porto Bay Liberdade, Lisbon

This luxurious hotel says it’s an “urban resort” right in the center of the city, around the corner from Avenida da Liberdade. It has an indoor pool, outdoor lounge with jacuzzi on the rooftop, a spa, gym, and a refined restaurant.
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H10 Duque de Loulé, Lisbon

A beautifully restored building has been turned into this beautifully decorated hotel. It’s inspired by classic Portuguese traditions such as the blue and white tilework, but added contemporary touches. It offers a library bar and a meeting room, making it a good choice whether you’re in town for business or leisure.
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Evolution Hotel, Lisbon

Located uptown, facing a busy square, this hotel offers you a completely independent experience. It uses the latest technology to allow you to self check-in, select your room, and adapt the lighting and temperature to your taste using your smartphone. Everything from the gym to the indoor pool is available 24/7.
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My Story Hotel - Rossio, Lisbon

With rooms opening out to Rossio Square, staying here is being right in the heart of the city. It has a modern minimalist decor, and a restaurant inspired by a historic cafe that existed on the site until the 1970s.
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HF Fenix Music Hotel, Lisbon

Facing Edward VII Park, this hotel draws inspiration from music, and the rooms have different color patterns. On the rooftop is a swimming pool and lounge bar.
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BessaHotel Liberdade, Lisbon

Behind a classic tile-covered façade on Avenida da Liberdade is this modern 4-star hotel. There’s a swimming pool, meeting rooms, sauna and gym, as well as a stylish restaurant.
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Brown's Central Hotel, Lisbon

A building from the 1700s has been completely renovated and turned into this modern-design hotel. Some rooms have a kitchenette and all have marble bathrooms.
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Hotel Lis Baixa, Lisbon

The building is originally from the 1800s, and it maintained the old staircase and limestone arches, but everything else is completely new. It’s found downtown but on a quiet street, and has a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese cuisine.
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The Late Birds Guesthouse, Lisbon

This hotel targets gay male travelers, with a location in Bairro Alto, within walking distance of many gay bars. It has a small outdoor swimming pool, sun deck and lounge bar, and every room has a computer and free wi-fi.
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The Most Romantic 24 Hours in Lisbon

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Lisbon sunrise


Wake up before sunrise, and head to Portas do Sol (literally “The Sun Gate”). This terrace in the Alfama district is where you may sit and watch the sun rising, and admire the early morning glow over the city’s most postcard-perfect view. It’s a good idea to stay at one of the hotels nearby, and if you choose Palácio Belmonte, you may even have the Portas do Sol view from your room. Other choices are Memmo Alfama, Solar dos Mouros and Solar do Castelo. After the sun has risen, go for a stroll around the neighboring maze of picturesque streets until 9AM, the castle’s opening time.
Castle view, Lisbon


Get a bird’s-eye view over the city from its oldest monument. Feel like the king and queen of the castle as you walk around the ramparts in the company of peacocks. You’ll want to spend some time here, but there’s still plenty to see, so hop on an official tram tour, which goes around the old city.
You may then look for a place for lunch that best appeals to you, although you probably should head back up by the castle for a meal with a view over the city, at Chapitô à Mesa.

Chapitô à Mesa


Coaches Museum, Lisbon


You may want to wait a few minutes for dessert. Try the city’s famous custard tarts on the opposite side of town, the Belém district. Lisbon’s most famous and iconic landmarks are all found there on the waterfront, where the Tagus river becomes the Atlantic. This was from where explorers like Vasco da Gama departed for their voyages around the world during the Age of Discovery, and now you may see the magnificent architecture from that time. Start with the cloisters of the Jeronimos Monastery, take a photo by the Discoveries Monument, and relax by the beautiful Belém Tower. Be sure to also see the Cinderella-like carriages of the Coaches Museum, and if you’ve still got the energy, head up the hill to the royal palace of Ajuda, known for its romantic collection of decorative art.

Belem Tower, Lisbon

Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon


Head back to the center of town, but stay by the waterfront. Head to the top of the triumphal arch for the beautiful view, and late in the afternoon there’s no better spot to be than Ribeira das Naus, the promenade next to Comercio Square. This is where many choose to stay for the sunset, either at the Cais das Colunas wharf, or sitting on the steps of the promenade.
Lisbon sunset


Moon over Lisbon

After the sun disappears in the horizon, but before nightfall, head up to Bairro Alto for the city’s most romantic viewpoint, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. It’s the perfect backdrop for a selfie of the two of you, and you may sit for a while, as the moon shines above the castle.

Comercio Square, Lisbon




Continue heading up the hill and you’re now in the romantic district of Principe Real. Get yourselves a gift at the monumental Embaixada shopping gallery, and sit relaxing under the gigantic umbrella-like cedar tree at the garden across from it. It’s now dinner time, so choose one of the many restaurants in the popular nightlife district Bairro Alto nearby. Consider As Salgadeiras, a former bakery (the stone vaulted ceiling and old brick oven have been maintained) that serves excellent Portuguese cuisine, or try Lisboa à Noite. It’s a former stable for horses that has kept the ring chains and beautiful tile panels from the 1700s, serving some classic Portuguese dishes. A third option is Pap’Açorda, a chandeliered restaurant known for both its contemporary and traditional Portuguese cuisine, and yet another choice is The Insólito, found on a rooftop looking out to the castle.
The Insolito


It’s now time to head back to your hotel, but you may also choose an apartment instead.
But why should you only have 24 romantic hours in Lisbon? Make this a 48-hour experience, and head to Sintra on the following day. This fairy tale town less than 40 minutes from the capital city was Europe’s first center of Romantic architecture, and is now a World Heritage Site. Of the many palaces and castles in town, the one you can’t miss is Pena Palace, but we also recommend the Regaleira Palace and the Moorish Castle, and Monserrate Palace. You can easily spend an entire day hopping around palaces and castles, and you may then relax in the oldest hotel in the Iberian Peninsula, Lawrence’s Hotel, or have the royal experience at Seteais Palace Hotel.

Pena Palace


Out in Lisbon This September

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Out Jazz Lisbon

Below are the main events that you can look for if you’re in town in the upcoming weeks:

Until the 12th, from Thursday to Sunday, late in the afternoon, you can catch live music, dance and theater in the city’s gardens and viewpoints. It includes the OutJazz festival which this month takes place in the little-known Necessidades Park, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th starting at 5PM.
Everything is free.

On Septmber 9th, most boutiques in Lisbon’s main shopping areas (Chiado, Avenida da Liberdade and surroundings) will remain open until late, taking part of an event organized by Vogue magazine in several world cities. Prices will be reduced and between 7PM and midnight there will also be some fun activities at some shops.

Lisbon’s longest-running film festival is its gay and lesbian film festival which happens every September in the center of the city. This year it’s once again taking place in Cinema São Jorge, a theater in Avenida da Liberdade, from the 17th to the 25th. Each screening costs 3.50 and tickets can be bought starting on the 8th.
It shows close to 100 films from around the world, so if you plan to see several of them, you can get a discount for multiple tickets.

Lisbon is in a Special Summer Party Mood

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Festas de Lisboa

Lisbon’s biggest annual event used to happen only on and around June 12th, but it’s been expanding in the last few years. The “Festas de Lisboa” (the Lisbon Feasts) now take place from May to July with several events around the city, and they’ve just begun. June 12 is still the most important date, honoring St. Anthony who was born in the city, although this is not a religious festival. It’s a day to descend the steep streets at eat and drink around the city before or after attending special events around the corner. This year they include jazz, Fado, and several other special shows:

Five green spaces in the city will be hosting jazz concerts every Sunday at 5PM. In May the chosen site is Jardim da Estrela, the Campo Grande Garden (opposite from the City Museum) will be the stage in June, and in July it moves to Edward VII Park. In August it will be the lawns in front of Belém Tower.

From now until July 15, Cinema São Jorge on Avenida da Liberdade will host free concerts and DJ sets every afternoon at 3PM until 9PM from Sunday to Wednesday, and from 3PM to 1AM from Thursday to Saturday.

From June 1st to the 6th, the streets of the city’s Chiado district will be the stage for dance performances and fashion-related events.

Every Friday and Saturday at 10PM from June 4th to the 26th you can hear Lisbon’s music in the city’s most historical site, the Castle of St. George. While most activities related to the Lisbon Feasts are free, this one charges admission (€12.50).

From June 2nd to the 6th, then again from the 9th to the 11th, 13th, and once again from the 16th to the 20th, you can enjoy more than the ride and the sights from the city’s old trams. There will be live Fado performances on those days at 4PM and 7PM so catch a ride at those times if you can.

Join the entire country in crashing a mass wedding celebration on June 12th. Sixteen couples tie the knot in the city’s cathedral in a televised event sponsored by Lisbon’s city hall. The date is special because it celebrates St. Anthony who was known as a matchmaker.

The “Marchas Populares” (literally “Popular Marches”) is a parade of colorful costumes and cheerful songs marching down the city’s main avenue on the night of June 12th. Each group represents a Lisbon neighborhood and there is a winner for best song and costumes. Look out for Alfama‘s which seems to win at least every other year.

Lisbon’s LGBT Pride will be in a special celebratory mood this year now that Portugal has just become Europe’s 6th country to legalize gay marriage. The city’s 14th annual gay party will include activities entitled “queer games” and “Gay Village.” This year it all takes place in the renovated Comercio Square on June 26th.

Lisbon Summer 2010 Preview

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


Spring has barely sprung, but we’re already looking forward to summer in Lisbon. They are days of sun, sand, and a lot of partying, considering the special events scheduled. Perhaps the biggest one is another edition of “ROCK IN RIO – LISBOA” which happens every two years, this year bringing Leona Lewis, Elton John, Shakira, Muse, Miley Cyrus, Rammstein, and Megadeth among others to Lisbon. It takes place over 5 days and you can get tickets here: ROCK IN RIO LISBOA TICKETS

Another summer music festival is OPTIMUS ALIVE which this year has already announced Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, and Gossip in the lineup of bands performing on July 8, 9, and 10. Get tickets here: OPTIMUS ALIVE TICKETS

Another annual event includes the FESTAS DE LISBOA, which start with the mass weddings blessed by St. Anthony and end with a parade down Avenida da Liberdade where every Lisbon neighborhood competes for best march (including costume and song), in between a lot of street partying. That’s on June 12, and around the same date the city celebrates its GAY PRIDE festival which this year should be extra special, as it seems Portugal will be permitting gay marriage starting this May.

Also of note is FESTROIA, a film festival in the Troia resort south of the city, and the FESTIVAL DOS OCEANOS, the ocean-themed festival with events and activities around the city in August, culminating with a parade of sea creatures in Parque das Nações.

Also in August is the JAZZ EM AGOSTO festival that takes place every year at the Gulbenkian Foundation, welcoming jazz musicians from around the world to perform over several days.

Added to all of this are the city’s beaches, warm weather cooled off by the Atlantic, and a lively street life with outdoor cafés and entertainment.

All upcoming events in Lisbon: LISBON EVENTS

Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei — Lisbon’s Newest Palace Hotel

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Hotel Palacete Charaiz D'El Rei, Lisboa

After Porto’s new palace hotel, we must also tell you that Lisbon recently saw the opening of its latest palatial accommodation. Hotel Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei opened on a secluded street right below the hilly maze of the Alfama district, and is now one of the most romantic places to stay in the city.
It was built in the late 19th century as an aristocratic vision of the neo-Moorish style, facing the river which can be seen from the building’s terrace. The renovation for it to be turned into a hotel took some time, as everything was carefully restored to its original look. The authenticity of the interior is then mixed with the more contemporary design of some of the furnishings, all together creating an intimate atmosphere throughout the entire space.
There are six spacious suites and public areas for meetings or relaxing after a day of sightseeing. A particularly beautiful room is the Hall of Mirrors which features Art Nouveau details, and there is also a meticulously restored Arabesque Room and a sumptuous library.
This is the perfect hotel for honeymooning couples, including gay and lesbian couples, as it’s a gay-friendly hotel.
There is no restaurant but a continental breakfast is served in the beautiful dining room.
For a cocktail you practically don’t even need to leave the hotel, as right next door is Kuta, currently the hottest bar in Lisbon and a place you should not miss whether or not you’re staying at the hotel.
Get all the hotel details and booking information here: Palacete Chafariz D’el Rei Hotel

Hotel Palacete Charaiz D'El Rei, Lisboa

Queer Lisboa: Lisbon’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Returns with 95 Films This Year

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Queer Lisboa - Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalWhen we recently told you about Lisbon’s International Horror Film Festival we said it was the first of several film festivals in Lisbon until the end of 2009. The second is Queer Lisboa, the city’s gay and lesbian film festival which is in its 13th edition this year. It has become one of the largest gay film festivals in Europe, screening a total of 95 films this year. Eight of those will be Portuguese productions, while everything else will come from all corners of the globe. That includes “Pedro,” a film about a famous resident of MTV’s “The Real World,” while the first screening will be of “Morrer Como Um Homem” which has already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.  That’s a Portuguese film by João Pedro Rodrigues, a director who achieved international acclaim with his 2000 film “O Fantasma.”
In addition to the films, the organization says it is also “celebrating seven icons of queer culture” through poetry readings, concerts, and debates with various personalities.
The festival takes place between the 18th and 26th of this month in Cinema São Jorge in Avenida de Liberdade, and there are prizes for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short Feature. Tickets cost 3.50, but there’s a 20% discount if you buy tickets for five films. You may consult the entire program on the festival’s website

Lisbon in 48 Hours and 12 Stops

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Edge BostonThe latest extensive article about Lisbon comes from “Edge,” a Boston publication for the gay and lesbian community. Although its travel section is obviously aimed at LGBT travelers, the article covers Lisbon hotspots that everyone will want to check out. It is written by Megan Smith, a travel writer based in Australia who has written for international publications such as the Let’s Go travel guides. She’s recently visited Lisbon with her partner, and has decided that the Portuguese capital is her “new favorite European city.” She stopped by the city’s most famous sights (the castle, the tower, and the monastery), but also didn’t miss the city’s newest major attraction, the Design and Fashion Museum which she concluded “embodies the edgy Euro attitude of Lisboa, combining the cool underground sensibility of Berlin with the flair of Parisian haute culture.” She then looked for some additional Lisbon style at the shops of Rua do Norte in Bairro Alto, and stayed in that lively district at night for some caipirinhas and to seek out the neighborhood’s best bars. She also highlights a meal at “O Faia,” a Fado restaurant with an “overwhelming” wine list and memorable Fado performances.
In the end, the author found the essence of Lisbon to be evidently “artistic, creative, laidback and engaging,” and to understand why, you can read the entire article: Lisbon in 48 Hours and 12 stops
And also be sure to see the other major article about Lisbon this month, found in Travel and Leisure magazine, as reported here: Where to Go Next: Lisbon

Lisbon’s Special Summer Parties

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Festas de Lisboa 2009Lisbon’s most popular festival takes place every June on the 13th of the month. That’s Saint Anthony’s Day (the saint was born in Lisbon), and this year was no exception, with thousands of people filling the streets and alleys of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. But although that is over, the partying continues throughout Lisbon in the upcoming weeks. Until the end of the month you can still catch the Fado Festival which includes concerts in Saint George’s Castle, ending with a show by the current Fado queen Mariza on the 27th. That’s also the day of Lisbon’s Gay Pride parties which this year start at 4PM in the Belem district by Belem Tower. Several DJs will provide the soundtrack to the city’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that led to the annual gay pride festivals around the world, and Lisbon will also be remembering one of its biggest gay icons, a popular singer from the 1980s, Antonio Variações, who died 25 years ago.
Special events continue days later with jazz performances in the city’s three famous funiculars (Bica, Gloria, and Santa Justa) every night at 11PM from July 1st to the 12th.
And until the 15th you may check out Combo Lisboa, a special event organized by the recently-opened Design and Fashion Museum where 13 shops downtown present Portuguese design pieces while also being turned into stages for theater performances.
Finally, on the 15th and 16th of July, the Berardo Museum marks its second anniversary with a non-stop 24-hour celebration with various dance performances, live DJs, and a special bar service. And best of all, it’s free!

New Year’s Eve in Lisbon

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

New Year's Eve in LisbonCelebrating Midnight in Comercio Square
Thousands of people choose to be in Lisbon’s largest square at midnight, when the new year is welcomed in a festive atmosphere. That’s where you’ll be able to see the city’s fireworks show more closely, with the square and the river being flooded with a variety of colors and lights.

A Michelin-Star Welcome to 2009
198 euros (per person and without drinks) gets you a Michelin-star ending to 2008 and start of 2009. Overlook Lisbon from Eleven, the restaurant standing at the top of Edward VII Park.  If you get the right table, its special menu (at that special price) will also get you views of the fireworks at midnight taking place down by the river. On the menu you’ll have both meat and fish courses and a varied selection of desserts.

Special Dinner by the Tagus
A cheaper but equally worthy alternative to Eleven is moving closer to the river and going for Virgula’s special New Year’s menu. It’s only 95 euros (without wine) and includes a special selection of two fish or meat dishes, ending with a chocolate pyramid for dessert.

Saying Good-Bye and Welcoming 2009
Last August, GoLisbon told you that the lounge-bar-restaurant-club Kubo was the place to be in the summer. Turns out it stayed open for the fall and it will only be closing its doors until the summer of 2009 on New Year’s Day. It made a few changes in its autumn season, and was no longer an open-air space, although it did it with glass, so the Tagus views are still there. The best way to guarantee a spot when midnight arrives is to go for dinner after 7PM and get ready for the New Year’s cheers which start at 10.

Where the Party is Always at
If you’ve been reading GoLisbon (and its blog), you already know that Lux is Lisbon’s party house, and even after a decade since it opened, it still is the club with the most happening New Year’s celebrations. Do note that it’s “New Year’s,” and not “New Years’s Eve,” as it opens its doors when it’s already 2009, at 1 in the morning.

An Alternative New Year’s Party
Lisbon’s Lesboa parties originally had the city’s lesbian community in mind when they first took place, but they’re now special events (taking place every couple of months or so) for every lifestyle and gender. Those looking for a more casual and cheaper (45 euros) alternative to the traditional New Year’s Eve parties, this is the one to choose, with an open bar (champagne will be served at midnight) and city views from its hilltop location (Tapada da Ajuda). DJ Ivan Pica (ranked in a magazine as Spain’s #1 house music DJ) and Miss Jools (from Berlin) will mix the music, and those staying until the morning will have breakfast available (hot chocolate and cake). See the Lesboa website for more.