Visiting a city during the colder and rainy season means spending less time outside. Tourists tend to go to more museums than they would on warm and sunny days, and also end up retreating back to their hotels earlier. For that reason, making the most appropriate hotel choice at this time of the year is even more important. The perfect “winter hotel” is one that is itself a destination, that is also a cultural or sightseeing attraction. It should be in a central location, within a short walking distance to major sights and transportation so you don’t spend too much time running in the rain. In Lisbon, these are the choices to consider:
With rooms overlooking the river between two of the city’s icons (the Discoveries Monument and Belém Tower), you’re experiencing Lisbon right from your bed. You won’t be soaking wet if it rains, as those monuments are just steps away, together with a number of museums across the street. The hotel also has some of the city’s best dining options, meaning you don’t even have to go far for memorable meals.
Facing the city’s must-see monument (Jeronimos Monastery), this hotel places you right by many of Lisbon’s main attractions. The Berardo Museum or the popular Coaches Museum are just around the corner, and you may also spend a rainy afternoon enjoying the famous custard tarts at the café Antiga Confeitaria de Belém nearby.
AS JANELAS VERDES
The former home of 19th-century novelist Eça de Queiroz is now this charming boutique hotel which includes a library, perfect for rainy days. One of the city’s most important cultural attractions is just down the street, the Ancient Art Museum.
HOTEL DO CHIADO
It’s one of the city’s most central hotels, within walking distance to the best shops, cafés and restaurants. A metro station is also just around the corner. Even better is that the rooftop bar and many of the rooms offer city views which means you may still admire Lisbon even if bad weather keeps you inside.
FONTECRUZ LISBOA HOTEL
You can walk to just about anywhere in the historic neighborhoods of the city from this hotel in the middle of Avenida da Liberdade. If you prefer to stay indoors and relax, there’s a great bar specializing in gin, and a good restaurant and terrace with a chill-out atmosphere. There are many other places to eat just steps away, as well as some of Lisbon’s best shops. The metro station nearby will take you anywhere without getting wet if it rains.