Altis Belem Hotel & Spa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The hotel's 50 rooms are sexy and spacious, with all-white decor accented by green rugs and unusual wall murals. Marble bathrooms are open, and some have inviting soaking tubs. Some rooms also have balconies with marina views and private whirlpools. Despite its small size, this hotel has many amenities, including a spa, a big indoor pool with a cold tank, a fitness center, a trendy bar with great views, and a Michelin-rated restaurant. Freebies such as Wi-Fi and airport shuttle bus are all great extras.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Few Lisbon hotels can compare to the Four Seasons. In addition to the top-notch service the brand is known for, the hotel goes above and beyond with its amenities; it features a stylish indoor pool, an impressive fitness center with an outdoor running track, and a luxurious spa. Large rooms have classic decor (think: 18th century replica furnishings and rich fabrics), as well as furnished terraces, flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, and marble bathrooms. Some may find the style staid rather than elegant, however. Also, there’s a fee for Wi-Fi, and few major sights can be reached on foot.
LX Boutique Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 45-room LX is a cool boutique option often offering reasonable rates. It is known for its funky design; the hip sushi restaurant features bright furniture, rugs, and patterned wallpaper, and each floor of guest rooms has a different theme based on a neighborhood, place, or person in Lisbon history. They actually don't vary much aside from the themed wall murals, and all are impressive. With baby blue walls, plush bedding, upscale furniture, and small flat-screen TVs, the rooms feel cozy and high-end. Probably the coolest "funky" feature of the hotel is the graffiti-like mural on parts of the building that can be seen from some rooms.
As Janelas Verdes Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 29-room hotel, part of an historic 18th-century palace, lacks the amenities of a larger hotel -- but the hotel's intimate size is part of the appeal. Guests come for the cozy (if simple) rooms and gorgeous common areas, especially the antique-filled, wood-paneled library with an attached terrace overlooking the Tagus River. And the garden area, surrounded by ivy-covered walls, is welcoming.
Bairro Alto Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The hotel’s 55 rooms have been individually decorated and have wonderful extras depending on their category: Some have clawfoot tubs, others Ralph Lauren-designed wallpaper, Nuno Cera photos, or balconies. There’s a nice restaurant serving local cuisine, a cocktail bar that's great for a nightcap, and conveniences such as babysitting services, and massages. But the highlight here is the wonderful rooftop terrace, boasting gorgeous city and river views.
Solar Do Castelo Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The historic Solar Do Castelo is different than any other hotel in Lisbon. The rooms are quaint (if not luxurious), and the breakfast buffet offers a ton of options for hungry guests. But the real reason tourists stay at this hotel is the location; not only is it convenient to numerous sights and neighborhoods in the city, but it is the only hotel within the walls of the medieval village surrounding St. George's Castle. It's quiet, and rich in history -- the hotel has preserved a large part of the architecture, as well as adding a small museum of artifacts off of the lobby. And a real highlight is the outdoor terrace, where peacocks congregate. None of the 14 rooms are decorated the same, and some feel more upscale than others. But all offer free Wi-Fi and plenty of charm.