The best Lisbon hotels with pools

Mary Lussiana
Palacio Belmonte scores top marks for history, romance, and having the best views in the city – plus an orange tree-shaded black marble swimming pool.

An insider's guide to the best Lisbon hotels with pools, including the top for rooftop pools with views and subterranean spas, in locations including Alfama, Principe Real and on the banks of the Tagus River.

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Memmo Príncipe Real

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

The third in the acclaimed Memmo hotel collection is in the capital’s increasingly fashionable Príncipe Real district. Designed by architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, who was also responsible for the previous Memmo hotels, the overall character is one of contemporary elegance rooted in Portuguese heritage. A complimentary one hour walking tour, each morning, stops first in the attractive Príncipe Real gardens nearby. A long, narrow, swimming pool, lined with green mosaics, is set into the terrace outside. Read expert review From £145per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Atlis Belem Hotel and Spa, Lisbon

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

This seductive hotel lies on the banks of the Tagus River and offers sleek, minimalist interiors and Michelin-starred Restaurant Feitoria. Baths are mostly in-room or divided by glass and the huge beds are clad in luxurious linens. The B Spa by Karin Herzog is excellent with Oxygen Spa therapy treatments, hammam, indoor pool, Turkish bath, Vichy shower rooms and experience showers. The small rooftop swimming pool is the perfect spot to watch the river life flow. Read expert review From £138per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

Olissippo Lapa Palace

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

An imposing, 19th-century palace turned luxury hotel set on a hillside, overlooking one of Lisbon’s smartest neighbourhoods with antique-filled interiors and sumptuous rooms, some with four-posters and private turrets. The dazzling blue of the sky and river fill up the floor-to-ceiling windows from the best of the standard rooms, which have plump beds, marble bathrooms and private balconies. The Restaurante Lapa serves excellent Italian food. Plus there’s also a poolside restaurant, Le Pavillion, for juices and daytime snacks. Read expert review From £225per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Palacio Belmonte, Lisbon, Portugal

Palacio Belmonte

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

Within the fortress walls of the medieval São Jorge castle, Palacio Belmonte scores top marks for history, romance, and having the best views in the city – over the terracotta roof-tops of Lisbon’s ancient quarters and onto the ever-blue Atlantic. It is well suited to those looking for somewhere unique with a little magic, elegance and history. The drawing rooms are lined with original 18th-century azulejo tiles and period oil-paintings. And, of course, there’s the orange tree-shaded black marble swimming pool. Read expert review From £249per night

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Valverde Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Valverde Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

On Lisbon’s grandest boulevard, this charming boutique hotel's 25 rooms and suites overlook the capital’s characteristic red roofs. Interiors behind the beautifully preserved 19th-century façade draw together the very best art, porcelain, fabrics and marble from around the country, creating a national showcase. A nod to Lisbon’s Moorish heritage is visible in the pierced sliding, wooden screens in some rooms and the design of the floor tiles in others. A swimming pool in the courtyard is a rare treat. Read expert review From £190per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Tivoli Lisboa

Tivoli Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

The Tivoli Lisboa, located on Lisbon’s main thoroughfare, has long been one of the capital’s landmarks. It was built in 1933, and completely re-designed by acclaimed architect Pardal Monteiro in the 1950s. Today it offers 306 rooms and one of the city’s best rooftop bars, the Sky Bar. The three restaurants are popular and French Brasserie Flo has a tap dancer and accordion playing live on a Saturday night. The round outdoor swimming pool, hidden in a garden of century old botanical trees, has the feel of a jungle paradise. Read expert review From £139per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Memmo Alfama, Lisbon

Memmo Alfama

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

This 42-room hotel lies within the Kasbah-like lanes that make up Moorish Alfama. From its sleek terrace, with inset pool, are some of the city’s best views of Alfama’s characteristic church spires and red roofs, beyond which flows the wide Tagus River. The twin bell-towered, 12th-century Cathedral is at the end of the road and Lisbon’s fortified Castelo do São Jorge is just above you. Interiors mix a range of textures, from the thick, exposed, ancient, stone walls at the entrance, to the modern, micro-cement walls in the bathrooms. Read expert review From £112per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Epic Sana, Lisbon

Epic Sana

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

Epic Sana is centrally located and offers 311 dazzlingly modern bedrooms and a vast spa. There’s a breezy, cool vibe throughout the Onyx Bar on the ground floor, which spills onto a terrace, and the UpScale Bar on the roof terrace, which borders the heated swimming pool. Watch the sun set over the Tagus River from one of the surrounding cabanas. Rooms are seductively slick with cupboards clad in white leather, Bluetooth sound systems, 300 thread-count cotton sheets with elegant, green piping and Nespresso coffee machines. Read expert review From £116per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

An invitingly cool, contemporary bolthole on one of the city’s main thoroughfares. This attractive, wide, tree-lined avenue, surrounded by some of the city’s most elegant designer shops, makes a perfect base from which to explore uptown and down. Behind its powder-blue, 18th-century façade, the hotel draws on Lisbon’s rich heritage, placing period fittings and old photographs within sleek, clean, 21st-century lines. There is a small fitness room in the basement and a lap pool with jets. Complimentary port is offered to every guest at the bar. Read expert review From £128per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Palacio Ramalhete, Lisbon, Portugal

Palacio Ramalhete

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

This attractive 18th-century palace delivers a real feel of authentic Lisbon, with its rich interior detail, flower-filled courtyards and literary past. Expect beautifully preserved stucco ceilings, hand-painted, blue-and-yellow azulejos (tiles) and even a mysterious secret passage between the first and second floors. There is a small, heated outdoor pool in the shade of a huge palm tree; a little oasis of tranquillity in the city, with far-reaching views over the Tagus River. Read expert review From £88per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

The hotel was built in 1959 by the Dictator Salazar to prove that Lisbon could do luxury as well as any other European capital. Décor is grand – think chandeliers and huge flower displays on gilded furniture. A good collection of modern Portuguese art from tapestries to sculptures and paintings hang throughout the property. The spa is undoubtedly the best in Lisbon, with an 18-metre lap pool as its centrepiece. 700 square metres of fitness facilities at the top of the hotel include pilates studios, resistance training and treadmills alongside the unique, 400-metre rooftop running track. Read expert review From £436per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, Lisbon

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

Soaring high above the business district of Lisbon, this modern tower block houses 369 stylishly designed guest rooms. The rooftop Panorama Restaurant demands as much attention as the surrounding views over the city. Expect contemporary fusion cuisine such as sea urchin ceviche with red tiger prawn, fresh algae, tobiko roe, sweet potato soufflé and cucumber. The large Spirito spa offers treatments using Aromatherapy Associate products and there is good sized outdoor pool. Read expert review From £120per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Pousada de Lisboa hotel, Lisbon, Portual

Pousada de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

On Lisbon’s magnificent Praҁa do Comércio, this Pousada ticks all the boxes, weaving luxury with cultural heritage, art and history with modern comforts, impressive views with an impeccable location. An indoor swimming pool at the top of the pousada and a spa, sauna and fitness room make great additions to this city hotel. Food, reflecting the far-flung influences of Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery, is served under vaulted ceilings. Read expert review From £162per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com