Top 10: the best luxury hotels in Lisbon

Mary Lussiana
Dictator Salazar built the Ritz to prove that Lisbon could do luxury as well as any other European capital.

An insider's guide to the Lisbon's top luxury hotels, from history-laden grande dames to swish boutique palacios, including the best for Michelin-starred dining, spas, rooftop pools, world-class service and rooms with city views, in areas including Lisbon city centre, the Bairro Alto and Alfama.

Vila Valverde Design Country Hotel, Algarve, Portugal

Vila Valverde

Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

An attractive 19th-century manor house converted into a hotel, situated on the edge of popular resort town Praia de Luz. Facilities include three pools and a sauna. The 15 spacious rooms vary in design, but all have underfloor heating and terraces with magnificent sea views. Breakfast is a hearty affair with local honeys and cheeses, smoked hams and endless egg variations. Portuguese favourites are served the restaurant, and the bar forms the hub of the hotel. Read expert review From £99per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

This cool, stylish Lisbon hotel, located on the fringes of the Bairro Alto neighbourhood, stands out with its brazen canary yellow exterior. Inside, expect lots of black and gold. The bathrooms, which are marble and dark-wood affairs with plate-size shower-heads and Molton Brown products, stand out. The Flores Restaurant serves earnest Portuguese, and does a tasty degustation menu with dishes such as ceviche sardines brisée and fish broth. Read expert review From £147per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

It 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. You can even download an app to learn about the Portuguese art pieces in the hotel. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, and the spa, with an 18-metre lap pool, is the best in Lisbon. All but 10 rooms have private terraces with far-reaching views. The Varanda Restaurant is renowned for its resplendent lunchtime buffets, where politicians mingle with the city’s elite. Read expert review per night £436per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Atlis Belem Hotel and Spa, Lisbon

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

It’s all about the dazzling design at this seductive hotel lying on the banks of the Tagus River. White-leather sofas sit on black marble floors and black loo paper is found in white-marble bathrooms. The rooftop swimming pool is the perfect spot to watch the river life flow, and there is an excellent spa with hammam, pool and Turkish bath. Rooms are divided into themes which reflect the ancient colonies of the Portuguese Golden Age. Superiors have a balcony. There’s also an impressive range of dining, from Lisbon Restaurant Sushic, with its Portuguese twist on Japanese Sushi, to Michelin-starred Feitoria, which references spices brought back by the Portuguese on their voyages of discovery. Read expert review From £138per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Palacio Belmonte, Lisbon, Portugal

Palacio Belmonte

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

The French fashion designer Christian Louboutin proclaims Palacio Belmonte to be one of his favourite abodes. Indeed, this intimate 10-suite palace feels like the most opulent b&b in the world. Within the fortress walls of the medieval St George's 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. The drawing rooms are lined with original 18th-century azulejo tiles and there’s an orange tree-shaded black marble swimming pool. If the budget allows, plump for the three-storey Bartolomeu Gusmao suite where a winding staircase leads up to a private rooftop terrace. Read expert review From £249per night

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. A hushed, regal charm echoes around the antique and marble lavished interiors. 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 pick of the rooms, however, are the suites, with their four-poster beds and private turrets. The Restaurante Lapa serves excellent Italian food. Tea-lovers should visit the Rio Tejo Bar, which has 40-odd Asian varieties. Read expert review From £225per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, Lisbon

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

This elegant 18th-century palace, painstakingly restored, houses 18 luxurious rooms including two sumptuous suites, lavishly adorned with original stucco work. The hotel’s rooftop, swimming pool and Suba Restaurant offer unrivalled 360-degree views of Lisbon’s skyline and the River Tagus beyond. The 18 rooms and suites include heritage rooms like the Arch Suite, with an original 18th-century exposed stone arch and the two Royal suites. The King’s Suite has a magnificent wooden coffered ceiling; the Queen’s Suite is richly adorned with stuccowork and leads into a bathroom with blue and white tiles dating from 1901. Read expert review From £312per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Pousada de Lisboa hotel, Lisbon, Portual

Pousada de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

This pad on Lisbon’s magnificent Praҁa do Comércio ticks all the boxes, weaving luxury with cultural heritage. Modern pieces from renowned local artists create a tapestry of Portuguese culture across the centuries. An indoor swimming pool at the top of the building, and a spa, sauna and fitness room make great additions to this city hotel. Many rooms have high ceilings and views over the square to the Tagus River; bathrooms are sleek and marble-clad, with baths and oversized rainshowers. For the restaurant, think black pork from the Alentejo, and shellfish from the Algarve. Read expert review From £162per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

InterContinental Lisbon, Portugal

InterContinental Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

The InterContinental surpasses all expectations, rising high above the heart of Lisbon, opposite Eduardo VII Park. Service is exemplary, and facilities include a fitness centre. The views from bedrooms on the upper floors are exceptional, with the Christ the Redeemer statue visible in the same sweep as St. George’s Castle, the characteristic red rooftops between them and the Tagus beyond. Rooms also offer every comfort: Nespresso machines, oversized beds with soft linen, and small but elegant bathrooms clad in marble. The steak tartare with quail eggs is recommended in Akla restaurant. Read expert review From £106per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Santiago de Alfama, Lisbon

Santiago de Alfama

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

The hotel is just below St. George’s Castle and across from one of the city’s most famous viewpoints, Miradouro de Santa Luzia in a quiet, cobbled side street in Alfama. Architects spent six years bringing this 15th-century building back to life. The result is a brilliant blend of authenticity and luxury. The 19 rooms vary in shape and size due to the obligatory preservation of the medieval walls. They also have red roof views, and luxurious Portuguese cotton-clad beds; some enjoy freestanding tubs. Try the cuttlefish risotto or the deliciously zingy ceviche of grouper at the restaurant before a nightcap at Manny’s Bar. Read expert review From £168per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com