Top 10: the most romantic hotels in Lisbon

Mary Lussiana
Palacio Belmonte has the best views in the city, and is well suited to those looking for somewhere unique with a little magic, elegance and history - JOE CONDRON/ROCKZERMATT.COM

An insider's guide to the most romantic hotels in Lisbon, featuring the best for rooftop terraces with amazing views, historic interiors, sumptuous spas, pools and Michelin-starred restaurants, in locations including Bairro Alto, Chiado and Belem.

Palacio Belmonte, Lisbon, Portugal

Palacio Belmonte

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

French fashion designer Christian Louboutin proclaims Palacio Belmonte to be one of his favourite abodes. It's elegant, with extravagant suites and the best views in the city, and well suited to those looking for somewhere unique with a little magic, elegance and history. The intimate 10-suite palace feels like the most opulent b&b in the world. 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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Santiago de Alfama, Lisbon

Santiago de Alfama

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

Santiago de Alfama, located in the oldest part of the capital, has 19 rooms that are all different while celebrating the best of Portugal, from the modern art on the walls to the Claus Porto soaps in the bathrooms. An atmospheric café spills out onto the cobbled street, and the basement Beauty Bar offers treatments from facials to manicures, accompanied by a cocktail. Colours in rooms favour peacock blues, muted golds, warm beiges and whites, with luxurious Portuguese cotton-clad beds, and bathrooms have rain showers throughout, with tubs (some free standing, some sunken). Read expert review From £168per 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, an excellent spa and Michelin-starred Restaurant Feitoria. Decorative artefacts lend a sense of heritage as do the views over the 16th-century Tower of Belem, from where the great navigators set sail. The B Spa by is excellent, with Oxygen Spa therapy treatments, hammam, indoor pool, Turkish bath and experience showers. Superior rooms and suites come with a balcony, which in the Presidential Suite is inset with a whirlpool tub. Baths are mostly in-room or divided by glass and the huge beds are clad in luxurious linens. Read expert review From £138per 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 as home to the Maia family, immortalised in Eҁa de Queiroz’s 19th-century classic Os Maias. You'll find beautifully preserved stucco ceilings, hand-painted blue and yellow azulejos (tiles) and even a mysterious secret passage between the first and second floors. The rooms are completely individual, with some radiating off courtyards and others within internal corridors. There is a small, heated outdoor pool in the shade of a huge palm tree 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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Memmo Príncipe Real

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

Joining the Algarve’s Memmo Baleeira and Memmo Alfama in Lisbon’s ancient Moorish district is this third addition to the acclaimed collection, in the capital’s increasingly fashionable Príncipe Real district. From its 41 sleek rooms and elegant restaurant it offers panoramic views across the capital. The overall character is one of contemporary elegance rooted in Portuguese heritage. Ingredients for a colonial cocktail welcome drink wait on a tray in your room for you to mix yourself. 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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Santa Clara Hotel, Lisbon

Santa Clara 1728

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

This six-bedroom hotel stands atop one of Lisbon's seven hills with views over the Pantheon and River Tagus. While respecting the original heritage of this 18th-century house, which unlike so much of Lisbon survived the earthquake of 1755, interiors pay homage to 21st-century design. The walls may be clad in local limestone but light fixtures comes courtesy of Italian designer Davide Groppi, chairs and tables from Carl Hansen and, in the rooms, beds from B&B Italia. The overall effect lends a serene atmosphere paired with a strong sense of history. Read expert review From £257per night

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Valverde Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Valverde Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

On Lisbon’s grandest boulevard is this charming boutique hotel, with 25 rooms and suites overlooking 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. All rooms have character and a cosy feel to them, with sloping ceilings and warm colours, and spacious, chic, black and white bathrooms, complete with cast iron stand-alone tubs and good rain showers. A swimming pool in the courtyard is a rare treat in Lisbon. Read expert review From £190per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

On the fringes of the Bairro Alto neighbourhood, with its cobbled lanes and lively bars, is this cool, stylish Lisbon hotel combining period and modern features. It offers an excellent dining experience in its ground-floor Flores Restaurant. There’s also a romantic rooftop terrace. The idea behind the 55 rooms is to transport the character of the city into them. The white of the pavements and streets, the yellow of the trams, the terracotta of the roof tiles and the blue of the river are all used as the colour palate of the interior. Read expert review From £147per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Lx Boutique Hotel

Lisbon, Portugal

8Telegraph expert rating

River views, artsy interiors and a relaxed bar make this boutique Lisbon hotel a popular choice among hip and unpretentious 20- and 30-something couples, close to the bars of Bairro Alto and the shops of Chiado. The five floors feature recognisable Lisbon themes, such as a sultry fado floor, a literary floor and the boho Bairro Alto-themed floor. Plump for a front-facing room; here the French windows open up onto a vista of terracotta rooftops that spill out onto the river. There’s also a good sushi restaurant, Confraria do Sushi, which serves delicious sashimi and maki rolls. Read expert review From £82per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Solar do Castelo, Lisbon, Portugal

Solar do Castelo

Lisbon, Portugal

9Telegraph expert rating

This hotel sits within the walled complex of St George’s Castle, high above the city, on the site of the former Alcaҁova Palace. A hanging sign above a blue door along a cobbled street are all that alerts you to the hotel, but once inside the 18th-century walls you are met by a beautifully restored hall with archways and exposed stone illuminated by lanterns, taking you back in time to when this was the castle’s kitchens. The 20 rooms, some twin, some double, are inspired by the hotel’s proximity to St. George’s Castle in their choice of rich velvets and heavy curtains. Read expert review From £121per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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