Palacio das Especiarias translates to “spice palace” in English, and this 16th-century building pays homage to a time when spices were reserved for the upper classes in Portugal. Now, the building – and ingredients – are far more accessible, although the traditional details remain very much. Guests here can expect high-ceilinged rooms, grand staircases and a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, all of which feel authentically Portuguese without going OTT.
Each room is unique so you will be impressed whichever you book – whether it’s an affordable room with palatial interiors and river views or the superior suite, which has a private terrace and impressive outdoor bath (plus arguably the best bathtub view you could ask for) . The spa is well worth a visit during your stay for a candlelit underground massage in the most serene of environments.
Address: R. Horta Seca 11, 1200-221 Lisbon
Price: Doubles from £112
7. Brown’s Boutique
A favorite of those wanting to be as central as possible, Browns Boutique is a great affordable option for those visiting Lisbon for the first time. Located five minutes from restaurant-laden Bairro Alto, the boutique hotel has just 32 rooms, making it seem cozy and comfortable, even in one of Lisbon’s busiest neighborhoods.
Rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, and there’s slightly more space available than in most affordable hotels. Guests can choose between different room types, including a suite, and there’s also a bar and restaurant available, should you decide to stay nearby rather than explore the local area.
Address: R. da Vitória 88, 1100-619 Lisbon
Price: Doubles from £62