There is an enormous number and variety of hotels in Lisbon, in pretty much all the main areas. In Lisbon, hotel accommodation comes in two predominant categories: the cheaper pensões, and more expensive hotels. If you are looking for a cheap hotel in Lisbon, pensões are probably the best option and are fairly easy to find throughout the city. More expensive hotels in Lisbon, catering for the business executive in particular, tend to be outside the historic centre in the Lapa district, near the Parque Eduardo VII or in the eastern Avenida Almirante Reis area.
Right in the centre of Lisbon, hotels include the grand Avenida Palace at Rua 1° de Dezembro (213 460 151) which has elegant, high-ceilinged rooms in a 19th-century building behind Rossio and Praça dos Restauradores. The rooms are decorated with traditional furniture and modern comforts, such as marble bathrooms, and they are priced right at the most expensive end of the scale. The Metrópole is in the midst of it all at Rossio 30 (213 469 164) and so you are paying for the superbly central location but it can be very noisy at night. The views from this early 20th-century hotel of Rossio and the castle are generally lovely.
In the Chiado area the stylish Hotel Lisboa Regency, Rua Nova do Almada 114 (213 256 100) is brilliantly located for the best shops and near the Baixa-Chiado metro stop. It was designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Viera who also redesigned Chiado itself, and the hotel has an eastern-themed interior. The best rooms and bar terrace have wonderful views, and all the mod cons you would expect for the hefty price tag.
The Lapa has to be the area with the most expensive hotels in Lisbon. The Lapa Palace at Rua do Pau de Bandeira 4 (213 99 494) has sumptuous Art Deco and Classical décor, upmarket barbeques by the pool in the summer and stunning views of the Rio Tejo. Moderately less expensive is the Residencial York House, Rua das Janelas Verdes 32 (213 962 785) in a 16th-century convent, with a celebrated restaurant and beautiful rooms around the courtyard.
For cheaper hotels in Lisbon you are looking at the pensões, which are everywhere. The rooms are usually up steep staircases so, when you go to look at them, it is useful to go in pairs so that one of you can stay at the bottom with the luggage while the other gets to hike up to the room. The rooms range from light and airy with lots of interesting old furniture, to plain and simple but functional. Rooms without en suite are cheaper, some rooms have terraces and views if you are lucky. The tourist offices will know where there are vacancies, but booking is up to you.
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