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8 Hipster-Approved Hotels in Lisbon

Lucy Bryson | December 20, 2017

Cool kids can't get enough of Lisbon. The streets are bright with street art, the live music scene is one of the best in Europe, and you can't move for sneaker-clad millennials gathering at 'golden hour' to sip ridiculously affordable wine at the city's lookout points. Get grooming that facial hair, developing a taste for gin and jazz, and hitting up the vintage clothes shops if you want to be in with the in-crowd at these hipster hangouts in Europe's new Capital of Cool. These Lisbon hotels are hipster-approved.

#8

Memmo Principe Real

Why it made the list

The three-strong Portuguese chain Memmo can barely put a foot wrong when it comes to hipped-up lodgings, and its hotel in super-chic Principe Real proves the point nicely. In a part of town that's big on high-end shopping and kooky-cool bars but surprisingly low on places to stay, Memmo Principe Real has a playful design but takes the hospitality business seriously, right down to the free Port Tonic (this season's must-drink) on arrival. The in-house restaurant is top-notch, and if the climb to the hidden hilltop location doesn't take your breath away, the view from the pool surely will.

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#7

As Janelas Verdes

Why it made the list

With an off-the-tourist-track location, close proximity to two of Lisbon's hippest districts (Santos and Alcântara) and an amazing art museum virtually next door, As Janelas Verdes checks off a lot of hipster boxes. This is no try-hard startup though: it's a grand old palacete that today is part of the Heritage Lisbon group of small, history-packed hotels. Guests can boost their hipster credentials still further by flicking through a copy of the acclaimed Portuguese novel Os Maias (the book's author, José Maria de Eça de Queiro, was a former resident).

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#6

Solar dos Mouros

Why it made the list

It might be located in Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, but there's nothing old-fashioned or stuffy about this bright Alfama boutique hotel. The owner's artistic flair is evident in the one-off pieces of furniture, the vibrant decor, and the eye-catching African paintings. A terrace with glorious views over the river is the perfect place to sip a glass of sangria and work on that novel you've always wanted to write.

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#5

Martinhal Chiado Family Suites

Why it made the list

Who says parents can't be cool? This city-center apartment hotel aimed at fashionable families shows that it's possible to enjoy Lisbon's cool cultural scene even with the kids in tow. Everything from the kid-friendly service to the in-room amenities is aimed at making a stylish, stress-free break a reality, and the bright red BMW Isetta in the cafe is an open invitation to kids to climb aboard, allowing parents to enjoy a meal or drink in peace. What's more, pajama parties at the kids club mean grown-up guests can even experience a little of Lisbon's famous nightlife.

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#4

Evolution Lisboa Hotel

Why it made the list

It doesn't get much more modern than this youthful hotel in up-and-coming Saldanha. From the self-check ins, 24-hour self-service restaurant, and communal dining space to the bright color scheme, high-tech amenities, and open-plan living spaces, the emphasis is on creating a relaxed environment for a switched on generation. Like a chic hostel for travelers who have moved on from dorm-sharing, the hotel has a sociable vibe, with regular happy hours and DJ sessions.

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#3

Memmo Alfama

Why it made the list

It's just not hip to look like you're trying too hard, and Memmo Alfama has nailed the effortlessly stylish look. An entrance hidden away from the tourist hordes in Lisbon's historic Alfama neighborhood leads to a bright, whitewashed space where guests flick through books borrowed from the small library, or cool off with a white sangria and a dip in the small rooftop infinity pool. The views from the pool and bar are simply killer, and the cool staffers look right at home in their stylish surrounds. Renowned Portuguese street artist Vhils has even added a bold mural to one of the exterior walls, cementing the hotel's hipster credentials in the process.

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#2

Lx Boutique

Why it made the list

An artfully designed interior, fresh-faced staff, bold blue exterior and a location in Lisbon's newly gentrified Cais do Sodré nightlife district make this a popular choice with style-conscious visitors to the Portuguese capital. In-house dining comes courtesy of a highly-regarded sushi restaurant, and the hotel is a few minutes' stroll from Lisbon's riverfront 'beach' where hip young things sip gin cocktails as they relax in sun loungers. A couple of minutes' stroll in the other direction leads to the famously lively Pink Street, with its abundant late-night bars.

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#1

Bairro Alto Hotel

Why it made the list

A trailblazer for the boutique hotel concept in Lisbon, casual-chic Bairro Alto Hotel has one of the city's coolest terrace bars, and a location at the heart of the action in one of Lisbon's liveliest party districts. Everything from the design to the staff uniforms is coolly contemporary, and it's a 5-minute walk to Adamastor viewpoint, the preferred sunset hangout of fashionable young locals, digital nomads and street-savvy visitors to the city.

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