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Lisbon's 8 Best Hilltop Hotels

Lucy Bryson | December 20, 2017

Ever wondered how Lisbon locals stay so slim despite an addiction to custard tarts? Hills. Lots of them. Lisbon is famously built on sete colinas (seven hills), which not only makes traversing the city on foot a calorie-blasting experience, but also makes for some gorgeous views. Stay at any of these hilltop hotspots, and you'll have a birds' eye view of this supremely pretty city. These are the best hilltop hotels in Lisbon.

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Palacio Belmonte

Why it made the list

It's a palace. Yes, a palace, complete with grand ballrooms, expansive gardens, and pool. It also counts the Saint George castle as a near neighbor, and has some of the most dramatic views in the city (no small feat in this city of terraces and viewpoints). Guests can book a room or go all-out and rent the entire place (there's space for up to 24 people, should you and your friends feel like lording it up for a weekend...).

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Santiago de Alfama

Why it made the list

Hilly Alfama stood firm during the earthquake and tsunami that devastated lower Lisbon in 1755, making it the oldest part of the city, and one of the most popular spots for sightseeing. Santiago de Alfama is a lovely boutique spot close to the castle and the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, and the views from the bedrooms are just as impressive as those from that famous lookout point.

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Memmo Principe Real

Why it made the list

Principe Real is a byword for chic shopping and hip nightlife in Lisbon, and Memmo Principe Real looks out over the upscale action from a hidden hilltop location close to the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. It doesn't come cheap, but if budget allows then soaking up the views while soaking in the outdoor pool is truly a moment to be savored.

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Albergaria Senhora do Monte

Why it made the list

Purse-friendly stays with gorgeous views make this hilltop hotel a popular option among cost-conscious visitors to the Portuguese capital. It's located a little off the tourist track, in the historic Graça neighborhood, which famously offers terrific sunset views from its miradoura (lookout point). The tourist attractions of Lisbon's historic downtown span out from beneath the hotel, and the terrace bar is a great place to admire the view while sipping a sangria.

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Memmo Alfama

Why it made the list

Perched right at the top of Alfama, Lisbon's most historic neighborhood, Memmo Alfama makes the most of its hilltop location with a multi-level terrace bar whose views get more impressive as you climb. The small pool offers a chance to cool off while looking out over the city and the boats gliding along the Tagus.

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Olissippo Lapa Palace

Why it made the list

Elegant Lapa is Lisbon's aristocratic heartland, with grand mansions and mini-palaces at every steep turn. Olissippo Lapa Palace occupies one such building, and the views from the 19th Century palace and its hillside grounds are simply stunning. Looking out over embassies and former royal residences and down to the river, it's a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the Baixa, and the gorgeous gardens (complete with pool) are a real treat.

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Solar dos Mouros

Why it made the list

Just a cannonball's throw from Lisbon's emblematic hilltop castle, four-star Solar dos Mouros offers sweeping panoramic views from its lofty perch. Rooms, terraces, and courtyard look out over the castle/or river, richly rewarding those who make the climb to the front door (a tuk-tuk can take the strain if you're feeling less than energetic).

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Solar do Castelo

Why it made the list

You want wow factor? You'll find it in abundance at this ultra-romantic mansion set within the walls of Lisbon's Moorish castle. The super-secluded spot might be mere meters away from one of the city's biggest tourist draws, but you'd never know it as you sit on the flower-filled courtyard, soaking up the cityscape and tucking into a bountiful breakfast. The steep walk to the hotel after a day's sightseeing will more than justify the indulgence.

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