Pousada de Lisboa
At a Glance
Overlooks the Tagus River from Lisbon's most elegant square
The former 18th century ministry building oozes history
Luxury urban style offers a chic retreat in beautiful Lisbon
Though intimate, the hotel boasts a spa, fitness centre and pool
Choose rooms with views up to Castel Jorge or over the Tagus River
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Lisbon is a year-round destination, although the city can be busy during the summer months. Spring and autumn are some of the best times to visit.
To start planning your holiday to Pousada de Lisboa
Pousada de Lisboa offers a five star experience in a renovated 18th century ministry building that offers tantalizing glimpses into Lisbon's past. The spa, gym, pool, buzzing bar and restaurant complement the hotel’s enviable location on the Tagus River.
Pousada de Lisboa stands in Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio, or Commerce Square, in the wonderful Baixa district at the edge of the Tagus River. Set close to Chiado, which offers the city’s finest shopping, and overlooked by the Castelo de São Jorge and the lively Bairro Alta and Alfama, it’s within walking distance of Lisbon’s most compelling sights.
The hotel’s elegant façade, dating to the 18th century, is the signature goldenrod yellow of many of Lisbon’s most distinguished buildings. The building, with its graceful arcades, has been beautifully restored, in some places down to the historic vaulted brick dome ceilings and stained glass, to incorporate Lisbon’s storied history into a modern luxury retreat. The interiors were designed by renowned Brazilian architect Jaime Morais, who pays respect to the building’s legacy with pieces on loan from Portugal’s great museums mixed with contemporary art.
For a small city hotel, Pousada de Lisboa has great amenities. In addition to a buzzy bar and lounge, the RIB restaurant and sidewalk café are overseen by up and coming chef Tiago Bonito. The hotel’s top floor houses a spa, sauna, indoor pool and fitness area, to ensure that you stay limber after long and happy hours walking Lisbon’s seven hills.
Walking tours, Portuguese tapas trails, an evening enjoying Fado (Lisbon’s affecting and plaintive music tradition), and even one of the cities iconic custard colored trams privately rented for you and yours are all on your doorstep. For explorations further afield, the lovely seaside town of Cascais as well as the hilltop aerie of Sintra – complete with its palace, Moorish castle, and impossibly charming historic centre – are just 30 minutes away on private day tours.
The 90 rooms offer high ceilings and wood parquet floors. Each is decorated in soothing tones of greys, greens and blues, and offer all modern conveniences. Many rooms have views up to the Castel de Sao Jorge, over the square – Lisbon’s most important – or out to the Tagus River. The streamlined marble bathrooms are surrounded by glass walls with privacy curtains and have dreamy amenities from Portuguese company Castelbel. There are a few signature suites, including the wood panelled Dom Perignon suite that was once the private office of Portugal’s infamous dictator, Salazar.
Children are welcome at Pousada de Lisboa and babysitting can be arranged, however there are no other specific childcare facilities.
A sumptuous buffet breakfast, complete with typical Portuguese pastries like nata, is served every day, along with cooked options. Delicious bar snacks are available along with Portuguese fare designed for sharing at RIB. The hotel's third floor houses a fitness area, sauna, indoor pool and spa.
Lisbon is a playground: various historical neighborhoods each with their own character, sailing on the river, museums and special interest tours from art to Jewish history all await. Day trips to Cascais and Sintra, as well as the rural Alentejo all offer beautiful scenery and charming settings from medieval towns to fishing villages.
Haile Brant (Staff)
Staying in Pousada de Lisboa was a treat! Being located in the Praca de Comercio is such an advantage as you are starting each day in the very centre of town. The hotel is beautiful, featuring towering marble and stone sculptures throughout the hallways and boasting a purple theme that evokes a sense of royalty throughout the hotel. Upon enterting my room I was delighted with a surprise of Pastel de Nata and a small sample of the regionally famed cherry liqueur Gin Jina. My room was spacious with high ceilings, all wood floors featuring and a detailed headboard that was all the art the room needed. If you are looking for relaxation, the third floor houses the heated indoor pool offered as well as the spa which offers an array of body treatments and massages. At dinner you absolutely must try their restaurant RIB Beef and Wine Lisboa, with a focus on the highest quality cuts of meat and offering variety in their steaks it is truly a can't miss dinner location!
A gastronomic tour of Lisbon
Discover Lisbon through its flavours with a walk through the city, sampling the gastronomic highlights from Ginginha to Pastel de Nata. Strolling the streets, you’ll experience the lively soul of the city with its cafe culture and vibrant heart.
The rolling hills north of Lisbon are home to the medieval town of Obidos, a treasure trove of art and architecture, and a half-day tour with your private guide brings this exquisite wealth to life.
Discover Sintra and Cascais
Discover the charming Estoril Coast and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra with your private guide, strolling the historic streets and soaking in the delightful character of the old city.
Fado - Portugal's national music
The national song style of Portugal, Fado, can be found in many restaurants across Lisbon. This moving song is part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, and you can enjoy some of the best at ‘O Faia’.
Lisbon by private tram
Lisbon's bright yellow trams are real icons of the city, having been in use since the late 19th century. For an exclusive tour of the city, board your very own private tram and wind your way through Lisbon's vibrant neighbourhoods.
Lisbon by private yacht
Appreciate Lisbon from the sea, gaining a different view of the city’s sights while relaxing on board a private yacht. Discover the maritime history of the city that transformed Portugal into a colonial power with Lisbon at the heart of its empire.
Lisbon cooking class
Live like a local with a walk through one of Lisbon’s historic markets, followed by a hands-on cooking class with a local foodie. Ideal for couples and families alike, this is a chance to explore the city’s culinary delights.
Pastel de Nata workshop
One of Portugal's most celebrated treats, the Pastel de Nata, or custard tart, is a true local delicacy. Join a local foodie and learn how to make these delicious bites.
Portuguese tile mosaic workshop
Visit the Fabrica de Sant’Anna to learn about the traditional Portuguese art of hand-painted tiles, known as azulejos. These beautiful tiles adorn buildings across Portugal and you'll have the chance to paint your own in this unique workshop.
Private bike tour of Sintra
Explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra by bike, admiring the unique palces and intriguing landscapes as you travel through the National Park. You'll then visit Cascais and explore this charming coastal town with your private guide.
Surfing in Portugal
Thanks to its position on the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal offers fantastic surfing opportunities suitable for both experts and beginners alike. Close to Lisbon you'll find some of the best beaches for an exhilarating surfing lesson.
Tuk tuk tour of Lisbon
Explore the best of Lisbon in a tuk tuk on this exciting tour of the city. With your private guide you'll discover Lisbon's centuries-old neighbourhoods, spread across seven hills, and learn about the history of Portugal's fascinating capital.
Walking tour of Lisbon
Wandering the streets of Lisbon is an ideal way to soak in its history and the lifestyle of its inhabitants, passing people chatting on patios, drinking coffee in pavement cafes and enjoying the conviviality of the city.
Authentic Spain & Portugal
Lisbon, Monsaraz, Seville & Montecorto
from £5500 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Get off the beaten track in the idyllic countryside of Alentejo
- Discover traditional Spain in Seville, the birthplace of flamenco
- Explore Lisbon's bustling neighbourhoods and enjoy the city's vibrant atmosphere
Grand Tour of Spain & Portugal
Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Porto & Douro Valley
from £9000 pp inc flights & transfers for 21 nights
- Discover the highlights of Spain and Portugal on this all-encompassing itinerary
- Indulge in delicious food and wine in the Basque Country and the Douro Valley
- Wind your way through the colourful streets of Porto and Lisbon
Portugal for Families
Lisbon, Alentejo & the Algarve
from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Children can have fun at Pine Cliffs in the exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club
- Explore Lisbon on one of its iconic yellow trams or roll up your sleeves with a hands-on cooking class
- Venture out at night to see the stars in Alentejo, a fantastic spot for stargazing
Location & directions
Set on the waterfront in Lisbon, in the stylish and elegant Praça do Comércio, Pousada de Lisboa enjoys a perfect location in the heart of the city with the city's best sights, shops, and eateries outside your front door.
How to get there
Lisbon can be reached by direct flights with BA, TAP and Easyjet from London, the flight time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Pousada de Lisboa is a 20-minute private road transfer from Lisbon Airport.
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