Travellers are always pleasantly surprised to hear that hotel reservations in Lisbon are cheaper than in other popular European cities. Another enjoyable surprise: Portuguese Tourism officials are quite strict with accommodation standards, which means even the cheap hotels in Lisbon are clean and reliable.
Hotels are the most popular accommodation selection for visitors to Lisbon as they are available for an array of budgets. Mid-range and budget-friendly hotels are easily found in the area surrounding the Marques de Pombal Square. The square is home of the monument to the Marques de Pombal, the Prime Minister who was responsible for rebuilding Lisbon after the Great Earthquake of 1755. The most luxurious hotels are usually found in Baixa, which is the city’s downtown area. Baixa is an elegant district, its streets wide and flanked with neoclassical buildings. The area was completely destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1755 and rebuilt to become one Europe’s first examples of neoclassical design and urban planning. The area is currently under review to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Unique to Portugal, is the ‘Pousada’. A very popular lodging choice, Pousadas are a type of exclusive and often historic hotel located throughout Portugal, in cities and rural settings. They are genuine, warm and welcoming, and are dedicated to reflecting the history and character of the region in which they are located.
Characteristically each Pousada has its own restaurant that serves regional and local cuisine coupled with wines from the neighbouring areas. Pousadas are unofficially divided into four categories including:
- Historical Pousadas: these are located in historical buildings, convents, castles, fortresses and palaces.
- Historical Design Pousadas: are Historical Pousadas whose design has been enhanced by distinguished and renowned architects.
- Charm Pousadas: boast an abundance of local charm.
- Nature Pousadas: as the name suggests are in areas of immense local beauty.
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