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The 8 Best Hotels in Lisbon for Arts & Culture

Lucy Bryson | December 20, 2017

For a small city, Lisbon certainly punches above its weight when it comes to the arts. From the live music of all genres to major museums and vibrant street art, it's one of Europe's most exciting destinations for culture vultures. Whether they're handy for big-ticket arts attractions or decorated with artsy aplomb, each of these Lisbon hotels has something to offer the culturally curious visitor.

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Pousada de Lisboa

Why it made the list

In a listed building facing the river and Lisbon's grandest square, the plush Pousada de Lisboa is a veritable gallery of Portuguese artworks and artefacts from across the centuries, with many items on loan from the Lisbon Museum. The grand building is a work of art in itself, and it's right next to the striking Arco da Rua Augusta (Lisbon's answer to the Parisian Arc do Triomphe).

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Hotel Britânia

Why it made the list

Art Deco fans will be in their element at this boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon's historic downtown. Part of the Heritage Lisbon collection of hotels housed in notable historic buildings, it's the only surviving example of a 1940s Art Deco hotel in the city, and as such has official Historic Building status.

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Solar dos Mouros

Why it made the list

The hotel's owner Luis Lemos is an artist of some renown himself and has carefully decorated his Alfama inn with pieces collected from Africa and Europe, as well as notable works from local artists. Staff are clued up on the local arts and cultural scene, and can advise guests on where to catch visiting exhibitions.

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1908 Lisboa Hotel

Why it made the list

There's an artsy buzz around Intendente, and this stylish 2017 opening is right at the heart of the action. Not only that, but it bills itself as being an ever-evolving gallery as well as a hip hotel. Showcasing colorful works by local artists, it's particularly notable for the giant 3D bug in the hotel bar, which comes courtesy of renowned street artist Bordalo II.

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Corinthia Lisboa

Why it made the list

Guests at this stylish high rise in Lisbon's business district are a short walk from one of the city's most highly regarded cultural centers: the Caloueste Gulbenkian Museum. More commonly referred to as simply 'The Gulbenkian', the museum houses one of the most impressive private art collections in the world, amassed by Armenian oil magnate Gulbenkian, who adopted Lisbon as his home and donated his staggering collection to the state on his death. Among the 6500 or so works are pieces by Monet, Degas, Rembrandt and Renoir, and the center hosts big-name visiting exhibitions and live classical music performances, too.

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As Janelas Verdes

Why it made the list

Tucked away a little off the beaten tourist track, this lovely inn is housed in an 18th Century townhouse virtually next door to Lisbon's impressive antique art museum. Guests get discounted access to the museum, which is home to Portugal's most important public art collection, with many of its 40,000+ works classified as 'National Treasures'. Browse paintings and sculptures from Portugal and its former colonies, before heading down the hill to nearby Village Underground and LX Factory, both artsy spaces that are home to some photo-worthy examples of thoroughly modern street art.

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Jerónimos 8

Why it made the list

This mid-range hotel near Belém's stunning Manueline monastery means culture-loving visitors can find accessibly-priced lodgings a stone's throw from some of Lisbon's biggest and best galleries. The MAAT, Berado Collection Museum, National Architecture Museum, and Popular Arts Museum are among the nearby attractions.

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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

Why it made the list

Beautiful Belém is the epicenter of Lisbon's arts and culture scene, with several big-ticket cultural attractions located within a relatively small radius. The 2016 opening of the eye-catching MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) on the waterfront cemented the area's reputation as a must-visit for culture vultures, and this gorgeous riverside hotel is just a few minutes' scenic walk away.

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