Find a flat to live in Lisbon

Find a flat to live in Lisbon

Are you coming to live in Lisbon?
Well here you have some tips to help you find an apartment or room to live.

Although this blog is focused mainly on those who come sightseeing for a few days to Lisbon, the truth is more and more foreign people are coming to live in Lisbon, and as I have received messages from many of you in this situation wondering where to look for a place to live, I decided to make a post dedicated to it.

What neighborhoods are the best to live in?

Lisbon has several very good neighborhoods to live in, and I would advise different areas depending if you seek something more lively or more calm, if you come to work or to study, alone or with company, and so on… 😉

If you seek a more lively and central area to walk around the historic center and go to restaurants and bars, I recommend the Chiado area. You also have Principe Real and Estrela that are historic neighborhoods, but not too touristic, and with young people, shops, restaurants, etc…
(Avoid Bairro Alto, because although it is a very cool neighborhood with a lot of life, there is a large concentration of bars, so chances are that you will have noise all night long…)

If you are looking for something quieter, easier to park, good transport, but still central and with many local shops, I recommend Avenidas Novas (Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, São Sebastião).

Where to search for an apartment or room?

To rent or buy a flat, these are the major real estate portals, where you will find private ads and from agencies:

And these are the websites of the main real estate agencies in Portugal, that also have their own search directory:

If what you want is a to find a room in a shared apartment, in the websites above you also have that search option, but these are the websites that are more focused in room renting:
(Note: room in Portuguese is “quarto”)

Where to sleep in Lisbon

Where to sleep in Lisbon

As I live in Lisbon, I do not usually stay at hotels in my city 🙂 but I have already been asked thousands of times for recommendations of hotels or places to stay.
So here are some centric, nice and cheap options to sleep in Lisbon.

What are the best areas to find a hotel?

The best neighborhoods in Lisbon  The best neighborhoods are certainly Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto, as these are the ones that allow you to be at walking distance to almost all interesting sites.

The worst neighborhoods in Lisbon  Two areas that often come up in almost any hotel booking site but I advise to avoid: Martim Moniz (although it is central, and has greatly improved in recent years, is still not a very safe area at night) and Praça de Espanha – Sete Rios (the hotels are fine, but you can not walk from there to nowhere).

Suggestions of Hotels and Hostels

Here’s my list of suggestions, starting with the most economic options and ending with the most expensive.

So, let’s start with Hostels because there are many and very good ones in Lisbon centre. But do not panic, you won’t have to be sharing a room with a crowd of backpackers or drunken students. Many of these hostels are very well equipped, most of them are very new, and they have double rooms. Lisbon always wins many awards at the “Hoscars”, which reward each year the best hostels in the world 😉
Travellers House Baixa HostelTravellers House – Baixa
Rua Augusta, 89, 1
T: +351 210115922
This is one of the hostels that won several awards as one of the best in the world. Rua Augusta is one of the main pedestrian streets in Lisbon old town area, which connects Rossio to the Praça do Comércio. With the advantage of being at the epicenter of Lisbon, a few minutes walk from the main areas to visit.
They have very nice double rooms, which actually have little to do with a typical backpackers hostel. And they also have some flats that can be a good choice for families.
Prices from:
18 € / night (1 person in multiple room)
60 € / night (double room with private bathroom)
Lisbon Destination Hostel BaixaLisbon Destination Hostel – Baixa
Largo Duque de Cadaval, 17 (Rossio Train Station – 2nd Floor)
This hostel was also awarded in the Hoscars, and is located inside the train station of Rossio, which is an old and very nice building in the centre. Equally well placed to get to know the city, and with some new and very well equipped double rooms.
Prices from:
12 € / night (1 person in multiple room)
€ 65 / night (double room with private bathroom)

Goodnight Hostel BaixaGoodnight Hostel – Baixa
Rua dos Correeiros, 113, 2nd
T: +351 215989153
Here you have a 3rd hostel recommendation, also in the area of Baixa, meaning also well located to walk around Lisbon. And it also has double rooms that are very good.
Prices from:
17 € / night (1 person in multiple room)
50 € / night (double room with private bathroom)

Hotels 2 **
We now continue the list of recommendations with a few 2 star hotels. These are cheap hotels, with simple decoration, without any particular charm, but practical and very well located.

Hotel Ibis Lisboa LiberdadeHotel Ibis Lisboa Liberdade **
Rua Barata Salgueiro, 53
T: +351 213300630
Prices from:
€ 65 / night (double)
Hotel Borges - Chiado Hotel Borges – Chiado **
Rua Garrett 108
T: +351 210456400
Prices from:
€ 79 / night (double)

Hotels 4 ****
We now move on to the selection of 4 star hotels. Here we are already talking about prices normally go over 100€/night. But they are modern hotels with very good service, decoration and always very well located.

Hotel Vincci BaixaHotel Vincci Baixa ****
Rua do Comércio, 32-38
T: +351 218803190
Prices from:
€ 98 / night (double)

Internacional Design Hotel - BaixaInternacional Design Hotel – Baixa ****
Rua da Betesga, 3
T: +351 213240990
Prices from:
€ 139 / night (double)
Hotel do ChiadoHotel do Chiado ****
Rua Nova Do Almada, 114
T: +351 213 256 100
Prices from:
€ 159 / night (double)

Hotels 5 *****
And we end the list with the best of Lisbon … but also the most expensive! 😉 A 5-star hotel, located in one of the best areas – Chiado, with fantastic views over the city and with excellent service and decoration.
Bairro Alto Hotel Praça Luis De CamõesBairro Alto Hotel Praça Luis De Camões *****
T: +351 213408288
Prices from:
€ 205 / night (double)

ALTERNATIVE: Rent a flat in Lisbon

Rent a flat in AirbnbAnother option, which is great if you want to discover the city as an authentic local, is to rent a private flat.
I’ve discovered a few years ago the AirBnb website and the truth is that I have become a fan! We’ve rented our home in Lisbon through this website, and used it already more than 10 times to rent houses in other cities for our vacations or escapes.
Basically it is a website that allows anyone to put your house on rent, and search homes around the world to rent.
If you seek Lisbon, you will see that there are plenty of options in the coolest neighborhoods that I’ve mentioned before, and there are flats that look great with prices starting at 40-50 € (cheaper than a hotel / hostel), but also are super cool design houses for 100€, 200€ or more per night … let’s say you have options for all tastes and pockets!
In this link you can search for different houses:
(In the map you will see several recommendations of flats/rooms)