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Picking our Lisbon accommodation

We are just finishing up finalizing the major book-ahead items for our September trip to Portugal I'm wondering your thoughts on the 2 accommodations in Lisbon that I have narrowed it down to.

We will be doing the major tourist sites, but also really want to be close to interesting/authentic/less touristy restaurants. We generally walk 8-12 miles a day and also are generally comfortable using metro systems so don't need to be right in the thick of things. I am hoping to avoid walking out the door of the hotel into hoards of other tourists.

My first choice was Casa do Barao, but it sounds like they might be temporarily closed for renovation when we are planning to be in Lisbon. My next two choices are:
1) A casa das Janelas com vista
--- in Barrio Alto but based on reviews doesn't seem like noise will be a big issue (we are not night owls)
2) 54 Santa Catarina
-- more of an apart-hotel. They have laundry available in the building which is a huge benefit (sink laundry is not our favorite).

Both places are in our ideal budget (< 200 euro/night). However, our accommodations in Sintra (Chalet Saudade) and Porto (InPatio Guesthouse) were both on the lower end of budget so we have a little flexibility with Lisbon budget if anyone has a better recommendation.


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Abby - Príncipe Real neighborhood in Lisbon to me makes a good area to stay in. It does't have the hectic tourist crowds like Bairro Alto and Chiado. It has more greenery, quieter, and calmer. The neighborhood has a residential feeling to it.

Here are a couple of hotels to consider in the area that will not stretch your wallet much:

Torel Palace -

BessaHotel Liberdade -

The Vintage Lisbon -

Posted by
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I concur that Princepe Real is a great base in Lisbon. We have stayed in the same AirBnB there twice and think it was great. Pretty quiet at night, but with a small town feeling. Plenty of little spots to eat, drink and meet new people.