Santiago de Alfama
Nestled within the heart of Lisbon’s historic Alfama district, the Santiago de Alfama is an elegant boutique hotel housed within a former 15th-century palace. The grand stone entryway and impressive vaulted ceiling leads to 19 rooms and suites that have been expertly renovated to provide a tranquil and sophisticated base. Each room is unique in its layout due to the historic nature of the building, though many boast wooden floors, original tile work, panelled ceilings or huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The stylish, modern bathrooms are all beautifully finished.
On the ground floor you’ll find Audrey’s Café, an atmospheric spot filled with quirky decor, where you can enjoy breakfast each morning. If weather permits, there is also a small terrace outside which is an ideal place to people watch. Next door, Manny’s Bar, with its dark brocade walls and elegant furnishings, offers a range of drinks as well as a fantastic seasonal menu of Portuguese cuisine based around locally-sourced produce. There is also a beauty bar offering facials, body scrubs, massages and beauty treatments if you’d like a little extra pampering during your stay.
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Due to the historic nature of the property, the rooms at the Santiago de Alfama are all unique in their layout and design. Each one has been beautifully appointed in a sophisticated style, the uncluttered design and pale tones conveying a sense of refined tranquillity. The decor takes advantage of the building’s original features and traditional tiling and panelled woodwork, combined with wide floorboards and large windows that bathe the rooms in light. The stylish, modern bathrooms are all expertly finished – most offer rain showers and there are a handful of deluxe rooms that also feature freestanding bath tubs. Air-conditioning and high-speed internet access come as standard across all room categories.
Surrounded by the meandering lanes of Lisbon’s historic Alfama district, the Santiago de Alfama is perfectly located for exploring the city on foot or by one of the area's traditional trams. The Castelo São Jorge can be reached on foot in around five minutes for sweeping views across the city, while the Baixa district and the Praça do Comércio are around a 20-minute walk away.
Food and Drink
Breakfast is served each morning in Audrey’s Café on the ground floor. It's a bright and cheery spot decorated in a traditional style but with a contemporary twist. Food is served here all day and on a warm day you can sit on the small outdoor terrace and watch the world go by. Next door, Manny’s Bar is more intimate with dark walls, warm woods and an elegant atmosphere. It's a great spot for evening drinks and also serves an innovative menu based around Portuguese classics and local, seasonal produce.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel offers a small beauty bar where you can enjoy facials and body scrubs along with massages and beauty treatments.
We love the atmospheric nature of the Santiago de Alfama; it’s a secluded oasis of calm in the winding streets of Lisbon’s oldest district.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Offering easy access to both the Baixa and Chaido areas of Lisbon, the Corpo Santo Hotel is a stylish, contemporary property where the staff go out of their way to look after guests.
A Lisbon landmark in its own right, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon offers old-school elegance, high end service, an excellent spa and from its rooftop running track, some of the best views in the city.
Drawing on elements of traditional Portuguese design, the H10 Duque de Loulé is a chic boutique hotel with a wonderful roof terrace overlooking Lisbon. Set in a historic building, it blends traditional elegance with contemporary style.
Set behind an elegant 18th-century façade, the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is a conveniently located boutique property with tranquil rooms and an indoor pool and small gym.
Small, stylish and centrally located, the Valverde Hotel's unconventional style gives it great personality. It makes a fine place to relax in the enclosed outdoor terrace, swim in the pool and retreat from the city at the end of the day.
An excellent family-friendly option located within the heart of historic Lisbon. Each apartment comes equipped with a full kitchen and for those travelling with young children, there is a kids’ club and baby concierge service available.
Situated on a steep hillside overlooking central Lisbon, the Memmo Príncipe Real is a chic modernist boutique hotel with a wonderful panoramic terrace and outdoor pool.
Converted from a 15th-century palace that once belonged to the Governors of Belém, the Palácio do Governador is a characterful boutique hotel steeped in history. There is a large outdoor pool and garden area as well as an extensive spa and indoor pool.
A lavish 19th-century palace turned hotel, the Pestana Palace is surrounded by acres of tropical gardens and provides a tranquil and relaxing retreat while still within easy striking distance of central Lisbon.
A historic boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon and overlooking the central Praça do Comércio, the Pousada de Lisboa merges period charm with modern design to create an elegant and sophisticated base. The hotel features an indoor pool and spa as well as a rooftop solarium.
One of Lisbon’s most prestigious hotels, the stylish Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa offers a convenient location, excellent service, gourmet dining and a panoramic roof terrace. There is also an outdoor pool.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore some of Portugal’s most dramatic coastal scenery on this full-day private tour through the Arrábida region south of Lisbon. En route you’ll get to visit a local winery, coastal cliffs and quaint towns with medieval castles.
Explore the Alentejo, Portugal’s most significant food and wine region, on a full-day private tour. You’ll see Roman remains and medieval streets in historic Évora, sample local wines in a family-run winery, and drive through rolling countryside in-between.
Get to grips with Portuguese history with the help of a private guide on this full-day tour from Lisbon that takes in the 14th-century Monastery of Batalha, a medieval hilltop village and the flamboyant Palácio Nacional de Mafra.
Explore Lisbon with a local guide on a private half-day walking tour, which takes in several of its most interesting districts. You’ll learn about the city’s history and traditions, and stop for local food and drinks along the way.