As part of our Lisbon family vacation, we stayed at the Lisboa Carmo Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of historic Chiado. In this Lisboa Carmo Hotel review, we’re giving our honest opinion of this historic Lisbon hotel.
- Lisboa Carmo Hotel is in Lisbon’s Chiado district, close to top attractions like Bairro Alto and Rossio Square. It’s near the Baixa-Chiado Metro and Rossio train station.
- The hotel has comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities: free Wi-Fi, LED TVs with many channels, and luxurious bathrooms.
- Enjoy Portuguese dishes at the on-site Maria do Carmo Restaurant and have access to a daily breakfast buffet. Live music often adds to the dining experience.
- The hotel has the typical European small room sizes, and the building is older, though it’s not too noticeable.
- Overall, the hotel offers a good balance of luxury without high costs. With clean rooms, helpful staff, a central location ideal for exploring Lisbon, it’s a solid choice.
Lisboa Carmo Hotel Overview
In the heart of Lisbon’s vibrant Chiado district, the Lisboa Carmo Hotel sits in a historic building while still having modern amenities. It had a much more authentic feel than the other hotel we stayed at in Lisbon, the InterContinental.
We booked the Lisboa Carmo Hotel only a day before arrival, with reasonable rates of around $170 available. Thankfully, a room was available for a much-needed nap, even at our 10:30 AM arrival from the U.S.!
The Lisboa Carmo Hotel is in the historic Carmo Square, close to the city’s best areas. We found many tour groups passing through the area. You can easily stroll to Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Rossio.
Getting to the hotel is simple. We’d recommend a Bolt (cheapest) or Uber from the airport. We took a metro from the airport to Baixa-Chiado Metro station, but it was about a 10 minute walk up a few steep hills to get to the hotel. We used Bolt for most of the rest of the trip.
We booked the base level rooms, featuring double or twin beds (equivalent to a US queen or king bed). The room was nice, though small. This didn’t matter much since we were there to explore Lisbon and not hang out at the hotel.
The room also features a minibar area with a complimentary Espresso machine, water, and additional still and sparking water in the fridge (a nice addition)
The bathroom (and the rest of the room) was perfectly clean during our stay.
Dining and Drinking Options
The Lisboa Carmo Hotel has it’s own restaurant and bar, Maria do Carmo Restaurant, featuring Portuguese dishes.
For breakfast, the restaurant serves a buffet breakfast until 10:30AM. Our room was only $10 more for a rate that included breakfast. The breakfast was much better than the usual U.S. hotel breakfast buffets (runny powdered scrambled eggs and soggy bacon)
There’s plenty of great food within walking distance of Lisboa Carmo! Check out nearby Bairro do Avillez, a small two story food hall with multiple restaurants in it, just a few minutes walk away. We found some great pizza there at Pizzaria Lisboa.
Staying at Lisboa Carmo Hotel puts you close to Lisbon’s top sights. You can stroll to the city’s historic spots and enjoy beautiful views along the way. Read more on our Lisbon family vacation article.
Is the Lisboa Carmo Hotel in a good spot for exploring Lisbon?
Yes, it’s an upscale hotel with an excellent location. Keep in mind the area around the hotel (much of Lisbon) is very hilly, making walking more challenging.
Does this hotel offer food?
Yes, there’s even an à la carte restaurant where you can taste excellent dishes without leaving this charmingly renovated 45-room hotel. There are also plenty of nearby restaurants.
How do I get to Lisboa Carmo Hotel from Lisbon Portela International Airport?
Catch a taxi, Uber, or Bolt, it’s not far! The metro is also convenient, but it’s a bit of an uphill walk to the hotel from the station.
The Carmo Hotel made for a great base camp for exploring Lisbon. It’s luxurious enough to provide a great stay without being too expensive. We’d gladly return in the future.