Follow the sounds of fado through Lisbon's streets to one of these hotels in neighborhoods across the city. Stay near the sophisticated Avenida Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal area, celebrate the arts on Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Square, or take in the Bairro Alto from a rooftop at these standout spots.

Be Poet Baixa Hotel

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The Be Poet Baixa Hotel is a solid three-star option in the city center. The modern style of the lodgings provides excellent value for your money, less than one mile from the waterfront Praca do Comercio Plaza and near Rossio Square in the Baixa/Chiado neighborhood.

The contemporary rooms offer pops of color within their design, along with wifi, tea and coffee setups, and all the other modern comforts, accompanied by art inspired by Portuguese poets. Head to the breakfast buffet, then hop on a bike rental to set out into the city.

Hotel Dom Carlos Park

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Another quality three-star option is the Hotel Dom Carlos Park in the Marquês de Pombal area of the city, just steps from the namesake plaza. Walk over to the historic area of the city, a slew of restaurants, and easy rental car pickup for when you're ready to hit the road.

The 76 rooms have large windows that light up the soothing neutral decor. Take a stop in the Dom Carlos lounge, which starts the day as a breakfast buffet before turning into a lounge with a library, complimentary newspapers, and a self-service snack bar.

Hotel Marques do Pombal

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Also in central Lisbon's Marquês de Pombal area, the sleek Hotel Marquês de Pombal on the Avenida da Liberdade has been offering four-star hospitality for 20 years. Its 120 rooms and three suites combine homey comfort with Portuguese design and history. Travelers who are planning to do some independent exploring will appreciate the available parking.

In addition to the many nearby shops and restaurants, the hotel offers its own elegant a la carte Portuguese fare at Blú restaurant and a light menu and drinks at the hotel bar. Take advantage of the spa, Turkish bath, and fitness center if you'd like to get in a massage or a few reps between sightseeing.

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Dear Lisbon Bordalo House

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The Dear Lisbon Bordalo House gets its name from the neighboring lively Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Square in the Chiado neighborhood, honoring one of Portugal's most influential artists. Fittingly, it brings an artistic touch to its nine suites, which all have their own distinct decorative elements amid warm color schemes, antique ceilings, and bathroom mosaics.

Guests can tell that the building was once a house, with its aristocratic wooden doors and iron railings. Pay a visit to the buffet breakfast before you head into the city, then relax at the end of your day under the rainfall showerhead or in front of a fireplace.

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

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For a classic boutique hotel experience, stay at the AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado. This high-end four-star hotel combines modern style, rustic charm, and plentiful Portuguese elements within its 28 rooms. They try to use as many local products around the hotel as possible, from mattresses and bath towels to showerheads.

Sample regional cuisine at "fine Portuguese deli" Delfina during the included breakfast, and you may even choose to come back for lunch or dinner. Then step out onto a concierge-organized tour or boat trip, and make sure you schedule an in-room massage before you leave.

Hotel PortoBay Liberdade

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Check into a five-star "urban resort" just off the Avenida da Liberdade at the Hotel PortoBay Liberdade, part of the PortoBay hotel group. Its 98 rooms are decorated in soothing neutral tones with gold accents, and most of them have a balcony to take in the city air and views.

There are plenty of restaurants and nightlife nearby, but if you want to stay on property, sample the mix of French, Portuguese, and Brazilian cuisine at Bistrô4 alongside 200 leading wines, most of which are Portuguese. The Aviator6 lounge has more than 300 drinks on its menu, served with light meals, or head up to the Deck7 rooftop lounge for an outdoor cocktail. When it's time to relax, the award-winning Mandalay Spa boasts personalized treatments as well as a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and solarium.

The Lumiares Hotel & Spa

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In Lisbon's famous Bairro Alto, five-star The Lumiares aims to be an "homage to Lisbon's colors, patterns, and light." By collaborating with local brands and artists, they've created apartment-style rooms that feel like your new personal Portuguese retreat. This isn't the spot for travelers with cars, though, as the picturesque narrow roads and pedestrian areas aren't ideal for parking (but excellent for a stroll).

Have breakfast at the "irreverent" Rebel Cafe, where you may encounter some guests' canine companions as well, or visit the Lumi Rooftop for a contemporary seasonal menu and skyline views. Retreat to the spa for a beauty treatment, massage, or session in the spa or sauna.