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Pousada de Lisbon

Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio – Historic Hotel & SLH

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  • Number of rooms: 90
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • 24-hour reception
  • Room Service
  • Conference Rooms
  • Airport (10km)

Pousada de Lisbon - Historic Government Building

The Pousada

Opened in June 2015, the Pousada de Lisbon is the latest addition to the Pousadas network. Located in Terreiro do Paço - Praça do Comércio, an important historic area of Lisbon, the Pousada occupies an old government building which served as the former headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a local police station.

The Pousada has 90 comfortable and elegant guestrooms, decorated in a contemporary style with historic flourishes. The Pousada's restuarant, with its charming cloistered ceilings, boasts fantastic views over the square and guests can enjoy typical Portuguese cuisine in this atmospheric setting. The RIB Beef and Wine Restaurant also offers a new and alternative ambiance for lunches or diners, with a carefully-selected menu created around high quality DOP meat. The Pousada de Lisbon has inviting communal areas for guests to relax in such its interior courtyard and two hotel bars.

The Pousada's facilities also include a spa, a swimming pool, a sauna and a fitness centre.

Lisbon City Tax - Please note that a €2 city tax will be charged locally per person, per day. Children under 13 years will not be charged.

The Pousada does not have private parking but there is a public car park situated around 50m from the Pousada (information correct as of 26/08/20).

Local area

The Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) is one of Lisbon's most historically imporatant areas as for centuries it was where ships disembarked and their goods. After it is was destroyed by an earthquake  in 1755, the area was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal, and the square has now become a prime location for exploring all that Lisbon has to offer.

Portugal's popularity amongst the UK market has grown significantly in recent years and Lisbon's tourist sector has boomed respectively. A bright and vibrant city, this is a fantastic spot for a warm city-break. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus river, Lisbon provides a lively atmosphere whilst still offering a relaxing stay with plenty to do. Like any other European capital, Lisbon is abundant in attractions with numerous cathedrals, monasteries and museums to visit.

Lisbon is very much a photographer's dream with colourful houses, terracotta roof tiles, and the infamous authentic trams trailing its steep streets. Music fills the air in the Barrio Alto area of the city with plenty of jazz, reggae and fado venues,  and who can forget the food! Alongside the famous Portuguese 'Bacalhau' (salted cod) Lisbon offers a fantastic variety of both traditional and contemporary cuisine which can be found in every corner of the city.


Due to the Pousada's central location in the heart of the historic centre, it does not have its own car park, however you can enjoy the luxury of a valet parking service from €28 per day.

Alternatively you can search for public parking at a lower price a short distance away from the Pousada. 

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

RIB Beef and Wine Restaurant

The renowned RIB Beef and Wine Restaurant, which saw tremendous success in the Pestana Vintage Porto, is now coming to Lisbon! The aim of the restaurant is to make guests discover the intricacies of Portuguese cuisine through high-quality DOP meat. Many beef-based signature dishes are served in the trendy and shophisticated environment of the restaurant, such as the Tomahawk ribeye steak or the 'Chateaubriand' steak. For those who would prefer a lighter meal option, other carefully-prepared dishes are on the menu, such as red cabbage salad with a balsamic and honey sauce, or beetroot risotto with apple and roasted pine nuts.

Tasted and approved by Porto, it is now Lisbon's turn to enjoy the RIB experience!

Opening times: 8:00am to 10.30am, 1:00pm to 3:00pm & 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Group menus are available for a minimum of 10 people, prices start from 30.00€ per person (drinks supplement from 9.50€ per person).

Region & Cuisine


Bordered by the Alentejo to the south and east, the Central region to the north and by the Atlantic ocean to the west, this region includes some of Portugal’s most famous old towns and cities including, of course, Lisbon itself, the country’s capital. The imposing River Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese, Tajo in Spanish) has its source in Spain and enters Portugal in the north-western corner of the region before flowing south-east to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon.

The region is heavily influenced by the Tagus, both in terms of the surrounding lush, fertile countryside on either side of its banks and the many towns (including Abrantes, Costância and Santarém) and villages through which it travels which all maintain deeply-rooted cultural traditions. The main influence in the west of the region is the Atlantic, with the landscape of the coast – the ‘Costa de Prata’, or Silver Coast, changing from high sweeping cliffs to long beaches and little coves of white sand. And throughout the interior of this region many ancient monasteries, convents and castles all bear witness to Portugal’s rich cultural and historical traditions. The climate of the region is mild, with springtime temperatures in winter and warm summers, sometimes tempered by fresh breezes blowing in from the Atlantic.

Lisbon is a delightful city. Portugal’s capital since 1255 following the conquest of the Moors a century earlier, Lisbon can certainly be described as a monumental city with over 20 centuries of history. One of Lisbon’s oldest quarters is the Alfama, which fortunately survived the devastating earthquake in 1755, and its narrow medieval streets with their typical tile-covered building façades can easily be explored on foot. The finest views of the city and across and beyond the far side of the river are from the magnificent St George’s Castle, set on a hilltop above the Alfama and its adjoining medieval quarter of Mouraria. Portugal of course has a splendid maritime history – one of its great heroes is Henry the Navigator – and there is an almost tangible maritime feel to Lisbon, exemplified by the emblematic Belém Tower situated on the side of the river to protect the entrance to the city.

Not far out of Lisbon is the charming town of Sintra, a World Heritage site, with its outstanding Pena Palace, a former royal residence built on the ruins of a 16th century monastery – not to be missed. And on the coast, just a few miles south of Sintra, are the fashionable resorts of Estoril with its fine sandy beaches, golf course and famous Casino (Europe’s largest), and neighbouring Cascais, once a pretty fishing village and royal resort and now a favourite spot for the ‘jet set’.

Other towns in the region, north of Lisbon and very much worthy of mention, are the impressively authentic medieval town of Óbidos whose castle is now the Pousada, and Fátima, one of the great pilgrimage shrines of the world since the famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, whose delightful Pousada in nearby Ourém comprises a cluster of renovated medieval houses.

The principal elements of the cuisine of this region are fish and seafood, with the quality and freshness of everything offered that comes out of the sea quite simply unbeatable, while Lisbon’s many restaurants offer a wide choice of regional specialities from all over Portugal. This region produces very good cheeses made from both goat and sheep milk and, this being Portugal, a huge variety of delicious cakes and pastries with practically every town having its own particular speciality. Several local wines are produced, including an excellent moscatel from Setúbal.

Prices are displayed per room for the period requested at the current exchange rate available.

For details on the full range of Pousada and Pestana Special Offers click below.

Special Offers

Franchised Pousadas cannot be booked online yet and need to be reserved by calling Tel: 0800 160 1013 during office hour or send us a request  HERE :
Alijo, Alvito, Angra, Belmonte, Braganza, Condeixa-a-Nova, Ourem, Valenca

Additional information:

Pousadas of Portugal:

Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents). 

Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu from £28 per person excluding drinks, and from £37 for their Pousadas in Cascais, Porto and Lisbon. 
An extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas, these menus change seasonally.

Pestana Hotels and Resorts:

Children: Prices for extra beds for one or more children will be displayed at best rate available for each room type with capacity for additional beds.

Half-board: Most Pestana hotels offer 'a la carte' and buffet dining options.


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