Lisbon has no shortage of sumptuous places to stay, including historic buildings and palaces. It also has a reputation for some excellent independent hostels. Between June and September, rooms can be harder to find without an advance reservation and prices are at their highest – though August can be less expensive as many people head for the beach. Many of Lisbon’s top hotels are lined up along and around the Avenida da Liberdade, while the Baixa and the Chiado also have a fair selection of more upmarket places which could not be more central. The most atmospheric part of town is around the Alfama and the castle, while the Bairro Alto is ideal for nightlife, but can be noisy after dark.