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“Excellent B&B well-located in Lisbon” 5 of 5 stars
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The House
Travessa do Pinheiro 11, 4th floor, Lisbon 1200-763, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #5 of 150 Lisbon B&B and Inns
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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11 hotel reviews
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“Excellent B&B well-located in Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

EXCELLENT, will omit many details, would simply be repeating what others have said. For my wife and me the location was ideal. Quiet yet not far from sights and sites, all easily reached by tram and bus. We used stored-value transit cards provided by our hosts, topping-up daily as needed. Our preference for evening meals is inexpensive relatively light food, more often fish than meat. Francisco and Catarina have an excellent suggestion, very near: "O Lavrador", Euro 20 - 30 for 2 including house wine. Just as near and also excellent, in our experience, is "Flor da Estrela" at Rua de Joao de Deus, 11, just opposite Basilica Estrela -- smaller and slightly more elegant atmosphere but food and prices comparable. For serious eaters, foodie Francisco has many suggestions, some nearby, and other guests said his suggestions were excellent. But we enjoyed the more modest "Restaurante Madragoa" at Rua da Esperanca, 134. There one is served by Antonio while his wife Christina cooks. Roughly Euro 30 - 45 for 2 including wine. "Madragoa" is located downhill from The House in an interesting area bounded by the route of Tram 25E and Avenida D. Carlos I. Part of the route of Tram 25E follows Rua Buenos Aires, on which street at 25-A and 30-A is pastelaria "Cristal", recommended by Francisco. Very good! And in Belem, where a queue of many dozens waits outside the guidebook-recommended pastelaria (whose name we don't have) on Rua de Belem, there is an excellent nearby alternative pastelaria "A Chique de Belem" at R. da Junqueira, 524, opposite the Tram 15E stop just one before Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brighton
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Definately enjoyed our stay at The House. It is located in a really quaint area with lots of interesting old buildings and only a short walk to Basilica da Estrela and its lovely gardens opposite. The famous Tram 28 also stops just by the Basilica linking with many famous sights and your visit would not be complete with at least one trip on this iconic mode of transport. The House itself is absolutely immaculate and beautifully presented and really can not be faulted. Great staff with lots of suggestions what to see and where to eat and would specially mentioned Caterina who was particularly helpfull! You must visit the restaurant Clube de Jornalistas which is just round the corner for a fantasic meal in a unique old building. Would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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39 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is pretty much a family run place with great staff who genuinely care that you have a good stay. Francisco, Catarina and Pedro gave us excellent information about their city and the rest of the country. The House is in a lovely area with lots of atmosphere, quiet streets and old Lisbon charm. Its roof terrace has fabulous views of the city and the stunning Basilica Estrella a 5 minute walk away; also the place to catch the infamous 28 tram and don't miss a wander through the beautiful park. We found some great local places to eat within a 5 or 10 minute walk. It's a pretty easy amble to most of the districts around the city and there are loads of buses serving the area if you wander further. The House is a boutique style b&b based on the 4th floor (there is a lift) of a typical old Lisbon apartment block. Our room (called The Dressing Room) was spacious, immaculately clean, with a large comfortable bed with 4 pillows and additional cushions. We also had a private balcony with chairs and a table, you need to go on to their roof terrace for the views but it was nice to have the additional space with the room. The lovely folks who work here will lend you the use of a proper hair dryer for your stay rather than the useless low power things you get in large hotels. Loads of wardrobe and drawer space, a great bathroom with a good shower, good quality large towels and plenty of them and even super soft bathrobes; complimentary sachets of shampoo and bath gel. Air-con in the room, no in room safe but you can lock your door and you have the key. We padlocked our suitcase too for our valuables but everything felt 100% secure. Free wifi which was easily accessible from your room and pretty fast for downloading. Breakfast included which was a good selection and included eggs and bacon if you ask the staff for them. A small kitchen off the roof terrace which operates an honesty bar for cold drinks, wine, beers, some snacks and teas and coffee which you can help yourself to and record in the book to pay later at checkout. A comfortable communal living room on the main floor and another off the roof terrace. This is not a massive impersonal chain hotel like The Sheraton with loads of full time staff on hand all night long; it's a lovely small B&B run by a family and staff who take pride in what they do and who will go out of their way to help you if you have a problem or need any advice. You won't get that in faceless hotel chains but if you expect concierge and 4 people on a reception desk and room service, then book in to a large hotel and use your common sense...just don't expect as warm a welcome or as great a location as this. Stayed here for 3 nights when we arrived in Lisbon and liked the place and location so much that we stayed again for 1 night on our way back out of Portugal after driving round the country for 10 days. We had a hire car which we parked for free on the street outside but didn't use again til we left the city to drive across the country. If the walking up and down the often very steep streets of Lisbon wears you out, the taxis are pretty cheap and easy to flag down. A lovely place to stay in a beautiful city. I highly recommend it and easily give the owners and staff 10 out of 10 for their warm welcome and great conversation. Ask Francisco about local art galleries and antique shops...there are some really great places tucked away in these local streets. We loved it and would go back.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed in Lisbon for 6 nights at the house in two different rooms. Francisco and his staff were excellent hosts. Breakfasts were fabulous. Staff were very helpful and made every effort to make our stay most enjoyable.

Chet & Sheila, Victoria, BC Canada

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The House was our home for 2 wonderful weeks in Lisbon. We could not have asked for any better. From the fresh and varied breakfast buffet and eggs-any-way you choose, to the amazing view with a glass of wine at the end of a full day on the rooftop deck, we could not have found a better place to call home. The staff was always more than happy to provide us with helpful hints, suggest great restaurants (they made reservations for us every night), offer directions by bus or tram or foot, and anything else you could possibly need. The owner, Francisco, is a superb host, who delights in sharing his knowledge and love of this glorious city. The location is excellent, on a quiet residential street, with tram and bus links only 2 blocks away. There are countless excellent restaurants in the neighbourhood. The rooms are comfortably large and spotless. Besides the amazing rooftop deck, there is a large living room with sofas and chairs, and a TV if you need it. The view from the deck is even better than the pictures and a great place to meet your fellow travellers. When visiting Lisbon, you could not find a better place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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fcpcc1, Proprietário at The House, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear steveOttawa_Canada,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is always rewarding to receive five stars reviews, but it is especially so when the reviewers have spent two full weeks at TheHOUSE.

It really was a pleasure having you here and I really hope you both come back one day.

Send my best to I.

Um abraço de Lisboa

Francisco


PS- Catarina and the rest of the staff say hi.
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Bern, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at the house in April with our 8 year old boy and we just loved it!!
Great place, nice room with a great view, great breakfast and just the great team which helped us on all we needed. Always will go back

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed here for three nights, and everything was ok. All staff are very helpful and friendly, rooms are spotless clean and comfortable, area is very nice (you're in the centre in a couple of minutes by tram), so i wholeheartedly support all good reviews before mine.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: Travessa do Pinheiro 11, 4th floor, Lisbon 1200-763, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Estremadura > Lisbon
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #5 of 150 B&Bs / Inns in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In what used to be a big family's home in the best neighbourhood in Lisbon, The HOUSE is a "boutique B&B" that offers its guests a sophisticated but relaxed ambiance inside, and a terrace with a breathtakingly beautiful view over Lisboa. Come, you will feel at home in The HOUSE. ... more   less 
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