The owners were gracious - allowing me to check in early and check out late if needed, and providing thorough information on how to arrive from the airport (given it was our first trip to Portugal). The location was just amazing - views over the entire city out to the ocean with sunset and sunrise skies, views out the other side to the castle walls were equally stunning. It's a 4th floor walk up at the top of the hill overlooking the city so not for those who don't want to get a little exercise! We would highly recommend and would love to stay here again.
First, let me say that I love a good castle! Well, this very pretty little apartment has Lisbon Castle right on its doorstep. It was great to be able to visit the castle in the morning before the crowds arrived. In the evening, it was close enough to some great, unpretentious restaurants serving good-value Portuguese food (stay away from the restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the castle if you want to eat well and not spend a fortune!). Returning to the apartment at night, the area was quiet and charming - just perfect after a day out in the hustle and bustle of Lisbon.
The apartment is simply and imaginatively decorated - no clutter to make you feel like you're staying in someone else's home. It felt really peaceful, and it was a joy to look out of the windows at the castle up close on one side and the vista across the roofs to the Rio Tejo on the other. It was the perfect base for the getaway I needed.
I reached the apartment easily by metro and then walking the final stretch, but, if you're not a fan of steep inclines, be aware that a taxi might be best. Also, bear in mind that the apartment is on the fourth floor, up a fairly narrow staircase. That was fine for me (added to the sense of it being my "secret" retreat) but will be a problem for some. Definitely take advantage of the Elevador Baixa and Elevador Castelo if carrying luggage or shopping (the Elev. Castelo has a very handy Pingo Doce supermarket at the bottom). Other than that, enjoy the climbs around Lisbon, and tell yourself that all that exercise justifies eating and drinking your own body weight over the course of your stay!
Things to note:
There's no central heating but there are mini portable heaters, which did the job well enough at the cooler time of year at which I stayed.
The shower is rather short. I'm 5'4" and knocked my head a couple of times, so this probably isn't going to work for any tallies out there.
The place is definitely clean, but some mound and mildew remover would be an easy solution to brighten up the bathroom so it looks it's best.
There was a bit of a strange smell at first. I bought an odour-eliminating candle and that, and airing the place daily, helped it clear up. Again, this would be a really simple fix -- maybe some Febreeze?
Overall, while I can see ways of fixing small issues, I wouldn't have wanted to spend my time in Lisbon anywhere else, and would certainly look up this apartment for a return trip.