We also printed off our taxi instructions which were very helpful for the driver, however when we he stopped the car we were a little alarmed at all the surrounding graffiti. We then learned that graffiti is sort of a culture in Lisbon and doesn't necessarily mean 'bad neighborhood' like it does in the USA.
Upon entering we found a charming B&B with the most friendly and helpful staff ever. Raphael was quick to get out the maps and direct us on our first day in Lisbon, telling us what trolley to take, where to buy the ticket, recommendations on where to eat etc. We jumped aboard Trolley 28 and began our adventure. Make sure to be observant on this trolley for pick pocketers. We saw the same group of 3 pick pocketers 3 times on that very first day. The last time we saw them on this day we were on the trolley and they were at a stop preparing to pick pocket a guy boarding the trolley. My friend yelled out 'Pick Pocket' and they backed off. The pick pocketer stared at me and I gave him the sign "I am watching You'. After the fact I wished I had taken his picture, maybe that would have scared him off thinking that his picture was out there. Moral of the story, always be on guard...they are like magicians.
Our room was comfortable and breakfast was satisfying, including freshly squeezed orange juice. I did give the feedback to them that the bed could be made a bit softer by putting a quilted mattress pad on it, it was comfortable but a bit on the hard side.
The honesty 'fridge' is a nice touch although we never used it. The one afternoon we were going to use it Raphael offered us a glass of wine 'on the house' where we took it up to the outside patio and drank it.
We also had dinner at their sister 'B&B' up the street. It is a lovely place overlooking the city. Plenty of wine kept flowing and we loved the soup and dessert. The fish and meat course were just okay. We thought the fish was a little over done and the meat was kind of buried in this sauce. All in all though it was a lovely evening and good value. We would recommend trying it.
We spent one evening at Pavo for tapas and Fado music. We loved the food and enjoyed the music. It is a nice walk from the B&B as well, no transportation is needed.
You won't regret staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shiadu Boutique Guesthouses started in 2007 and is a trademark for "refined" guesthouses, combining the provision of comfort and elegance with a customer service completely dedicated to each of its customers. The Casa do Bairro by Shaidu, only a 5-minute walk away from Chiado, Bairro Alto and the No. 28 Cable Car to Alfama, opened in the spring of 2009. It was in that major apartment complex, with its 11 double, triple and family-sized suites, that our first guests got a taste of our very characteristic Lisboan hospitality. ... more less
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