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Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu
Ranked #19 of 250 Lisbon B&B and Inns
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We enjoyed two short stays at the Ribeiro Tejo guesthouse over a long weekend in Lisbon sandwiching time out at Cascais. A great and personalised welcome arriving pretty late followed by a charmingly appointed room- closing windows negates Market noises.

Safe and convenient location, great 4 train, airport, tram links. 10 mins walk up to Bairro Alto.

Room Tip: Room 3 on floor 3 (possibly applies to other floors) had an impossibly small toilet closet separate...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

A really pleasant and cosy place to stay in Lisbon. Comforable guesthouse rooms decorated in a stylish way with a very good double bed . Nice breakfast in an attic also in a minimal stylish deco . And finally very frienfly and helpfull owners. Dont forget that its 2 minutes from the train-metro station. Great!!!

Konstantinos from Greece, Jiannena

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

Our experience of this (admittedly cool) guesthouse differs from others on TA - we booked a 'top of the range' room with a 'panoramic view'. What we got was a view of the wheelers and the dealers, the street people and the clubbers, the drunks and the traders. It's not a great area. Convenient for the fruit and veg market opposite that opens at 5am, and handy for the all-night bars in the street below that finally close at 9 or 10am. If that's what you want. But if you're over 25, you'll probably prefer to sleep for at least a few hours at night.

Our room wasn't great either - the bathroom was part of the bedroom (a la 1960's Isle of Wight guesthouse), and only the loo alcove had a door, though you couldn't close it if you were actually sitting on the lavatory at the time, as, otherwise, your knees would've been up round your chin. The big plus is the staff who are so hip they slither. And great breakfasts. But not at that price.

Best suited to all-night revellers or those travelling with bodyguards.

Room Tip: Well. If you want to see the river over the market roof, you need to be on the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

We stayed at the Guesthouse twice. The first time was when we were fresh off the plan from San Francisco. Although we arrived in the morning, well before check in time, the wonderful team that greeted us had the room ready and available (we had planned to just drop off our bags, figuring that it was too early to check in). They also offered us breakfast, just when we really needed a cup of their great coffee! Pedro sat down with us and gave us maps, information, answered questions, and made suggestions. The room was lovely, with a little sitting area separate from the bedroom. there are dual windows which are both double paned, and solid wood shutter over them both, which blocked a lot of noise from the street and the mercado across the way.

The Guesthouse is very well located for easy access to buses, metro and ferry. The breakfast is ample, including sliced meat, cheese, fresh fruit, coffee, rolls, and a variety of fresh baked goods. The coffee is great!

The real strength of the guesthouse is its staff. We communicated a number of times via email prior to our arrival and they always answered promptly. Everyone was incredibly helpful (we found this throughout Portugal); I realized before we left for Porto the next morning that I had not booked the right number of nights in Porto. Our option was to see if we could get the missing night at our B&B in Porto, or come back early to Lisbon. The Guesthouse did not have a room available for that night, but they quickly offered to help us find something. We decided to look for something in Porto instead, but really appreciated their offer.

The only criticism I have of the Guesthouse is something that may not bother folks used to the city, but was hard for us, as we live in a rural area which is very quiet. The Guesthouse is across the street from a market (interesting in itself and worth a look) and they receive deliveries late in the evening and early in the morning. The windows and shutters helped reduce the noise, but couldn't eliminate it entirely. Other than that, we thought the Guesthouse was a great place to stay, and the staff were absolutely wonderful.

Room Tip: If you are under the kitchen, on the 4th floor, you will hear folks moving around in the morning as...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Casablanca, Morocco
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Quite frankly, I'm surprised this place isn't ranked higher. We stayed for 3 nights in October and had a lovely time. The rooms are modern, funky, spotless and a great value for the city. Many of the rooms have views of the river and the Christo Redentor statue - stunning at all hours of the day. The service was terrific and I felt like I could ask for advise about anything and get several great answers. When we showed up famished they served us part of the next days breakfast at no charge. We felt really well taken care of. Best breakfast spread I've seen anywhere - and I've eaten a lot of free breakfasts.

The location is right by the Cais de Sodre mega metro stop as well as next to a train/tram stop AND the ferry stop to take you across the river. It's within walking distance of the main square and the Bairro Alto neighborhood - anything else in the city can be reached in minutes by public transport (or walked if you don't mind the hills). Don't take a taxi from the airport - the bus instructions they give you are very easy and it's not very far.

Some people have made comments about the neighborhood being shabby or even scary and while I did see a drunk man loose his lunch in front of the church around the corner from the guesthouse (ewe), we felt safe walking around - even at night. It's not a "touristy" area and if that's your bag maybe elsewhere would be better, but if you want to get an idea of Lisbon outside the overpriced restaurant and hotel circuit, this is a great option. We felt more like temporary locals staying at our hip cousin's house.

I would recommend this in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

This Guesthouse is exactly that...you are a V.I.P. Guest in this beautifully appointed and excellently run property located in the most convenient of all possible locations in Lisbon...close to the trains, buses, trams (trolleys) and within short walks of the fantastic sights Lisbon and nearby towns have to offer you. Breakfasts here are the best..local, fresh, and the coffee? Outstanding.

The staff are beyond employees...they are professional, friendly and will direct you to the best of all things to do, whether it's discovering the Baixa District, tastings at the historic Port Institute, wandering the streets of the old Alfama neighborhood, or experiencing Sintra or Cascais. Their service was second to none, and we felt secure and perfectly at home there. The neighborhood, at first review via Google maps, was not representative of the remodeling and upgrades recently completed, as the building is beautiful and fresh, although some surrounding neighborhoods have been sadly decorated with graffiti...a blight worldwide by the young and foolish who do not value the property of others, or the beautiful and historic architecture. But we wandered the streets until the wee hours of mornings, always felt safe and secure, and had an experience we will treasure forever. There are so many places to eat, drink, and sights to see, we wish we had been there longer, but the assistance they offered us, with maps highlighting places we wanted to see, and recommendations for foods (at fantastic prices) and restaurants were spot on perfect for us.

We will stay here again, if our travel plans include a return here, and we have absolutely no hesitation to recommend, with great confidence, that you will also have great memories from here as well.

Room Tip: We were third floor, inside and loved it
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gahanna, Ohio
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

There are three things I really liked about this place. First, the staff is the friendliest, most accomodating, and helpful that I've ever met. Second, the breakfast set up was exactly the way I like it. They had freah fruit, meats, cheese, rolls, sweet buns, you name it. And, the coffee was exceptionally good. They had many tables in two different rooms and you could be friendly and talk to others or keep to yourself if you like. No forced intimacy. The breakfast rooms are on the top (5th) floor and have incredible views of the the river Tejo. Third, the location puts you close to Cais do Sodre where you can catch a ferry boat across the river, a metro train, trolley cars, or light rail for longer trips.

The neighborhood can look a little sketchy, especially at night. But, we had no car to park and had absolutely no problems.

The only real negative is that noise can be a problem. We heard nothing from the street since we were on the backside of the hotel. The noise can from others guests. The floors are hardwood (pretty) but noisey when people walk heavily and pull wheeled bags. We were on the forth floor and you could hear the staff walking back and forth as they preparing breakfast from 7 am on. We get up about that time so it wasn't a big problem for us, but others might be awakened. Talking the hallways can wake you as well, but this is not under control of the hotel. You get this in just about every hotel.

I consider the negatives to be extremely minor compared to the positives. We had a wonderful time and I would stay here again if I ever return.

Room Tip: I would choose a room on the third floor in the back to get the quietest room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu
Address: Travessa Sao Paulo Nr. 5, Lisbon 1200-431, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 250 B&Bs / Inns in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu was once by the river… Actually only the Mercado da Ribeira and the Cais do Sodre station separate the fully renovated building of the Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu from the River Tagus. Most of the tiles from the 19th Century were renovated and can be seen from various points of the communal areas and also in some double and family suites. Take the lift to the 4th floor and simply use the stair to go up to the 5th floor, where you will find the best view at the Ribeira Tejo by Shiadu. There is nothing better than friendly and dedicated staff to welcome you and serve you a delicious home-made breakfast where you will have the opportunity of watching the ships go by, crossing under the 25th of April Bridge along with looking out to the Cristo Rei always on the lookout for any movement. Then, filled with energy you may begin your visit of Lisbon through the neighbourhoods of Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto which are less than a 10 minute walk-away from the Guesthouse, or if you prefer, you may also get on the No. 15 tram or the No. 28 tram to Alfama and Belem. Follow your instinct... we are waiting for you ! ... more   less 
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