The apartment was easy to find, but note that you must have codes to get into the front door and apartment door. There is no proper reception, so it is a good idea to have these in advance of your arrival by contacting them ahead of time. There is an intercom at the front if you either did not receive them or did not get them in advance. The apartment itself was very spacious and modern and had free wi-fi. We rented the one-bedroom apartment in the review pictures. The kitchen was well-equipped with an oven, 4 gas burners, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer. If you plan on doing laundry, you will need to buy your own detergent, as this is not included. It also does take quite a while for clothes to dry, so plan in advance and use the drying racks instead of the dryer (which seemed to take hours and hours to dry anything).
The bathroom is not ideal, however. The door to the bathroom is glass, with just a bit of frosted glass in the middle. It does not leave much room for privacy and you have to go through the bedroom to get to it. The shower is a tub shower, which is elevated from the ground (so you have to climb to get into it) and only has a small panel of glass to keep the water from going everywhere (no shower curtain or door). This was problematic on several occasions and we ended up with a we floor almost every day.
There is a small lift, so carrying luggage was not a problem.
Otherwise, the location was ideal and within walking distance to most sights, or transit. It is a bit of a walk to the nearest metro station but the buses/trams are right outside. The best way to get from the airport is to take the Aerobus (3.50 euros) to Comercio Square, turn right on Rua do Arsenal and it is about a 2-3 block walk. There is a sign at #72.
The price was much more than we had spent in the rest of Portugal for apartments, but I am not sure if it was just because it was Lisbon.
Note: this is an apartment with limited amenities/service. There is an intercom/phone on the main floor with connection to a reception, but otherwise you are on your own. This may be good for people who want to be a bit more independent, but not if you are looking for suggestions/concierge, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the City, right next to the City Hall, a building was fully refurbished to luxury standard that is both modern and functional in design. Staying at Freedom Serviced Apartments our visitors feel they are living in the heart of historic Lisbon, where they can enjoy genuine Portuguese hospitality and authentic city life. They are well removed from the noise, tucked away in a quite street, but still only a stone’s throw from the city’s services and attractions, the bustling shopping district and the commercial centre of Lisbon. ... more less
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