Booked a 2 bed apartment with balcony for 7 nights based on other travellers’ recommendations. What a mistake! I have never stayed in such a noisy location. The apartment block is in the Bairro Alto district, quiet and somewhat boring during the day though well located for access to many tourist destinations. Come 10pm it’s a different story. The many surrounding touristy restaurants and bars are packed most nights. Other than Sunday and Monday nights when venues closes around 1pm, the music blasts till at least 3 am and revelers are still partying at 4 am. Unless you too are a full on party animal this location is not for you.
The apartment is reasonably well appointed –though not flash it has most mod cons other than washing machine and telephone. We were provided with a mobile but no chargerto be used call ‘reception’ as there is no reception on site. We could make no other outgoing calls though could receive incoming calls. On day 3 the phone battery went flat and we had to wait to hand the phone to the caretaker the next day to be recharged.
Our apartment bedrooms had a view onto the small street; hence the sleepless nights. The living area looked onto an inner courtyard – nothing special but there was plenty of day light. Nighttime lighting in the apartment was very poor – it was impossible to read in the living area and in bedroom one needed to have the ceiling light and bedside lights on to caste sufficient illumination for reading. Forget watching television unless you speak Portuguese.
Apartment cleaning was hit and miss –some days it was not cleaned till 5pm or 6pm and on the day before we checked out there was no clearing at all!
The caretaker staff who did the cleaning were helpful. I was sick and one assisted me to locate a doctor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Lisbon Colours, your home in Lisbon. The starting point to discover the colours of the city.Situated in the heart of the “Bairro Alto”, one of the most emblematic touristic quarters of Lisbon. Either for one weekend escape, a short stay, or for long vacations or stays for work and studies, to be in the Lisbon Colours allows you to be in the city center. Surrounded of innumerable points of interest, fun and leisure with activities that go from the visit to the charming viewpoints, museums, theatres and monuments, to the old elevators, of the “fado” houses to the traditional little stores, of the typical restoration to the lively night life - known as the best of Lisbon, without forgetting the coffee shops that are along the esplanades and streets of portuguese two colour small cobblestones pavement where each rock tells a story.The accessibilities in the city are another strong point of the Lisbon Colours, 15 minutes away from the Airport, the International Fair of Lisbon - FIL Expo and of the great place of shows the “Pavilhão Atlântico”, 10 minutes away from the Center of Congresses of Lisbon. With subway station, tramway, bus stops and taxi a few meters away from the building, this will be the base that allows you to be “near everything”.The Lisbon Colours “Bairro Alto” Apartments is constituted by 10 apartments very cosy in a centenary building totally rehabilitated in 2011. Our aim is to make of your stay a pleasant experience.Come to arouse the colours of your senses in Lisbon! ... more less
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