Joaquim and our hosts at Lapa 82 could not be more welcoming or friendly. The inn is newly restored and everything appeared to be immaculate. A delightfully decorated living/dining room opens to a lovely courtyard. Unfortunately, construction noise next door kept us inside while we had breakfast.
Breakfast was good - freshly squeezed juice and crepes cooked to order. Small portions and a lack of variety made it the smallest breakfast we had in Europe. When we left that morning, we stopped at a cafe. In fairness, our host offered us another crepe, but we declined. We are used to a hearty breakfast so that we can skip lunch or just have fruit until dinner.
The primary reason for the average rating was our room. It was the "Brown" room. It had two beds, was spacious and had a small balcony overlooking the street. The downside was the bathroom. The wash basin faucet handle was very difficult to turn on. We couldn't figure out how to do it until we asked. Even then, it was way too tight. Next, there was no place to put a toiletry kit, and the wall space between the wash basin was so small that I kept hitting my elbows while washing my face and brushing my teeth. I am 5'9 and slim. There was no place to hang towels, either. The entire bathroom was too small and not designed for easy use. Most European bathrooms are small, but this was even smaller and cramped.
The second issue was purely a style preference, but we thought that our room, entirely done in brown, was dark and depressing. We did not see the other rooms, so maybe they differ in comfort levels. Based on other inns where we stayed, we would not return to the "Brown" room.
It was difficult to write this critique because the hosts are so nice. Since the owners are just starting out, perhaps they might consider putting a wall hook to hang a toiletry kit and another for towels. I wish them well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Lapa 82, a boutique Bed & Breakfast in Lisbon, located in the heart of Lapa, one of Lisbon most iconic neighbourhoods.We aim to offer the most inviting B&B, Guesthouse accommodation in Lisbon. We hope you will feel at home in a very easy-going atmosphere, like staying at a friends place with a great apartment in Lisbon. We pride ourselves in offering some of the best value for money accommodation in Lisbon. Surrounded by some of the finest hotels in Lisbon we are the only B&B accommodation in Lisbon in the Lapa neighbourhood. It is a great location, between Downtown and Belem, everything is nearby. Hop on the #25 tram, right at our footstep and it will have you in the town centre in 10 minutes, it will also take you to the ever popular #28, which is also a great way to see the city.Enjoy ... more less
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