My husband and I just spent a week in this superb accommodation in the heart of Lisbon's Bica district. The location couldn't be more perfect - near the metro (Biaxa-Chiado) which makes it easy to get to parts of the city you don't want to walk to. But you'll want to walk, in order to experience the pleasures of this old and historic neighborhood. Still largely residential, the area is full of life and character full of tourists and locals going about their daily lives.
As for the apartment itself, it is beautifully maintained and provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. When not eating out, we had simple meals in apartment (a grocery is only 5 minutes away). The kitchen was compact and well organized and dining area spacious. We didn't need it, but there is even a high chair provided for those visiting with small children. A small washing machine is in the bathroom if you need to do laundry part way through your stay. The bedrooms are set back from the front room so that the street noise was minimized - although much of the time, the street noise was part of the entertainment and ambiance! Beds were extremely comfortable and cozy. We really appreciated having the front sitting room. Not only does it have a wonderful view across city rooftops, there is a glimpse of the Teja River and 25 de Abril bridge, as well as the Cristo Rei statue which is lit up at night. I spent a lot of time gazing out the window at the stars and moon over the rooftops, while being entertained by the nightlife on the street below. It was a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of walking up and down the steep cobbled Lisbon streets. Also, because my husband and I never quite adjusted to the time zone and a regular sleep schedule, it was great to have a comfortable place to hang out and read or watch Netflix while not disturbing the other person sleeping in the bedroom.
And - this might seem strange to say - the apartment smelt wonderful! Like laundry dried outside on a sunny day. Perhaps because of the breezes coming in through the window? I don't know, but it just smelled good all the time and for some reason it made the stay extra pleasant!
Joana was an excellent host - easy communication by email or text and she was extra kind and helpful when I was experiencing a minor medical concern, providing help and advice. We were met at the condo by her friend Paolo who was prompt, friendly, and welcoming, helping us get oriented and giving us tips on where to find food and drink.
This apartment would suit couples to families of 4-6 (using the pullout sofa). The only people it might not suit are those with mobility issues since, like most accommodations of this type in Lisbon, there is no lift provided to get to the 3rd floor.
Many thanks to Joana for her high standards and care in providing this guest accommodation. Most highly recommended, and I hope to return one day!
Delightful flat in a charming street near to restaurants and the Bica funicular. Central but very quiet The flat is on the third floor but the view across the roofs tothe river and down to the street below more than made up for it.The beds were comfy and the living area very pleasant. Some kitchen furniture was slightly wobbly but certainly fine for breakfasts and simple suppers - and after all the proximity of good restaurants at good prices is very enticing. Four of us were there for 5 nights and had a great time.
Everything about our stay in Lisbon including Joana's lovely apartment was perfect. So happy with our choice of accommodation. Thank you Joana :-)
The apartment was perfect for our short stay in Lisbon
Despite the need for a late check in we were met by a very helpful and friendly Paulo and soon settled in
The apartment was just the right size for our family of 4 with everything we needed for us and our two teenage daughters.
The location was the icing on the cake perfectly situated but despite that was quiet at night and even had a great view!
The view from the third floor overlooks the beautiful tiled roofs of the historic area, with views to the Cristo del Rei and the April 25 th bridge. This is lovely at night when both are lit up. We walked to the apartment from the metro with hand luggage, which was a bit of an effort but doeable.
The street is generally quiet with just the sound of people walking down to the lower areas where the bars are at weekend.The sound of the tram/funicular bell for the elevador de bica is charming. It is a residential area with old ladies sitting on their doorsteps watching the world go by.
It is handy with a short walk up the hill to the little supermarket., where we did all our food shopping. It gets pretty busy in the evening!
The flat is on the third floor of a locked building and feels very secure. The lounge area is very relaxing, with a comfy sofa and it was great to sit around a proper dining table for meals. We cooked quite a bit and found all we needed, with a welcome dishwasher. A few dishwasher tablets were left along with dishcloth and tea towel too.
The double single bed room, was fine for me and my daughter and my son enjoyed the double room. The bathroom was not too small and had good water pressure and toilet facilities. There is a body wash/ shampoo dispenser in the shower. Ut we had got our own stuff with us.
The owner Joana was very friendly and helpful and sorted out a problem with the door lock as well as giving us advice a out when to go the beach.
We stayed here 6 nights and it felt a home from home, which we needed as we were very busy. As well as time in the centre we had 4 day trips out to Belem, Sintra, Oceanarium and surfing at Carcovoles.
We arrived at the apartment and as promised Joana was waiting for us to handover the keys and show us around the apartment. Even we had been on an early flight she allowed us to drop off our luggage. The apartment is exactly as discribed on trip advisor and is ideally situated to explore Lisbon, with many cafes and restaurants close by. Joana could not have been more helpful and even arranged taxi back to the airport on our last day.
I would recommend the apartment but as Lisbon is built on 7 hills be prepared for some gentle exercise
Lovely apartment, well equipped, always in contact with owner, great location. Had a lovely time in Lisbon! We will come back!