Some of the rooms do indeed offer gorgeous views over a grid of steep cobblestoned streets, red-roofed townhouses, and the Tagus River in the distance.
This is a stylish boutique B&B tucked away in the heart of Bairro Alto. It’s the perfect spot to experience Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife as well as some of the city’s best restaurants. However, Bairro Alto is also a pleasure to explore in the daytime, with beautiful cobblestone alleyways inhabited by both the elderly and a young trendy crowd.
The house is artistically decorated, offering the perfect mix between contemporary and classic elements where modern and designer furniture meets retro decor.
Great location in a charming quiet street just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Bairro Alto, Chiado and Principe Real.
Stylish and cozy open living room and kitchen.
The piles of breakfast pancakes.
12 rooms only, six of which can be combined to make three family suites.
Bear in Mind
Standard rooms are small but so is the cost.
Not all rooms have a view over the city.
No TVs or a lift, although if required, staff will be able to assist you with your luggage.
“From the outset we always wanted it to be a Portuguese townhouse where one could feel like a local.”
We love Lisbon! We’d been to Lisbon lots of times before as tourists. One day we eyed up the building which was up for sale and we saw it as a business opportunity – the building was abandoned. In the basement there was at one time a basketry workshop. We didn’t have any experience in the industry but we decided to go for it and create a guesthouse. From the outset we always wanted it to be a Portuguese townhouse where one could feel like a local. A unique place, a place to relax, but also, a social house that would offer guests the chance to share moments with other guests.
It took us two years to get it all ready, handpicking all the decor piece by piece, travelling and searching for the perfect object for each space and each room. We paid a lot of attention to every single detail, from the cushions to the pillows and even the bulbs. Each of the 12 rooms has a different layout and look. Everything has been carefully thought with the guests’ experience in mind.
“We handpicked all the decor - step by step, searching for the perfect object for each space and for each room.”
Apart from Príncipe Real which has lots of cool independent shops, we also really like the neighbourhoods of Santos, Estrela and Campo de Ourique – and also Jardim Botânico (Botanic Gardens) and the Gulbenkian Foundation.
The hotel design is a reflection of our own taste and it’s the result of two years collecting furniture and objects from around the world.
The concept is an eclectically designed guesthouse, showcasing original furniture, objects and paintings from different origins and backgrounds. We like to see it as a home for travellers.
The scaffolding in the “living room”. It was part of the actual construction of the hotel and it was recovered for decoration purposes.
The Mercer Hotel in New York. Although it has 75 rooms it still feels like a small hotel in a big city like New York. It used to be a clock factory and it has a unique lounge with lots of character which works as both the reception desk and the bar. The staff is super attentive.
We like to keep it varied with a strong focus on nature and wilderness… we also enjoy urban breaks though.
Thank you too!
In the daytime, you’ll see elderly people chatting to each other (probably gossiping), buying their groceries or simply enjoying the sunshine. Then there are the younger creative locals who live there too, and at night everyone else joins in, straight or queer, Portuguese or foreigner. With plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, the night begins here.
Chiado and Principe Real are just around the corner and you can explore all the three neighbourhoods by foot (mind the cruel steep streets).
If the sun is shining head to Cascais (31km) and enjoy its gorgeous sandy beaches and excellent restaurants.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
For traditional food, we very often end up at classic Pinoquio. Well known by locals for its shrimps and pica pau, which many say is the best in town. We also love the oysters and the massada de garoupa which we top with their homemade pirpiri.
Casa das Janelas com Vista is a boutique B&B in Bairro Alto, Lisbon.
The closest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport. From there you can take a taxi, the metro or hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.
Lisbon (LIS) – 9km
Porto (OPO) – 328km
Faro (FAO) – 277km
Santa Apolónia (3.4km) train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, connecting to the major Portuguese cities.
We highly recommend using the well-served public transport and to explore the neighbourhood on foot.
Hop on the famous yellow tram 28, the perfect way to discover the most interesting aspects of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage.
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