“Super-chic yet comfortable apartments for 1-7, bang in the centre of Lisbon, with great personal service”
The 13 apartments are spread across 5 floors, each named and themed after a different park in Lisbon - photos of the park adorn the walls. White minimalist spaces are given unique style with one-off pieces and reclaimed furniture, yet they still have a homely feel.
Each has a living area with a comfy sofa, colourful cushions and bright rugs on wooden floors, plus a kitchen and dining table. High ceilings keep things light, and French windows let the breeze run through. A couple of bedrooms face a slightly down-at heel-courtyard, but the decor is so fabulous, you won't care. Bathrooms made of local marble are on the small side but are modern and squeaky clean, with drench showers. You’ll find Alvarez Gómez shower gel and handwash, but there's no shampoo so bring your own. Towels are changed daily for short stays but only weekly for longer lets.
For 1-4 + a baby (great for a couple or small family)
Fronteira, Alorna, Estrela, Jeronimos, Universidade and Gulbenkian have a double/twin bedroom, double sofabed in the living room and space for a baby cot.
For 1-5 + 1-2 babies (great for families)
Principe Real is on the 5th floor, with fantastic original exposed rafters uncovered during the renovation. It has the smallest living space of all the apartments but still offers a double room, single room and a kids' room with bunk beds.
For 1-4 + 1-2 babies (great for families)
On other floors, 3 corner apartments (Belem, Necessidades, Eduardo VII) sleep 4 in a double bedroom and kids' bunk room. These were our favourites - they feel super spacious and bright.
For 1-6 + 2 babies (great for a large family/friends)
We stayed in Campo Grande, which had 2 double/twin rooms plus a double sofabed in its lounge - the same set-up as Ajuda. Ours had a balcony running the entire length of the apartment (watch out if you don’t have a head for heights), which was great for soaking up the sun and people watching. The living room was huge, with a long wooden table for meals, a coffee table with glossy mags in various languages, plus a big sofa. Our bedroom had a fabulous mural of a garden vista, from a second-hand shop in Madrid.
For 1-7 + 2 babies (great for larger families or friends)
Ultramar is the largest apartment, on the top floor with great views and lots of light and space. There's a master bedroom, 2 double/twin rooms and a single room.
Each apartment has a well-equipped kitchen. A few have dishwashers (Fronteira, Estrela, Ajuda, Campo Grande and Ultramar); all have a fridge-freezer, oven, hob, even a blender. There are espresso machines, percolators, kettles and toasters, too. Oil, vinegar and salt are provided, and you’ll find coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sugar in the cupboards. Some kitchens have more space than others, but you can always use the dining table in your lounge for chopping space. We were pleased to find good-quality pans, decent knives, a couple of chopping boards, cheese grater, lemon squeezer, kitchen scissors and so on. There's a supermarket and a wine shop across the road.
When you leave the apartment for the day, housekeeping staff give it a once over and leave breakfast goodies for the next day in your fridge. Jams, yoghurt topped with fruit (ours was pear), muesli, ham, cheeses and juice. You'll also get a homemade cake every day - perfect for afternoon tea. Fresh bread is left on your doorstep every morning at 8am so you have everything you need for a leisurely breakfast when you wake up.
If you don't want to cook, head out for lunch and dinner. Check the vintage tin in your apartment for restaurant cards - these are places that come recommended by the staff at Baixa House. We enjoyed traditional, rustic Portuguese food at the well-priced Taberna Ideal, or you can pop up the hill to trendy Bairro Alto, where there's a variety of high-end restaurants and smaller eateries.
A good option for families, with various sizes of apartment and configurations of bedrooms, but note that the general ambiance is quiet, and children must be well-behaved so as not to disturb neighbours. Baby cots can be provided as can high chairs and baby baths, all free of charge. Babysitting for children of all ages can be arranged in advance.
Belem, Necessidades, Eduardo VII and Principe Real - these 4 apartments have bunk beds in their second bedroom, and the bedroom is at the back of the building, which is quieter. Note all bathrooms are shower only, no baths.
Can be arranged in advance
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Do be aware that there is street noise at night