Casa Amora

Amoreiras, Lisbon, Portugal Book from

Reviewed by Clemmy Manzo
An intimate guesthouse in a peaceful neighbourhood, with themed rooms mixing Portuguese heritage and contemporary décor
Seeing the ‘real Lisbon’ is a term that gets thrown about, but this charming guesthouse adds substance to the claim. Casa Amora is all about making your experience of the city a highly personalised one - and, most importantly, one that's authentically Portuguese.

Set in the quiet, cobbled neighbourhood of Amoreiras, metres from a leafy square and just 20 minutes’ walk from downtown, it pays homage to national culture by dedicating each of its 10 rooms, suites and studios to a different Portuguese icon. Traditional ceramics are dotted around, and classic 18th-century tiles line a pretty patio where lavish breakfasts of Lisbon delicacies are served. Owner Luis traded in a successful graphic-design business to set up this charismatic hideaway, and traces of his artistic flair are evident throughout, from silkscreen portraits by artist Leonel Moura to modern statement pieces that complement the vintage flea-market furniture. He and manager Juan are the perfect hosts, and their personal recommendations of what to do in the city are top-notch.

Highs

  • Tranquil Amoreiras is away from the hustle and bustle yet has easy access to the city centre by metro or foot
  • The small team treats you like friends and is on hand at any time
  • Plenty of privacy in great-value rooms, some with sitting areas, sofabeds, kitchenettes and balconies
  • The generous breakfast is something special
  • Juan offers fascinating walking tours of Lisbon, tailored to your interests

Lows

  • Some rooms are on the small side
  • Although the neighbourhood is quiet, light sleepers might find the street-facing rooms a little noisy
  • The steep staircases aren’t suitable for very young children or the less mobile
  • No restaurant, but there are plenty of good neighbourhood eateries nearby

Best time to go

Lisbon is lovely at any time of year. In June, the streets erupt in festivities to celebrate its patron saint, Santo Antonio. Free concerts, parades and stalls selling freshly grilled sardines abound. October is also a very pleasant month to visit, with fewer tourists and an average temperature of 19C.

Our top tips

  • Have a drink at the quirky and romantically lit Bar Procópio next door. It’s one of Lisbon's oldest
  • Juan and Luis will give you a list of their personal recommendations when you check in, covering everything from fado places to restaurants and bars. Follow their tips - they're spot on

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 10
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Studio - Natália Correia

Rooms

Spread across 2 beautiful buildings, the 10 rooms are each themed around a different Portuguese cultural icon, from fadista Amália Rodrigues to actress Beatriz Costa. All mix vintage and modern décor, with prints depicting their namesake.

The main house, with its tiled exterior, has 5 rooms ranging in size. In Basic Room 'Fernando Pessoa', literary masterpieces line the brown and white walls in homage to the famous writer; it’s the smallest room but it feels cosseting. Double Room ‘Florbela Espanca' is the only room with a bathtub (an indulgent claw-foot affair), while the Duplex Suite, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, has a sitting area, a bed on a mezzanine, and a balcony overlooking the leafy patio.

The Pombaline-style building next door has 5 Studios, some duplexes and all except Natália Correia with kitchenettes. We loved our stay in Manoel de Oliveira, named after a 1950s movie director and kitted out in vintage film posters, black and white movie stills, and a red velvet curtain emulating cinemas of a bygone age.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron (on request)
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

There’s no restaurant, but breakfast is certainly a big event at Casa Amora. Taken on the ivy-covered patio whenever the weather allows, the multi-course affair includes rustic breads, delicious cured hams and cheeses, homemade yoghurts, and daily specials such as tortilla with smoked salmon. Lisbon delicacies (including irresistible custard tarts) are also a highlight, and Maria the cook will top up your Portuguese porcelain coffee cup with a smile.

Throughout the day fresh fruit platters, cookies and hot drinks are available in the open-plan kitchen and guest lounge, and there’s an honesty bar filled with cold beers and Portuguese wine. Most of the Studios have kitchenettes (stove, microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster), and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to good neighbourhood restaurants and food shops - just ask Luis or Juan for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Honesty bar and snacks
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Juan can take you on a personalised walking tour of Lisbon (additional cost). He’s a fountain of knowledge about his adopted city
  • The Vieira da Silva art museum is just across the square, as is the Water Museum, which hosts cultural events and offers impressive views from the top floor; access to the mighty Aguas Livres aqueduct is included in the visit
  • It’s a 20-minute walk or 15-minute taxi ride to the historic Alfama district, where you’ll find the medieval Castelo de São Jorge, offering stunning vistas over the city
  • Hop on the metro and head into Baixa and Chiado, famed for their nightlife, restaurants and boutique shopping
  • Back at Casa Amora, relax with a massage in your room

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Music and theatre
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Casa Amora has no particular facilities for children, but all ages are welcome and the relaxed, personal ambiance will put families at ease.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Duplex Suite and 2 of the Duplex Studios have sofabeds that can sleep 2 extra guests (additional charge); note that their steep open-sided staircases aren't toddler-friendly, though the sofabeds and bathrooms are on the lower level. Baby cots can be provided for free in all rooms.

Babysitting:

Arranged on request.

Distances:

  • Airport: 15 minutes' drive
  • Hospital: 15 minutes' drive
  • Shop: 2 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly: Duplex Suite - Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
Overall

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