Stylish and affordable serviced apartments (for up to 6) overlooking a historic square at the heart of Santos, Lisbon’s flourishing design district”
Inside, classic Portuguese perfection meets chic Nordic minimalism. Five apartments each fill you with a sense of tranquillity: expect gleaming tiles, exposed wood and shuttered windows. French-Nordic owners Antoine and Katarina, both artistic types, fell in love with the city after a weekend break and immediately started seeking somewhere they could transform. Casa Chafariz was a wreck when they found it, but they have since created a stylish haven in the heart of Lisbon. On arrival, we perched ourselves in the window to alternate between watching life pass in the square below, gazing over Lisbon’s spectacular uneven rooftops, and marvelling at the ornate oasis in which we found ourselves. This is a very special place indeed.
- We were blown away by the minimalist beauty of the apartments: a blend of Scandi-sleek, Parisian chic and Portuguese flair
- Santos is an ideal base located away from central Lisbon’s hustle and bustle but still within walking district of key attractions
- Colourful and quirky photos and artworks by the owners are dotted throughout, showcasing their favourite sights in Portugal
- Teresa, Casa Chafariz’s manager, is incredibly warm, welcoming and full of insider tips
- We’d have loved a balcony on which we could sip wine and overlook the adjoining fountain, Chafariz da Esperança (a national monument)
- You have to ascend some steep steps on arrival, so don’t pack too heavily!
- While our stay was incredibly quiet and peaceful, our apartment door didn’t completely muffle the noise of other guests climbing the stairs
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- Boutique Apartments
- 5 apartments
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
Strikingly-beautiful Casa Chafariz houses two one-bedroom apartments (Estrela and Santos) and three two-bedroom apartments (Miradouro, Chafariz and Esperança). Most boast views over the historic square below, bustling with locals sipping coffee and playing board games, while Miradouro has a panoramic view over Chiado.
Artistic owners Antoine and Katarina have designed homely apartments they’d “want to live in for 10 years”, and no detail is overlooked. They have effortlessly blended historic Portuguese features with minimalist touches. We loved the dappled grey and black marble countertops, the Scandinavian-designed and Portuguese-made wooden chairs, and the carefully restored stucco ceilings.
We stayed in first-floor Santos, perfect for couples in search of romantic respite, and loved how bright and open the space was. We adored the original exposed wood in Estrela, Chafariz and Esperança, and liked how cosy Miradouro was nestled under the eaves of the building.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Elegant kitchens open onto bright living rooms, and come fully equipped with everything required to prepare a light snack or a full gourmet feast. All essentials are provided (tea, coffee, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and milk). The two-bedroom apartments have dark-wood dining tables, while the one-bed apartments feature sleek marble breakfast bars.
Breakfast can be ordered on request (24-hour notice required) from a local boulangerie and is served in your apartment. It’s a simple but delicious affair of croissants, fruit, fresh orange juice and a mignardise, plus, of course, tea or coffee.
There are dozens of great eateries on your doorstep: the information pack in your apartment lists some firm favourites. We loved breakfasting at Fauna & Flora, just across the street. For dinner, the simple but fresh food at Taberna da Rua das Flores is well worth the wait, while farm-to-table-style tapas restaurant Prado is worth the walk.
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Restaurants nearby
- Get lost in Santos, an impossibly charming district full of winding streets paved with Roman-inspired mosaics and bright, tiled buildings. On Sundays, head to the effortlessly cool and artsy market at LX Factory.
- You can’t come to Lisbon and not gorge yourself on sweet treats at Pastéis de Belém. The neighbouring Jerónimos Monastery is worth a visit, too.
- Lisbon boasts an exceptional number of high-quality museums. We love the Berardo Collection Museum, full of modern art greats, and the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), whose architecture made our jaws drop.
- Head to the Castle of St George across town, which boasts stunning views. While there, meander through the district of Alfama where you’ll find cute boutiques, as well as the city’s cathedral.
- For a day trip, don't miss the Unesco town of Sintra, famous for its collection of palaces, each with sublime gardens.
- Alternatively, head to the river beaches at Cascais; we love Praia de Carcavelos.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Casa Chafariz works well for families. It's centrally located and houses a range of apartments that can sleep up to six guests. Miradouro has two kingsize beds, while Esperança and Chafariz each have a king and two twins (can be set up as a double on request).
Each of the apartments features a double sofabed, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen so you can easily whip up snacks and meals for your little ones. Do note that you must climb very steep steps to enter the apartments (though there is an elevator from the first floor upwards).
Family friendly accommodation:
- Baby cot
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- Airport: 25 minutes
- Hospital: 10 minutes
- Supermarket: 2 minutes
Casa Chafariz is set in Santos, a vibrant artsy district in Lisbon. Many major sights are within walking distance.
Lisbon Portela Airport (13km away) is served by plenty of flights from the UK, elsewhere in Europe and further afield. You can also take the metro from the airport to Baixa-Chiado station (changing once), which takes about 30 minutes. It’s an eight-minute walk from the station to the apartments.
We don’t recommend having a car in Lisbon - the city is easily navigated on foot and by public transport, and the traffic can be tricky. However, if you do want to hire a car to explore the wider area, take a look at our car rental recommendations. There is no parking at the hotel but there is valet parking nearby.
Detailed directions will be sent when you confirm a booking through i-escape.
- Lisbon Portela 13.0 km LIS
- Beach 5.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km