micasaenlisboa

Graça, Lisbon, Portugal Book from Book from £63 per night

Stylish, great-value artist's residence-cum-guesthouse in Lisbon's charming, historic Graça district
High on a hill in Graça, one of Lisbon's oldest areas, this inconspicuous little gem recently reopened after two years of meticulous renovations. As you stand on the quiet cobbled street outside and knock on the front door, you're greeted by a welcoming bark from resident pooch Oliva, quickly followed by a warm greeting from charismatic artist owner Maria.

Inside, the lounge and 9 bedrooms showcase an industrial-minimalism meets mid-century chic style. A stark concrete staircase and large drop-shaped glass lamps are offset by an exquisitely curated vintage art collection and super-cool furniture. From the vibrant flowered tablecloth on the breakfast table, to the handmade ceramic sink in our room, Maria’s painterly eye is reflected in every detail.

Outside, you’re surrounded by beautiful narrow, winding streets, cobbled pavements, churches and scenic lookout points. It’s a non-touristy area, but there are lots of little bars and coffee shops. Better yet, many of Lisbon's major sights are within walking distance. This is a great place for couples, solo travellers and small groups of friends looking for a cool, quiet base.

Highs

  • Fantastic location in historic and quiet Graça, with breathtaking views
  • Just 9 beautiful, light and bright rooms, with retro-styling and comfy beds
  • Weekly in-house dinners with ever-changing Lisbon chefs, where you can learn about Portuguese cuisine and wines (or just enjoy them!)
  • Delicious, daily changing breakfast and great local restaurants nearby for other meals
  • Great-value and a strong focus on community, sustainability, organic products

Lows

  • Very popular; you'll need to book well in advance
  • Bathrooms are semi-open plan, and only one (the Attic Room) has a bathtub
  • Tricky for those with limited mobility, the neighbourhood is steep (pavements can be slippery) and so is the guesthouse's staircase
  • No safe deposit boxes or TVs in the rooms

Best time to go

Lisbon is a great city to visit year round; many come during Easter and early autumn to avoid the oppressive summer heat, while still enjoying sunshine and mild weather. March and November offer clear days and quiet streets.

Our top tips

With 4 locations across the city, A Vida Portuguesa offers a stylish selection of high-quality, traditional products. Designed and manufactured in Portugal, most have kept their beautiful, original, nostalgic packaging. Drop by the Intendente branch while you're in town.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Eco
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 9
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Honesty bar
Room:

Rooms

All 9 rooms are stunningly stylish, quiet and comfortable. Decorated in shades of whites and neutrals, they feature bursts of vibrant colours, fabulous mid-century pieces, and quirky vintage artefacts.

We loved the large Attic Rooms. Accessed via steep staircases, they are particularly bright and airy, with high ceilings and spectacular views. One has an in-room bathtub, the other has a stunning city-view terrace. Alternatively, the Large Double Rooms are beautifully decorated and feature fabulous city and river views. The other rooms are equally charming, although they are smaller and lack open vistas.

Shower bathrooms are clean-lined white affairs, with concrete and light wooden details, and beautiful handmade sinks and tiles. Often semi-open plan, you'll most likely be able to wave to each other from the shower!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Communal tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

A delicious, leisurely breakfast is served on the beautiful terrace, with its stunning views across the park, Graça church, São Jorge castle and the old town. The menu changes daily and includes homemade jams, fluffy omelettes, freshly baked breads, and yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit. All beautifully presented (and highly Instagrammable).

You can help yourselves to complimentary drinks from the fridge in the kitchen/bar area, or make your own coffees in the lounge 24/7.

One night a week, delicious Portuguese dishes are prepared by a changing rota of chefs. Special lunches and dinners by either Maria or a top Lisbon chef can also be arranged. Of course, there are also countless restaurants within walking distance; just ask for the latest recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Lisbon

Activities

  • Stroll around Graça, stopping by the great view points for sunset, followed by drinks and a cheese platter at tiny retro-bar Graça do Vinho
  • Shop at the Feira da Ladra, a large flea market in Graça, (open Tuesdays and Saturdays)
  • Hang out at LXFactory, a former industrial site turned hipster creative hub, where you can dine in cool restaurants and browse funky shops
  • No self-respecting pastry lover should leave Lisbon without visiting Antiga Confeitaria in Belem to sample their heavenly 'Pastéis de Belém' - best consumed while still warm
  • Take a boat trip on the Tagus River to get a different view of Lisbon, preferably at sunset

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome; there is a small park and playground next to the guesthouse, and Maria sometimes arranges ceramics and painting workshops. Bear in mind that the communal areas are limited to the terrace and the open kitchen/lounge, which has precious vintage furniture and art.

Family friendly accommodation:

The Attic Room is the most suitable for families of 4: it has a double sofabed and bathtub. The Large Double Rooms both sleep up to 3 in a baby cot or rollaway bed.

Baby equipment:

Baby cot, high chair and baby bath available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

The steep staircases are a potential hazard for little ones.

Kid Friendly: Attic Room

Location

Mi Casa en Lisboa is located in Lisbon's Graça neighborhood, in Portugal.

By Air:
Lisbon’s Portela Airport is 7km away; click on the links below for a list of airlines. From here you can take a taxi or the metro link from the airport to the city centre.

By Car:
There's no need to hire a car, unless you want to explore beyond Lisbon.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Portugal and getting around

Airports:

  • Lisbon Portela 7.0 km LIS

Other:

  • Beach 5.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 29 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Maria, Marta and their team were the perfect hosts making our few days in Lisbon an absolute treat. Their recommendations for restaurants were extremely helpful. We couldn't have wished for a better place to explore the city.

9/10,

A truly amazing house with city hill top views to enjoy a wonderful and memorable stay in Lisbon. Much better than anticipated from the moment we stepped in we were greeted and made to feel at home by Maria and her super team. Not forgetting Oliva; Maria's beautiful friendly dog who enjoys the on going attention and buzz. The house is charming with beautiful tasteful furnishings and decor. The daily breakfasts were delicious, healthy and variable, sets you up to climb the steep hills in Lisbon. A real delight is having the freedom of the house and garden to enjoy complimentary drinks and have a catch up with other guests to share experiences.
Micasaenlisboa is highly recommended for a relaxing stay to enjoy that home from home feel. Lisbon is a beautiful city to visit, eating out in the restaurants is a delight to enjoy superb fish dishes and varied selection of wines.

10/10,

A really beautiful place, ideal for exploring Lisbon. The breakfasts were delicious and all the staff were lovely. The room was spotless and very well styled. Particularly enjoyed the garden and glass of wine before going out for dinner and chatting with the other guests. We will be back one day. Thank you.

10/10,

Micasaenlisboa is a GEM! Maria, Marta and team are the experts to ensure that your visit to Lisbon does not disappoint. The house/rooms are spacious, clean and beautifully designed. We stayed in a large double with a fabulous view of the castle and city skyline - great value. Breakfast in the common area/garden each morning was a delight for the palette with tasty juices, breads, fruits and yogurts. Tea, coffee, wine and snacks were available 24x7, as was access to the kitchen - we chose to dine in our last night after a run to the local market for bread, cheese, tomatoes and ham. These ladies know the city well and can make on-point recommendations for sightseeing, dining or whatever your heart desires. We loved the Graca Wine Bar - grilled toasted cheese and tomato sandwich and salads. Sunset at the castle is magical and dinner in the Barrio Alto is always a celebration. Come and enjoy this lovely home in Lisbon! We will be back.

10/10,

We changed the room to get a better view and it was just perfect

10/10,

Wow! What can we say? We all loved this place. Maria & Martha and girls were so welcoming and helpful with top tips and fab places to eat out.
We loved the relaxed atmosphere here you are really made to feel at home. The breakfasts are great ,the view is spectacular. A great part of the city to explore. We have only just scratched the surface so will definitely return..

10/10,

There wasn't anything that Maria and her team wouldn't do for us, reservations, maps, local knowledge and the most impressive breakfast each day, plus they were all extremely nice to chat to. If budgets allow always book the attic room with a balcony overlooking the city. The view is spectacular. had a fabulous time there.

10/10,

Our 3 day stay in this concrete cocoon went deep into our soul and stayed there. From the moment Marta opened the door to the last goodbye with Maria, we felt as though we could live here, and indeed did so, soaking up every iota of warmth felt through this lovingly curated nest. My daughter Hedda declared breakfast amazing, varying each day, always served with grace and charm...tiny pepper mills, one-in-a-million coffee urns, and thimble- sized ceramic gig jam pots.
Our room was a poem. Where else can you soak in a tub with a peach as sweet as honey? The perfectly found furniture belonged here and nowhere else, bringing old stories into this new space.
We ate at the locals cult spot Damas, not once, but twice. Dynamite tuna ceviche, to-die-for babbaganoosh and enjoyed a wonderfully surreal joke with the staff about octopus wrestling. Finally, a word about the people. Our free-flowing chats with Marta and Maria could have gone on for hours and next time we vow to do so over wine.

10/10,

Maria and the team at Micasaenlisboa were just phenomenal! This place was truly a highlight of my stay in Lisbon. From the moment I arrived, they were attentive and kind. I arrived very early in the morning, but my room was ready. And on the day I left, I had a very late flight out and they offered me the flexibility to use my room up through the late afternoon when I left for my flight. The major delight of the stay was breakfast every morning! An extremely friendly staff serves up a home made, delicious breakfast every morning. It was a perfect way to kick off every day of sight seeing! I would recommend this place to all who are coming to Lisbon. My room was clean, modern, comfortable and beautiful. The location was central to everything I was looking for, but nicely outside of the typical tourist paths. I would stay here again and recommend it to all!

10/10,

A very warm welcome. We felt immediately at home
Very nice rooms, terraces and living room - we love the decoration.
Felt luxurious. A very personal approach!

10/10,

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