micasaenlisboa

Graça, Lisbon, Portugal Book from Book from £61 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
  • 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
  • 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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 16 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Beautiful house, decorated with lovely details and taste - very clean! Delicious homemade breakfast. There is a generous offer of the house to serve yourself with wine, drinks and cake. Potential for improvement: The beds could be more comfortable, in my opinion the mattress was a bit saggy.

8/10,

We've just returned from Lisbon and we're missing the tranquil beauty of micasaenlisboa already. This is such a beautiful home which you are instantly welcomed to enjoy. The breakfasts are AMAZING! Freshly prepared fruit and orange juice waiting for you followed by local treats of bread and produce. The view from our room was magical at any time of the day and made us feel we were really in the heart of Lisbon. We enjoyed the same view from the walled garden which we loved sitting in at night with a glass of complimentary port. Maria and her team effortlessly make you feel so comfortable and are on hand with heaps of local advice. I would definitely go back to Lisbon and Maria's home is top of my list. Thank you.

9/10,

This is a great place to stay. The house is a piece of art in itself every item carefully chosen to please the eye. The rooms are completely functional showers work well and bed comfy. The breakfast was unexpectedly exceptional served outside and overlooking the city by friendly local girls. We were made welcome by Marta and given lots of great information about the best places to explore and eat.
I would unreservedly recommend this guest house to friends and hope we will get back there to explore more of Lisbon.

10/10,

We had an amazing time. Highly recommended.

10/10,

We had a wonderful time at MicasaenLisboa! Maria is the best host...knows every designspot in town and did everything that made our stay perfect. The location of the hotel is perfect, just out of the busy areas in a quiet but lively neighbourhood, walking distance of Alfama and downtown.The terrrace overlooks the castle and green hills and is perfect for breakfast and afternoon drinks in the sun. Rooms are well designed, combined modern and vintage with personal accessories. We will return soon...Recommended!

10/10,

We had the most amazing stay here. Beautiful surroundings, fantastic breakfast and wonderful people looking after us. Maria and her team cannot be faulted. A stunning home to stay in. Would definitely go back and thoroughly recommend to all. Thanks Jacqui and David

10/10,

A wonderful hotel in Lisbon. The team are very friendly and helpful and the hotel has a very personal feel. The breakfast was delicious and the location is excellent. All aspects of the hotel are unique and thoughtful. We will return!

10/10,

Staying at Micasaenlisboa is what made our trip to Lisbon. Maria’s created a place that works perfectly – from her brilliant taste in interiors, to the laid back and friendly vibe and the delicious breakfasts.
Located in what became our favourite area in Lisbon, there are some great local places to eat and drink. Some we stumbled upon, others came recommended by Maria – she has the best recommendations in spades.
Each room is unique and designed with a creative eye. We were in the yellow room and loved the furniture and items that gave it character. And the view. Oh, the view. It’s exactly like the photos. An absolutely beautiful view of the city. It was the Easter weekend during our stay and as Maria wasn’t sure how many restaurants would be open, she decided to cook up a storm of incredible Portuguese food for dinner. So along with some other guests, a few of her lovely friends and Oliver, her dog, we all sat down in the main room and had a feast on the long table. It was like being at an impromptu dinner party with great wine and conversation. Such a lovely and unexpected last night to our fantastic trip. You really do feel at home at Micaseanlisboa. It’s such a welcoming experience. And one we can’t wait to return to. Thank you so much, Maria.

10/10,

We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful "home away from home" very much. It's easy to walk around Lisbon from the hotel and it feels wonderful to come back to it in the evening. We hope to visit again!

10/10,

I absolutely loved my stay here! I was traveling alone, and this was the perfect place for me to meet and socialize with travelers from all over Europe. The staff was so kind and breakfast was WONDERFUL.

10/10,

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