“Stylish, great-value artist's residence-cum-guesthouse in Lisbon's charming, historic Graça district”
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.
- 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
- 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
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Our top tips
- Boutique Guesthouse
- Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Honesty bar
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!
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Communal tea- and coffee-making facilities
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.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- 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
- Shopping / markets
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 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.