Graça, Lisbon, Portugal Book from Book from £62 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.


  • 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

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
  • 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


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


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
Activity: Lisbon


  • 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


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 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests


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!


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.


What a wonderful place to stay. From the welcome on arrival until the moment you leave, Maria and her team make you feel at home. The house is contemporary in design but filled with vintage treasures and sits on a hill with magnificent, panoramic views from many of the bedrooms. Each bedroom is different but the attention to detail and comfort is evident: the pillows are the best! Having walked up and down hills all day, I slept so well and a real bonus is the peace and quiet of the area. The breakfasts are divine - everything fresh, homemade and delicious. It is a perfect location to explore the city and with many excellent restaurants nearby. If you are vegetarian try The Food Temple (about 5 mins away) but book in advance as it fills up very quickly. I cannot wait to find an excuse to return! Thank you Maria.


I loved everything about this guesthouse, from the warm welcome to the stylish touches both inside and outside. As an architect I particularly appreciated the approach taken with the refurbishment of the house, stripped back concrete perfectly balanced with textiles, colours and natural timber. The outside terrace area is delightful and proved a wonderful sun-trap even in February. The set-up is so friendly that you feel at home immediately and recommendations of nearby restaurants and wine bars were spot on, the local area having a lot of character. I want to go back!


Beautiful large room with amazing views. The breakfast was delicious, they accommodated dietary needs so well. Really friendly service. Lovely dog.


Micasaenlisboa was a wonderful place to stay in Lisbon; beautifully designed, welcoming, comfortable and in a great location. The breakfast was delicious and Maria and her staff were very kind and helpful. I will definitely stay here again if (when, I hope) I return to Lisbon.


The breakfasts, personal touches within the house and it’s wonderful decor, great city knowledge and the lovely dog Olivia. Piteu local restaurant for good food, and value for money.


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