The Lisboans Apartments

Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal Book from Book from £140 per night

A collection of designer apartments for 2-6 in the beating heart of the city, blending vintage with contemporary
Two designers and an architect put their heads together to create this imaginative conversion of a former canning factory in the heart of old Lisbon. The place had been rotting away for years but Isaac, Tânia and Marta had a vision: a collection of 15 beautiful apartments, each a home-from-home furnished with art, textiles and collectables with a strong Portuguese provenance, alongside bespoke furniture and handmade tiles that the team designed themselves. What they have created truly reflects the spirit of the city, where history and innovation rub shoulders like old friends.

The crisp white building sits in a quiet corner of the vibrant Baixa neighbourhood, which slopes up from the salty Tagus River toward São Jorge Castle and the narrow back streets of Alfama. Tall windows flood the apartments with light; from the top floors there are views across rooftops and spires towards the sea. Inside are dreamy beds, decent kitchenettes, books to read, even morning breakfast deliveries. Your hosts have thought of everything; they've even designed a map and mini guide with insider tips on how to get the best out of the city. And coming soon on the ground floor: the Lisboans’ own restaurant and store. We can’t wait.

Highs

  • Gorgeous light rooms, and beautiful living spaces furnished to feel like home
  • A range of sizes (1 or 2 double/twin bedrooms, sleeping 2-6), so suitable for couples, friends and families
  • Excellent value, and rates include breakfast
  • A great location in Baixa, practically next to door to the cathedral and Praça do Comércio, and within walking distance of the city’s most interesting districts
  • The friendly, informative team, who are proud of their city and keen to recommend favourite restaurants and sights

Lows

  • Front desk isn't manned 24/hours a day
  • Your delivery of fresh bread and OJ doesn't arrive til 8.30am; some would prefer it earlier
  • No parking - though guests rarely arrive by car

Best time to go

Lisbon is a year-round city - lively and colourful in the dullest of weathers, and cooled by sea breezes in the heat of summer - but it comes into its own in spring and autumn. In May, jacaranda trees shed a confetti of mauve flowers over the cobbled streets. In September, the warmth of the summer lingers into the evening. August is probably best avoided (the locals head for the coast, leaving the tourists to endure the heat).

Our top tips

The Lisboans’ in-the-know food recommendations are spot on. We loved the authenticity of a stand-up lunch at Afonso das Bifanas (a busy, steamy snack bar serving pork and mustard sandwiches and glasses of vinho verde), and it was worth queuing for a table at tiny Tabernas das Flores in Chiado.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
  • Boutique Rentals
  • 15 apartments for 2-6
  • Self-catering; breakfast included
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Shared laundry room
Room:

Rooms

There are 15 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, classed as Comfort, Superior, Deluxe and Penthouse (the latter offers panoramic views over the city from a wraparound balcony). They come in various shapes and sizes, each uniquely decorated in a very personal style, with quirky collections - a shelf of 1950s National Geographics, for example, or a record player and vinyl. Art and maps adorn the walls and rag rugs warm wooden floors. In the shower bathrooms you'll find geometric-tiled floors and The Lisboans' own natural toiletries.

There is a mix of categories across each of the lower foor floors. Apartments on the lower floors have high ceilings and lofty windows with Juliet balconies (there are corner rooms with dual aspect), while the upper floors have a cosier, attic feel. All have deliciously comfortable beds, mid-century modern chairs, a dining area, white cotton linens, and colourful cushions and throws on comfy sofas.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Each apartment has a neat, beautifully tiled kitchenette with a 2-ring hob, fridge, mini dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and toaster - along with just enough pots, pans and utensils to rustle up a simple meal. Breakfast ingredients await: granola, fresh fruit, yoghurt, ham and cheese, jams, milk and butter. Fresh bread, rolls or croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice are left outside your door at 8.30am.

If you want to eat out, you don’t have to travel far to find a good restaurant - and a reliable list of recommendations is provided in the apartment's mini guide. Within walking distance there are traditional Lisboan fish restaurants, pastry shops, cafés and bars, and even a decent Japanese.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Do a loop around the city on one of its rattling yellow trams: Route 28 takes you from the doorstep to Alfama, the Sé Cathedral and the Estrela Basilica and back again
  • Don’t plan, just wander; much of central Lisbon can be explored on foot and you never know what’s around the next corner. Within minutes we stumbled on the Roman Theatre Museum - a slice of the city’s ancient history, with views across the rooftops to the Tagus
  • Visit the imposing battlements of São Jorge Castle, from where you can see the whole of Lisbon spread out at your feet
  • Take a ride on the Elevador de Santa Justa, an ornate iron-work lift that whisks passengers from Rossio Square in the Baixa district up to the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo church
  • Take a tram or a metro to Belem: the best place to see the riches and grandeur of 18th-century Lisbon, and home to Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Ajuda Palace and the Coaches Museum. Round things off with coffee and divine custard tarts at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre and music
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Though not an obvious choice for families, they are welcome here and there are 1- or 2-bedroom apartments, plus sofabeds and baby cots to borrow. Parents will find the well-equipped kitchenettes and communal laundry area useful.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

All apartments have 1 or 2 bedrooms, plus a sofabed in their living room for an additional 2 guests (or you can add 2 baby cots). So the One-Bedrooms sleep 2-4; the Two-Bedrooms sleep 4-6. Note all bathrooms are shower only.

Distances:

  • Airport: 20-minute drive
  • Hospital: 10-minute drive
  • Shop: 3-minute walk
Kid Friendly:

Location

The Lisboans Apartments are in the heart of Lisbon's downtown Baixa district.

By Air:
Fly to Lisbon Portela Airport (7km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
The Lisboans can arrange a transfer but it's easy enough to take a taxi or get here by public transport. You won't need a car to get about Lisbon, but you could hire one to explore further afield; cars can be collected at the airport or downtown, and there are public car parks nearby.

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 15.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 15 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We loved being in such a great position within walking distance of the main square but in a quiet street. Felt like locals in our beautiful apartment. Very clean and well thought out. The simple but delicious breakfast set us up for the day. With temperatures reaching 37 degrees during our stay the air conditioning was essential! From the time of booking, it was clear we would be looked after by Mario and his team. He was always ready to help and give top tips on short cuts around the city! If you go to Lisbon you won't be disappointed if you stay here.

10/10,

We hit the jackpot when we booked to stay in The Lisboans. Not having visited Lisbon for several years and with a hazy memory, we weren’t too sure where to stay but browsing through the selection on i-escape, we decided to book The Lisboans and were certainly not disappointed.
Centrally located in the historic part of the city, we were in the heart of the action with just a few minutes’ walking - no need for taxis.
The 2 bedroom comfort apartment was perfect for three friends and was bright, airy and so stylish. We all want to redecorate our homes now.
They thought of everything from the welcome breakfast each morning which was so generous, the wonderful toiletries even the musical entertainment with a record player and library of albums. The kitchen was well equipped with cooking utensils should you wish to self cater but with the numerous restaurants and bars in the surrounding area, we gave that a miss.
The staff were so welcoming, offering suggestions on where to go, booking airport transfers - we felt we were friends rather than clients.
We would thoroughly recommend The Lisboans and it’s the first choice for our next trip to Lisbon.

10/10,

The design of the apartment was very pleasing, and the breakfasts delivered every morning at 8am very welcome. A perfect area from which to see the sights and very atmospheric. The Prado café at street level serves extraordinary food- and it would be worth booking ahead to eat in its grown up sister restaurant at the end of the street. All in all a terrific success.

9/10,

The apartment was lovely, but very noisy, which was really disappointing and spoilt our full enjoyment

8/10,

We like everything, the location, the staff which was very helpful, the appartment and the recomendation we got from the hotel staff.

10/10,

We stayed for a few days at the Lisboans in Sep 2018. The service was exceptional from start to finish, and the apartment and breakfast were everything we had hoped they would be - stylish and delicious. The recommendations from the team on where to eat and what to see were really useful. The apartments were recommended to us by a friend and we would recommend them to other travellers also - a fabulous base for a trip to this beautiful city.

10/10,

We loved staying in the Lisboans. We arrived with children and parents and everyone was so welcoming, helpful and responsive to all the age groups and really made our stay a unique experience.
The restaurant and the coffee shop that are part of the place are absolutely fabulous - great food, cool design and lovely staff. And of course, the location is the best!

10/10,

We really enjoyed our stay at The Lisboans Apartments. Perfect location , great combination of a side street in a central spot. A beautiful and well thought out room, and more attentive service than we expected from an apartment hotel. Oh, and the breakfast bags and fridge basics were super tasty!

9/10,

Fantastic location! A calm oasis in the beautiful if a little crazy centre of Lisbon’s old town. Very friendly, helpful and caring staff made our stay perfect. Thankyou.

9/10,

Wonderful experience. We had a comfort apartment which was spacious, beautifully and tastefully furnished with modern furnishings and colourful rugs and throws. Brilliant small touches of books and objects made it feel homely and personal. We had a tiny balcony onto a quiet side street . Location generally excellent, convenient for everything! Staff were incredibly helpful and helped us with restaurant options and booked for us. We had not expected such hotel like service for apartments. We loved the breakfast bread and orange juice being there when we woke. Great relaxed start to the day.
This is totally the way to go in Lisbon and we are recommending it to family and friends.

10/10,

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