Brand new on a central Alfama Road accessible by taxi, both bedrooms are air conditioned / fully heated. Uncapped WIFI internet throughout the property. Within 5 minutes to Santa Apolonia & metro, short walk to Castello Sao Jorge, Fado museum, Baixa, river. Walk to Fado restaurants, go typical. It's all here.
Newly renovated apartment on a central Alfama Road accessible by taxi, both bedrooms are air conditioned / fully heated. Uncapped WIFI internet throughout the property. Within 5 minutes to Santa Apolonia & metro, short walk to Castello Sao Jorge, Fado museum, Baixa, river. Walk to Fado restaurants, go typical. It's all here.
The apartment is on the second floor of small building (well over a century old) in the colourful, comfortable, chaotic, central Alfama district of Lisbon; a full renovation and modernisation of the apartment was completed in December 2013.
The apartment has 2 bedrooms: the main bedroom is located at the back of the building and has a double glazed window. This means peace and a restful night’s sleep whilst still being able to step into the thick of the cool/earthy/traditional/reinvented/energetic/yet relaxed landscape as you exit the green street door downstairs. Whisper quiet airconditioning allows more control over the thermal and sonic environment. The bed is a double one and there’s a wardrobe too.
The second bedroom is a compact inner room. It has indirect light as well as ventilation from a high-mounted sliding window. It also has its own dedicated climate control unit. There is a “step-in” type closet which has a lot of storage space and can double as a little dressing room. Equipped with a full sized double bed. Remember, although small, it is private and fully functional as a second bedroom. Allocate it to the couple that didn’t help with the travel arrangements or cover their share of the food and wine bills. We painted it in a rich mossy green on the outside to create the impression that the room was a kind of cube within the greater apartment volume: hope you notice it.
The lounge is made by the high shuttered double doors that open onto the thin stone “Pombalesque” balcony. Not big enough to put a chair on but ok to stand at the railing, vinho verde in hand looking regally down on the people current on Rua dos Remédios below. Plenty of light and air can make its way inside. The doors are double glazed so shutting them cuts out the street noise. Shut out all the light and any stray decibels with the heavy vintage wood shutters.
Doubling as the dining area this room has a large dining table: good for eating, good for the laptops.
Did I mention that the floors are all pristine pine planks? They are, except for the tiles kitchen and bathroom.
Fast, unlimited wifi internet (should be at least 10Mbps) and over 100 channels of IP TV on a 32″ flat screen TV come as standard.
Let’s move into the kitchen. Beautiful and functional. Green and grey ceramics interspersed with hand-made Sintra azulejos on the walls. Granite tops from the Alentejo region across the Tagus River. Integrated German Teka appliances: washing machine, dishwasher and large fridge freezer. The properties in this part of town are supplied with piped city gas so the stove top is gas powered: instant heat with fine control. The oven is electric and will grill and bake animal, cereal or vegetable with ease. There’s all the pots and pans, glassware, crockery and cutlery to cook and eat up newly discovered Portuguese or old favourites. Or just admire it all and eat out. Toaster, whistling kettle and microwave too. And a 1 and a half basin kitchen sink.
In the bathroom we’ve tried to please everone and put a compact bath with a shower over it. It lets bathers get a decent wallow, shower lovers can go ahead and shower.
Our feeling when setting up an apartment is that it should be easy, fun and convenient to get established and live in; be it for a weekend, week or a month or two. Essential too is the neighbourhood, access and the proximity of the supply of food, wine and transport.
The Frango scores high on all these attributes. The stone paved road is closed to general traffic but a taxi will get you right to the front door. Santa Apolonia station less than 500 metres. Its a train and metro station and it connects you to the airport , the city centre or Chiado. There’s also a great budget car hire company, Interrent, in the station building.
It is possible to avoid public transport and just walk. There is a great pedestrian pathway along the river front that will take you to the lower end of downtown Baixa from where Chiado and Bairro Alto accessible after a little uphill effort.
Provisions: right downstairs is a general grocers and a wine boutique (garrafeira). At Santa Apolonia is a Pingo Doce supermarket that has bread, wine, beer, meat, fish, fresh produce, dairy and more. There is an even bigger branch of this supermarket with a better range on Rua de Madalena about a 1km walk away.
Rua dos Remédios is saturated with fado venues, cafés, restaurants and arty bars. And this is just a microcosm of the rest of what Alfama has on offer in its labyrinthine walkways and along the lower river reaches. Small earthy basements bars, trendy and attractive wine ‘n wifi boutiques, budget and gourmet eating places.
"Alojamento Local" Registration number: 3861/AL
Accès des voyageurs
Everything within the apartment.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
**There is a late checkin fee of Euro 10 from 20.30 onwards**
We send the guests arrival instructions and our hospitality team will meet them and give them a personalised checkin (**see NOTE below) as well as tips and area tourist information.
We need a photo ID on arrival - will make a copy of this - it is the law in Portugal.
Please note that from the 1st of January 2016, Lisbon City Council will be charging a city tax of EUR 1 per person per night which is not included in the total price and should be paid during check-in. This tax is charged to guests aged 13 and older. It is subject to a maximum amount of EUR 7 per guest.
NOTE ALSO: This is a SELF CATERING apartment. We provide a few rolls of toilet paper and some small soaps and shower gel. This may not be enough for your stay and you probably will have to go shopping to top up these items.
Of course we provide all linen, towels, cutlery & crockery and everything else you need.
Shopping - we use the Pingo Doce in Rua da Madaleina which is a large modern one. There is also a small branch at the station 5 minutes walk away (Santa Apolonia).
Late arrival fee: after 20:30 - Euro 10
Our house is a no smoke zone so please - no smoking.
Please treat our house nicely and leave it as neat as possible.
Checkin and Checkout: We have these set to flexible as we like to make things as easy as possible for you. But this is within reason - if we have another guest arriving we have to ask you to leave by 11:00. Also if we have a guest departing on the same day you arrive we cannot accommodate you before 14:00.
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