Remedios V - bright, sunny with river view , fantastic location in historic center
This self-catering 2-bedroom duplex is part of a typical Alfama building, with its balconies with decorated iron railings, small square windows and bright yellow façade. Comfortable and sunlit, this is an apartment ideal for a family of up to 6 people or a group of friends. The apartment’s top floor bedroom is cozy and full of light. A wooden structure, 3 small windows, river views and an en suite bathroom create a kind of intimate atmosphere where our guests love to stay. The views over the river are inspiring as the light reflected on the river is always changing. (4th and 5th floor without lift)
The apartment is situated on a hill in old Alfama with a living room overlooking the Tagus. Yellow and white are the predominant colors in this apartment’s interiors. Actually, these colors blend beautifully with the intense sunlight outside, the blue river and the brick-colored roofs. This and the quietness of a 4th floor with views over narrow, pedestrian streets leading to the riverfront and a back patio closed to traffic -in other words, hardly any noise - are the distinctive features of this attractive duplex.
There’s an en suite bedroom on the top floor and one windowless bedroom with sliding doors opening onto the living/dining room on the bottom floor. The bathroom on the top floor has a shower and the one below has a bathtub/shower. The fully equipped kitchen is also on the bottom floor. The apartment has air conditioning on the living room and on the top floor bedroom.
This fascinating quarter is a unique combination of centuries-old monuments, craft workshops, hidden palaces, lovely corners, old-time cafés and hanging bougainvillea that bring color to white-washed walls and lively squares where you can have a lovely meal for a very reasonable price - sardines are typical, so don’t forget to eat some with the usual baked potatoes, grilled peppers, maybe a crème brûlée for dessert, accompanied by plenty of sangria (or wine).
Fado restaurants and taverns are also numerous as Alfama is the true heart of Lisbon’s Fado, a song whose influences go back to the time of Arab occupation (8th - 12th century AD). Yet, it only became Portugal’s national song in the early 19th century, when the Portuguese royalty fell in love with it (as did everybody else). Since 2011, Fado has been considered part of UNESCO’s intangible heritage.
This is a neighborhood of people who chat from balcony to balcony, where they sometimes hang out their clothes to dry. Typical and traditional, Alfama is a soulful quarter where locals are intense, monuments are beautiful and the many streets and corners wonderful to photograph. This is probably Lisbon’s most romantic quarter. From here you can reach most of old, historic Lisbon on foot. On your way, you’ll also come across grocers, shoemakers and other artisans who have been selling their products for over 40 years! This is real, genuine Lisbon, the one most visitors fall in love with at first sight.
The apartment is within walking distance of some of Lisbon’s highlights: 5 min from the Fado Museum, the National Pantheon (where the Portuguese royal family and prestigious Portuguese are buried) and the convent of São Vicente de Fora; São Jorge Castle and the Sé Cathedral are about 10 min away; Praça do Comércio and downtown Rossio square no more than 20 min; aristocratic Chiado and alternative Bairro Alto quarters - about 25 min. Of course, you’ll also have to explore Belém - the museum quarter. So please take a bus or a tram and spend some time there. There’s loads to see in Belém!
Nearby, less than a 5 min walk away, runs the ultra-famous 28 tram line which passes through some of the city’s best historical areas, as well as Santa Apolónia metro and train station, which links Lisbon to all the major cities. The metro network reaches a good part of Lisbon. Metro and buses can also take you to Cais do Sodré train station, which serves the beautiful Cascais and Estoril summer resorts, or to Rossio train station, from where you can reach Lord Byron’s beloved town of Sintra.
2 bedrooms (one master ensuite, one with no windows) - with the option of a double bed or 2 singles
The master ensuite bedroom in the upper floor may include 2 extra beds
2 bathrooms (1 with a bathtub and a shower, 1 with a shower)
Fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, washer/dryer, coffee machine, juicer, kettle, microwave and others)
Air conditioning in the living room and in the master bedroom.
Area: 70 sqm
It also includes:
Towels and linen
Flat screen TV with multi international channels
1 baby cot and 1 baby chair (if required)
Welcome amenities (coffee, tea, sugar, salt, olive oil, vinegar, toilet paper and hand soap). Kindly note this is a self-catering apartment. These items will not be replaced during your stay.
We have also prepared a booklet with general information about Lisbon. Apart from some of its main highlights, it includes suggestions regarding restaurants, bars, shopping, transport and special neighborhoods, as well as some unique recommendations that will make all the difference to your time with us.
- 4th and 5th floor with steep stairs and no lift
- restricted car area. Private cars can go up to the beginning of the street (about 100m from the apartment). Taxis, though, can leave you at the apartment door. There is a public car park nearby (8€/24h)
- there is a refundable security deposit of 350€ (payable with credit card through the Paypal system - no need to have a Paypal account)
- check-in: from 4 pm / check-out: from 8 to 11 am. There is no problem in arriving late; however please note that after 10 pm there will be a late check-in fee*. If you need a different check-in / check-out time, please let us know. We’ll try to make it as flexible as possible as we want our guests to feel relaxed and happy (it depends mainly on whether it interferes with other reservations or not).
- additionally, upon check-in or departure, we are happy to keep your luggage in our office for a few hours if necessary.
*late check-in fee: 30€ (from 10pm); 40€ (from midnight). The key can be collected from a safe box at our office and check-in can be done the next morning at no extra cost. There is also a delay fee of 20€ should you arrive more than 2 hours after the scheduled arrival time. In this case, you might have to wait as it will be necessary to reschedule the day’s check-ins.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
We are your 'friends in town' and will be delighted to help you enjoy a real and authentic Lisbon experience. We hold our guests’ needs and comfort in high esteem and are always available to provide you with information and tips about the city and its surroundings.