It`s almost a fairy tale: Four entrepreneurs from Lisbon discover an abandoned factory in the middle of the Portuguese capitol and craft it into a one-of-a-kind apartment building. So the only question for the near future is: When are we checking in?
A visit to the new jewel in Lisbon’s old town is full of joy: You take a stroll through the district of Baixa and, just before the hill that goes up to the castle, you turn into a quiet street and discover this chicly renovated, radiant-white building from the early days of Lisbon. A very nice logo on the door says: The Lisboans. And when entering the place, you get the feeling that this is either a very successful and relaxed advertising agency or – a wonderful place to stay.
In this lobby, we meet Isaac and Tânia, two former art directors formerly working in the advertising business and Marta, a young architect as well as Marisa, a lawyer. These four “Lisboans” discovered this sanctuary a couple of years ago and turned it into a wonderful apartment building with 15 units for short and long term stays. Isaac, a very handsome young host, briefly tells us the story of how busy they have been for the last few years resowing this old factory and how everything was planned from the guests point of view. All four of them worked in completely different businesses, but they wanted to have their own thing and offer visitors a beautiful home from home in this incredibly glorious city.
And – after seeing the apartments – you have to admit: They really achieved this.
The individual rooms are lovely and bright, really quite large for London-Paris-Rome-standards and they are all very tastefully furnished. Isaac says, they looked all over the region for furniture, pictures and ideas. Some of the apartments even have an old record player in the living room. The beds are brand new of course, bright white and of the highest quality. Every apartment has a proper kitchen with lovely crockery, which entices you to cook for yourself. Everything else: bathrooms, bathroom accessories, floors etc. are all nice.
Grocery & Restaurant
Brand new to The Lisboans, there is a beautiful grocery store in the basement of the building, with fresh and seasonal products and a lovely vintage design. And there is the new farm-to-table Prado Restaurante downstairs, a new sanctuary lead by chef António Galapito, who has previously worked for Nuno Mendes (the renowned über-chef in Lisbon). All the ingredients come from Portugal and “modern cooking” here means, that the dishes are prepared as grandma did it 100 years ago. Simple and fresh.
All Lisbon visitors, who are looking for 5-star accommodation, but don’t want to stay in a nondescript 5-star hotel (besides, an apartment in The Lisboans costs about half, but is double the size, of a room in a hotel).
„The Lisboans“ really lies in the middle of the action, but in a quiet side street. It’s only five minutes to Chiado and five to the ferries at the Tejo river. The historic tram line, the famous number 28, stops almost outside the door.
Exact location: Google Maps Link.
The smallest apartment for two people is available from 150 euros. The spectacular penthouse can be booked from 210 euros per night.
Basics like coffee, butter or jam are in the fridge, fresh rolls and freshly pressed orange juice are delivered to your door in a cool tote bag every day.
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