Lisbon, Portugal

Flora Chiado Apartments

Rates per night from$166.75

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR147.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Café culture casinha

Setting

Cobbled streets of Chiado

Centrally located by Lisbon’s main square, Flora Chiado Apartments is a relaxed retreat off a cobblestone street just paces from the action of the city. Make yourself at home in this modern self-catering stay that’s perfectly positioned for family holidays and laid-back romantic getaways alike. Each airy apartment is decorated with classically Portuguese tiles and modern black-and-white photography. Continental breakfasts are delivered to your door each morning, and you only need to step outside to explore this neighbourhood of cafés and curiosity shops. 

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Goodies in your room on arrival: local cheese and wine, freshly picked flowers, a grocery kit for guests' first meal, and access to Flora Chiado's concierge service (usually €15EUR)

Facilities

Photos Flora Chiado Apartments facilities

Need to know

Rooms

10 apartments.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $166.75 (€147), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast, delivered to your apartment daily at 8.30am.

Also

Flora Chiado Apartments can arrange guided wine tastings of regional favourites, from vinho verdes to portos.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, concierge service, laundry and housekeeping. In rooms: fully equipped kitchen, Delta coffee machine and tea-making facilities, Portus Cale bath products, bathrobes and slippers, and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Both of the two-bedroom apartments at the back of the building open onto a generously-sized shared terrace with lounge seating; it’s set up for leisurely alfresco breakfasts before days wandering around Lisbon.

Packing tips

Save room in your luggage for souvenirs: namely, a bottle of wine or a new-to-you tome from one of Chiado’s many book shops.

Also

The hotel’s historic architecture and climbing stairs means that Flora Chiado Apartments is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Children

Welcome; there’s plenty of space for families to spread out, one extra bed or baby cot (free for under-12s) can be provided.

Food and Drink

Photos Flora Chiado Apartments food and drink

Top Table

You’ll never have to wait for a table here: enjoy leisurely meals around the dining table, or out on the terrace if you have one.

Dress Code

Minha casa é sua casa – you’re the king of the castle, so anything from the Emperor’s new clothes to garb fit for modern royalty goes for mealtimes.

Hotel restaurant

Dinner is DIY: each apartment has a well-appointed kitchen with everything you’ll need to whip up a meal in your home-away-from-home. A Continental breakfast of bread, milk, eggs, ham and yoghurt is delivered fresh to your door every morning.

Hotel bar

Chill your favourite bottle in the fridge, or let something air out on the counter.

Last orders

Operate on whatever schedule you’d like in this self-catering stay.

Room service

All the fixings for Continental breakfast, fresh bread and croissants are delivered to your door at 8.30am each morning of your stay.

Location

Photos Flora Chiado Apartments location
Address
Flora Chiado Apartments
Rua Anchieta, 13
Lisbon
1200-023
Portugal

Planes

Direct flights from across Europe land at Lisbon Portela Airport is 10 kilometres from the hotel – around a half-hour drive; our Smith24 team can arrange flights and transfers.

Automobiles

One-way roads and winding streets mean that driving in Lisbon is seldom a stress-free experience; for ease and comfort, it’s best to stick to Lisbon’s sensibly-priced taxis. However, if you are a keen driver, there’s parking down the street from the hotel.

Other

Ferries arrive at the Praça do Comércio terminal from Seixal, Cacilhas, Montijo and Barreiro.

Worth getting out of bed for

Don’t leave Lisbon without browsing through next door’s curiosity shop A Vida Portuguesa; the entire cobblestoned neighbourhood is known for its high volume of bookshops. Creative types will also enjoy a visit to LX Factory, an on-trend enclave of boutiques, cafés, art studios and warehouse-style concept stores peddling handmade earrings and modish motorbike gear. 

Local restaurants

Chiado’s local restaurants are Michelin-star-spangled and only a short stroll from your doorstep. Bounce across the street to Belcanto, the first restaurant in Lisbon to be awarded two Michelin stars. Go coastal with the seabass or braised red mullet, or spring for a the tasting menu to avoid the dilemma of choosing just one dish; all washed down with regional wines, of course. At Michelin-starred Alma the menus are themed around the sea, Portuguese traditions and the chef’s international travels; try the three-course Origins menu to sample authentic Portuguese cuisine, or the Ways menu for international dishes inspired by the chef’s travels. Save room for dessert: a chocolate bombe with salted caramel and hazelnut sorbet or a caramelised Granny Smith apple tart with grapefruit and vanilla sorbet. For more casual evening meals, stroll through nearby Time Out market, where you’ll find everything from traditional Portuguese bacalhau (salt cod) dishes to octopus stew with sweet potato, and fire-baked pizzas to nigiri.

Reviews

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Rebecca Cope

Anonymous review

By Rebecca Cope, Travel journalist

After a taxi journey reminiscent of a car chase from the opening scenes of a Bond film, it’s an understatement to say that we breathed a sigh of relief on arriving at Flora Chiado Apartments in Lisbon largely unscathed.

Launched last November after three years of renovations, the 10 apartments beyond the stay’s unassuming exterior showcase original features, including 100-year-old azulejo wall tiles and high ceilings. They have modern touches too: arty floor lamps and prints by local photographer Rui Pahla, which made for a comfortably stylish ambience that still felt authentically Portuguese.

After our ordeal, we’re revived by a quaff of Moscatel at reception – I was interested in its medicinal properties, naturally… Then we’re given a guided tour of our apartment by our extremely friendly and knowledgeable hostess Maria. It’s situated on the ground floor at the back of the hotel, and we were impressed with just how spacious it was – there’s more than enough room for swinging several cats – but it’s cosy too, thanks to the inclusion of a working fireplace, fur throw and fluffy robes.

The first detail that caught my eye was the welcome wine, a 2014 bottle of locally grown white from Portuguese winemaker Jorge Rosa Santos, accompanied by another delicacy, Simões DOP Azeitão, a medium-soft cheese only sold in a few special places and perfect for smothering crispbreads with.  

By now, I was taken with the Portuguese style, so we sit down to consume both wine and cheese alfresco on the terrace. We listened to Maria’s advice that trying to catch the iconic Tram 28 to the Castelo de São Jorge for sunset – no matter how romantic it sounds – was a fool’s errand.

Once it dawned on us that the sun had set, we retreated inside. Cocooned in the fur throw from the bedroom, pretending to flick through the coffee-table tomes but really watching Project Runway All Stars, we somehow whiled away another hour.

We finally decided that perhaps we should spend a bit of time outside the apartment, rather than luxuriating indoors for the entire weekend, so I went to freshen up. I like to think of myself as something of a bathroom connoisseur, so my eyes immediately widened on spying the waterfall shower. I knew instinctively it would deliver the exquisite, pounding water pressure we sadly lack at home. I was also impressed by the Portus Cale toiletries; whether or not they embody the spirit of Portugal – as the packaging promises – I was thankful for the inclusion of a moisturiser after the drying plane air. My ablutions done, we at last ventured into the night to discover the best of Chiado.

Not to brag, but as first-timers to Lisbon, we couldn’t have picked a better base for exploring the city. Many tourist attractions are within walking distance (including the Elevador Santa Justa, the Time Out Food Market and the main Praça do Comércio, plus Rossio rail station for a daytrip further afield to Sintra). It’s also one of the buzziest, most atmospheric neighbourhoods, coming alive at night as locals and visitors alike spill onto the cobbled streets to eat, drink and listen to fado music.

For those seeking pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), try local institution Café A Brasileira across the road on Rua Garrett. We can also wholeheartedly recommend rooftop-carpark-turned-bar Park, a five-minute walk away, where drinks are accompanied by sweeping city views. After dining on the Best Tuna Steak Of Our Lives at the Decadente – a restaurant that was recommended to us by no less than four friends – we turned in for the night, dozing for hours in the comfy king-size bed. We were gently woken by sunrise, thanks to the room’s wooden window blinds.

I’m a firm believer in the oft-quoted adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; I’m a lark rather than a night owl, so it is perhaps unsurprising that I sprang from bed and ran to check our door for the hotel’s daily bread and pastry delivery (a bag of goodies akin to a full stocking on Christmas morning). We also had cheese, ham and jam from the fridge, but there were also eggs provided if you’re feeling a little more ambitious (read: a bit less lazy).

Two nights usually isn’t enough time to feel at home anywhere, but while staying at here I absentmindedly made my bed in the morning and did the washing-up one evening, even though I’m usually thrilled to find my mess magically disappeared every day while staying at a hotel. Bags packed, en route back to sub-zero England, I resolved to return to Lisbon and Flora Chiado; if only for the heavenly welcome of wine and cheese. And the shower.   

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Flora Chiado Apartments’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Top customer service experience from start to finish...in fact it started with the email a few days before we arrived, asking what type of bread/milk etc we would prefer each day - absolutely amazing! Everyone on reception was friendly and went the extra mile for us every day. The apartment was fantastic; beautiful furniture, more than fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen...warmed croissants are a must with a coffee from the supplied coffee machine! The apartments are located in the perfect spot: central, down a quiet street, and a 5-minute walk from one of the best Portuguese tart bakeries in central Lisbon. We will be making a return visit very soon. Outside the hotel we recommend having cocktails on the roof terrace at the LX Factory at sunset. Take a train to the beach at Cascais and have lunch at the House of Wonders. Walk the streets from district to district - trams are great, but walking takes you to streets/shops that you'll miss on the tram. After all that exercise, you can eat more Portuguese tarts, without guilt. Lisbon is our favourite city break ever!

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jul 2018

We loved

It felt like our apartment - very quiet and tranquil but literally feet away from bustling Chiado. Comfy bed and living areas: we had breakfast with fresh bread delivered each day and loved it. Right next door to Alma and Belcanto - both with Michelin stars. Great location, kind staff and wonderful place. 

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2018

We loved

This is one of the very best apartments we have ever stayed in. Beautifully appointed, well maintained and incredibly well managed. Miriam is absolutely delightful and the entire experience was absolutely perfect. The location is fantastic as well. The entire neighborhood is an eating extravaganza. We stayed with our three children ages 16-21 and all five of us loved it.

Don’t expect

Room service from a restaurant but they bring delicious breads every morning for breakfast.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2018

We loved

From the moment Julian picked us up at the airport, we knew we were in good hands. Miriam, Claudia and the rest of the staff at Flora Chiado made us feel welcome, helped with directions and dinner reservations, were warm, friendly and accommodating as though we were old friends. The accommodations are absolutely perfect. We stayed in two different apartments (front and back end of the trip) and both were private, quiet,and furnished with our every need anticipated. Despite the steamy 45 degree August weather, we were cool and comfortable with three modern air-conditioning units in the apartment. We made our own breakfast each day – including freshly squeezed OJ – with supplies provided. We will be back. It was a highlight of our two-week stay in Portugal.

Don’t expect

Room service.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jun 2018

We loved

Eveything – from the friendly check in through to the to departure, these apartments are very special and quite unique. They are in a great area of Lisbon, near lots of excellent bars, restaurants (right next door to Alma, the most amazing Michelin restaurant and a must visit) and shops with easy access to all the tourist sights but it feels like you are living with the locals. The apartments are beautifully designed, decorated and kitted out – the kitchen had absolutely everything in it including electric juice maker for the fresh oranges in the fridge, Bosch ovens, beautiful brand new crockery etc and some really nice touches incl. local jams to go with your breakfast and fresh bread delivered to your door every morning. We had a huge lounge, dining table, separate kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and patio doors opening onto the street below complete with electric blinds on all the windows, and everything top quality. We loved coming back to Flora after a day sightseeing and even had a chocolate left on our pillow every night from the fab cleaners. We would definitley stay here again and recommend it to anybody. Alma restaurant next door – for a very special dining experience and we had the 10 course tatsting menu which was amazing! SeaMe is also nearby and a fab fish restaurant and we loved the bars just outside the apartments, including a great burger in TO.B when you want a change from fish! We also loved the Lisbon 'Secret Food Tour' which took us on a walking tour to some fantastic food and drink places with the locals and so interesting to be with a guide telling you all about the customs and the neighbourhoods – definitley to be recommended.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet in a Friday and Saturday night – Lisbon has a very lively nightlife at the weekend! . Maybe ask for an aprtment on the back if you have children or are light sleepers.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Apr 2018

We loved

Both the decor and the location. The apartment has been interior designed to a very high standard. It is right in the middle of Lisbon, so it's easy to walk everywhere. Lots of lovely restaurants nearby and book shops. The grocery hamper and goodies on arrival were great as was the morning delivery of bread and croissants.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Mar 2018

We loved

Our apartment and the apartment building was "beautifully and tastefully" decorated, luxurious, had spacious accommodation and was perfectly located so you can walk to almost all the key sites and neighborhoods in Lisbon. Super friendly and helpful staff, in particular Julien who assisted us when we checked in and gave us some excellent local tips on what to see and do. Local reccomendations: Cervejeria Ramiro, JNcQuoi, Ginjinha Sem Rival, Pink Street, The Vegan Project, Ink Farm Food.

Don’t expect

Easy parking close to the hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Feb 2018