Pretend you’re a Lisbon local with help from The Lisboans: 15 self-catering apartments with prime city views, Portuguese flair and an enviable location. Rustle up feasts in your characterful kitchenette, or nip next door for picnic provisions at the Lisboans’ market store or meals at Prado, its sister restaurant. Stays here are guaranteed to be tasty: delicious breakfasts are brought to you daily (in a cute fabric bag) and António Galapito, the resturant's acclaimed executive chef, used to work alongside Nuno Mendes.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £207.96 (€240), including tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per room per night prior to arrival.
Grocery items (cheese, ham, jam, yoghurt, butter, milk, fruit, cereals, coffee, tea, sugar) will be left for you in your apartment’s fridge and pantry; at 8am each day, fresh bread and orange juice will be dropped off for you.
At the hotel
Communal room for check-ins; little market store next door; on-site mini-grocery; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, WiFi, air conditioning, a mini fridge stocked with (free) breakfast goodies, a kitchenette with an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, sink, kettle and coffee machine.
Our favourite rooms
There are no duds in this bunch: each apartment has its own distinctive decor and feel; covetable Portuguese furniture, fabrics and antiques feature throughout. That said, if you’re kipping here for more than three nights, you’ll appreciate the extra space – and the prime city views – offered by the Penthouse.
Little Smiths are very welcome (the apartments are best suited to tots aged between two and 16).
The Lisboan’s sister restaurant is farm-to-table and uses only local and seasonal ingredients. Recycling is encouraged in the apartments, the hotel is mindful of water conservation and light sensors help to conserve energy.
Your own, in your very own, fully kitted-out kitchenette. If you’re at Prado, sit in the centre of the dining room, to see and be seen.
Lisbon lounging: relaxed tailoring and glimmers of gold.
Next door to the apartments, you’ll find the Lisboans’ sister restaurant, Prado, which has been styled in imitation of a giant’s greenhouse. Acclaimed chef António Galapito – who used to work with Nuno Mendes – is in charge; his farm-to-table cuisine shines a spotlight on local Portuguese produce. It’s hard to keep up with the seasonal menu, which changes daily, and sometimes even more than once But whatever you opt for, pair it with a bottle of organic Portuguese wine (and admire all the bottles on display in the cellar at the back of the building). Fresh bread and orange juice will be delivered to your door in a little fabric bag each morning at around 8am, and you'll find other breakfast goodies stocked in the fridge.
Prado is open every Wednesday from 7pm to 11.30pm from noon to 11.30pm Thursday to Sunday.
The Lisboans boasts a plum location: steps from the Tagus River and within easy reach of the Lisbon Cathedral, in the city-central Baixa district. Cultural landmarks, noteworthy dining spots, cool 'hoods and retail lures are all a short walk away.
Lisbon’s airport is just a 20-minute drive away; hotel transfers can be arranged (from €30 for four people, one way). Let Smith24 sort your flights.
Santa Apolónia station is three kilometres from the hotel, with services connecting to the city of Porto.
If you come with wheels, park your car in the underground public car park nearby (€20 for 24 hours).
From the airport, you can also catch the Metro to the hotel. Take the Red Line towards São Sebastiã. After nine stops, exit at Alameda and switch to the Green Line towards Cais Do Sodré. After six stops, hop out at Baixa-Chiado (Rua do Crucifixo exit) and walk to 9 Travessa do Almada: hey presto, you’ve arrived.
Worth getting out of bed for
When you've polished off your lunch at Prado, borrow bikes and wheel around Lisbon. The hotel has partnered with a local tourist company: let staff know if you’d like to sign up for a tour, expedition or experience. Visit the Museu Nacional dos Cochesin Belém, which boasts one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world. (Taking the bus will never seem less glamorous.) Stroll around Lisbon’s mediaeval São Jorge Castle, which spies on the Tagus River; you can even sip a glass of wine while you soak up the views at the top. For an easier ramble, explore the Cathedral right next door to the Lisboans. Day-trippers can hop on a train along the coast to Cascais, around 90 minutes away, which has a winsome beach. Pick up picnic provisions from the Lisboans’ little market store, right next door...
Sample proper Portuguese food in tiny Taberna da Rua das Flores (+351 21 347 9418), which is beloved of the Lisboans’ owners. This restaurant doesn’t accept bookings, so get there early to avoid tantrums/tears. If you love seafood ceviche and pisco sours, A Cevicheria (+351 21 803 8815) on Rua Dom Pedro V will be right up your street. Dress to impress for this tasty proposition, which pays tribute to Peru’s national dish. Zero Zero on Pátio do Pinzaleiro in Príncipe Real serves faultless pizzas; try the classic Margherita DOP or the Pugliese.
Never been to a custard-tart bar? Change that at Manteigaria, minutes from Chiado, Lisbon’s popular shopping district – on Rua do Loreto. Manteigaria’s Art Deco building – a butter shop in another life – has a counter and kitchen where an endless (well, from 8am until midnight) procession of egg tarts are served. Watch the bakers rolling, shaping and filling new tarts through the plexiglass window while you munch your still-warm sugar-bomb. Every time a new batch of tarts comes out of the oven, a bell is rung.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Portuguese hotel in Baixa and unpacked their smoked mackerel and custard tarts, a full account of their self-catering city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lisboans in Lisbon…
If you were going to design your dream crash-pad in Lisbon, chances are you’d locate it bang in the bohemian, buzzing Baixa district and kit it out with Portuguese curios and artworks. Perhaps you’d include a stylish little kitchenette so you could rustle up Portuguese feasts and enjoy leisurely breakfasts, which, ideally, would be brought right to your door. Well, don’t worry – the Lisboans’ owners have gone and done the hard work for you: conceiving the most winsome self-catering apartments we’re yet to clap eyes on in the land of the three F’s (Fado music, the Fátima pilgrimage, and Futebol). There are 15 apartments to choose from, each one decorated with handmade tiles, hand-picked antiques, Portuguese fabrics and covetable furniture. And it’s self-catering with extras: there’s a drinks tray in the communal check-in room, plus a hotel-owned market store and stellar restaurant – helmed by acclaimed Portuguese chef António Galapito – right next door...