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Architectural Gem in Historic Biaxa

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Madalena House is a professionally managed, large (145 sm/1550 sq ft) 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment in a 200+year old building in the historic center of Lisbon that has rare architectural features making this a truly unique apartment to enjoy and explore historic Lisbon. It is configure to host 4 people. This is has been setup as our personal vacation home and as a vacation rental.

Madalena House has 1 meter thick stone walls and stone archways within this unique apartment with large open plan living and dining areas with the exposed traditional Pombaline-style wood structure that have been furnished to a very high and comfortable standard. Access to this apartment is via the ground floor entrance with just a few steps to the apartment. This apartment contains the following features:

− It is configured to sleep 4 people with 1 large king-sized master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a 2nd bedroom with 2 double beds and separate bathroom.

− The Living Room has a large sofa with 2 lounge chairs, 48” HD LED TV with 170 Cable Channels.

− The dining room has a large architect designed dining table that seats 8 comfortably.

− The apartment has high speed Fiber-Optic Wifi internet access, a new HP Photoshop Wifi printer and a separate small laundry room with washer/dryer.

− The Bedrooms have all towels, sheets, comforters, linens and a variety of pillows - all from the El Corte Ingles’ Primuvo brand.

− The kitchen is fully stocked for those that enjoy cooking and sampling the fresh local produce including such accessories as a Neospresso machine, a espresso coffee percolator, Bosch hand blender, WMF Cutlery, Zwilling cookware, Bosch Toaster, Microwave, Induction Stove Top and Oven, Dishwasher, separate refrigerator and freezer and a full range of related kitchen items.

− Other amenities include a new washer/dryer, cloths iron and ironing board, Miele vacuum cleaner, hair blow dryer and a Harmon Kardon Onyx (bluetooth, airplay, and DLNA enabled) sound system.

Madalena House welocmes dogs subject to an additional cleaning and security deposit.

(sorry no cats permitted)

More Details

Property Manager
Richard Harmon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Richard Harmon

We are Americans working and living in London. My wife is an academic and I work for a global software company. We love Lisbon for its long and rich history, great architecture, good food, wonderful climate, affordability and the friendly people. It is truly a great place to explore, enjoy and relax.

Richard Harmon purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Richard Harmon chose Lisbon

This is a very unique 200+year old apartment with nearly 1 meter thick stone walls that lies within an area called Baixa - the historic center of the city. We have furnished this to a very high standard for our own use and for our guests to enjoy. Located on the 1st floor with only a few steps via a grand entrance way.

What makes this apartment unique

An Architectural Gem in central historic Lisbon within easy walking distance to most of the major sites within historic Lisbon.


Nearest Airport
4.2 Miles
Lisbon Airport - Taxi 15-20 euros
Car: not necessary

The apartment is located in an area called Baixa - the historic center of the city. It sits in a valley/plateau that lies between two hills. To the East of the apartment lies St George's Castle (the elevator is 200 meters away) and the historic but very hilly Alfama district (the oldest remaining part of Lisbon and the Moorish center with some great architectural examples). To the West of Baixa lies Chaido and Barrio Alto. Chaido has many international designer shops and Barrio Alto is the area where you will find over 100 bars & restaurants that pretty much runs all night long with a crowded and loud street life but fun to visit in the evening.

In Baixa you have the historic center that is being or has been renovated with many new boutique hotels, lots of outdoor restaurants and the new Design Museum (MUDE). There are also many shops (though not the exclusive designer stores that exist in Chiado). Each of these areas are very small in scale with their own unique character which makes walking around quite easy - though hilly in spots. You can walk from the East end (St George’s Tower) to the West Side (Barrio Alto) in 20-30 mins.

Santa Justa Elevator:

One of the city's best-loved landmarks and also known as the 'Elevator of Carmo,' this extraordinary structure was built at the turn of the century by the Portugal-born French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, explaining the structure's similarities to Paris' Eiffel Tower), to connect downtown to Bairro Alto (the lowest and highest points of the city).


Baixa Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Modern, spacious shower with large Primuvo bath towels.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to Master Bedroom with large Primuvo bath towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Beds (44' W), down summer duvet, 4 pillows, 2 bathrobes.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bed comes with summer down duvet, 2 pillows per person.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services


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Spacious, beautiful, and great location

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay! Comfortable, airy, and close to many restaurants and historical sites. Cristina was VERY helpful and welcoming. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very spacious flat

  • 4 of 5

This flat had most of what you'd want in a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit. My only suggestion is to install a wand in the second shower along with better towels and more towels and towel racks in the second bathroom. Hooks for towels are inferior for getting the towel to dry. Cristina was wonderful and our short 2 night stay worked out very well. It's a good location and very comfortable. The hand selected wine provided for very reasonable prices was a welcome addition.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and spacious apartment in great location between the two hills.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week staying in this apartment.

We had plenty of room with our six year old. The place was very clean and had an exceptional breeze through the space (air conditioning worked fine when it was needed, but we did not use it during the day because of the great cross ventilation).

We were not sure about the location but found it to be very convenient and quieter than expected. The apartment is a nice walk to everything between the two hills.

Check in and out was very quick and smooth.

We recommend this for a stay in Lisbon.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, great apartment

  • 5 of 5

As two retired couples, we stayed eight days and had a great time. The location was perfect for using the public transit, trains, metro, trams and buses; nice grocery store; pastry shops for breakfast; restaurants; and just plan walking around.

The apartment had plenty of room with everything you could want. Didn't need to take advantage of the electronics provided or the fully equipped kitchen, but it was well stocked in the event we did want to cook.

First time in Portugal and would like to come back, if so I would definitely try and rent this apt again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 nights in this rental in Lisbon. Looked like the pictures. Cristina, the apartment manager, met us at the place & explained usage. The furnishings in the place were very nice.

An issue during our stay, but shouldn't stop people from renting - we had 90 degree weather while we were there & there is only air conditioning in the master bedroom. The evenings didn't even cool down enough to open the windows for a cross draft. The other bedroom where my daughter was was very warm at night - they used the portable fan but said it was too loud to sleep by. We were comfortable in the master bedroom with the A/C.

Also to be noted, the apartment is on a fairly steep street so be aware if you have trouble walking up hill. Ok for us but might be an issue for others.

Other than the heat (which is beyond the owners control) we enjoyed the apartment very much.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay In Lisbon

  • 5 of 5

Was a wonderful place to stay. Visit went smoothly from meeting with the property manage until our departure. We shared the apartment with my wife's sister and husband. They had nothing to say except great stay at a terrific location. Would return again if the opportunity presented itself.

Thank you Richard.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60.75
Additional Guest Fee $31.05 per person per night
Pet Fee $27
Damage Deposit $269.98

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the apartment or Lisbon.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.