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Architectural Gem in Historic Biaxa

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 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:
January 24, 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Architectural Gem in Historic Biaxa
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Excellent apartment, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

This property was excellent for our stay. Very clean on arrival, check in was well organised and easy, apartment is beautiful. Great position and convenient for everything that is good about Lisbon. Would not hesitate to come back or recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Large roomy apartment. Great area and very clean

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the city, walking distance to great restaurants and sight seeing.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful apartment in the heart of Lisbon!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our 3 night stay. Very comfortable apartment and close to everything. Can be a little noisy with the traffic particularly in the front bedroom. Richard was super helpful. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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This was the perfect spot to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 wonderful days in this apartment and loved every minute of it! It was incredibly clean, looked exactly (maybe even better) than the pictures of it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Christina (the property manager) was delightful and so helpful. The location was fabulous! It was a short walk to the supermarket, nice restaurants, the castle, and the main shopping area of the historic center. We got such a wonderful overview of Lisbon from here and loved living in a real neighborhood. When we had to check out and needed a place to stay for one more day, Richard Harmon gave us two hotel recommendations located nearby. We used one of his recommendations, and it was perfect. He was very responsive every time we emailed him with a question. We had a fabulous stay in Lisbon!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Gorgeous, spacious apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was wonderful. My only regret was that I wish I could have stayed there longer (in Lisbon as well). The rooms were spacious. Everything was clean and comfortable. We didn't take advantage of the wine bottles, but it was a nice touch that they were available.

The location was great. It was very central to many of the places that we wanted to visit. Everything was either in walking distance from the apartment or at least walking distance to a tram or bus that could take us there.

Cristina responded promptly to any questions we had before arriving; there were no problems during our stay, but I'm sure she would have been as attentive during the stay as well. She was very cordial and gave some good advice about getting around options of places to go and see.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Stunning- a fantastic location in the historic Baixa

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing property! From opening the gates and meeting Cristina, the local contact, our expectations were more than met. The size, scale and proportions of the very well appointed apartment are not really done justice in the photos.

Cristina was extremely professional and helpful even though our travel plans were disrupted at both ends of our trip, she assisted in a calm manner.

The location is superb, both for the day to day amenities of supermarket, and particularly the little shop over the road for water, but also for the tourist elements. Richards welcome pack of local information is great.

Lisbon we will be back, 3 days was not enough!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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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).


Rates & Availability

Baixa Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $56
Refundable damage deposit $251
Tax Rate 17.0%

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.
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Baixa Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 145 m²
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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