Bedrooms 2, Bathrooms 2, Sleeps 5
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Wonderful apartment in Center City
Cozy and comfortable apt in old City center close to everything. Our flight was late, both driver and Manuel Jose met us after 9:30pm to insure we had access to the apt. Wonderful hosts.
To begin with something positive, the staff with whom we were in contact were uniformly pleasant and spoke good English. There were several of them suggesting a fairly large organization
We arranged through the apartment managing company staff to be picked up at the airport. The driver, another very pleasant person, was not there when we arrived and it was a good 15 minutes of anxious searching among the many people waiting to pick up visitors before his sign appeared. The fare (payable to the rental company) was twice what a cab cost our friends who joined us next day.
The photographs suggest a modern, clean and attractive apartment. In fact it is quite tired looking and when we arrived there was a musty smell that suggested it has not been aired for sometime (possibly since last season).
In the evenings clear, normal conversation could be heard from a neighboring apartment making sleep difficult for our friends.
Homeless couples were residing under trees in the parkette next door waking us most morning arguing as they made their way into the city. One morning a queen sized, filthy mattress had been dumped over the wall in the front entrance area (it was removed later in the day).
Some of the china mugs had been replaced in the cupboards still with food residue in them.
Although more or less clean and tidy there were places which had not received any attention. Our bathroom had a window ledge covered in dust and tree debris.
There were the advertised kitchen utensils and appliances but we were unable to figure out the oven/microwave and there were no manuals or other instructions for us to consult.
Finally, our TV did not work. An agent came on two successive day and finally called in someone who indicated it probably needed a new cable box. We therefore had no working TV for our entire stay.
Overall this worked out much more expensive, due to add ons, than the advertisement suggested.
Potential renters need to check this carefully.
Despite all these quibbles the city itself was worth the visit. The weather was initially unusually rainy and cool but improved later. There were also more people than we had expected for the end of April and trams etc were very full.
Portuguese folk overall we found were very pleasant and helpful.
Nice modern apartment in Baixa Lisbon
Apartment 321 is in an old building but has been modernized with a 2 bedrooms - a king size downstairs and a attic bedroom with a twin bed; 2 nice bathrooms; kitchen with W/D; oven; Dishwasher; nice dining room with TV. Has internet that is best in the dining and living area not so good in the bedrooms. Very well stocked with cutlery, cooking utensils, plates, cups, glasses. Our taxi could not find the place. Best address to use for Uber or Taxi is Graffiti Santa Maria Maior or Rue Sao Mamede 22; most folks do not find the actual address. From this drop off point there is a steep climb up to the building. A flight of stairs going up to a iron gate - then 3 doors to the apartment. Very centrally located. Close to restaurants; Castelo Sao Jorge (about 4-5 min walk); Alfama; there is a well stocked grocery store PINGO DOCE about 3 min away. Was an awesome place to stay, Managers were helpful. There is no place to store bags if you need to check out early or arrive early and want to walk around - the apt folks suggest Rossio station lockers - they are usually full. Overall and strong recommend.
Etwas versteckt nahe Castello und Altstadt
Die Unterkunft liegt in einer kleinen sich bergan windenden Zwischengasse und es setzt schon detektivisches Können voraus, sie zu finden. Ohne die Beschreibung in der ersten Bewertung wären wir wahrscheinlich verzweifelt. Kein Taxi/Uber+Navi kennt die Adresse. Eine Lageskizze/Fotos des Hauses wären hier hilfreich gewesen. Das Apartment war sauber, geräumig, angenehm gelüftet und die Einrichtung wie auf den Fotos. Was uns gefreut hat waren die bequemen Betten/Gästebetten, die gute Lage, der Blick aus den Fenstern und der Platz den wir zu dritt hatten. Geärgert haben wir uns über kaputte Türen, Stühle und Küchenutensilien sowie den Schimmel im Duschbad. Der Check-in-Assistent war zwar sehr nett und half beim Gepäck, hat sich aber nicht lang mit Erklärungen aufgehalten, so dass wir noch ein paar mal zum W-Lan, den Bedienungsanleitungen für Küchengeräte und anderem nachfragen mussten. Es gibt ein gut sortierten Supermarkt "Pingo Doce" ganz in der Nähe, aber das muss man auch erst einmal rausfinden, weil er versteckt liegt und offensichtlich der Agentur nicht bekannt ist. Tagsüber war es recht ruhig und nachts konnte es schon mal sehr lebhaft werden. Aber mehr als der gelegentliche, nächtliche Straßenlärm hat uns das kreissägenhafte Quietschen der 2 schmiedeeisernen Eingangstüren gestört. Es gibt immerhin 3 Ferienwohnungen in diesem Haus und entsprechend viele Gäste. Mit ein bisschen handwerklichen Geschick, ein paar Reparaturen und etwas mehr Aufmerksamkeit den Gästen gegenüber könnte es die Super Adresse sein, die man von der Beschreibung so angenommen hatte. So erschien es auch uns etwas überteuert. Trotz allem - wir hatten einen schönen Aufenthalt!