The flat is in the 3th floor of a 18th century building with stone and wood staircases, and 19th century tiles in the walls.
The building façades are facing North and South. It has a magnificent old city view towards the North. (Bairro Alto, São Bento, Estrela and Príncipe Real).
The area and the building are residential and quite peaceful.
The flat has been recently renovated (September 2012). In the renovation, carefully done under the supervision of an architect, the apartment was entirely rehabilitated.
All materials used in the construction are 100% natural/ ecological: wooden structure and boarding, natural stone floors, and traditional lime mortar in the walls. All together they greatly enhance the quality of the inner environment, guaranteeing you the difference in your stay.
Despite the big remodelling, the spirit of the traditional Pombaline architecture remains intact and prevails in such elements as the fireplace, the tiled walls, the peach pine doors, and door and windows massive oak shutters.
The apartment is, so to say, a 80 square meters space.
The entry hall, with wooden flooring and traditional wooden ceiling communicates with the living, the dinning-room, master bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
There are two separated bedrooms:
the master bedroom equipped with a double bed; (window toward the city view - North)
and the secondary bedroom also equipped with a double bed (window toward the main façade - South)
In each bedroom two sliding panels (a wooden one and glass one) separate them from the dinning-room. This configuration allow you to create more or less intimacy, more open or closed spaces, and to make light cross the 3 rooms.
The living room is a quite cosy place. The large acacia floor boards are unique! Then, over a large carpet, you find the sofa, two armchairs, a couple of chairs and all accessories (TV set, DVD player, Hi-Fi set and a few DVDs). There are cultivated flower pots outside the windows.
The dinning room, was designed, inspired by a bistro ambiance. There are two wood and grey marble tables and chairs, and above them, a very dim light coming from two industrial 70's lamps suspended by the ceiling. For a breakfast or a luncheon in family you can open completely the sliding panels and get all the light in.
In the kitchen, the main piece is the old chimney. You will be cooking in its interior! The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, refrigerator (no freezer though), microwave-grill, and electrical hob. In the drawers and cabinets you will find everything that you will be needing. Everything pretty tidy and clean! By the window you'll see a beautiful 'jacarandá tree' with its violet flower mass just in front of it and the Northern Hills (Bairro Alto, São Bento, Estrela and Príncipe Real)
The bathroom is designed both in white marble and Portuguese traditional tiles. A wall mirror brings lisbon's light and views into the room. The marble shower has an incredible view to the North side of the city!
In the interior, the 6 existing windows allow a lot of natural light to come in. By night, the lighting design is simple, subtle and thus comfortable.
There is cable TV and wi-fi internet free of charge.
In each bedroom, living, dinning room and bathroom, there are electric heaters at your disposal.
The flat is located in the Bairro of Santa Catarina, in the historical centre of Lisbon.
Santa Catarina is an old quarter which blends both magnificent palaces and 18th and 19th century housing. It has a wonderful location on the top of a hill facing the Tagus River and its margins. Due to constrained traffic access, it has a very peaceful neighbourhood. Organized alongside a small garden is the sightseeing place "Miradouro de Santa Catarina", from where you would want to enjoy the astonishing view of the city and river.
A 3 minutes walk brings you either to Bairro Alto or to Chiado, where you can experience the Portuguese gastronomy and have a feel of the Bairro Alto's night life in its bars and discos.
A 10 minutes walk brings you to Baixa - down town, one of Lisbon's best shopping areas, an exquisite association of modern stores and old boutiques. Baixa is also one of the oldest districts of the capital, its streets converging to the famous Praça do Comércio, historical door from where all the spices, gold, silk and other various unknown treasures entered Europe during the splendorous years of the great discoveries.
At 100 meters from the flat, you can catch the famous tramway #28 that covers the sightseeing tour of Lisbon's hills.
Just beside the flat, Bica tramway railway takes you down to Cais-do-Sodré where you will find the tramways to Belém and the trains to Cascais. If you'd rather walk note that you can enjoy a 5 minutes walk aside the tramway rail line and down the Bica quarter.
Cais do Sodré also has a port of embarkation to cross the Tagus River. The back trip is an amazing journey that helps understanding the city's growth along its' seven hills.
In between Chiado, Baixa and Cais-do-Sodré you have access to diverse public transportation (bus, train, tram and subway) which can deliver you directly to any point in the city.
Due to the flat's central location and the proximity of many of Lisbon's interest points, a few minutes walk will be a delight and surely another point of view of the city's landscape.
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There are no special house rules other than those you have at your own home!
The apartment will be clean. Fresh towels and bed ware will be left to assure your comfort. The final cleaning, in order to guaranty a perfect presentation at guest's arrival, is our responsibility. Although, we kindly ask guests to leave the apartment in a respectful condition.
You will find some Nespresso coffee capsules with different aromas and tastes. In the cupboards you will find tea, beverage, spices, salt, olive-oil, vinegar and some other basic products. As a courtesy to the next guest you are only asked to replace should you finish any.
At your disposal there is a guest book were you can write your final appreciation, complaints and suggestions which can help us improve. Also, we kindly ask you to leave your testimonial.
In the apartment you will find a detailed instruction manual with additional information about the apartment and its appliances.
Should you need something else other than the provided, for any additional information, feel free to contact the owner.
_Check in procedure
Guests will be given 1 set of keys (building's entrance door and the apartment's main door) and a brief introduction to the apartment.
Guests must inform of their departure time in order to arrange the verification of the apartment and the returning of the keys.
_Check out procedure
Before guests departure, keys must be returned and the apartment and its belongings will be verified.
Welcome to Lisboa! We wish you a pleasant stay in Sta. Catarina's.
We are grateful for your choice and for your trust in us and we sincerely hope to earn your confidence again in a short time.
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