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Casa do Barão 3.5

Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

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Pros

  • In trendy Chiado, close to popular attractions and public transportation
  • Stylish rooms with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning
  • Small pool in a charming private garden
  • Honor bar and snacks offered throughout the day
  • Free breakfast buffet with Portuguese dishes
  • Cozy library with couches and books
  • Massages and fitness training upon request
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Children under 16 not allowed (pro for some)
  • Limit of two people per room
  • No in-room minibars or coffee- and tea-making facilities

Bottom Line

Casa do Barao is a charming upper-middle-range bed-and-breakfast in Lisbon's trendy Chiado neighborhood. Artistically and eclectically furnished with modern and quirky pieces, this B&B is great for couples and independent travelers (children under 16 are not allowed) looking for a homey, relaxing place to rest while visiting the city. Its 12 guest rooms are modern and clean, equipped with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning, plus some have terraces with views of the garden that features a small pool. With free breakfast, a great location, cozy library, and an honor bar, it’s a good find in the city center. For an alternative, check out ZUZABED & Breakfast B&B, Apartments & Villas, which offers similar trendy rooms as well as full-service apartments, plus breakfast is included in rates.

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Scene

Historic bed-and-breakfast with an eclectic design and cozy vibe; attracts mostly couples

Situated in a historic 18th-century cream Pombalino-style building with maroon windows and balconies -- refurbished in 2014 to preserve its historic features -- Casa do Barao offers a welcoming vibe and stylish interiors. The living room is a mix of colors, featuring bright artwork, a burgundy patterned rug, and mismatched furniture that come together to create a stylish, eclectic look. The adjacent library has a similar style; it's a cozy room filled with weathered couches, shelves of books, and funky busts, cute statues, and antique-style portraits. The breakfast room is small -- a veranda off the living room that’s illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that lead out to a charming garden with fruit trees, potted plants, a small pool, and tables and chairs for seating. This property is best suited for couples and friends, as children under 16 are not allowed, and there is a limit to two guests per room.

Location

Convenient Chiado location within walking distance of several main attractions, restaurants, and shopping

Casa do Barao sits on a cobbled street lined with colorful historic buildings, right in the middle of Chiado, one of Lisbon’s “it’” neighborhoods. It’s an elegant district with old-style cafes, restaurants, shops, theaters, and bookstores filling the surrounding streets, and it’s easy to reach most of the top city attractions from here. The Santa Justa Elevator is a seven-minute walk away; Rossio Square is nine minutes away; and Praça do Comércio can be reached in 12 minutes. Sao Jorge Castle is a 26-minute walk away, or about 22 minutes via public transportation. The nearest bus stop is two minutes away, while the closest metro stop and train station, Cais do Sodré, is a seven-minute walk. Lisbon's Portela Airport is about a 20-minute drive away, or 33 minutes via public transit.

Rooms

Stylish, airy rooms with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning; some have balconies

The guest rooms here are airy, contemporary, and beautifully decorated with a nearly all-white color scheme accented by pops of vibrant hues here and there courtesy of curtains and chairs. This stylish, contemporary aesthetic is paired with gorgeous hardwood floors and antique pieces that lend the spaces a touch of history. Some rooms add an artistic flair with framed black-and-white photographs or drawings adorning the walls. Standard amenities include mounted flat-screen TVs, safes, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi, though the rooms lack minibars, and only Premium With Terrace Rooms have coffee machines. Some have terraces with either views of the garden or the street. Bathrooms vary in style -- some have green marble and others a cream color scheme -- however, all are fairly small. But they're outfitted with showers with rainfall showerheads, toiletries, and hairdryers. 

Features

Small pool in a charming garden, cozy library, honesty bar, and freebies like Wi-Fi and breakfast

For its size, the hotel offers a nice selection of extra perks and features. Though it’s barely large enough to take a dip in, there’s a small pool in a lovely patio garden area. Here, guests can sip a drink or take their breakfast alfresco. The free daily breakfast is popular, offering a variety of options that include pastries, cakes, fruit, cold cuts, cheese, homemade jams, juices, coffee, and tea. The hotel also has a cozy library where guests can sit and peruse a book or serve themselves a drink from the honesty bar. Massages and personal trainer sessions can be booked upon request. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Airport transfers cost a fee and public parking can be found nearby. 

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Address

Rua da Emenda 84, Lisbon, Central Portugal 1200-170, Portugal