For a city break for a few days, it was ideal. It was a little bit away from the main attractions right in the centre, however there are still plenty of bars and restaurants around. Below the flats, there is a nice Italian bar and restaurant and you're within a couple of minutes walk to some high end high street stores/shops.
You'll need to make sure that you have code entry on the way in.
The only drawback is really at the very start and the very end of your stay as you will need to carry your suitcases all the way up to your room as there are no lifts.
Entry is via a code they email you, which lets you into the front door of the block and also into your individual room. Odd decor but most of the basics attended to (no clothes washer in the room). Our only issue was getting the night temperature suitable for sleeping - with the air con on it was a bit cold (no choice of coverings, basically light duvet or nothing) and the air con has a blue light that really lit up the room; with the aircon off it would get stifling at 2 in the morning. But would stay again.
I have just had six nights in Lisbon, staying at the Charm Flats. Here are my thoughts:
- great location. Very central, 10 mins walk to the the central squares, nestled below Biarro Alto and close to pretty much all the places you’re likely to visit in the city.
- funky flat (see photos) modern fittings, good air con, Nespresso machine, etc.
- very clean and room refreshed every other day.
- nice shared terrace area if you want to sit outside after returning from a day out and about.
- easy access; same code for outside and flat doors. Although there was a delay in Charm messaging me the codes (should have emailed to me on the Friday, didn’t receive until the Monday when I was travelling).
- the lighting in flat I had wasn’t right. It was one extreme or the other. The main lights were very bright/harsh and there was only one lamp which was by the bedside. Would benefit from a lamp in the living room area and some down lights in the kitchenette area.
- some noise in the night which may have been partly from the bar underneath and also from others guests. Not off the scale but did disturb a couple of nights’ sleep.
So overall a really great base for exploring Lisbon and further afield (I went by train to Sintra, plus the beaches at Carcavelos and Estoril). If you want quiet and high-end plush, somewhere to spend a few hours after your day, maybe not for you, but if central and minimalist is your thing then I’d recommend!
Appartments are very well decorate à rock'n roll way, even a marshall bluetooth speaker is in the room.
My appartment was Smaller than he looks like on the photo but big enough for me.
Be awared that if you are driving parking is very hard during the day but easier at night.
I'll stay there for sure on my next visit to lisboa :-)
We stayed here last month in the room with private terrace and outside bath. The stay was lovely and wish we would have been there during summer. The seating area outside was a bit wasted with it being so cold.
Word of warning, the "roof" on the private terrace is not water proof so if it's meant to rain, take your stuff inside.
The bed is super comfy and the duvet was warm. The heating is from an air conditioner so it does not heat evenly (it's meant to cool the place down in the hot weather but not too effective in cold weather. There are no radiators.
The hot water was a problem for us on 1 occasion. We took a shower and it took a full 14 hours to get hot water back that's how slowly the boiler worked - we wanted to call reception but it was a Friday night and everyone had gone home for the weekend. A 24 hr reception would be helpful but being a self catering unit you can't really expect that.
If you have lots of bags and babies it's not wise to stay here because of the staircases and dark entrance halls to get to your room. Lighting could definitely be improved.
The flat was clean and well kept. The variety of cooking utensils for a self catering unit could be a little better but we survived. There is a cupboard in the main bathroom that was fairly useless as the sink blovks it from opening so it wasnt well thought out but other cupboards sufficed with our few items.
The staff were very friendly and professional and willing to help wherever they could.
2 bathrooms were helpful as there is no door on the main bathroom. The prices for the items in the fridge were a bit high so we bought our own things in the local store.
The location is excellent. Super close to the metro, kids playground in the square downstairs, convenience stores and restaurants downstairs with many options for food in the area. Everything is within close walking distance. Very upmarket part of lisbon and very safe. 25/20 mins taxi from the airport. Shouldn't pay more than €10 for a single trip from/to the airport for a standard size taxi. Add an extra €2 for suitcases.
I would recommend staying here.