Welcome to LISBON'S PORTUGUESE DESIGN ROOM, a private room at a home shared with the host in the coolest neighbourhood in the world, Arroios. You can live in a beautifully rentable house of the 1950s in the centre of vibrant Lisbon. The home is furnished in the style of the 1960s by one of the biggest icons for Portuguese design in the 20th century, José Espinho, it is equipped with all the modern amenities, too. It shows my great passion for vintage interior design. A must for design lovers.
Suitable for up to one guest, my home is a real-life experience of Portuguese design history. One private bedroom and shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. All your daily needs are provided for. Here’s a brief overview:
# Private bedroom with a double mattress (133 x 183 cm) and a window
# Shared living area with a nostalgic touch, large sofa, dining table
# Shared kitchen - well-equipped with lots of stuff and view
# Shared bathroom - small, cosy and functional
LISBON'S PORTUGUESE DESIGN ROOM includes the following facilities and equipment:
- Sleep, 1 person
- Bed with double mattress (133x183 cm)
- High-quality linen
- Spacious and high-quality shower
- Towel sets and hairdryer
- Various seating, dining table
- A portable heater in the private bedroom
- Free WiFi
- Stove, refrigerator
- Washer and dryer
- Cooking facilities, microwave, kettle, toaster
- Toiletries (shampoo and soap)
- Iron and ironing board
If something should be missing, please let me know.
The room is situated in Arroios district, elected by Time Out editors and experts the coolest neighbourhood in the world in 2019. In Lisbon’s multicultural parish of Arroios, the new coexists with the classic and diversity is everywhere. Along Avenida Almirante Reis and its arteries, you can be dazzled by open-air galleries, such as urban artist Akacorleone’s recent reinvention of the Campo Mártires da Pátria basketball court. You can taste flavours from the four corners of the world, from the best dim sum in the city at Grande Palácio Hong-Kong to top-drawer Mexican at El Taco Chingón. You can get cultivated at the neighbourhood’s many cultural centres, and discover historical treasures such as the neoclassical São Lázaro Municipal Library, the Portuguese capital’s oldest. The temporary closure of Arroios metro station hasn’t taken the wind out of the area’s sails: hop off at another stop such as Anjos, or rent a scooter in Praça do Chile and discover the neighbourhood on two wheels. There are lots of independent things happening, young people, artists and people from all over the world. A neighbourhood that people used to be afraid of is now Lisbon’s dynamic, intercultural hub.
EAT - The longest queue on Almirante Reis speaks for itself: the venerable Ramiro remains one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Shovel down clams, peel some prawns, share a plate of ham, clean out a stuffed crab, split a traditional prego sandwich and empty some beers.
DRINK - Occupying a nineteenth-century palace, Casa Independente was the place that put Arroios back on Lisbon’s nightlife map. It’s an artistic project of the Ironia Tropical cultural association, so it’s not just a good place for a drink but also a restaurant and live music venue.
DO - From exhibitions and fairs to plays and live gigs, anything can happen at the Mercado de Culturas: a multipurpose space in the old nave of the Mercado do Forno do Tijolo. By 2021 it will have a new neighbour: the House of Diversity, housing Lisbon’s official support centres for LGBTQ+ people and minorities.
THE OTHERS NEIGHBOURHOODS
# Bairro Alto & Chiado (browse boutique shops, ride vintage funiculars to miradouros and hit Lisbon’s most happening bars in these central neighbourhoods) → 12 min away by metro.
# Alfama, Castelo & Graça (discover fado, characterful backstreets and high-rise viewpoints in this trio castle-crowned neighbourhoods) → 20 min away by metro + foot.
# Belém (Manueline monuments, a Unesco-listed monastery and contemporary art await in this nautical-flavoured neighbourhood by the river) → 45 min away by metro + tram.
# Parque das Nações (the riverside district shines with outdoor art, futuristic architecture and Europe’s second-biggest aquarium) → 25 min away by metro.
# Saldanha (top-drawer museums, pristine gardens and some of Lisbon’s best restaurants lure you north to this lesser-known neighbourhood) → 17 min away on foot.
# Estrela & Lapa (a world-class ancient art museum, streets with low-key and leafy charm in these neighbourhoods) → 30 min away by bus.
# Príncipe Real (an open-minded, bohemian-flavoured corner of Lisbon) → 22 min away by bus + foot.
Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal