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When I was looking for a place to stay in Lisbon, Portugal, I knew I wanted to stay in the Chiado or Bairro Alto area since it was central to mostly everything and known to be the trendy neighborhoods. I searched on Booking.com and Chiado Arty Flats had one of the highest ratings with excellent reviews, so I knew I had to stay here.
Chiado Arty Flats is a boutique hotel and had rooms with balconies and/or city views and I chose to go with a city view room. The cost was 146 Euros per night and I thought it was a fair price compared to some of the Airbnb rooms I was looking at. You can probably get the room at a cheaper price at off-peak times. I went in the middle of the summer, so it was peak season.
I arrived at Lisbon airport very early at 7:30 in the morning and took a short Uber ride to the hotel which cost 10.50 Euros. My room wasn't ready yet since it was so early in the morning but the receptionist at the front desk was very kind and said he would keep the luggage for me while I was out and would e-mail me as soon as the room was ready.
I went out to get some breakfast and stopped by the bakery called Padaria do Bairro the receptionist recommended, which was just down the street. It was pretty busy but the line went by quickly and there was still plenty of seating. If you can’t find seating inside, there’s a square called Praça Luís de Camões right across the street with lots of benches too.
The hotel was in a great location near lots of restaurants, bakeries and shops. It’s located right across the street from the O Cauteleiro Statue and a short 5-minute walk to Praça Luís de Camões, a popular square and meeting spot. If you need to kill some time like I did, I recommend doing the free walking tour with Lisbon Chill Out. Our tour guide was wonderful and it was a great introduction to the city. It lasts for 3 hours but you can leave anytime you’d like. Just remember to tip your hard-working tour guide before you go.
I met a fellow solo traveler on the free walking tour and we ended up exploring the city for the rest of the day, so I didn’t get back to my hotel until 9:30 in the evening. There was another friendly receptionist there when I arrived and he walked me up to my room. My luggage was already placed in my room and he showed me some of the functionalities of the room.
I loved how colorful and unique my room was. There were large paintings on the wall which were pictures of Bairro Alto’s graffiti work. It was a spacious room with hardwood floors, a queen size bed, a sofa bed, satellite flat-screen TV, refrigerator, dining table, Nespresso coffee machine and a kitchen. The coffee and water were free on the kitchen counter. I used the entire bottle of complimentary water to fill up my water bottles. You’re going to need water with you at all times in Lisbon because those hills are killer. They also provided free WiFi which worked very well. They have a WiFi system set up so that each room has it’s own WiFi, so the connection was superb. Bonus that they left delicious custard tarts on the dining room table for me too.
I appreciated that they provided plenty of outlets. They even had a cool looking cube outlet on the nightstand next to the bed. It seemed like everywhere I turned, there was an outlet. There were so many that I ran out of converters before the outlets! That’s impressive.
The bathroom was a bit small but it didn’t bother me too much. I do wish they would have gave more room between the cool sink made of metal barrel and the toilet. I’m 5’9” and I really had to squeeze in to get to the toilet. There was a bidet next to the toilet as well but I’ve never used one of those. The shower was great with the right amount of pressure and temperature. They provided plenty of lush towels as well. There was also a hair dryer placed at the top of the towel shelf, which may be hard to reach for some since it was pretty high up there. Again, I’m 5’9” so it wasn’t a problem for me.
Before I went to bed, I wanted to get a little snack like a gelato. I noticed a gelato shop right next door but the receptionist advised me not to go there because he heard how they make the gelato and said it’s not good. He didn’t go into the details but gave me another recommendation on a good gelato shop down the street. I appreciated his honest opinion. I honestly thought the gelato shop was part of the hotel because it was right next door.
After I had my snack, I went to bed and slept like a baby. Chiado is a bustling area but I did not hear any noises throughout the night. It was very quiet and I did not hear any of my neighbors either. The bed was very comfortable and they provided plenty of pillows.
Overall, I loved my stay at Chiado Arty Flats. I loved it so much that I wish I had more time to spend here. If I go back to Lisbon, I will definitely stay here again. I would also like to check out their cute wine bar they have downstairs as well, so if you stay here, definitely leave time for that.
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