The 75m2 (800ft2) apartment has a queen bed to accommodate 2 guests. It is filled with natural light, coming through 3 double glass windows and 2 double glass doors leading to the balconies. Handsome Portuguese style wooden shutters adorn each window and door, serving as insulation against light, heat/cold and sound.
The Castelo apartment was completely renovated for modern living, including such amenities as exterior security camera viewable from the foyer, central audio system with speakers in the rooms, hydro massage shower cabin, and marble bathroom and kitchen. Yet, it still maintains traditional Portuguese style with distinctive wood patterns on ceilings, window shutters, doors and frames. It is a corner apartment, located on the first floor (US: second floor). It is accessible by either stairs or elevator.
The kitchen and bathroom have granite counter tops and marble walls. All the appliances in the kitchen are hidden behind handsome cabinet doors. The bathroom comes with a bidet, a towel warmer rack and a shower cabin with hydro massage feature. Even though access to this exclusive historical neighborhood is controlled, the apartment is easy to reach by mini bus, tram or taxi. The bus stop is 10m (30ft) from the apartment (frequency: 15 minutes), and the whimsical tram station is a 2 minute walk. Access to other neighborhoods by foot is quick. Car rental is absolutely not needed in Lisbon. The international airport is approximately 15 minutes away by taxi (15 to 20 euros).
A few steps away from the apartment is Castelo Sao Jorge, a castle remains and citadel, which was built in medieval times, and changed hands between the Moorish kings from the south and the Christian conquerors from the north. The castle, its terrace and walls are nestled on the highest point of the hill, affording a 360 degree view of Lisbon, the magnificent river Tagus and its ports, and the other 6 hills undulating across the city.
A few steps away from the apartment, in the opposite direction, are the remains of a theater built for the Roman emperor Nero, and down the hill to the right is the majestic main cathedral Se, built in 1050. The cathedral's tower can be seen from the balcony of the apartment, along with a partial view of the river.
During the day, the castle is a popular attraction. At sunset, the neighborhood reverts to a peaceful tranquility, brimming with historical elegance, perfect for romantic strolls on narrow winding cobblestone streets. Some guests have recommended turning off all the lights in the apartment at night, and opening all the shutters, to bathe in the amber glow from the street lamps, the sparkling lights from the rustic buildings, and the silvery gleam of the moon.
Today, our neighborhood is occupied by professionals, international artists, and residents who appreciate the deep history. Across from our bedroom, is a building occupied by a powerful banking family. From the other corner, across from our living room, is a beautiful mansion owned by an internationally renowned fashion designer. We have also had a renowned writer and a film director as neighbors.
Enjoy relaxed dinners at nearby family run restaurants, and drinks at hilltop cafes overlooking the city and its sparkling lights. Visit Chapito, a renowned clown school, bar and restaurant with gorgeous view, or Zam Be Ze, down the block, a restaurant with a large terrace overlooking the city and the river. And for a relaxing time, visit the top-ranked wine bar around the corner of the building, where the owner will explain to you about all the wine regions in Portugal.
For arrivals after 10 pm, there is an extra fee of 40 €, to pay by cash on site.