Checking In: Baixa House Lisbon
Lisbon was without a doubt one of my favourite cities to date, you can check out my guide to Lisbon and places to eat vegan if you aren’t already caught up on my love affair with the Portuguese capital. The architecture, the patterned tiles, blue skies and chilled vibe left me wanting to move into Baixa House on a permanent basis (oh I wish). Instead I’ll just have to share with you why this is the best place to stay in Lisbon.
Situated in the historic district of Baixa, the house is perfectly placed to explore all areas of the city. Blink and you’ll miss it though, located along the bustling Rua dos Fanquerios you will need to keep your eyes peeled for a rather grand green door. It disguises itself as a regular entrance to a block of apartments, but inside you’re transported into what I can only describe as Pinterest heaven. The converted 18th Century building is home to gorgeous high ceilings and a grand stairwell that takes you up all 6 floors.
Baixa House actually won an award for its use of local materials such as the marble that you’ll find in the kitchen. Even the toiletries are from a local company, rather than the big names such as Aesop that you might expect to find. Let’s take a look inside…
We stayed in apartment 4C, which is ideal for 2-3 people, as I believe the sofa actually pulls out to act as a second bed. One of the first things we noticed was there was no TV. Shock horror! We actually had to…talk…to each other. I joke. We don’t tend to watch TV when we’re away anyway unless it’s just on in the background as we get ready. I actually found it totally refreshing not to have one in the apartment.
The interiors are everything I love, minimalist but with quirky twists in the form of antiques, statement chairs and subtle splashes of colour. The old books that were dotted around the rooms are also a lovely, authentic touch.
All of the 13 apartments are unique in their design and furniture which I think keeps Baixa House really interesting. I’ve already eyed up the next apartment I’d love to stay in on my next visit.
Although they are labelled self-service apartments, your rooms are cleaned daily and breakfast is also left outside your room every morning to enjoy. Homemade cakes, bread, jam, butter and cheese are among the options you can expect to find in your kitchen. The staff were ever so kind in supplying vegan cheese and milk for me too, a lovely gesture!
Whilst the apartments are located on a busy street, the noise is minimal and both Charlie and I had a great sleep and much needed rest after lots of walking. It was great to have extra space you don’t necessarily have in hotel rooms, and the balcony was a particular highlight for me.
We couldn’t have asked for a better base to explore Lisbon, the location was fantastic, the staff friendly and the apartment a dream to stay in. Until next time…