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Looking south from the terrace, over the Baixa, to the Tejo River
Bilros style headboard
Main floor bathroom
Cookbooks in the kitchen
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

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Tigerpaws...
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“As good as it gets...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We stayed at Casa Villa Serra for 5 nights, and couldn't have asked for more. The owner, Jordan, was waiting to greet us from the taxi (he had even brought umbrellas in case of showers), and later took us on a really useful orientation trip around the immediate neighbourhood. The apartment is located at the top of one of Lisbon's many hills which means that it not only enjoys fantastic views but is also relatively peaceful at night. If you are of reasonable fitness, every district in the older part of town is within 30 mins walking distance, including Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa, Rossio, Comércio and Graca, including the Castelo de Sao Jorge. If you do run out of steam, there are wonderful old trams and funiculars to take you up the hills along with a superb modern Metro system. (Best value is to buy a 'Viva Viagem' card and charge it up with either a daily pass or a fixed amount of credit which is debited every time you make a journey).

The apartment itself is equipped with just about every facility you could wish for, although we ended up eating out for almost every meal as the prices in Lisbon are so reasonable (if you avoid the obvious tourist-trap eateries).

Highlights for us included: eating in local restaurants (often those recommended by Jordan), visiting the Castelo Sao Jorge, a day trip on the train to Sintra, a tram journey to Belém (don't miss out on the local speciality pastry served at the Antiga Casa dos Pastéis de Belém, the Museo Coleccao Berado or the Padrao dos Descobrimentos) and a night of local food and Fado in the Bairro Alto. The people of Lisbon seemed almost universally friendly, honest and relaxed.

Overall then, a lovely stay in a great city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: Location, service received from the owner, quality of the apartment
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
3 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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Mariao6
Dublin, Ireland
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“Excellent place, great hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We spent a week in Casa Villa Serra and Casa Patria as an extended family group: two adults and three daughters in early 20's. We each had a separate bedroom and lots of space. Jordan met us from our taxi stop and brought us to the houses ( in a quiet cul-de-sac on top of one of Lisbon's famous hills ) and took us on a whistle stop tour of town, pointing out the many attractions, transport systems and good places to eat. The houses are both very well equipped with absolutely everything you might need: mobile phones for local calls, laptop, wifi and even a bottle of chilled Vinho Verde in the fridge! The beds are very comfortable with good linens and the area is very quiet to ensure a good night's sleep. The terraces are both fabulous with amazing views of Lisbon and the castle (esp Casa Villa Serra) - a great place to chill out after a day walking and sightseeing. The local shop is delightful - not terribly well stocked but a great place for some nice fruit, hot croissants and good wine. Although we didn't get around to using the barbies there is a good local butcher to buy supplies from. We would all HIGHLY recommend Casa Villa Serra and Casa Patria for the lovely houses but especially for the hospitality and guidance of Jordan & Deb

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The terrace
Liked least: the walk back up the 183 steps from Rossio
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Toronto
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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California US
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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