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Casa Costa do Castelo
Ranked #77 of 253 Lisbon B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 July 2007

The previous reviews sum up the place very well, the rooms are nicely furnished, the owners very friendly and helpful (they asked when our flight was and as it was an evening flight if we wanted to collect our bags later and called a taxi for us), a nice sitting area with views out over the town and the bridge, and a very good breakfast.

The location is good, and is about a five to ten minute walk down into town, but back you really want to get a tram (12 or 25) or a taxi, but it is not a place to go if you have difficulty walking or climbing steps. If you are arriving by car, the street it is located on has rising bollards, so only locals and taxis can drive down it.

The only downside to the property is the common stairway. It really does let the property down and gives you a bad impression when you arrive, having gone beyond 'shabby chic' into downright decrepit. The owners really need to do something about it.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2007

We loved it here! Amazing view and location. Very clean. The owner is
so thoughtful, and breakfast was really wonderful. A magical experience.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2006

We stayed in Costa do Castelo for 3 nights. The owners have the 2 top floors of an old building situated below Sao Jorge castle. In the lower floor there is a cozy living room, a breakfast room and two bedrooms (one of them a suite). An internal spiral staircase leads to the upper floor, where there are some sloping ceiling rooms.

We had asked for a double room, but since all of them were busy we were allocated in the suite at the normal fare of the double room. The suite is large and nice.

The pros and cons of Costa do Castelo:

The pros:
- The views of the city are fantastic and the district "Bairro do Castelo" is very nice. Also close to the "Alfama" traditional district.
- There is a lovely terrace with plants and seats to enjoy the views. The terrace has 3 levels since the house was built on the slope of the hill.
- Breakfast is wonderful: very good coffee, fresh fruit, bread, ham, cheese, butter, jam, and a different little Portuguese cake every day.
- There is no noise, neither internal nor external. On the one hand the street is very quiet (car access to the district is restricted). On the other hand, most guests are young and middle age couples that behave correctly.

The cons:
- There is no lift and Costa do Castelo is in the 4th floor of the building!! Advise: not to bring a heavy suitcase. Also, the entrance of the building and the staircase are not not very nice, although we didn't really care about it.

- The house is on a hill, although access is not difficult at all: tram from the city centre + short walk. What we used to do is to walk down the hill to the city centre (5 minutes) using a staircase ("escadinhas") that goes quickly downwards accross the hill and then to take a taxi to go up again (about 5 euros: taxis are cheap in Lisbon).

In sum, go to Costa do Castelo if you want to experience a different stay in a place with charm. But don't expect the comfort of a classic hotel located in the city centre.

  • Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed 19 May 2006

What two Marvelous days we spent there ! The room was the kind of one you feel home instantanly, you open the window and smell the flowers and fruits of the garden, you feel privilegious to be here, so near from the castel, seeing all lisbon from the first floor... And what a welcoming man ! wonderfull breakfast and all : perfect stay, perfect days !

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 28 September 2005

We've found our little paradise in Lisbon!

To get into paradise isn't easy, and so it is in Lisbon too. But after climbing up the castle hill and all the stairs to the 4th floor we got our reward. A great B&B with all different rooms, every room with its own details, arranged with care. The best view of Lisbon, from our room and from the terrace. And it didn't stop. A superb breakfast was served in a great atmosphere. All was arranged by the almost invisible but always caring host Joao. We could have stayed here for ever, but duty calls! But we will return to experience paradise again.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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15  Thank ahs02
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Reviewed 11 August 2005

My friend and I just returned from Portugal 2 weeks ago. We spent our last night at Casa Costa do Castelo. If you are looking for an unique, well priced b&b, this is it. The B&B owner is superb, extremely hospitable & definitely exceeded all our expectation. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the view of Lisbon from the terrace is breathtaking. The host prepared a delicious breakfast with hand squeezed OJ, fresh fruit, pastries, preserves, & etc. He carried our heavy luggage up 4 flight of stairs & waved goodbye to us as we left. We were happy to find this gem & wished we could of stay one more night at the Casa.

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Reviewed 21 July 2005

Casa Costa do Castelo - what a fabulous find! Excellent views of the city - reasonably priced and wonderful service. Close to the Castle and near the famous Tram #28 -- easy to get to many places. Joao is an excellent host who dishes up a wonderful breakfast with the best coffee!

Be forwarned -- both Lisboa and Casa Costa do Castelo have many steps. If your knees are bad (like mine) bring your braces and enjoy the experience (as I did). Joao was more than kind to get our luggage to the top of the house.... and once there you will be rewarded with fantastic views and an almost tree top feeling -- a lovely terraced garden in the back of the house only allows even better views -- and a breeze from the water.

If you are looking for that place that is a little different and won't break the bank -- than this is the place!

  • Stayed: July 2005
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16  Thank laadams
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Address: Costa do Castelo No. 54, Lisbon 1100-179, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Ranked #77 of 253 B&Bs / Inns in Lisbon
Price Range: £84 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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