I wish I could say that I explored Lisbon day after day, searching for the best seafood and getting lost in the city’s tram-filled streets… But in actuality I was cooped up in my hotel room for four days straight, trying to business plan for the blog.  Fun times. On the plus side though, I’m very well-acquainted with the stunning loft apartment that I called home on my trip: Imperium Lisbon Village.

THE APARTMENT

This place is only a short (but hilly) walk from Rato train station, in a quiet area that felt far more local than other suburbs I visited in the city centre. Complete with a gorgeous courtyard to catch the midday sun,  the apartments offer full kitchens, lounge areas with a heater and cleaning. I found the latter out the hard way when I left a tripod at the end of the bed after taking the bed photos below, and it definitely looked a lot dodgier than it was. My bad. It also boasts a skylight in the bedroom, which was a fantastic surprise after a couple of vitamin D-deficient months in dreary London.

THE EXTRAS

The location was perfect, super easy to catch the train or trams to the touristy areas, and there were authentic foodie treats nearby. I recommend A Padaria Portuguesa for bread,  O Ponto Mais Doce da Cicade for fruit ice blocks and brigadeiros (delish chocolate truffles), or Mercado de Campo de Ourique for a full lunch or dinner. There’s various grocery stores within a short walk too if you’d like to cook for yourself, although why do that in a city that boasts a cracking (and budget-friendly!) culinary scene? The staff were very friendly and always happy to help with restaurant ideas or the best photo spots, and the room was perfectly clean, tidy and comfortable.

HOW DO I BOOK?

The apartment costs around £75-£80 per night for two people, which is excellent value for a beautiful loft with all the amenities. You can book online or see more details right here. I’ll be staying again fo sure!

Should not have left my tripod set up at the end of the bed
One of the restaurants at Mercado de Campo de Ourique
In love with the tiles in this gorgeous courtyard
Beats my office
Bathroom and skylight
Stairs to the loft
Full kitchen
Obsessed with doorways
I think I need a courtyard at home
Front office
Even the entrance is pretty
Basically how I spent the whole week

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