Travelling long term and living in hotels is not fun. You have no privacy, no space and no possibilities to cook. Even for short stays itâ€™s nice to have your own space like at home and you donâ€™t have to worry about housekeeping knocking on the door at 9am. Thatâ€™s why I mostly stay in apartments these days so I can live like I would at home and experience the destination like a local.
This was my first visit to Lisbon and even though it was a short trip I was determined to experience it like a local. I was provided with an apartment in the Marques de Pombal area of Lisbon by Housetrip.com to use during my stay. Itâ€™s a great area with a few cafes, supermarkets and the metro nearby but itâ€™s not a touristy area so youâ€™re mostly on your own with the locals.
I stayed with a group of seven people in a massive apartment which sleeps up to 12 people. Iâ€™m not sure how 12 people would go sharing one bathroom (though there is a second WC) but this apartment would be perfect for a large family or two couples sharing. Of course HouseTrip has many other apartments in Lisbon to choose from and itâ€™s an incredibly affordable was to stay. Our apartment was only Â£38/night for two people which is so much cheaper than a hotel. There is an additional charge for extra people but itâ€™s usually only an extra Â£10 or Â£15 per night depending on the apartment.
Lisbon has fantastic food options including amazing fresh fish and seafood dishes and their famous spicy piri piri Portuguese chicken.
But sometimes itâ€™s more relaxing (and cheaper) to eat at home and this apartment has a wonderful modern kitchen where you could cook up a storm.
The seven of us managed surprisingly well with only one bathroom. I was a bit worried at first as to how it was going to work out be we were all very considerate and managed without any problems! That second WC definitely came in handy though.
The bedrooms were clean and tidy. I got a great room with loads of natural light and plenty of space to hang my clothes.
Living in Lisbon Like a Local
I really do prefer this way of travelling. Iâ€™ve had enough of staying in sterile hotels and would much prefer to stay in an apartment when visiting a city. This is a trend nowadays with more and more people choosing to stay in apartments over hotels and hostels and itâ€™s not surprising when you consider the price savings and the better experience.