Maybe it’s because we’d recently returned from lands where paying more than £10 a night for a room seemed like a frivolous luxury or maybe it’s because we chose to visit in the height of summer, but accommodation in Lisbon is not cheap. With shared rooms on the very outskirts of the city costing more per night than our daily combined budget in South America, it was finally time to turn our attention to Airbnb.
As a travel blogger in 2016 it seems ludicrous that I'd never stayed in an Airbnb before and I have to admit that I think I somewhat misunderstood the concept. As an introvert, the very idea staying in a stranger's house, encroaching on someone else's territory and having to make small talk over breakfast is enough to make me want to lie down in a dark room. And what on Earth would our hosts think when we stumbled back from the NOS Alive festival at 4am, our brains swimming in pints of Heineken*?! What I didn't realise is that instead of staying in somebody's spare room, you can actually rent out an entire apartment to have the whole place to yourselves. Which is exactly what we did with Cristina and Horacio's beautiful studio in Mouraria.
We arrived in Lisbon at a bit of an awkward time, but Horacio kindly picked us up at the airport and gave us so much useful information about where to visit, places to eat and how to travel around the city. The studio was very clean, had all the amenities we needed and the Wi-Fi was great (the novelty of finding this whilst travelling still hasn't worn off). The apartment was also in a really ideal location down a quiet street just a short stroll from the centre of the beautiful Alfama district. There were plenty of supermarkets nearby so we cooked for ourselves almost every night and the nearest metro stop was only a two minute walk away.
Lisbon is such a beautiful city anyway, but with such a nice place to stay it just made our time away even better. I wouldn't hesitate to book another Airbnb for future trips and I'm really excited to explore some more apartments in different parts of the world.
*It was actually more like hobbling home at 1am with bad backs - a tell-tale sign that we might just be getting too old for this festival business.
Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? If not, you can follow this link to get £20 credit towards your next stay. Not bad, eh?
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