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Austin, Jordan & Deb Kleber

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

Adorable Historic Apartment in Heart of Lisbon - ~PC~/Internet

10 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Lisbon City Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

CASA TRAVESSA

What are our famous guests saying? (Hint: Please read the testimonials on our VisitingPortugal website.)

Location, location, location. Only 3 minutes from the Rossio -- Lisbon's main plaza -- yet far from the noise and panhandlers in the Bairro Alto/Chiado.

Step directly from your ancient cobblestone lane into this private, sunlight-filled, 19th-century home with its charming view of the Igreja do Carmo, Lisbon's soaring monument to the 1755 earthquake.

Casa Travessa provides easy access to shops, restaurants, and transportation... while hidden away on a quiet residential street. Compact and cozy with an airy, open floor plan, Casa Travessa is the ideal base for a couple traveling alone or with a child.

Like our nearby flagship property, Casa Villa Serra (VRBO #30177) which was showcased on the Fine Living Channel's 'Around the World in 80 Homes,' Casa Travessa features hand-stitched Arraiolos rugs, custom-made Portuguese furnishings, and local artwork and pottery.

With its private entrance, Casa Travessa feels more like a house than an apartment as you step directly into its well-stocked little kitchen. The bedroom has a double-size bed and the living room provides a sofa/trundle bed which easily converts to two comfortable twin beds. The bedroom bookshelves are stocked with books and games for young and old alike, perfect for relaxing at the end of a busy day.

To view the floor plan, please visit our website.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us... we hope your trip to our beloved Lisbon is a delight!

Some additional highlights include . . .

ORIENTATION TOUR: from the local grocer to a quick visit to the Rossio/Baixa, this introduction has become a guest favorite

METRO/TRAM PASSES: we can have these waiting for you at check-in, just ask

WELCOME PACK: bottle of Portuguese wine, coffee, teas, orange juice, the very popular 'Montequeijo' cheese, fresh fruit, real butter and freshly-baked breads

PRE-ARRIVAL GROCERIES: If you wish, we can pick-up a few of your favorite staples. No charge for delivery. Please ask for details.

BABYSITTERS: We have located a delightful company with qualified sitters who speak a variety of languages. Please ask for details.

PC with high-speed wireless internet access.

Loaner cell phone.

Library of books, games, guidebooks and Portuguese music CDs.

Cable TV with English-language stations (e.g., CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM Turner Classic Movies).

Fully-equipped Kitchen is set-up for our In-Home Cooking Classes: microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, staples (oils, vinegars, sugar, flour, rice, pasta, etc), spices and Portuguese cookbooks, in English .

Washer/Dryer, detergents, iron & ironing board.

Luxury Linens: 300-600 thread count sheets; soft, fluffy towels .

Complimentary toiletries, hairdryer in bathroom.

Port-a-crib, highchair and bed-rail available upon request.

Visiting Portugal Tourist Book: customized walking tours, suggested itineraries and restaurants, kid-friendly ideas, emergency information including extensive list of English-speaking doctors.

Sports Equipment: beach towels, sports balls and handy surfing hints!

Don't forget . . .

Ask about our 'Private Fado Tours'

** Offered under the Alojamento Local regime / Estabelecimento de Alojamento Local; Registry number 812/AL **

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Austin, Jordan & Deb Kleber (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

About Austin, Jordan & Deb Kleber

In June 2001, we kissed Seattle good-bye and moved to our family's ancestral Portugal to work with Habitat for Humanity/Portugal. Soon afterward, in an attempt to protect ourselves from the crashing dollar, we diversified into €uro-zone real estate... and we couldn't be more pleased with the result: sharing our love of the Portuguese people and culture with guests from around the world has been a delight. We now have five historically-protected homes in our little medieval neighborhood... right in the middle of town, yet oh-so-quiet and charming! (Just 3 - 8 minutes from Lisbon's main plaza, the Rossio.) Walk everywhere from here; or stay home and relax on your sunny terrace. Many thanks to all our guests for the support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you again someday soon. Until then, Godspeed.

Austin, Jordan & Deb Kleber purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Austin, Jordan & Deb Kleber chose Lisbon City

Our Lisbon homes are located in an historic area, protected by the Portuguese government because of its unique value; the exteriors look just as they did in the 19th century, with even the paint color regulated to ensure authenticity. Most of the buildings in our Historic Preservation neighborhood were built in the 1500-1800s and all our properties retain their old-world flavor. Nowhere in this neighborhood will you find McVillas with plate-glass windows... instead, prepare to step back in time.

What makes this apartment unique

Casa Travessa is truely adorable, a cozy base from which to enjoy the charms and delights of Lisbon, whose center you can literally see from your living room window. Yet the neighbourhood itself is so quiet, you'll almost forget you're in the city at all. It's the best of both worlds!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Deb!



Thank you for a great welcome and stay in Lisbon.



Your guided tour was invaluable to get us started and your tip for take away roast chicken was delicious!



We had a very relaxing stay which was exactly what we had hoped for.



The apartment is very homey, comfortable and relaxing. We love its natural and tasteful decor and its location set within an idyllic Lisbon neighborhood of narrow picturesque streets is very unique and memorable.



It is also perfectly located close to the Rossio and everything is easily accessible.



Your knowledge of the area, history and architectural insights enriched our stay. You are very professional and hospitable and we would love to return some day. Perhaps we'll bring the children next time... many thanks -
Dec 2008
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4.8
based on 10 traveler reviews

Adorable Historic Apartment in Heart of Lisbon - ~PC~/Internet
average rating of 4.8 based on 53 reviews
Portland, Oregon USA
5

Casa Santana, a marvelous place

  • 5 of 5

As well-seasoned travelers (interpret that as you will), one of the first things that impressed us about this apartment was the obvious thought the owners put into making guests feel welcomed and comfortable. I truly can't think of anything we didn't have that we needed.

The way we were greeted was the first clue that this would be a great place to be; there was a bottle of wine and some starter food items waiting for us. One of the owners, Jordan, met us, gave us the keys, walked us through the apartment to explain things and answer questions, and then - a true bonus - took us for a walk in the neighborhood to show us where things are and get us up to speed on life in Lisbon, including restaurants that were as good as he said.

The beautiful apartment is in a perfect location for accessing a number of Lisbon attractions, and very near the variety of transportation alternatives available. A 15-20 minute walk in any direction takes you to marvelous neighborhoods. The apartment is beautifully furnished and decorated, the furniture, including the bed, is very comfortable, and all modern amenities are available.

We offer only two cautions for potential renters: 1) the walk from the Rossio (public square) to the apartment includes a steep section of pavement and stairs - very doable for able-bodied folks; 2) with the windows open in the evening, all of the sounds from the very busy city below are in the apartment; this could be annoying to some people.

The owners live nearby, and are very responsive. There was excellent communication with us prior to and during our arrival. On the morning we left, Austin came by, we had a nice chat, she ordered a taxi for us, and made certain the driver knew where we were going.

Overall, we very highly recommend this apartment, and the visitingportugal.com folks.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oro Valley, AZ
4

Close to transportation and sights.

  • 4 of 5

Austin was extremely helpful with all my questions & concerns. She met us upon arrival and showed us the neighborhood. The apartment was situated close to metro & train stations. Washer/dryer, internet, dishwasher were all available in the unit. Day of departure she met us & called a cab for us. We were quite pleased with our stay. Thank you Austin!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Coletta, I'm glad you enjoyed Lisbon and that the apartment worked well for you. Please come and see us the next time you are in Lisbon! Best regards, Austin
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5

Ditch the hotel and stay in this apartment

  • 5 of 5

Great alternative to staying in a hotel. The apartment is clean, well-stocked, and has all the amenities you would expect. Austin is fantastic. She's warm, friendly and is accessible should you need anything. We mainly texted with her but she's a phone call away as well.

You'll get a few "insider" tips on where to shop and dine. Definitely check out the restaurants she recommends. It's enough to get you going and exploring. The apartment is in an older neighborhood but is very modern inside. The best of both worlds. There's a great little grocery store just up the hill to get everything you need for your stay.

The apartment is conveniently located to all major shopping, dining, and transportation options. We spent about ten days and it's very nice having both two metro stops and the train station within a 5-10 min. walk. Be aware that the neighborhood sits up on a hill so it's a little steep. It's not bad but if you have a disability or difficulty walking just be aware.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frank, thank you so much for your review; I love the title! And I am very glad that you enjoyed both the apartment and the lovely city of Lisbon. We'd be glad to see you again some day, and until then, Godspeed in all your travels. Best regards, Austin
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Virginia, USA
5

Jeffrey

  • 5 of 5

My choice of this apt and the leases was fantastic. Apt is located in heart of Rossio, near all transportation, was clean , very well appointed. Was met by owner,who gave me a 30 min tour of the area with lots of great tips for dining, entertainment and sightseeing. Apt was fully stocked and owners went out of their way to make it very hospitable, incl. having bread, milk, coffee etc available for the first few nights stay. Lisboa is a terrific city, very much reminds me of San Francisco, great food, friendly people, and easy to walk and explore with the trams, buses, funiculars etc. Plan to return for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeffrey, please do come back for a longer stay. We'd be glad to have you, and there is always something new to see in Lisbon! Thank you for your kind review, and we wish you the best in all your travels, Austin
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Tampa, FL, USA
5

A great place in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week here. I was attending a professional conference but both my wife and I wanted to stay somewhere more interesting than the official conference hotels. This was a wonderful choice! The apartment itself was what we needed - clean and quiet, with an excellent wifi connection and with a useful small kitchen. It was a 5 minute walk for me to get to the Rossio Metro station and then maybe a 10 minute ride to my conference. But on top of all this - and very important - it was right in the center of historic Lisbon! It took only a few minutes to walk to a great variety of restaurants, historic sites, and shops. Much of the contents of our guidebook was within a 15 minute walk - and if we wanted to take tram, Metro, or bus to our destination, that was even closer. Neighbors were quiet and, when we saw them, friendly.

The owners were great: they answered all our questions, and in orienting us, anticipated a number of our needs (by suggesting local groceries, restaurants, and other necessities). And they did all this without being intrusive.

We had no unpleasant surprises. The few surprises we did have all amounted to this: the place was quieter (and nicer) than we expected, considering its central location.

The only things to be aware of are that it's in an older neighborhood, and is a very short (but very steep) walk from the central city. I wouldn't recommend it for people with walking problems, but . . . we're both over 60, and handled the climb just fine!

I'd stay here again - and will, if I get a chance to return to Lisboa!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gordon, Thank your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the apartment and our medieval corner of Lisbon. We do try to make sure all surprises are positive! Please do come and visit us again; we'd love to have you. Best regards, Austin
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San Jose, CA/USA
4

5 days in Lisbon

  • 4 of 5

We arrived in Lisbon using the very helpful instructions sent to us by Austin. After nearly 2 weeks of travel, it was absolutely wonderful to get out of hotels and have our own little pace to call home. Austin was there to greet us when we arrived and gave us the mini-tour of the surrounding neighborhood. The apartment is in a perfect location, close to all major forms of transportation, tourist areas, restaurants, etc.. It's clean and has everything you could need and we always felt like Austin was only a phone call away. Lisbon is a little gritty, but we always felt safe coming back to the apartment at night. The neighborhood and accommodations aren't fancy, but it's comfortable. Note that there is a steep stairway inside and some steps leading up from the plaza, so may not be ideal for small children or those who are not able to climb steps. I give Austin and her dad 5 stars for service! We loved our time here and would definitely return if we were in Lisbon.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patti, Thank you for your kind comments. We're so glad you had a good time in Lisbon and enjoyed the apartment! Best regards, Austin
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Parks, beaches, Torre de Belem with its lovely waterfront park and impressive Mosteiro de Jeronimos, Lisbon's spectacular aquarium--the world's 2nd largest--at the 1998 World Expo site (Parque das Nacoes), 30-minute train ride to Sintra, 2-hour train to Obidos, Please don't hesitate to ask us for itinerary suggestions, CAR, Neither necessary nor recommended, Within Lisbon, the taxis, trams, buses and metro are accessible, inexpensive and easy to use, Regional trains take you to outlying towns, beaches and picturesque fishing villages, (Driving is not a relaxing option, Portugal has the highest roadway accident rate in Europe, )

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Rates & Availability

Baixa Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$111
$741
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
$111
$741
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$100
$667
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Travel insurance is strongly reccommended and payments are non-refundable. Please see our Rental Agreement for more details: http://www.visitingportugal.com/rental-agreement

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Lisbon City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Soft, fluffy towels; Complimentary toiletries provided
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Ask about a loaner Port-a-Crib, Sofa/trundle converts to 2 twin beds
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Notes:
Visiting Portugal Tourist Book, with Customized Walking Tours, Suggested Itineraries and Restaurants, Kid-friendly Ideas, Emergency Information including Extensive List of English-speaking Doctors and More, No Pets

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