Lisbon is known to have some of the best hostels in the world and if you’re travelling light and looking for fun, here is my suggestion of the best places to stay and still have the privacy of your own room.
The nightlife in Lisbon is distributed around 3 main areas: Bairro Alto, Santos and Alfama. Lets start with Bairro Alto, this is the party hub of the town. This area consists of an amalgam of labyrinthic parallel streets, each with their unique bars, restaurants and even boutiques. Side note: Walking in cobbled streets is not easy, even less so if you had a little too much to drink, so take care and take some good walking shoes.
At the Independent Hostel & Suites you can either stay in a dorm, there are mixed, male and female rooms, or have your own room.
This hostel used to be the Swiss Embassador’s Art Deco residence, so be ready to be impressed by the magnitude of the place. Your bill will include free wi-fi, towels and bed sheets. Breakfast is delicious and free. Also, there’s an amazing, award-winning restaurant where you can try some classic cuisine and a beer garden to relax and have a drink after a night out.
Price for a basic room in 2017: $14 |£12
Tube Stop: Baixa-Chiado
Location: Bairro Alto And Príncipe Real
Lets start with the perks on this one. There’s a free billiard table, free table tennis, free luggage storage, free breakfasts with pancakes included, wi-fi, cinema room. And, to top it off, this hostel is in a brilliant location, inside the Rossio Train Station, a historic place designed between 1886 and 1887.
This hostel offers activities every night, has an amazing sky room where you can people watch, play a game or just relax with a book. If you want to explore the city, this is the best location you could choose, from here you can walk to national monuments, walk to party town Bairro Alto, or take the tube, bus, electric tram, all within 1 minute from the hostel. Since your hostel is located inside the train station, it’ll be even easier to go on day trips to hotspots like Sintra from here.
Prices start at: $15 | £12
Tube stop: Rossio
This is the place to come if you want to make friends from all over the world. The staff is really nice, there are lots of events and tours on offer, location in Praça do Comércio leaves you at the steps of Bairro Alto and Alfama if you don’t mind walking a bit more. The rooms are really big and the bathrooms spotless. They offer free wi-fi and there are two computers in the common room. The breakfast is amazing, the pancakes with hot chocolate are particularly nice.
There’s no elevator so please ask for a room on a lower floor if you plan on having heavy luggage.
Prices start at: $23 | £18
Location: Rua Augusta
This hostel has been highly praised for the fantastic decoration, the spotless and clean areas and, most important of all, how home the staff makes you feel. There’s even the mamma’s dinner prepared for you every night if you want. But if you want a single room, this is not the place for you since they only have dormitory rooms (mixed and female only).
The location is very central, Rossio, São Jorge Castle and Bairro Alto, are all walking distance. The Home Lisbon Hostel also offers a free English/Irish breakfast, there’s free evening entertainment, movies and games as well as iPads for guests in the living room.
Prices start at: $15 | £12
Location: Santa Maria Maior
Metro Station: Baixa-Chiado
This artsy hostel is in a very central location and the private rooms are airy and well decorated, with a 30s vibe. The breakfast is delicious and varied.
Prices start at: $18 | £14
Metro Station: Cais do Sodré