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A 200-year- old building has been converted into a comfy bunkhouse that has spacious share rooms, plenty of natural light and a kick-ass crew that’ll welcome you like family. They don’t call it home for nothing.
Take your pick from single or dorm rooms (including a gals only option), which all offer comfort as well as air conditioning and the cosy feel of timber floors and bedframes. If you opt to share your sleeping quarters you’ll be pleased to know each bed comes with a storage space and a personal power plug to juice your devices. All rooms have a shared bathroom, and here, ladies, you’ll find a hairdryer to get your locks party-prepped. When you need some chill time, you can hang on the couches in the library or make some friends over a board game or PlayStation duel. Keen to hit the beach? Then sign yourself up for a surf lesson with the hostel’s resident surfer dude and tackle the waves just outside Lisbon. If getting thrashed by the sea sounds too hardcore, keep your feet happy and dry with a walking tour instead. The hostel offers the convenience of a 24-hour reception and complimentary linens. This place is consistently showered in stars when it comes to ratings, so trust your fellow travellers and book yourself in.
Location: The hostel bags a prime position in downtown Lisbon. If you walk straight out the door you’ll hit the main commercial avenue, Rua Augusta in two minutes, and if you carry on another three blocks you’ll reach the Baixa-Chiado metro station. Shops, cafés and restaurants abound.
Praça do Comércio: This is where Lisbon welcomes you to the city. Happy yellow buildings filled with shops and restaurants border the square where former king José I takes center stage on horseback. Behind him, the magnificent Rua Augusta arch serves as the gateway to Lisbon’s downtown precinct, and in front is the mighty Tagus River.
Sé Catedral de Lisboa: The Sé is a 12th century cathedral that is symbolic of the Christian Reconquest.
Castelo de São Jorge: We won’t lie; it’s an epic hill climb up to Lisbon’s emblematic castle (unless you cheat and catch a tram). But the views, oh the views.
The Lisbon Walker: Need some new shoes fellas? Then look no further than The Lisbon Walker, where you can wrap your feet in handmade leather and score a bottle of booze as thanks for your custom.
Good for: This hostel is good for anyone on a budget who wants in on the inner-city action. A co-working space will appeal to the digital nomads of the world.
Amenities: free Wi-Fi; restaurant; bar
Time Out tip: Instead of queuing for goodness knows how long to ride the Santa Justa Elevator for a city view, stroll straight through the turnstiles that lead to the top of the Rua Augusta arch instead. Line, no; views, yes.