Let me be the first one to admit that when traveling, I have always steered clear of hostels. I’ve forever kept this image of a horribly grimy hostel in London that I would often pass by when I lived there and shudder at the thought. But that was before I laid my eyes on the Independente Hostel & Suites in Lisbon Portugal…
Fresh from a renovation last summer, this hostel is literally a palace. It was previously the official residence of the Swiss ambassador in the early 20th century, located in front of the prettiest square in Lisbon.
The grandeur of the house with its rich art deco flooring and surrounding original ornate moldings combined with wonderful vintage and retro flea market finds, has made this one of the hippest spots in town. The hostel’s restaurant, bar/ lounge and secluded beer garden, the Decante, attracts all the young locals of Lisbon day and night.
Looking at the layout of the hostel, you can tell it’s number one priority is to encourage communal socializing and a feeling of ‘togetherness’ amongst its guests.
There are 90 beds spread across 11 dorm rooms, each with balconies boasting stunning views of the city. Each room also has a stylish retro communal area for story swapping amongst travelers. Ladies can also choose between mixed dorm rooms or ladies only rooms and prices range from an amazing €14 for 12-bed dorms and €16 for 6-bed dorms during high season.
If communal sleeping is just a little too adventurous for you but you still want to benefit from social and friendly vibe of the Independente, there are four private suites for reservation at just €100 per night.
Traveling Europe this summer? Why not make a stop at the fabulous Independente hostel. Go here for rates and reservations.
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