We heard about Lisbon that is one of the cities with most hostels in the world. Over time, our experience with hostels was so-and-so, nothing extraordinary, but not disappointing. How I prefer to walk all day, a bed in which to sleep was enough, I had no great pretensions. Sure, there are kitchen and common room where you could socialize with other guests, but we never got to do that because we always leave in the morning and evening we returned quite tired. So I said that this trip would be different. I looked for a friendly place where you feel good and meet new people. After some searching (even hostels are a lot of hotels that looks better than in Lisbon), I found the hostel perfect for us.
Destination Hostel was voted 5th best hostel in the world so we found it quickly. They have three locations in Lisbon, Lisbon Destination Hostel, located in Rossio train station (one of our favorite buildings in Lisbon), Sunset Destination Hostel in Cais do Sodre train station and Alfama Patio Hostel in Alfama.All hostels have breakfast included, rooms private and dormitory for 4-6 persons. Hostels are kind of accepting people of all ages, not just young people. If you want to stay at one of these hostels should make reservation in advance. Even in the off season when I was new, they were pretty busy. We booked about 2 weeks before we got and the only seats available were in Alfama Patio, a bedroom with 6 girls. I said it is the perfect opportunity to meet people!.
Alfama Patio is located in the heart of Alfama, one of Lisbon’s old and traditional quarters in a historic building; it is the smallest of the three hostels. I learned that were not allowed to make many changes, so the entrance on the terrace upstairs rooms is through a huge window. That was very funny! When you get to the hostel, you are given a bracelet (must have all the time to you so you can enter) and you are welcoming family wishes. Bracelet can go to see other hostels and have time relaxing in their rooms. We were just Destination Hostel and is so different from that to which we sat. More modern, city center, has a different vibe, cosmopolitan. They have the same facilities, free internet, breakfast included, with a kitchen that everyone can use for cooking and a large space for relaxation with hammocks, sofas, and a ping-pong that you can use anytime . The reception is open 24 hours, so you can go when you want.
I told you that I stayed in a room sleeping 6 girls. Well, the first night I was alone. Then came the two girls from the States and another 2 girls our last night in Singapore. We exchanged stories about our countries and cultures all sorts of other interesting things. But our favorite was always time for breakfast, sipping one, two cups of tea or coffee and freshly made pancakes. You can dine on the terrace with a panoramic view of Alfama, with yellow tram passing just outside the hostel or patio surrounded by greenery. And how food brings people together, we planned the day with other guests of the hostel. Sharing virtually the same table, find out what plans does each and earned us we group together and go to visit the city.
Besides breakfast included, the hostel also offers plenty of activities. We were with her in the walking tour through Alfama, where the guide told us a little about the history of Lisbon, neighborhood and objectives we visit. It was one of the most interesting tours you’ve done, our guide with a very cool style of telling things, making some pretty funny stories. Of course that led us to taste their traditional drink, Ginjinha, which resemble our vişinată, but is sweeter and stronger in alcohol. You could ask the classic version or the glass of chocolate, which then ate it. All walking tours are free but it is recommended to leave a small tip at the end. Ȋn same evening I was at Fado evening organized by them, where I heard six singers performing traditional songs. They also have tours in Belem (bike) trips to Sintra (at promotional prices if you stay at one of their hostels), pub crawls and lots of events every night, so you can not get bored. If you do not want to eat in town for 9 euros per person, a lady comes to cook and prepare dinner every night, and if you’re lucky, you can hear fado singing. We highly recommend this hostel with great joy, I had one of the most interesting holidays in large part due to their recommendations offered by them. People at the reception are extremely friendly and helps you with whatever you need. And I even met a lot of new people from Canada, USA, South Korea, New Zealand, Ireland, Cameroon, Germany, Singapore who made our holiday more interesting.