Lisbon’s winning hostels

Hotels, Travel Tips — By Paul Bernhardt on February 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Backpackers and budget travellers continue to vote Lisbon as one of the best hostel capitals in the world. Listed below are the hostels that scooped top honours at this year’s ‘Hoscars’ ceremony organised by


Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Face to face: urban artwork at Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Conveniently located in the city’s Baixa (downtown district), Lisbon Lounge Hostel scooped the Best Small Hostels award in the ‘Worldwide’ category.

A minimalist design signature and cool colour scheme lend this hostel a stylish and sophisticated quality more reminiscent of an upmarket boutique hotel.

Vintage furnishings like the Sanyo record player (complete with Vinyl LP collection) and a portable ladies’ Ciclone hairdryer (now a lamp stand) decorate the common room.

City artist “Dirty Cop” has produced the striking urban murals illustrating the walls of the upper floors, where the dorms are situated.

Equally creative are the “astonishing dinners” prepared by chef Pedro that include dishes like chicken piri-piri with couscous.


Yes! Lisbon Hostel

Group therapy: catching up on emails at Yes! Lisbon Hostel

Enjoying another fantastic location in downtown Lisbon, Yes! Lisbon Hostel collected three gongs: Best Large Hostels in the ‘Worldwide’ category; Most Popular Hostel ‘in Lisbon’; and Best Hostel for Groups.

This hostel is big on space (there’s room for 108 guests) and big on fun. Simply put, it’s a great place for young globetrotters to hang out.

The lounge area doubles up as a dining room. Here, delicious meals can be savoured against a colourful wall panel depicting whacky Lisbon street scenes created by Vanesa Teodoro.

Note the furniture: it’s all wooden boxes, tables and upturned cable bobbins. The retro accessories come from Feira da Ladra. Upstairs, the dorm halls feature beautiful artwork by Carlos Baptista.


Travellers House Hostel

Reflecting the night: socialising at Travellers House Hostel

The warm, lively atmosphere that permeates through the downtown-based Travellers House helped earn it a clutch of accolades: Best Medium Hostels award in the ‘Worldwide’ category; ‘Best in Portugal’; and in the ‘Ratings Criteria’ category, Most Fun Hostel, Best Location and Best Staff.

The hostel overlooks Rua Augusta, and the lounge offers fine balcony views over this attractive and historic thoroughfare.

Soft colour-coordinated carpeting spread over wooden floors radiates a wonderfully mellow living room atmosphere.

Upstairs, some of the dorms feature original wood-beamed ceilings (the building used to be a private residence). By the way, the hostel can also offer contemporary-styled studio apartments.

A popular activity here is the special BBQ evening, when tasty grilled chouriço (spicy sausage) is served with hearty red wine.


Lisboa Central Hostel

Quiet and comfortable: relaxing at Lisboa Central Hostel

A wonderfully engaging Portuguese family run Lisboa Central, which claimed top place as Most Secure Hostel in the ‘Ratings Criteria’ category and was runner-up in Best Small Hostels ‘Worldwide’.

The rooms and dorms make good use of the floorspace, with accommodation for larger groups found on the ground floor while the first floor offers excellent twins. (Ask for “Alfama”, which has an en-suite bathroom.)

Co-owner Odette is a former nutritionist and a wizard in the kitchen, conjuring up traditional meals, including nourishing soups.

She hails from Alentejo province and one of the common rooms is decorated with rural flourishes including lovely old ceramic plates typical of the region.

This quiet, comfortable and unpretentious hostel with its cheery, easy-going character is located mid-town near the top end of Avenida da Liberdade.

More Lisbon hostels…

Lisbon Poets Hostel

Loft space: room at the top at Lisbon Poets Hostel

Two other Lisbon hostels received mentions in this year’s awards: Living Lounge Hostel and Home Lisbon Hostel. And while it didn’t win on this occasion, Lisbon Poets Hostel, in Chiado, is leading by example with its superb loft-style lounge and the recent inauguration of 10 new double and twin rooms.

And what are the guests saying? Well, a comment left by ‘Kellie from Houston’ in the guest book at one of the winning properties sums it up succinctly: “It sets the bar high for all of Europe.”

And the rest of the world.

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