Since it opened in 2005, I visit this Hostel every year. During all this time I have seen that the place has become one of the most beloved places in Lisbon to spend pleasant days in that beautiful city. The rooms from individual to up to 6 people, each with its own identity and tastefully decorated! The facilities of the hostel in perfect condition. The staff deserve, all 5 stars, for their friendliness, willingness to help and efficiency! they are all very professional. That is my place to be in Lisbon and I will never change it, ever!
The hostel is very nice, starting by the second floor of an old building perfectly located few minutes walk to Praça do Comercio - the location is great because you can walk to most of the attractions. The staff is nice, does its best to help and assist. Breakfast ok and they provide special meals for dinner on some day (check with the reception), cocktails night, walking tours etc. Negative points: No electric plugs next to each bed but only a multiplug on the floor which is very uncomfortable for a dormitory. Cleaning... 2 bandaids sticked to some tube in the shower when I arrived and when I checked out after 3 days were still there; tissues on the floor left by some guest, never picked... Nevertheless I highly recommend this hostel. You can get hair dryer and for 1€ a towel.
Overall we had a great experience at Living Lounge Hostel. It was clean, staff was helpful and they had great options for day trips and extra activities to do (free walking tours), and it was a great location! However, construction began early in the morning and during our stay about 40+ young teenagers were staying on our same floor. They were obnoxious and loud, yelling down the hallways late at night and early in the morning. Obviously the kids are allowed to be here, but they were so disrespectful and It seemed the adults with them as well as hostel staff did little to control them. Its important during a stay at a hostel to respect the other guests, and that was not the case here.
I stayed at the LLH for two weeks as I was attending the Disquiet workshop in Lisbon. It is conveniently located if you are with that program. There is also great food within walking distance, and it is right next to the Baixa-Chiado station. Getting to the LLH from the airport was made easier by the hostel's online instructions for getting there via bus, metro, or Uber. Disquiet handled the booking, but the hostel allowed myself and two people from my university to stay together, and my lodging was very affordable. Pros: -Check-in was fast and easy, although they will hold onto your passport for a while to make a copy. -Check-out was also easy, and they offered to help me find a cab to the airport. -There is free breakfast every morning, and a ten euro dinner offered every night. Although I had evening plans most days and did not get a chance to eat the dinner, it always smelled and looked good, and I know my roommate enjoyed it. (There is usually a vegetarian option.) You are also free to use the kitchen and the fridge, so you can prepare your own meals. -The hostel also offered(/connected visitors to) different tours and activities. -The staff was extremely helpful when I asked where one might go birdwatching and the employee gave me step by step directions to a national park. -There were very comfortable common rooms on every floor, with couches and bookshelves, including a computer room on the first floor. I believe that room also had a TV. -The room was very clean upon arrival, had air conditioning and storage, and our trash was removed a few times during our stay. The bathrooms were also kept extremely clean. Now, the cons: -Stairs, stairs, and more stairs. -Bring your own towels (I think this is pretty standard). -The mattresses were fairly uncomfortable, which didn't bother me too much but is worth noting. -The breakfast consisted of crepes and rolls and cereal. Not bad at all, but very carb heavy and not a ton of variety. (I heard there were eggs on one of the days I didn't go.) After the first couple days, I started eating elsewhere for a more complete meal. -The bathrooms opened onto balconies that faced the backs of other buildings. I am not entirely sure if those buildings were abandoned or not, but I thought I heard workers there one of the days. So the lack of privacy was very uncomfortable. The one bathroom had a wide, open window with a mesh, black curtain that I could see through during the day. Unfortunately, there was no other way to block that window. -The shower stall in the bathroom we used had a shower head that shot water everywhere, including over the top of the stall door, soaking my clothes and toiletries outside. Using the shower was like being water boarded because it was impossible to stand in the stall without water streaming into your eyes/mouth/nose. -Some of the bathroom stall doors also did not close. The latch of the door was just too stiff and the door could not be pulled fully shut. Trying to shut it hurt my hands, and I eventually gave up. Since I was sharing a room with three people, the lack of privacy even in the bathroom was a bit frustrating. I would stay here again in a heartbeat, but I would plan to find my own breakfast and only use the single-person bathrooms--those were also great and did not require a specific key card. Hopefully some updates will be made to the communal bathrooms in the future. Otherwise, it was great lodging.…
My friend and I stayed here in a twin room for four nights. The room was really clean and even though there was shared bathrooms/shower rooms these were immaculate at all times. There is a lovely feel about the hostel, with the staff being welcoming and friendly. They offer local tours and nightly there is dinner and wine for €10, which was delicious. The hostel has a varied range of guests who are from all walks of life. It's central, with a metro station on the same street. If I go back to Lisbon, without a doubt, I'll stay here again.