I stayed at Pensao Estacao Central for six nights in June 2012.
Though I booked in advance, no booking fee applied and all email communication with the hostel was prompt and courteous. This was confirmed during my stay; the staff are generally helpful and speak English very well. The reception is staffed 24 hours as all guests are 'buzzed in' only (you must leave your keys at reception before venturing out); so good security too. You can also purchase cheap drinks and coffee at reception. The lobby not only contains a TV, books for loan and information on Lisbon but also a computer for accessing the internet against a fee.
On the downside, the reception is located on the first floor and you have to climb quite a few stairs to reach it. Your room may then be on the second or third floor. Note that there is no lift in the building.
The location is great; very central - just off Rossio, close to all public transport including the airport bus. Below there's a health food store with a good lunch buffet catering to vegetarians/vegans and just around the corner there's a supermarket, the famous Cafe Nicola, the Ginjinha Sem Rival and the Elevador de Santa Justa, which I could even see from my bedroom window. To me, some noise from street and the odd drug dealer seemed a fair trade off for such a central spot.
The room was not very spacious and furnished in an old fashioned style, but clean and functional. There was a fan, TV and cupboard with some extra blankets. Although I am only 1.60 m, the bed felt a tad too short - so feet sticking out could definitely be an issue for taller guests. The bathroom was also clean and functional. Noticed a few some little things that could be fixed easily and would make a big difference (e.g. no plugs at all, some mould on shower curtain) but nothing major.
Overall, I was satisfied and found Pensao Estacao Central to be very decent value for money. I would happily return.
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