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“It's called 'Home' for a reason - that's exactly what it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Tagus Home

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Tagus Home
Ranked #203 of 416 Specialty Lodging in Lisbon
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“It's called 'Home' for a reason - that's exactly what it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

I stayed at this hostel over Easter period for 3 nights (end of April). As I travelled quite a lot, budget was important and that is why I chose this hostel as it was the cheapest option at the time, also offering quite a good location.

Tagus Home is situated very close to bus 22 terminus, which gives you direct link to the airport, very very convenient (about 20 minutes and you are there), at the top of Avenida de Liberdades, quiet and peaceful area, and Marquês de Pombal metro station is also very close. There are not that many eateries around, but a short about 15 minutes’ walk down will bring you to the centre, fairly affordable areas of Rossio with numerous restaurants and pastelarias (yummy!), night life, etc. Lovely areas of Chiado with more stylish eateries are also close by. All it takes – just stroll along green and leafy boulevard of Avenida de Liberdades and you are in the buzzing centre. I really liked my early morning walks there while it was still fresh and quiet and all the drivers not only will wait for you to cross the road but will stop and offer you with a smile to cross, which I did sometimes even if I did not need to.

Basically, Tagus Home is 2 flats refurbished into a hostel taking 1st floor of a 5 storey old traditionally tiled Portuguese building. Each flat has 5 rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a shower room, both with a toilet and a sink. It is not new, with all the charming trimmings of an old building like poor sound proof and excellent acoustics. It is kept clean, but the ceilings in bathroom and shower room are moulded, the shower room in the wing where I stayed was always blocked, I used only the bathroom. My room was basic, dated but clean. Fussy sleepers might find beds and pillows a little too hard.

I arrived quite early at about 10am well before check in time. A friendly Portuguese woman who speaks only Portuguese greeted me with a smile, asked me to wait a little. In about 10 minutes she showed me my room, the facilities, gave me a set of 3 keys (for the front door, the flat door and for my room), a Lisbon map, took the money (I paid cash) and I was checked in – nice and easy. In no time I was exploring beautiful Lisbon.

Now, things, which you need to be aware of. As a hostel Tagus home is mostly visited by youngsters, who can be quite noisy. If you are one of those, please, do remember that you are sharing your accommodation with other people, who might need rest. Like in some old homes one can hear everything what is happening outside of their room. Because of the enhanced acoustics a simple turning of the key in the door sounds as if it was turning in your ear, simple unwrapping of a plastic bag in the kitchen may sound as if it was happening just above your head. During busy periods you might have to wait for your turn in the bathroom, but you can use the facilities in the other wing. Oh, yes, another thing. If they still use the same kettle, please, do not leave kitchen until it’s boiled as it may not switch off itself and will boil water until whatever happens.

Lastly, if you had patience to read it all, the summary is: I got what I paid for and if it happens that I am in Lisbon for a short period and do not need much comfort I will stay in Tagus Home again. It’s called ‘Home’ very appropriately, that’s exactly what it is.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2011

Good location, central yet quiet. Friendly owner. Very clean. Good internet connection. Pity about the creaky beds! I had to put my mattress on the floor

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2011

I stayed here for 5 nights in August 2010. I felt that value for money is good and the location is excellent, with very good transport links. The facilities are good for the money paid, and seem to be regularly cleaned. The only problem I experienced was that the room I was in got unbearably hot, and with the window open the noise of the air conditioning unit of a neighbouring building was very loud. In the room itself there was only a small fan, which didn't really help.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

We got the room in the new part of Tagus Home it's a place just a 2 min walk from the main building. The first room was so so as we had a window going aot on corridor, and when we opened it everyone who waite for the toilet could see us;) But then we received a ver nice room with balkony. It was all painte in yellow/orange/limon colours. We liked it. The stuff was friendly and helfull. There was a kitchen there that we could use. It was colose to the centre and there were shops and restaurant around.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bruxelles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

Location is ok, nearby metro station, just 3-4stops from the very center of lisbon, it is 15-20mints walking distance to the center. quite location. rooms, bed linen, towels - clean.
two bathrooms, - just ok. no possibility to buy breakfast, but kitchen should be sufficient if you bring/buy food. kitchen equipment seemed ok, however we have not used it.

no reception, but the cleaning lady would call the owner so speaking on the phone in english is possible. she is very friendly.

Price paid/value received was good. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2009

Although initially a little apprehensive about staying in accommodation with shared facilities, this place continued to exceed my expectations.

Despite our plane being delayed by over an hour and it taking longer than we expected to get to the Tagus from the airport due to slow bus services late at night, as we phoned the owners upon our arrival in Lisbon as we were advised to do, they ensured there would be someone waiting there for us to let us in at our new expected time of arrival (11pm!).

Rooms were fairly basic, but contained all you needed, were spacious, immaculate and clean. The only slight downside about them was that as they had lovely wooden floors which unfortunately meant that you could here each guest coming and going throughout the evening so you may wish to take earplugs. Other than that there really are very few negatives about this property whatsoever and I would definately recommend it.to both family and friends. It was excellent value for money and was exceedingly pleasant to stay in.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2009

-great location, very close to the metro station
-clean room as well as shared bathroom
-very nice and helpful lady, who runs the hotel, although she doesn't speak english
-also shared kitchen available with tea kettle, microwave oven and big fridge

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Tagus Home
Address: Rua Camilo Castelo Branco 20, Lisbon 1169-128, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon
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Ranked #203 of 416 Specialty Lodging in Lisbon
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Hotel Class:1 star — Tagus Home 1*
Number of rooms: 20
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