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.
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