A friend and I stayed at the Alfama Patio Hostel for 4 days. It was really amazing. People were absolutely nice, most of the receptionists were very helpful and friendly.Most of all, they all spoke very good English. Carolina whom we met everyday is an amazing woman, always gleeful. She helped us to schedule our days coherently, gave lots of tips and recommended typical lisboan addresses for dining.The fees were relatively cheap. We were in a mixed 6 beds dormitory and even though the room contained 3 bunk beds, it was very spacious and our dorm buddies were nice and easy- living. However, the hostels offers other kind of rooms but ours was perfectly fine for the 11€ per day we paid. Breakfast is also included as from 8 am. The hostel is very clean and hot water is available 24hr.
Concerning the neighbourhood, the hostel is ideally situated, not far from the airport and the main city centre. Its actually of walking distance from most Alfama attractions and Bairro Alto. Moreover, the tram and the bus stops are nearby. Even the train station is around a 30 minutes walk.
The hostel also organizes trips and dinners. These are very nice but expect to pay more than if you organised it yourself. Moreover, if ever you subscribe for any of these activities, I suggest you request extremely detailed information since they tend to be very vague about petty things which ends up in either you paying more or having to figure out how to go back to the hostel on your own.
Overall, it was a very good stay. I'll surely come back !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the top hostels in the world. Lots of character and atmosphere, where you will feel immediately as at your home. A private patio and a terrace with stunning view over the river and Alfama. In the oldest district of Lisbon, a cheap accommodation where everything started. Free wi-fi, delicious breakfast included, and a fully equipped kitchen for guests' use. ... more less
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