I was lucky enough to choose this hostel a few months ago for my first small attempt at solo backpacking with mobility scooter. It was a fairly scary prospect, getting back out there, but confidence is everything and this hostel was not only stunning inside and out but run and operated by the best bunch of people I've met at any hostel around the world. They made all the difference. The hostel itself is very accessible and the owner had plans to make it even more so, though the upstairs rooms were only accessible by stairs. But the upstairs rooms don't have the awesome views! The showers weren't fully accessible yet, but I can stand for short periods so it was okay for me. There was a large disabled toilet, which was going to be turned into a fully accessible shower wetroom. The lower bunks were quite high and a wheelchair user may struggle, but both of the rooms I was in had a low day bed that could be used for sleeping. The building management had made some crazy decisions while I was there, making the building itself (a major train station!) difficult to access. The hostel owner João was so outraged and embarrassed that I'm sure that has been changed! The kitchen was very well equipped and there's always someone around and genuinely happy to help, whatever the request. Especially memorable for going above and beyond and making my stay so easy and successful were Mafalda, Zsofi, and Penelope. I plan to go back! Maybe for a rock festival next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In July of 2011, smack in the heart of downtown Lisbon - Rossio - a new hostel is born. It could be just another hostel, except it's not. Housed in one of Lisbon's most beautiful and renowned buildings - the Rossio Railway Station - an undisputed icon of late XIX Century Romantic architecture (and which has recently undergone a profound facelift), Lisbon Destination Hostel is perched around a winter garden, where light filters down from the rooftop, harmoniously flooding the patio and creating an ambiance that is both tranquil and upbeat. We had planned on catering to a specific target, only to realize later that we didn't have to. We're confident that, between the ample first floor bedrooms (sleeping 4 to 8) with large windows overlooking the historic city, and the double rooms one floor up which peer out over the winter garden, you - whomever you may be - will find your niche. And if all this weren't enough, please note that, from our doorstep, you can take the train to the town of Sintra, a Unesco World Heritage Site just 20 minutes' ride away. Once you get there, you'll understand why. ... more less
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