While we traveled arround in Portugals northern parts we stopped also in Braga.
Ok, the Braga Pop hostel was the only option to stay for a small ammound in Braga exceppt the official Youth hostel in Braga.
Helenas hostel was easy to find, just 25 meters from the Ibis hotel and maybe 20-25 minutes from the trainstation by feed.
To reach the hostel you have to walk a good number of steps upstairs, attansion , no elevator,
Helena gave us a warm welcome and two beds in a dormatorryroom right beside the entrancedoor.
We came without a reservation but Helena was very uncomplicated and bashed us full with informations about the city.
She made a short walk with us in the hostel to show us everything.
A weekside of the hostel is, it is only a flet and not a hole house like the Rossio hostel in Aveiro or the downtownhostel in Porto and so there is not so much space inside the hostel.
You feel it in the bathroom for example, it is good equipt and clean for sure but also a little bit tricky with such limit in space.
The rooms were simple but also clean and equipt with dormbeds from Ikea but unforthunly the ceaper ones made from more simple wood.
In the downtownhostel in Porto for exemple Barbara and Vera, the girls who run this hostel bought the more expensive ones made from Iron and you feel the different esspecely when you rich to the upper beds.
The kitchen has everything you need and everything is on place.
A commenroom is also there with television, table, DVD player and so on, the only thing I missed was the movie MAMA MIA because it is my favorite but you can't have everything.
There is also a big balcony on the backside, away from the mainstreet an not noisy at all.
It's good for relaxing after a hard tourist day and when there is no hurry anymore when all is sayed and done with a bottle of portwine there.
There was not much traffic in the house while we have been there I guess most of the tourists in the city are daytrips from Porto.
The breakfast was included in the price, nothing special but good and the highlight was a selfmade yogurt, I liked it very much.
But the real "highlight" of the hostel is Helena, the girl who is running the POP Hostel of Braga.
She was so friendly all the time and gave us a huge number of informations about and around the city, tips ror restaurants and pubs.
I also talked a lot with her about Portugal, football and everything.
By the way football, we talked a lot about football, she is fan of the FC Porto because she is from Porto, also about Pinto da Costa the black eminenz of the club.
If the Mayor of Porto is saying anything - nobody cares, but if Pinto da Costa is saying anything everybody is listening.
Thank you so much Helena for a pleasant stay with you, it was more like a private stay, like couchsurfing as a hostelstay.
Good luck for you and the Braga POP hostel, keep on rocking girl !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Braga POP Hostel is the first hostel of Braga and is located right in the heart of the city, in a 5 min walk from the train station and bus central. B POP Hostel is right at the biggest urban walking area of Europe, where the historical downtown, comercial areas and leisure areas, with bars and restaurant, are. We are just by the City Market.Braga POP Hostel has 6 rooms (single, double bed and dorms), fully equiped kitchen, leisure room with games and music, eating room and a balcony to relax at the sunset. All rooms have key card access and security lockers.In the hostel you can use free Wi-Fi internet and there is a computer for guest to access internet. At our front desk you´ll have guides, maps and all the tips to enjoy your travel.Cash payment only, on arrivalCheck In: 14:00 to 20:00Check Out: 12:00am ... more less