Portugal

Lisboa/Lisbon

Where: Unreal Hostel

Verdict: The best way to sum up this hostel is basic but clean. There were no lockers in the rooms and no personal lights or power points. I was in a 6 bed dorm with an attached ensuite and the bathroom was a good size and well kept. There are two elevators in the building too which was handy.

Breakfast is part of the rate however it is continental and quite simple- read only cereal, juice and bread essentially but hey, included is included right.

I was in desperate need to do laundry when I arrived here and they have a washing machine to use free of charge, you just bring the soap. There’s no dryer however, there’s quite a few lines to hang your stuff on to dry but unfortunately they were all used so everyone in my dorm simply had to deal with my clothes hanging off EVERYTHING in the room.

The staff at the hostel were also very friendly and willing to answer all our questions when it came to directions and activities to do. The wifi was free and reliable. You can rent a towel with a deposit which is refunded upon checkout, a welcome break from the travel towel was a nice change!

Overall, Portugal is renowned for having some of the best hostels in the world and I feel that Lisbon has much better value ones to offer than Unreal. If my tour wasn’t starting from here I probably would’ve picked some place else however it is still a fairly cheap option in the city.

Location: I didn’t feel as though it was too central, to walk to Bairro Alto area and a lot of the main attractions would probably take a good 20-30 minutes. However, the hostel has a supermarket across the road and is a 2 minute walk from an underground station which will take you to most places you want to go. Also, if you’re in a group it’s quite affordable to split a taxi.

Price: Rates start at around 20 AUD (13 EUR) per night for a 10 bed mixed dorm. There are also 4, 6 & 8 beds available and private rooms too. Continental breakfast is included. Prices can vary depending on the season and day of the week.

The details:
Rua Pedro Nunes 10, 1050-171 Lisboa, Portugal
Ph: +351 21 315 3101

Oporto/Porto

Where: Tattva Design Hostel

Verdict: Tattva knows what it’s about and does it pretty darn well. I was in a 8 bed dorm and the beds were extremely comfortable and each person has their own spacious locker underneath. Each bed also has personal curtains and mini fan.

The bathroom ensuite in our room was very modern and clean with two showers and toilets which among 8 people works out pretty well.

Breakfast is included and was fantastic. There was a wide selection of hot food in addition to cereals, fruit, yogurts and pastries. Wifi is free and reliable. There is a decent kitchen and a cool rooftop bar with heaps of seating and offers specials on sangria. That always gains some points with me. Paired with the fact that the hostel itself is pretty big the bar is a really relaxing and social place.

The competition is fierce in Porto for hostels, there are just so many great ones and Tattya is one of them being really great value for money hands down. Did I mention the outside of the building is covered in classic Portuguese styled blue and white tiles too?

Location: It’s essentially central Porto. Whether you want to walk to the popular shopping street or towards the river everything can be reached in around 10 minutes. The main train station is also only about 5 minutes walk from the hostel.

Price: There are also 6 & 10 bed dorms available in addition to private rooms. Beds start from around 10 EUR (14 AUD) for a 10 bed dorm. Prices can vary depending on time of year.

The details:
Rua do Cativo 26-28 Porto
Tel:+351 220 944 622
E-mail: reservation@tattvadesignhostel.com

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