14 Sep Hostel Review: Living Lounge in Lisbon, Portugal
The Living Lounge Hostel in Lisbon is probably the most luxurious hostel I’ve ever seen. Located on Rua do Crucifixo, slap bang in the centre of town, Living Lounge is like staying in a boutique hotel as opposed to a hostel. In fact all the hostels in Lisbon are of a high standard, but this one is just the bees knees.
My stay at the Living Lounge Hostel didn’t get off to the best of starts…it turned out they had overbooked the hostel and given my bed away. I’d booked on Hostelbookers but they hadn’t checked the bookings, so they’d given the last bed to someone who walked in from the street.
The lady on reception was incredibly apologetic and had already arranged for me to stay at the Rossio Patio hostel, which was a 5 minute walk away. They also gave me 20 Euros in cash to compensate me for the inconvenience and to pay for my room at the Rossio Patio. So all in all I gained a free night’s stay in a hostel! I left my big bag in the luggage room at the Living Lounge, and took my small day pack with me to the other hostel. The Rossio Patio was also an incredibly nice hostel and the newest one in Lisbon, so I didn’t mind staying a night somewhere else.
The following day I checked into the Living Lounge no problem. The dorms have plenty of space and the lockers under the bunks which are big enough to store a big backpack. The rooms are air conditioned and the beds are extremely comfortable, with thick mattresses and proper duvets to curl up in. Each bunk has a reading light and a convenient little pocket hanging down to store your key and phone etc while you are asleep.
The Living area is incredibly swanky and modern like an Ikea showroom, with a chaise longue, a cocktail bar serving mojitos and caipirinhas, a book case with plenty of books, and a dining table where the family dinners take place.
For 9 euros you can pay to have a 3-course meal with everyone else in the hostel, cooked by the hostel’s very own chef. The food is delicious and really worth it. You get a starter, main course and dessert with a Portuguese influence, plus a couple of glasses of wine to wash it down with.
The kitchen is well-equipped and clean, with all the utensils you’ll ever need. There’s also a computer room and free Wi-Fi, which you can pick up on most floors…except in my room, which was at the end of the corridor from reception.
You can pay to have your laundry done at this hostel and they’ll do it for you, so no need to buy washing powder and wait around by the machine for it to finish. I handed my washing in one evening, and picked it up at breakfast the following morning. Perfect!
The FREE breakfast was pretty decent, with orange/apple/peach & grape juice, tea, coffee, bread, jams, cheese, scrambled eggs and pancakes. A great way to start your day before sightseeing in Lisbon.
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