If you find yourself worrying about where you’ll be staying every time you go on a holiday out of town, considering traveling to Portugal. This country is far from being short of hostels that cater to all types of travelers. In Lisbon city, there are more or less 40 different hostels that you can choose from. So, fear not, dear traveler; you can be sure that you’ll have a roof over your head when you visit Portugal. Here are a couple that you might like to check out.

1. NAME: LISBON LOUNGE HOSTEL

PLACE: LISBON

PRICE: 17 EUROS


The Lisbon Lounge Hostel is quite popular among backpackers because of its semi luxurious ambiance. Numerous times, it managed to win the title Number One Hostel in the World. The common rooms in the hostel are big, spacious, beautiful and clean. In the lounge, for example, there is so much space that you can hang out with a bunch of other guests without feeling cramped and claustrophobic. The white walls are lined with huge windows that offer an unobstructed view of the streets below; there are also a number of couches where you can sit and relax, perhaps to read a book or talk with some of the other guests staying at the hostel.

The designers who were in charge of the hostel’s overall look made sure that they used some of the building’s old parts and incorporated them in the hostel’s modern design. The result? The rooms still have big fireplaces (you can’t use them, though) that provide your quarters with a homey atmosphere. At night, you can also groove to the music being played by the DJ and indulge yourself at the mojito bar.

2. NAME: GOOD NIGHT HOSTEL

PLACE: LISBON

PRICE: 14 EUROS


The Good Night Hostel is also another popular spot among travelers staying in Portugal; it is situated in Baixa Chiado, Lisbon. At first glance the hostel will attract you with its adorable, quirky design and also the friendly faces. At the main room, don’t be shy and mingle with the other guests. Usually, the people who stay here are the types who like to party and be warned if you planned a full day ahead of you because these parties can last well into the night. The hostel’s owner is a 30 year old guy who’s also addicted to traveling. His experiences in other countries have helped him improve his business operations which in turn earn him appreciation from his guests; he even thought about the different things that can be quite annoying to a tired and weary traveler and thought of ways to improve them.

For example, you can get one brand new towel for just two Euros and stop fretting about the towel you left at the previous hostel that you stayed in. When you open the fridge; you will come across an assortment of beverages; guests can help themselves to some juice or perhaps tea the whole day. Do remember that when you check in, you are entitled to one free beer courtesy of the house. Another plus is the well stocked DVD room that kind of makes you want to stay in instead of exploring the city outside.

3. NAME: NICE WAY HOSTEL

PLACE: SINTRA

PRICE: 17 EUROS


The Nice Way Hostel located in Sintra is a fairly new place; in fact, it just opened its doors to guests last month. The charming hostel has two storeys; the floors are laid with wood; and there is a common room upstairs where you can chill and hang out with the other guests. Before the Nice Way Hostel was opened, the premises used to operate as a daycare for parents who weren’t able to hire a nanny for their kids.

Pedro, the owner of this joint, is a no nonsense, simple kind of guy. If you need help about anything, don’t be shy to ask Pedro for help; he’ll be eager to assist you in your predicament and if possible, sort things out.

4. NAME: PENICHE HOSTEL

PLACE: PENICHE

PRICE: 18 EUROS


If you’re a surfer dude making your way around Portugal, try checking in at the Peniche Hostel where you’re sure to feel right at home. You can find this hostel on the 2nd floor of one of the local buildings downtown. Most of the guests here are surfers, so it’s no surprise to find boards lying around on the empty bunks and a couple of wetsuits hanging out to dry in the garden.

The activity inside the hostel is relative to the waves in the sea. When the waves are high, you can expect to find a quiet, deserted hostel; but when the sea is calm, the place is packed with a number of half naked guests lounging around. The Peniche Hostel is a really small business and actually feels much more like your home than a hostel; there are around 20 beds where guests can crash for the night. But before lights out, there is usually a small party in the living room. Because of the small living space, you will most likely have to rub elbows (literally) with other guests in the kitchen. However, the close quarters help you bond with the other guests and perhaps even earn you a couple of new friends.

5. NAME: YES! HOSTEL

PLACE: LISBON

PRICE: 13 EUROS


If you’re a budget traveler who wants to make the most out of your money head straight to the Yes! Hostel in Lisbon. The rooms here are big and spacious, which offer a relaxing atmosphere to a traveler who has been scuttling across the country for days. The bathrooms are quite spacious, too; which is always good especially if your shoulders are aching from carrying your big backpack and you want to take a long, hot bath. At the end of the day, you can expect to rest your spine on the fluffy mattress and immediately drift off to sleep. The hostel is also equipped with three Mac computers, so you can check your mail, Skype your relatives or check your plane bookings.

Most of the guests here usually hang out at the common area. When the clock hits 10:01pm the beers sell at three for two which you can enjoy while watching a movie on the big screen. The delicious dinner costs 8 Euros and includes three glasses of wine absolutely free of charge.

6. NAME: THE YELLOW HOUSE

PLACE: PORTO

PRICE: 16 EUROS


The Yellow House hostel that is located in Porto is actually owned by James guitarist, Saul Williams. From the outside, the place does not look grandiose at all, sitting discreetly along one of the local side streets. But the minute you step inside, you’ll feel like you stepped into a totally different place in time. There is a winding staircase that will lead you to two additional floors dedicated to rooms for the guests. Most of the rooms have about six bed bunks so if you’re traveling in a group, you can just opt to stay in one room.

The floors are laid with wood and there are high ceilings that make the place even more charming. In the living room, you will find a big chandelier; and in the kitchen, get used to the huge painting of a really old guy glowering over you as you cook and eat. The Yellow House is usually packed with travelers during the summer months, with guests occupying even the garden at the back, drinking wine and just chilling out. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, kindly as Bruno if he could whip you up some risotto.

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