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“Feel Young Again :)”
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Home Lisbon Hostel
Ranked #2 of 470 Speciality Lodging in Lisbon
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“Feel Young Again :)”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

My 3 friends and I are all over 40...we were also doing some hiking and stayed at some other hostels so we decided to stay in one while we were sightseeing in Lisbon. Best decision ever!!! This place has it DOWN to the last detail. I tell you my age because most people think of hostels as something for the youngsters who are exploring the world fresh out of college...and yes, we were probably among the older visitors at the Home Hostel. However, we were made to feel so at home that this was immediately forgotten after check-in. Friendly and extremely helpful staff, always. For a very reasonable rate you get a secure building in a great area of downtown Lisbon. There are only 4 beds in a room...the beds are large bunk beds of very solid wood. The resemble old train car bunks--the lower bunks have their own privacy curtains. Each bed has its own light and electrical outlet and a small shelf for phones, etc. Each bunk also has a very large storage drawer which all my stuff fit easily. Linens are very clean and fresh. You also get breakfast included in the morning from 8-10am. Eggs, coffee, juice, cereal, yogurt, bread\toast, sausage. I still do not understand how they make a profit:) Pains have been taken for cleanliness throughout the whole building. There is a large kitchen and a refrigerator anyone can use to store food. There is also a system which you can leave leftover food for other guests if you wish, or peruse leftover unused food left by others which is a great idea to keep from wasting food. There is a cozy reading\TV\music room with lots of comfy couches. Also a bar\dining area, where if you choose, you can pay 10 Euros and get a 3 course homemade meal every night, cooked by Mamma herself. It is not to be missed!!!! At the dinner it is a great time to meet your fellow travelers--the wine flows and is included in the cost of dinner. There are nice laundry facilities, and super clean shared restrooms and shower rooms. Even the wooden floors in the shower room were thoughtful...they seemed much cleaner and "less gross" than normal old tile floors. I would walk on them with bare feet no problem!!! This place has a great reputation and deservedly so--they really do work hard to make you feel like you are in a home away from home. So, whether you're in your twenties, or you just want to relive your twenties like we did, GO FOR IT!!!! This place is fantastic, you will not be disappointed. Thank you to Mamma, Juan, and Andre...you are all fantastic hosts.

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Schaerbeek, Belgium
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The home Lisbon hostel has received a long list of awards these last few years, and no doubt they were very well deserved! The numerous thank you words sent to Mama are excellent testimonies too!

The hostel is ideally located only a few hundred meters away from the metro station Baxia Chiado. It's also very close to the heart of Lisbon life: la Praça do Comércio, the San Justa lift, la Praça da Figueira, and last but not least the great and popular Alfama neighbourhood, easily accessible from the Sao Nicolau street via the famous tram 28.

The hostel occupies the second and fourth flours of a house building. As soon, as you cross the reception door, believe me you'll feel at home. Nothing to do with one of these huge hostels without any personality nor charm, where you're just there to spend a night. No, at the Home Lisbon hostel, expect to be warmly welcomed by one of the dynamic and very friendly member of the team, who will guide you through a short tour of the place, give you some tips, and enthusiastically answer all your questions.

The place itself its quite unique, and has obviously been very recently completed refreshed without having negatively affected its atmosphere and "old" charm. In front of a nice wooden bar, a long common table and a few other round ones occupies what is nothing else like Mama's living room, with lots of family pictures on the walls.

Enjoy as well the nice and cosy common room equipped with comfortable sofas, a huge TV screen, a few instruments, and many books to read, borrow or exchange.

The dormitories themselves are simple, but comfortable, and perfectly clean. Worth mentioning that they are all air-conditioned, such as the full hostel. The common showers and toilets are simply the cleanest I've ever seen at whaterver time I went there. This certainly had to do with the respectful mentality of the guests but also of the hard work of the hostel team.

The hostels and bedrooms are also very secured thanks to magnetic cards.

But the Home Lisbon hostel would not be what it is without the Mama: a very charming, friendly and energetic woman who treats her guests like family members. A proof? Her generous and delicious dinners, with wine and a small glass of Porto, Moscatel or Ginginha included! Every evening, enjoy for only 10 euros a 3 course Portuguese meal, prepared every day with fresh and seasonal ingredients. It's every day different, but always as good and as pleasant.

Breakfast included are also spectacular for a youth hostel: variety of breads and jams, cured meat, eggs, cheese, yoghurts, cereals...

Lastly, I was maybe lucky, but all the people I met there were just fantastic travellers from all over the world. No party and loudly party animals living the night, and sleeping most of the day, but real travellers wanting to discover and enjoy new countries and cultures.

If you also take into account the very reasonable price for such a good accommodation, and all what is sold there, I would just VERY STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU THIS AMAZING HOSTEL. Probably the best I've ever been to!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

What can I say...

I can only be positive about this hostel. Great atmosphere, nice and interested staff, best location, excellent rooms, awesome showers, clean, homy, cosy, great people and mamma's dinner is the best!

Keep up the good work guys!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Neshanic Station, NJ
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I couldn't give this place a higher recommendation. It's clean, safe, fun and the staff is amazing. I would come back time and time again. Mamma's dinners are great and make sure you go on the pub crawl!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The whole concept and name of the hostel speak for themselves. It is just an amazing atmosphere that makes you feel comfortable and ready to do your journey along the great city that is Lisbon.
High points are the great staff, perfect mamma's dinner and excellent facilities (bedroom, common room, etc).
I'm just back from a trip around a lot of cities in Europe and I can definitely say that Home Lisbon Hostel was the best hostel I've stayed in.
The staff is always so helpful, constantly checking if you having a good time and helping you have the best time in Lisbon.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is a really great hostel. My friends (all girls) and I spend a night here and enjoyed it a lot. When we arrived the staff were really welcoming and explained all the hostels offers such as the mama's dinner and the free walking tour. Are room was clean and bright. The room also had air conditioning and separate lights and plugs for each bed. We didn't bring locks for the under bed lockers but when we went downstairs to buy one we were given it for free (many other hostels don't do this). The breakfast was good and what you would expect from a free breakfast. The next morning we wanted to print off our boarding cards and we were able to do this for free with the help of the staff on reception. We also went on the free walking tour with a Portuguese women who spoke perfect English. She was really lovely and helpful, telling us all the best places to visit and answering everyone's questions. At the end of the tour you tipped her what you thought it was worth which was a very fair deal. All in all I would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

When I was in Lisbon in May 2014 and was told about Home Hostel in Lisbon. When I reached Lisbon I stayed there for two nights and had an amazing time. From the warm welcome from amazing staff, complementary drink to the clean accommodations and interesting travelers from around the world everything was wonderful. Be sure to check out Mamma's nightly dinner of traditional Portuguese foods. The food was outstanding and I purchased Mamma's cookbook to attempt to reproduce the recipes back home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was the 'real' hostel experience that I was looking for. Do yourself a huge favor and stay at Home Lisbon. I will be back for sure.

Dan Poole, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Home Lisbon Hostel
Address: Rua de Sao Nicolau 13 2 Esq., Lisbon 1100-547, Portugal (Formerly Lisbon Easy Hostel)
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 470 Speciality Lodging in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are perfectly located in Lisbons historic center with the main attractions within walking distance. We provide a great atmosphere and many activities, like walking tours, pub crawls and the very famous Mammas Dinners where you can easily meet many people and socialize even if travelling alone. In a 200 year old building we have a lovely comfortable living room, a dinning room with a bar, a great kitchen, a patio and most importantly, great beds in spacious rooms, all with balconies or big windows. We provide big lockers to keep your valuables. Come experience our unique atmosphere and discover Lisbon with us! ... more   less 
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