So I’ve professed my love for Lisbon.
It’s pretty much a perfect city.
Confession: One of the reasons for me planning the Luxury Hostels project was so that it would give me the perfect excuse to come back to Lisbon….
easyJet, one of the sponsors for my Luxury Hostels project kindly obliged with sponsoring my flights to Lisbon.
Why Lisbon though?
Lisbon wears the crown for the city with the best luxury hostels- it is the indisputable queen of hostelling across the world
I had 4 days in Lisbon which allowed me to explore and check 2 of the city’s finest hostels- Equity Point Lisbon and Oasis Backpackers, Lisbon.
Over the next few days I’ll be presenting a review of both, starting with Equity Point Lisbon.
Equity Point Lisbon- The Review
In a great location near the Praça dos Restauradores, right across from the Hard Rock Café, Equity Point is in a central location and the perfect base for exploring the nocturnal delights of Bairro Alto.
Converted from a 18th century villa, Equity Point Lisbon is in a beautiful building , blending it’s old traditional features with modern design and some of the comfiest beds you can sleep in.
The hostel is halfway up a steep travessa so negotiating your way up is a bit of a challenge.
However, on the top of the travessa you have the stunning Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara where you can enjoy great views of the city.
Once you get there you can relax in the hostel’s stunning outdoor terrace where guests can congregate and sip on beers or wine ( available to purchase from the hostel reception , beers for as little as 1 euro a bottle)
The hostel has a very cool lounge- lots of plush sofas and beanbags to lounge in, a few computer terminals to check your mail.
The hostel has a nice sized kitchen where you can cook – note: just around the corner from the hostel, there is a grocer where you can buy veggies, pasta at very low prices.
There is a wee open courtyard facing the kitchen which they have plans to develop and convert into a nice outdoor eating area.
The hostel offers a range of accommodation –from dorm rooms to double beds.
So depending if you’re in a group or travelling as a couple- this hostel offers a variety of options.
I stayed in the double room- very snazzy and chic as you can see from the picture above.
Not ensuite though.
On the plus point they were three power showers right next to the room so it wasn’t a great inconvenience for me.
If you’re travelling in a group they have a 4 bed mixed dorm option
Being a large hostel, it doesn’t have the cozy, intimate nature of the smaller boutique hostels that have figured prominently in my travels so far.
Still, even if you are travelling solo, there are opportunities to bond with fellow guests thanks to the hostel’s busy, packed evening schedule of daily events: from nights out in the local bars to walks to places of historical interest.
So the verdict
A great all rounder for staying in Lisbon : Great location in Lisbon with the nightlife hotspots located nearby plus with great facilities like free wifi, comfy lounge, outdoor terrace and good range of activites make this a fun hostel to stay in.
Providing ensuite facilities would a big bonus plus but with new developments like an outdoor eating area being planned, there’s plenty more to come from this hostel.
I flew to Lisbon from Edinburgh courtesy of easyJet
Looking at flights, currently you can fly for as little as £26.99 one way from Edinburgh to Lisbon in September.
The twin rooms at Equity Lisbon comes in at 70 euros a night and bathroom facilities are shared.
If you’re travelling in a group they have a 4 bed mixed dorm option with prices as low as 24 euros.
At the bottom scale, a bed in the 10 bed dorms can come in as low as 15 euros a night.