Hostels are perfect for those looking to save some money on accommodation while still spending quality time in Portugal. They generally cater for backpackers and travelers on the budget but lately families and couples also appreciate the prices and facilities in hostels.
Things to consider
Before deciding to book a hotel room or bed, you should consider the following:
- Not all hostels are the same. Some might have only basic facilities while others might look like miniature hotels. Make sure to read the description and other information before booking.
- Hostels don’t offer only shared rooms (dorms). More and more hostels offer private rooms (double and triples generally) hence catering for couple and families as well. If you do have to stay in a shared room just remember you’ll have to withstand others’ habits.
- The prices do not generally change over the year but you should book in advance to be sure you’ll have a place to stay. There are also some exceptions when prices do change according to the season. Popular hotels and those located in really good places fill up really quickly.
- Read the reviews before booking. You sure don’t want to end up in a party hostel if you plan to sleep. Also, if several travelers say a certain place is a dump, you should take that into account and choose another hostel.
A very well rated hostel in Lisbon is Alfama Patio Hostel. Located centrally in an old Lisbon quarter, the hostel offers double private rooms and dorms. The price per person in a double private room is €28.5 per night, while the bed in dorms costs about €20 per night. During July (peak season) a bed in a dorm costs €22 per night
Cheaper hostels can be found offering beds in dorms at prices starting from €16 per night at Residencia Oliveira or at €18 per night Goodnight Backpacker’s Hostel.
If you want to spend a vacation in the Algarve region, you will find hostels in Lagos. At Rising Cock – Hostel & Apartments beds in a dorm start at €25 per night during peak season –July- and at €18 per night during the low season –March.