Alex Tieghi-Walker

Hostel Independente

Lisbon

by: Alex Tieghi-Walker

  • Why

    Attending the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.

  • When

    September 2013

  • Who

    Just me and a rucksack full of books.

Highs + Lows

  • No grubby hallways or sketchy common areas. This hostel is housed in the old Swiss Ambassador’s residence so it feels very special walking between the lofty rooms which have been filled with vintage furniture and art pieces.

  • Despite shared rooms, there are plenty of spaces to hang out if you need down-time. A large drawing room on the first floor has various seating areas and downstairs there is a network of sitting rooms, studies and alcoves.

  • The restaurant, the Decadente, stays open late and serves fresh and delicious food. Eating outside in the courtyard was a real treat and the city seemed a thousand miles away.

  • The hostel is on a hill overlooking the haphazard slopes of the city, connected to the main squares by an old cable car that meanders steeply down the hill.

  • Ultimately this is a hostel - so shared bathrooms, no towels, no mini-bar and you make your own bed. Not good for those used to luxury and pampering

  • I didn’t mind that the room was so hot because I’d left 10 degrees behind in London so it was nice to sleep with the balcony doors open, but I can see it would be a bit too sticky for some.

: 38/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Hostel

  • Vibe

    Faded grandeur and vintage furniture… more museum than hostel!

  • Location

    Perched on a hill and just a 2 minute cable-car ride from the Grand Central Square.

  • Rooms

    11 shared rooms and 2 private suites.

  • Music

    Samba + French 60s pop.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    A team of local aesthetes trawling the junk shops and furniture fairs of the city.

  • Pool/Gym

    No.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, in a small courtyard at the back of the house aptly named the Decadente.

  • Bar

    Yes, taking over several small lounges filled with vintage furniture and knick-knacks.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Probably a headache – too many breakables.

  • Price

    Cheap as hell!

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