With high ceilings and lots of open space, Lookout Lisbon Hostel was my home away from home during my trip to Lisbon, Portugal. Before I get into all the awesome details about my stay, let’s backtrack a bit.
A few weeks before my trip to Lisbon, my plans fell apart (not always a bad thing though).
As luck may have it, a friend decided to cancel last-minute and I struggled to find a hostel that would accommodate my 5-night stay. In the end, I stayed at three hostels.
One of the things you should know about Portugal is that it is home to some of the best hostels in the world. There were so many great options to choose from and by chance, I experienced Lisbon’s vibrant backpacking scene.
I spent my last 2 nights at Lookout Lisbon Hostel and as the saying goes, always save the best for last!
Check-in and Getting Acquainted
Lookout Lisbon Hostel is a small hostel in the historical center of Lisbon, right at the top of Barrio Alto. It’s within walking distance to the Gloria Funicular, Rossio Square and lots of other attractions.
After climbing a short flight of steps to the first floor, I rang the doorbell and Claudia, one of the friendly staff members, greeted me with a smile. She ushered me to the common area and there I checked-in at the 24-hour reception desk.
“The common area looked like the kind of living room that I secretly wished I had back home.”
Lots of colorful accents and books to read.
The common area was bright and airy and although decorated simply, it was tasteful. The patio doors led to a small balcony that had fantastic views of the viewpoint, Miradouro de Sao Pedro De Alcântara.
In the common area, there was also a large bulletin board that featured a ton of things to do like jeep tours, hot yoga, free sangria, pub-crawls, beach days by bike and so much more. Lookout also offered free walking tours to Alfama and Bairro Alto.
Bike wall decoration that you can also take out to see the city.
Heading to the kitchen, I adored how vintage bikes decorated the walls. I’d never seen anything like this at a hostel before and appreciated the stylish yet practical use of the bikes.
Bunk Bed with a View
I slept in the large and spacious “Bunk Bed with a View” room. This mixed room accommodated nine people and had three sets of bunk beds. It also featured a small lounge area and two balconies with city views.
The large lockers are underneath the beds.
My bed was #8 (middle bunk) and it was comfortable.
The bed was already made and came with a wide locker and key. This meant that if you left your locker at home, you didn’t have to worry about having to buy a new one.
Each bed also came with a curtain for privacy, a reading lamp and power socket. The wi-fi signal was strong. I had no connectivity issues which isn’t always the case at other hostels.
“Even my friends were raving about my room – bragging rights!”
Views outside my balcony.
Since it was extremely hot during my stay, when the heat became unbearable, having a balcony made all the difference. In the afternoons, I sat on the balcony and enjoyed the cool breeze.
The communal bathroom had two showers and two toilets.
It was always clean and often times I had it to myself. Lookout also had a private bathroom but I didn’t get a chance to use it during my stay.
One of my favorite amenities in the bathroom was the free soap. Since I moved around a lot, this came in handy when I lost my body wash.
Lookout Lisbon Hostel Vibes
Lookout Lisbon Hostel offers the best of both worlds because although it’s not a party hostel, the club and bar scene at Barrio Alto is just a few streets down. Barrio Alto is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Lisbon and features tons of restaurants and bars.
I also felt a real sense of community at Lookout after reading restaurant and tour recommendations from past guests. There were even recommendations for things to do on a rainy day!
You can also sign up for communal dinners at the reception desk. Unfortunately, I had to head home before tasting Filipa’s vegetarian risotto with carrots and courgettes.
It’s the little things like the soothing tunes playing in the common area, the hostel’s communal spirit and the colorful accents that made Lookout Lisbon Hostel my haven in Lisbon.
If you’re looking for a recommendation for a great place to stay in Lisbon, well there you have it!
Thanks again Lookout Lisbon Hostel for hosting my stay and welcoming me to Portugal.
Author: Danielle Desir
Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey on her blog, The Thought Card. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 21 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house, owning a home, and working full-time.
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