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Review: Lookout Lisbon! Hostel

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Imagine having an exhausting travel day. You just arrived in Lisbon and all you want is to enter a place that makes you feel at home. You are walking up the final hill and you think if you see a bed to rest you won’t believe it. Then, a smiley face opens you the door. This person welcomes you as if you are entering someone’s home, they start treating you by your first name like you’ve been friends all along, and the feeling of being at home kicks in. The only hostel in the city that will make you feel like this? Lookout Lisbon! Hostel.

THE STAFF

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Back when I was part of the team!

The staff might just be the best thing about this place. Any of the receptionists working here will work their ass off to give you the best possible stay in Lisbon. But all hostels are suppose to do that, right? This one has a difference. The staff at Lookout will not only make sure you are comfortable, they will go the extra mile to deliver you an experience. By the time you leave, you will take memories of the Sangria Nights, the group dinners, as well as all the local secrets of the city. If you need a friend during your stay, you can trust me when I say the staff at Lookout Lisbon! Hostel will be just that to you.

THE LOCATION

This hostel has one of the best locations in the city, no joke! The only inconvenient to some will be the fact it is on top of a hill, always having to go up and down to move around the city. Still, you can walk to every single attraction in the city. How could you want more than that? Just go down a street and you are in the newest part of the city, where are the commerce and shops are. Turn the first street outside the hostel and you are in the famous night spot of Lisbon, Bairro Alto. Want better than having fifty bars to choose from, just on the back of the hostel? Or maybe you want a viewpoint for some great shots? Literally all you have to do is cross the street.

THE BREAKFAST

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Photo rights belong to Lookout Lisbon! Hostel

Get out of your comfy bed right now, and run for the FREE breakfast! Breakfast at Lookout Lisbon! Hostel is a dream come true. You wake up and walk to the big table in the common room and suddenly you see a giant buffet, worthy of a breakfast in a hotel! I’ve been to a lot of hostels these past two years, and I’ve never had such a complete breakfast before, certainly not without having to pay extra for it. On the table you will have a little bit of everything: milk, soy milk, bread, toasts, about ten different jams, butter, ham and cheese, juice, two types of cereal (chocolate & corn flakes), tea, croissants, cookies, you name it! I’m telling you, if you are thinking about staying at this hostel, wake up between 8h30 and 10h and start your day with this crazy feast.

THE ROOMS 

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This photo belongs to Lookout Lisbon! Hostel

Being a small hostel, Lookout has four dorms of 6, 9 and 12 beds. If you want a tip, the 9 bed dorm is the best! If has a lot of space, it is right at the entrance of the hostel and further away from the other dorms (which means it is quiet pretty much all the time), and it is the dorm with more space to move around. Also, this is dorm has windows to the main street, which means by night you won’t hear the loud music coming from the street bars of Bairro Alto. And, (there’s more??), you can just sit by the window and enjoy the viewpoint just across the street.

A particular aspect of the beds is that you don’t have regular bunk beds. The beds were actually designed by the owner and are three floors high, which means you get more people in the room but with enough space to move around. The beds are really big and the mattress is comfy. The best part? Each bed has a curtain, that gives you a lot of privacy. You also have a reading light in case you are one of those guests who likes to write on a notebook by night.

COMMON FACILITIES 

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Photo rights belong to Lookout Lisbon! Hostel

The hostel has a kitchen free of use until 11pm. It’s ‘magically’ always cleaned and has all the stuff you need to cook your meals and save some money. At dinner time it gets pretty busy, which is also great because you can forget about how much you hate cooking because you are meeting people in the process.

The common room is where the magic happens. With lots of couches, a giant table and two small balconies, this is where you need to be when the sun sets down, because everyone will be there to join the free activities, and it is just so easy to talk to people and get to know them better in a chill but cool environment. Also, the reception is in this area, which means the staff will be there and if you need anything, all you have to do is ask.

SAFETY 

Even being next to a night area, this hostel is 100% safe.The entrance door of the building is always closed, only opening by using a card that is given to you when you check-in. The door to enter the hostel is always closed as well. To get in, you have to ring the bell, and the receptionist will open you the door every time. As for the rooms, in order to get inside you will have a code for only your dorm that you need to use every time you want to get in. Guests only have access to the dorm assigned. Each guest also gets a personal giant locker to keep their belongings safe, and if you don’t feel comfortable leaving something expensive there, you can always ask them to keep it in the staff room (they call it the Harry Potter room!!!!). The fact they have 24h reception makes it feel even safer, as you will know that at all times there is someone taking care of the hostel and making sure there are no problems what so ever.

ACTIVITIES

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When I wrote that this hostel offers you an experience instead of just a stay, I meant it. The most important one, feeling more like a holiday, is the Sangria Night, happening every Friday, and sometimes as a surprise they do it more often. Group dinners happen every couple of days as well and are absolutely perfect to make new international friends. A couple of tours are also suggested during your stay, being those the Free Walking tours every morning at 10.30am with The Wild Walkers, the Pub Crawl every night at 11pm, a Street Art tour, bike tours, bike rentals for only 10€ for a full day, and for last, the Sintra Tour with The Wanderers Tours. I think it is safe to say, the staff has your back, and you won’t feel bored during your stay.

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IS THIS A PARTY HOSTEL?

If you are worried that because the hostel is located in a night spot there will be lots of partying and noise, I will stop you right there! Yes, the staff will make sure you have fun during your stay with all their group events, but that doesn’t mean they will let people party all night long. People will probably be noisy until 11pm, but it’s a hostel and with so many people around it is just the way it goes in these places, but after that time at night, the staff will make sure everyone is quiet and respecting people who want to sleep. And the volunteer working the night shift is there all night long to prevent noisy people from bothering others and keep the place silent. The lights are out, all music and noise ends, and it is time for your beauty sleep time!

IS IT THE BEST PLACE FOR FEMALE SOLO TRAVELERS? 

If you are a girl travelling alone and hostels can feel a little intimidating, stop searching and worrying, Lookout Lisbon! Hostel is the place for you. If you are looking to make friends, the common area is the place to be. Just sit on that couch for a few minutes and it won’t take long for someone to stop and say ‘hi!’. If you don’t feel like having dinner alone at some restaurant, just join a group dinner at the common area and I assure you will make friends. Thinking whether or not you will be safe? Each room has a code at the dorm and you have 24h reception, meaning you will always have someone making sure you are safe and sound. I really think this place couldn’t be any safer than it already is, and you shouldn’t have any worries about it. Just relax and enjoy your stay in Lisbon in the best company and the best location!

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Photo rights belong to Lookout Lisbon! Hostel

If you are looking for the best hostel to stay in Lisbon, I highly recommend Lookout Lisbon! Hostel.

*Note: Thanks to Lookout Lisbon Hostel for an amazing 9 months. Keep in mind that all opinions are 100% my own.

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