Lisbon Palace Transformed Into an Affordable Hostel
If you happen to be a traveler on a budget, then you’re part of the majority that Lisbon’s own Independente Hostel and Suites caters to.
What makes this particular European hostel so unique is the fact that it used to be a luxurious palace – now the Independente offers all the elegance, but at hostel prices!
To hear “elegance” and “hostel” in the same sentence is unusual, I know. However, the former historic Bairro Alto Estate and once home to the former Swiss Ambassador is open to the common folk who want a taste of royalty at vagabond rates.
How often does one stay in a palace of such magnitude? With arrangements like this, it’s hard to believe anyone leaves!
The palace has been transformed into a world where historic architecture has collided with thrifty backpackers looking to see how the “other half” lives. Travelers of all ages and budgets will surely enjoy this unique experience while in Portugal.
The palace has enough room for 108 guests in thirteen dorm-style rooms that have been converted to sleep small groups in smaller rooms or larger groups in massive dorms.
What have not been converted are the historical accents such as detailed wall moldings and ceiling medallions, detailed wrought iron balconies, and French doors that are found throughout the palace that give way to the amazing city views.
If your budget is not so budget-y, there are four suites that will have you forget that you are in a hostel.
These suites are worth the splurge, as each has a private balcony to say good morning to your loyal subjects or perhaps bask in the Tagus River views over breakfast.
Regardless of where you stay in the Independente Hostel and Suites, just stay.
Hostels that feature fine linens and a secluded beer garden are far and few between!