5 Best Lisbon Hostels: Award Winning and Budget Friendly

June 9, 2017

If you're a budget conscious traveller looking for a cheap city break, look no further than Lisbon. We look at 5 award-winning hostels to choose from in the Portuguese capital.

Lisbon - Western Europe's best value capital - is becoming increasingly popular with backpackers on a budget. Add in the fact Lisbon was named one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet, there's probably no better time to visit the Portuguese capital.

Accommodation can be found for peanuts here too, especially if you'll consider staying at one of the city's award-winning hostels. Here are five of the best around for penny-pinching solo travellers looking for a cool and comfortable place to rest their head.    

1. Goodmorning Lisbon

Computer room at Goodmorning hostel in Lisbon

Location: Praça dos Restauradores 65, 1250-188 Lisboa
Best thing about it: The atmosphere
Price: Beds from €15 a night

With the friendliest hostel staff every backpacker dreams of and a strong social, community vibe, Goodmorning Lisbon is one of the most atmospheric places around. And it's not just us saying it; it recently won the world's best hostel atmosphere at the 'HOSCAR awards' (awards given out by Hostelworld based on a million user reviews). A short walk to the Restauradores metro station, guests can easily reach all corners of the city. Plus there are plenty of activities to get involved with like the complimentary city walking tours, and better yet, your breakfast is included too (we hear the pancakes are pretty good).

2. Lost Inn Lisbon

5 Best Lisbon Hostels: Award Winning and Budget Friendly - Lost Inn Lisbon

Credit: Lost Inn Lisbon Facebook

Location: Beco dos Apóstolos 6, 1200-028 Lisboa
Best thing about it: The location (and the 24hr kitchen)
Price: Beds from €16 a night

The Hoscar Awards gave Lost Inn Lisbon third place for the 'Best Medium Hostel Worldwide' award. From this we figured it's not so big that you won't have that buzzing hostel atmosphere you'll be looking for, but then it's not so small that you'll be sick of the same faces popping up at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Awards aside, Lost Inn has a complimentary breakfast and organised events, while it is also situated in a great area - downtown, near to popular museums, monuments, the waters edge and perhaps most importantly, 'Bairro Alto' which is Lisbon's famous party district. Trust us when we say the 24 hour kitchen comes in handy after strolling in with an appetite at 4am. 

3. Travellers House

Common room at Travellers House hostel in Lisbon

Location: R. Augusta 89, 1100-048 Lisboa
Best thing about it: Its home from home cosy feel
Price: Beds from €12 a night

If you prefer smaller hostels, make sure you're picking one that knows how to make its guests feel welcome. Travellers House, located in the lively area of Baixa, does just that and it also claimed a spot in the Hoscar Awards list (we did tell you Lisbon had award-winning hostels), placing third for the 'Best Small Hostel' in the world. Not only is its location on point, but there are delightful modern studios and en-suites available here too for those who fancy a little more privacy. Complimentary breakfasts and wine tastings are two other perks to staying here, as well as the daily events which inevitably result in solo travellers making new friends. 

4. Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Lisbon Lounge Hostel common area

Location: Rua do Crucifixo, 116, 2º 1100-185 - Lisboa
Best thing about it: Its boutique hotel feel
Price: Beds from €12 a night

Crowned the 'world's best boutique hostel' by The Times, Lisbon Lounge Hostel (L.L.H.) is perfect for travellers who would prefer a stay in a hotel but have a hostel budget. The hostel is run by four Portuguese artists and as such, L.L.H. prides itself on its unique, stylish decor. Each room has been individually designed with the help of design specialists to reflect various aspects of Lisbon's culture. If hostels aren't really your thing, a stay at Lisbon Lounge Hostel is certainly a good compromise, proving hotels aren't always the best option. 

5. Lisbon Calling Hostel

Lisbon Calling Hostel platform beds

Credit: Lisbon Calling Hostel Facebook

Location: Rua de Sao Paulo, 126 - floor 3D, 1200-429 Lisboa
Best thing about it: Its quirky, arty vibe
Price: Beds from €12 a night

We aren't aware of any prestigious awards this hostel has won, but we're guessing it's only a matter of time. Lisbon Calling Hostel has a very cool, very hip vibe with arty and inventive decor giving it a super quirky look. Dorm rooms are fitted with custom-made sleeping platforms and bunk beds, while the four private rooms are named by year (1812, 1923, 1979 and 1987). In the centre of Lisbon, it's also near to lots of the city's best attractions and nightlife hotspots. Plus there are other highlights which make guests feel welcome like free all-day tea and coffee facilities and a buffet breakfast. 

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Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.