This is the first of my blogs on Hostels. When I am not house sitting I really enjoy staying in hostels and gather as much information as possible to share with others who may be considering hotels as an option.
These posts will be fairly factual, I will write about hosteling in general at some point but for now I want to get as much factual information on here as I can. The posts will use mainly photos with comments.
I am starting with The Dorm Hostel, not because it is my favourite one but simply because I mentioned it in my previous blog about the LX Factory.
The Dorm Hostel is in the LX Factory area of Lisbon (well worth a visit on a Sunday for the market). The entrance is up those metal stairs.
The LX Factory area is a regenerated area of warehouses and a factory. Imaginative use has been made of the vast spaces. You can see here part of the lounge area in the hostel and the kitchen/eating area. There is a skate board park nearby, in The Village Underground, so I expect that is where the inspiration for the wall decorations originated from.
The Lounge and Kitchen
Like most hostels you are able to prepare your own food. The Dorm provides breakfast which was quite basic. Bread, ham and cheese but did have good filter coffee. They don’t do evening meals and there is no bar so there wasn’t much of a social aspect to the place but still great for a stop over.
My Sleeping Cubicle
You can see here that the place maintains an industrial feel. The metal steps took me up to my sleeping quarters. It was the first time I had stayed in this type of cubicle. It is still the best sleeping arrangement I have experienced in any hostel. I was able to stand up and get dressed. There were two electric sockets, a light, a locker, some hooks and Wi-Fi. Much quieter than a bunk, you have no-one moving around above you.
From my cubicle, if I left the curtain open, I could see out the upper windows (first photo). It was overlooking the bars and restaurants but wasn’t particularly noisy late at night. It was lovely to lie in bed and look out on all the activity and then pull the very good black out curtain for sleeping.
The other two photos show the view of the bridge out of the window. The bridge carries a motorway plus trains, on the lower level. There is also a flight path overhead with planes every five minutes. I did wonder if I would get any sleep but it WAS actually very quiet. Apparently they did a lot of sound proofing when they were constructing the hostel. I heard the faint rumble of a couple of trains in the early morning but that was all.
More Sleeping Cubicles
The passageway to the bathroom. On the right you can see part of the other sleeping areas. These are also the cubicle style layout but don’t have the same head height as they were two tier.
The bathroom, a mix of shower cubicles and toilets. Excellent showers, lots of hot water and spotlessly clean.
The General Area
You can see from these photo that the hostel is right in the heart of the old industrial area but you really should go and read my blog on The LX Factory to see what a vibrant place it is now.
One of the things I really like about Portugal is that they are very environmentally conscious and re-purpose many items that might other wise be thrown away. I loved the lighting in the lounge area.
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed the look around the hostel. I would be happy to answer any questions on hosteling in general.
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