Hostels in Portugal are of an incredibly high standard. There are some amazing hostels in Lisbon, to suit every taste, from luxury hostels to all-night parties. After spending some lovely relaxed days in Evora I wanted a bit of excitement during my stay, and when Tatiana from Good Morning Hostel got in touch, I knew that I was going to have a great time in Lisbon. Good Morning Hostel in Lisbon has a great reputation for being sociable and was awarded 3rd Best Medium Hostel in the World by Hostelworld in 2018, so I was looking forward to my stay and to meeting some fellow backpackers in Portugal. Read on to see how I got on!
I enjoyed a complimentary stay at the Good Morning Hostel, but all opinions are my own. The fact I enjoyed my stay clearly influenced my review!
The Location of Good Morning Hostel in Lisbon Portugal
Good Morning Hostel Lisbon is right next to the Restauradores metro station on Rossio Square. This is pretty much the best location you could choose in Lisbon – the hostel is walking distance to Praça do Comércio, the Castle, Barrio Alto and within easy reach of everything in Lisbon thanks to the metro and nearby tram lines. The entrance is actually inside a souvenir shop so is easy to miss when you first arrive, but after that, it is a dream.
Safety and Security at Good Morning Hostel Lisbon
As a female solo traveller, safety is very important to me and I was impressed here. To get inside the hostel you have to ring the doorbell when one of the team check the camera and decide if you look like you are checking in. They buzz you in and you climb up the stairs to the reception where they’re waiting to check you in. Once you are checked in, you get a key card to open your room, which you have to show the next time you ring the doorbell so it is clear you are a guest.
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Inside the dorms, there are large lockers which are coin operated (the team can give you a 2€ coin if you don’t have one), and there is a small safe in the private rooms too although I didn’t use it while I was there.
Hostel staff can really make or break your stay in a hostel, and often large hostels lose some of the personal touches if the staff don’t know our name. Not here! The hostel is pretty big but all the staff knew my name and didn’t hesitate to stop for a chat whenever they saw me.
Everyone was really friendly, and they also casually introduced me to other travellers to start off conversations which was fab. There is always that awkward moment when you arrive in a room full of people you don’t know, but with a quick intro to another traveller that really made making friends so much easier! All of the staff here are paid, there are no volunteers, so perhaps having a long-term team helps to build relationships here.
Events at the Good Morning Hostel Lisbon
One of the reasons Good Morning Hostel gets such good reviews is the social events they organize at the hostel. During the week there are regular day trips to Sintra, and (in warmer weather) bike trips to Belem, giving backpackers the chance to take tours at a great price and get to know other travellers.
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Each night there is a different shared dinner – usually cooked by one of the talented staff members, for example, a Portuguese or Brazilian Night, then a pizza night and even a cooking class. There is a nominal fee for the food (I paid 5€ for the Portuguese night, and the cooking class was €15 which was a total bargain!) and it is another great way to meet people.
They also have pub crawls every night (arranged by an external company who come by the hostel to pick everyone up), and my favourite – happy hour at the bar with free beer and sangria for an hour. After that, you can buy drinks at the bar or head out into town.
A Cooking Class in Lisbon at Good Morning Hostel
As you know, I LOVE cooking classes! For me, cooking classes are one of the best ways to enjoy local food and drink and to learn more about the culture and cuisine of the country. I try to take a class in as many countries as I can but hadn’t organised one for Portugal, so when I found out there was one at the hostel I signed up straight away!
The cooking class was hosted by long-term staff member João and cost €15 to join. Compared to the usual cost of cooking classes (often €50+) this was a bargain and included lots of wine, homemade lemonade, snacks, all the food we made and a deliciously gooey chocolate cake for dessert. You’d struggle to find a meal for that price in the UK!
João was lovely, a fun and friendly guy and a good teacher too. That night there were only two people signed up for the class, so we had an almost private cooking class! João showed us step by step how to make a delicious squid stew with rice, teaching us how to prepare the squid, explaining each ingredient and cooking up a storm.
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I LOVED IT!! And all the food was amazing. There were even leftovers the next day which João offered me for lunch but I was going on a food tour so sadly had to decline. I did take away some extra chocolate cake though which came in very handy on the train to Porto!!
Breakfast at the Hostel
Yet another reason for excellent reviews here is the kick-ass breakfast. Not only so the team here cook freshly made scrambled eggs, but they also have a waffle maker so you can have hot fresh waffles dripping in Nutella every morning too. Plus they have the usual gubbins of bread, cheese, ham, jam and orange juice too, but the scrambled eggs and waffles mean the breakfast is a cut above most hostel offerings.
My Room at the Good Morning Hostel
For the first two nights of my stay I was in a private room, then I switched to a dorm for another two nights. The private room was on the top floor (good exercise!) and had an en-suite bathroom. It was basic but functional, and I had a narrow balcony with views of Restauradores square. I slept well here, and always love to have an ensuite!
The dorm room was right above the lounge and bar area so it was noisy until around 11pm, but after that, the music was turned off and I slept well. My bunk bed was a bit squeaky so when the guy in the bed above me left early in the morning I couldn’t help but wake up – the unavoidable joys of hostel living! Each bed had a curtain, and its own light and charge sockets too. The locker is big enough for all hand luggage-size cases and another bag, but full-sized suitcases might not fit. The bathrooms were separated for men and women and were kept clean and tidy.
Social Spaces at the Good Morning Hostel
There are several social areas at the hostel. I spent most of my time in the kitchen, which was spacious and had everything you might need to cook your own meals, or to chow down on the breakfast or group dinners. There is a lounge area where the bar was in the evenings and a dining/workspace area too. There are three computers available for guests to use, and another cubby hole/TV room attached to the lounge too.
What I Loved About Good Morning Hostel Lisbon
The social side of this hostel is what really makes the difference here. The staff are all really friendly and the daily events help to break the ice and make it easy to meet people. The breakfast was delicious and I loved the cooking class with João which was fabulous, and great value.
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Anything I didn’t Like?
Don’t come to this hostel expecting a quiet peaceful stay, as you probably won’t get it. But that’s not what this hostel is about. It isn’t a party hostel, but it is definitely sociable! Tatiana said that she is confident that this is the best hostel in Lisbon for solo travellers, and thanks to the staff and events I have to agree with her! I really enjoyed my stay here, and although it was totally different from my last hostel in Evora I loved it in a different way. If you want to enjoy Lisbon with a group of fun, friendly people, then this is the place for you!
How to Book Good Morning Hostel Lisbon
You can book direct on the Good Morning Hostel website here, where you can get special offers and the best price guaranteed. Alternatively, if you want to see what other travellers say about the hostel check out the reviews on Hostelworld here.
What do you think? Do you prefer quiet hostels or do you like to meet people when you travel? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Good Morning Hostel in Lisbon Portugal, please leave your comments below.
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