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Roots & Boots Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Roots & Boots Hostel is a comfortable hostel with good value but severely lacking in atmosphere.

The Location

The location is rather far from the train station but is a short walk to the cathedral. From the train station, climb Horreo Street until you reach Plaza de Galicia. Once there, follow the street Rua da Senra, cross Alameda Park, and on the side is Campo Cruceiro do Gaio -- the hostel is #7. Once you find the park, the hostel is fairly easy to find. The immediate surrounding neighbourhood is not very interesting, but being close to the cathedral means that touristy bars, restaurants, and cafes are nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are clean and comfortable but a little cramped. It is here that the hostel lacks in security, as the rooms do not have locks and the lockers, which are not in the room, are rather small. The mattresses and pillows are quite comfortable, but some dorms have windows that open up to the outdoor common area, and thus sleeping can be difficult with the noise. The hostel is fairly large and therefore there is a wide variety of rooms available.

The bathrooms are private and roomy, however there is some mold, so be sure to wear something to protect your feet in the shower. There is plenty of space in the bathrooms (as well as a shelf in the shower) for changing and hanging your things.

Common Spaces

Roots & Boots does not have a kitchen, but does serve good food for breakfast at a price. The common room is very simple and is an assortment of tables and couches, in addition to a computer you must pay to use. Because the Wi-Fi is impossible to connect to, the use of this computer is necessary if you need the internet. The arrangement of the furniture and clientele make it a difficult environment for social interaction and thus it's very hard for solo travelers to meet people. Also, the clientele is mostly adults. There is a garden area for relaxing.

Summary

If you're looking for a cheap, relatively comfortable place for the night with no intention of meeting people, than this hostel is perfect. However, if you are looking for a social atmosphere, this hostel is not recommended.

by Matt
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2012

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