Home Lisbon Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

Recently rated as the second-best hostel in the world, Home Lisbon Hostel may put your expectations sky-high. This is a big reputation to live up to, and although the standards are overall very high, the accuracy of this claim is undoubtedly questionable.

The Location

Ideally located in the heart of the Baixa/Chiado district of the capital, you will be well situated to explore the main tourist areas of the city during the day, and around a fifteen-minute walk to the best bars of the city. The area is perfectly safe at any time, day or night and only a five-minute walk to either the closest metro stop or the river.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is located on the fourth floor, and the rooms and bathrooms can be accessed by the stairs or by a lift from the second floor. All rooms are accessed using an electronic key that is housed in a wristband you are given on check-in, preventing the hassle of remembering your key and also providing excellent security around the hostel.

The rooms are a decent size, with larger-than-average beds, which come with excellent,quality mattresses, comfy pillows, and the option of a warm duvet for the winter months. Additional privacy is available on the bottom bunks from a curtain, which also helps to block out any light that may obstruct your sleep. Lockers are very large and are located under the beds. These can be secured by a padlock.

Some of the bathrooms are a bit of a trek from the rooms but they are spotlessly clean. The water pressure in the shower is good and there is adequate space and hooks to hang up your clothes to the side of the shower so they don't get wet.

Common Spaces

The main communal space is the bar area, where a wide array of cheap drinks are available as well as a food menu. On a nightly basis, Mama cooks dinner for the hostel for an additional price, and this creates a homey and personal feel. Mama herself is an extremely nice and approachable woman, keen on getting to know her guests.

Behind the bar is a TV room with a couple of free-to-use tablets with internet access. There are also two desktop computers in a small room adjacent to the bar. The TV room has a giant plasma TV with an impressive DVD collection and a PS3. The room features comfortable sofas and bean bags and is a perfect place to relax after a long day sightseeing.


The second-best hostel in the world it isn't, but Mama's Home is a very good hostel that would be up there as one of the best in any city in any part of the world. The facilities are excellent but it is the warm welcome you receive from the staff and the planned activities that make this a perfect place to make your base for your trip to Lisbon. One negative point, however, is the bar crawl, which is very poorly organized (during our stay, it took in more than fifty people from other hostels, causing chaos when arriving in such numbers at the small bars of Lisbon). The route is also poorly planned, leaving an hour walk between two bars in completely different parts of the city. This activity is better to be missed.
by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
December 2014


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Rua de São Nicolau 13, 2nd floor, Lisbon (Lisboa), Lisbon, Portugal
38.710543, -9.136183
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Would stay here again, wish i had more than 1 night, recommended!
Very clean, nice staff, great free breakfast.
Age 23
Great hostel -- location, staff, cleanliness
I chose this hostel due to the excellent reviews and they weren't wrong! The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms comfortable, the breakfast good with lots of options, and the location was great. My only dislike really was that the rooms had separate bathrooms -- it wasn't so bad for me as my dorm was right opposite the girls' showers and WCs, but I imagine it would be a pain for anyone staying the other end of the corridor. Also the reception/communal areas were on the first floor and the rooms on the third floor, which was a bit of a pain, but not something they can really change. But overall, a great place to stay.
Age 34, British
Hostel prices for hotel service
Good -- very comfortable beds with huge storage space. CLEAN and spacious rooms with great air conditioning. bathrooms were always VERY clean; showers were spacious and worked fine. GREAT wi-fi in rooms. hostel has bar, dinner, laundry, breakfast, luggage storage. friendly staff. location was perfect for sightseeing. Bad -- dinner was tasty but was way too long ... but that's just my personal preference. stairs ... rooms were on the 4th floor so I always tried to use the elevator.
Sunyong Hwang
Age 23, Canada
Made to feel right at home!
One of the best hostels I've had the pleasure of staying at. Easy to find, conveniently located, friendly staff, awesome amenities, a affordable bar, great environment, and of course Mama! Can't go wrong with this choice. I have not left Portugal yet ... just hope I'll be able to reserve a couple more nights here before I have to head out.
Age 35, United States
One of the all-time best, near on perfect
Fantastic atmosphere. Mamma's dinners every night for €10 are a fantastic way to meet others, not to mention have great local food. The staff were as helpful, friendly and enthusiastic as you could ever want. The place is very clean and looks like a nice hotel, without losing any atmosphere. Nothing sterile at all. Great communal areas, including a good kitchen. Rooms are nice and spacious, not cramped at all. Every bed has its own small light. Big lockers under the beds, big enough for a large backpack, and padlocks are free. Free wi-fi, plus computer terminals also free. They have deals with a great tour group for walking tours, fado shows and pub crawls. Free breakfast is cornflakes, bread/toast, jam, meats, cheese, scrambled egg & sausages. Plus, they even had Vegemite! There were family pictures on the wall, so it felt like a home. This place is very aptly named, I felt incredibly welcome and right at home.
Age 36, Australia
We booked into the hostel for two nights and we ended up staying six. This hostel is like a home away from home, you feel so welcome here. They have everything you need while you are traveling including very clean facilities, comfy beds, bar with cheap drinks, free breakfast, cinema room, free laundry the list goes on and on. Every night there is a family dinner cooked by mamma which is awesome. The staff here are above and beyond and nothing is too much of a hassle, they are really friendly and great people. Would definitely recommend this hostel (home) to anyone. Wish there were more like it.
Luke and Danielle
Age 30, Australia
Best Hostel I ever stayed in.
Super warm and friendly staff, excellent design and layout -- living room, bar and kitchen are on the second floor, while you sleep on the fourth, so you can sleep undisturbed in the very comfy beds with curtains. bar prices are very reasonable and it is exceptionally clean! Go here!
Almost perfect
Stayed in this truly excellent hostel in January 2011. Central, spotless, good price, comfy beds, friendly, nice people. Short of making the one-euro beer free, it is hard to see how it could be bettered!

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