Address: Rua Dr. Henrique Seco, 14, Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
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Badly managed hostel -- but clean
This hostel was and is awful, I never stayed in another HI hostel whilst I was in Portugal. One staff member, Annabel was very nasty indeed, pulling a face at every reasonable request, clearly loathed working with hostelers and I doubt if she was ever a hostel guest in her life. The cheery cleaning lady would have made a better PR/desk person, even with her absence of english, at least she seemed humane. No kitchen plates/cups/knives. Lousy nylon sheets, but mot for twin/double rooms I noticed. The worst (mis)managed hostel I've EVER stayed in, Hostelling International, please get your act together!
Friendly hostel, but an uphill walk away from the city center
Coimbra's HI Hostel is situated just above the Parque de Santa Cruz, about a twenty-minute (uphill) walk from the main shopping street and ten minutes from the famous Coimbra university. Although the beds were not the most comfortable I've ever slept in (and a little short for a tall Dutch woman like me), the friendly and helpful staff makes well up for that. Female and male dorms are on separate floors; bathrooms were clean with four showers and two toilets per floor. Kitchen facilities were ok (they have clearly increased the number of forks and pots since the last reviewer visited), but the common rooms are located in the basement -- not the most cosy place. However, as a university town, Coimbra has enough bars and restaurants where you could spend your evening. Just remember that the uphill walk back to the hostel seems to take much longer after a few drinks. Catch bus #29 from the Coimbra A station to get here (every fifteen minutes, ask the driver where to get off), or catch a bus to the Praca da Republica (frequent services from Coimbra A and B stations) and walk up through the park.
Unfortunately, like most hostels in Portugal, this was a long way from the city and on an erratic bus route. I wasn't in great spirits as my week's trip in Portugal had been marred by constant rain (February on the Atlantic coast, I should've expected it), and the hostel was pretty empty apart from a few students who hadn't got a permanent place to live -- hence I at least had a night of amusement drinking port and swapping Ali G quotes with a couple of Bulgarians. As far as a place to sleep and shower, it was fine, but I had to complain about the kitchen which was more understocked than a Siberian supermarket. Being a vegetarian in Portugal means self-catering as they have a habit to contaminate all foods with chopped ham. Even the vegetarian food. And their cakes are made with lard which is just wrong. Cooking and eating a meal is not easy when the only kitchenware available is one pan and one plate. Seriously, there was not even a knife and fork there, I had to slurp off the plate like a dog.
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Reception Hours: 24 Hours