The Independente Hostel & Suites

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When we spent the weekend in Lisbon, we stayed in The Independente Hostel & Suites. We couldn’t have wished for a better location, as it is situated in the heart of Barrio Alto.

A regular hostel doesn’t appeal to us anymore (we’re a bit too old and too spoiled to sleep in a dorm), but The Independente offers 4 suites in the main building and a few more since last month. Ours was in the adjacent building and said to be brand new. Apparently the demand for separate rooms grew bigger and they made a wise decision in expanding their offer.

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That we made the right choice for The Independente proved itself in the lovely and authentic setting, as well as the interior design. We have a weak spot for  ‘comtemporary versus old’, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the hotel, including quirky details.

It started with the old elevator; a real throwback in the past. You’ll still find them in old buildings in Paris too, and we felt it really added to the charm. Though we preferred to take the flight of stairs to reach the first floor. As cute as the vintage elevator was, the idea that it might get stuck between floors got us a little claustrophobic.

An other interesting detail was the door to the bathroom. Or actually ‘doors’. These were like entering a closet! Inside the oldskool detailing was perfectly executed, but luckily the shower was equipped with a XL rain showerhead.

Nevertheless, we had some minor points of criticism: the toilet didn’t flush correctly, and we couldn’t open the shutters because they had just been painted and they were stuck in some way. Other than that, not much to complain at all.

Read about our copious breakfast and tasty brunch in the Thursday Treat.

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