Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

My trip to Portugal was my first step into Europe. The Living Lounge Hostel in Lisbon was my first step into a European Hostel. Oh, am I glad to have come here.

The hostel was perfect for all my backpacking needs. Set at a reasonable price, this hostel felt more like a home, a giant sharehouse right in the heart of Lisbon. The communal areas are cute and kitsch, with vintage record players and astroturf and indoor plants. The kitchen is just big enough to offer cheap community dinners every night, as well as complimentary breakfasts of a morning. The bathrooms are clean.

My travel partner and I stayed in a private two bed room which had the feeling of being in a penthouse at the tippy-top of the hostel. It was spacious and fun, with a near-vertical climb up the stairs in our room.

This hostel offers communal activities as well, we were disappointed we didn’t try more than we did. We went out to see Fado for the evening, arranged by the hostel, and the night was cheap, informative and the perfect cultural experience. Living Lounge was an excellent hostel for us in Lisbon and would absolutely stay here again.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Hostal Catedral, Seville, Spain

Hostal Catedral (or Pension Catedral) is in a good location. Fast wifi, good security and well priced. However in the morning it can be noisy and the hot water in the shower can be temperamental. Facilities are basic.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Medina Social Club, Fés, MOROCCO

The Medina Social Club offered us excellent hospitality. It was an incredibly warm hostel.

The facilities are excellent for a hostel. We stayed in a private room with an ensuite and a small alcove with courtyard view to retreat. The rooftop terrace has lovely views of the Medina and beyond. Street cats hover about up there and there’s ample seating to lounge about. The restaurant in the atrium has excellent food; vegetarian, tagines, curries, salads. All healthy and all safe for the international traveler (well, we didn’t get sick from eating here).

The hostel offers Free breakfast 8.30-11am and free wifi. It’s relatively easy to navigate to, however they offer a driver pick up service from the airport for €15 which is invaluable because the Medina is a maze.

On our last night, we got sick (food unrelated to the hostel) and requested help from the hostel. Staff were incredibly accommodating, even the ones who spoke limited English. We were allowed to stay an extra night to recover and I was personally taken to the local pharmacy for medication. The kitchen made special rice and bread for us to eat to help us regain energy and they went above and beyond to support us.

They also offer various day trips to notable places, like the local Medina, Chefchaouen and more. Had we known this we would have booked through them.

I cannot recommend this hostel highly enough- best accommodation and food in Fés.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.