BLOGGER’S SPOTLIGHT: Stay Curious Darling

Every now and then we get some pretty cool guest writers and video producers. Some of them are bloggers and/or vloggers that, at the end of their stay with us, share their experience on the Internet.

Every Tuesday  we’ll give them a little bit space on our very own blog so you get to know them and what they think about Lisbon, our hostels and the tours provided by Lisbon Destination Tours.

 

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About Stay Curious Darling: «Stay Curious Darling is a Travel and Lifestyle Blog. It is my attempt to share what inspires me with the world and to give you a glimpse of the road less travelled. »

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About Arrifana Destination Hostel: «Hi Arrifana Hostel, it’s clean, quiet, has the best view, and is located right across from the beach. »

Check out the rest of the review!
All photos by Stay Curious Darling.


Thank you Brit!!

Come back again next Tuesday for more Bloggers Spotlight!

 

BLOGGER’S SPOTLIGHT: The Sunny Traveler

Every now and then we get some pretty cool guest writers and video producers. Some of them are bloggers and/or vloggers that, at the end of their stay with us, share their experience on the Internet.

Every Tuesday  we’ll give them a little bit space on our very own blog so you get to know them and what they think about Lisbon, our hostels and the tours provided by Lisbon Destination Tours.

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About The Sunny Traveler: «I’m Donna. (…) I’m a photographer and filmmaker with a serious case of wanderlust. I have a passion for life and capturing the people and places I encounter along the way.»

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About Lisbon Destination Hostel: «From the moment I walked in, I was impressed with this place. It’s located inside the train station which is a beautiful space on its own. The staff were super friendly and ready to help us with whatever we needed, which is a great way to be welcomed after being exhausted from travel! (…) The interior was one of the most beautiful of any hostel I’ve visited. »

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About Sunset Destination Hostel’s dinner: «Our first night, the Sunset Destination Hostel was having an affordable dinner that we decided to stop by and I’m not kidding you – it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Not to mention it was a great way to meet new friends who weren’t staying at our hostel!»

Check out the rest of the review!
All photos by The Sunny Traveler.


Thank you Donna!! 😀

Come back again next Tuesday for more Bloggers Spotlight!

August’s Reviews of the Month

Here are the winners of August’s Review of the Month, for each Destination Hostel:

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«Une adresse à retenir et à faire passer.

Un séjour des plus réussi! 12 nuits en compagnie de 4 amis, 12 nuits et pas une fausse note! Dès notre arrivée l’accueil est des plus avenant et chaleureux, un cocktail et un plongeon plus tard le charme commence à opérer. Les parties communes (rooftop, cuisine, salle à manger) sont un régal de par leur deco et leur convivialité, et particulièrement si vous êtes jeune et/ou aimez faire des rencontres. Nous avions choisi un dortoir de 6 personnes avec sanitaires communs. Là encore pour une auberge que dire mis à part que le rapport qualité/prix est tout bonnement excellent: -La deco et les lits sont supers sympas -L’espace est amplement suffisant (sachant qu’on avait sûrement un des dortoirs les plus petits) -Les sanitaires sont petits mais propres avec un petit peu de deco parfois, et surtout ils sont proches des chambres -C’est calme, le bruit est raisonnable et bien contenu (on était pourtant très proche du hall de la gare) Plus généralement, l’auberge est magnifiquement placée, au dessus de la gare Cais do Sodre (depart pour cascais), à deux pas du Bairro Alto, du Chiado et de l’Alfama (du moins si marcher de 1 à 30 min vous convient). Le rooftop vous offre une très belle vue sur le Tage, la statue du Christ et le pont du 25 avril. Vous n’aurez aucun mal à trouver des adresses abordables où manger aux alentours, la première étant l’auberge elle même: -des menus burgers ou salades sans prétentions mais frais et faits maison pour 5/7 euros bière ou soft inclus (seulement le midi) -le soir il y a souvent des repas ou buffets cuisinés par les employés de l’hôtel. Encore une fois sans grandes prétentions mais très bon et ultra convivial (comme à la maison); pour 9 euros que demande le peuple -les boissons (alcools et softs) sont a l’image du reste: bon, pas cher (3e le cocktail dosé à la portugaise!) Également ne passez pas à côté du PubCrawl: pour 12 euros un employé de l’auberge et sa bonne humeur vous emmeneront faire un barathon dans les rues bondées de lisbonne de 23h a 2h pour ensuite finir en boite de nuit (des consos sont incluses à l’auberge puis dans les bars + l’entrée en boite) Je pense avoir fait un bon résumé mais je vous conseille tout simplement de séjourner dans cette auberge pour mieux vous imprégner de son charme et si vous êtes jeunes n’ayez même aucune hésitation! Pour finir nous tenons à remercier l’ensemble du personnel et des autres résidents car ce sont eux qui font de cette endroit une adresse formidable Mention spéciale à Pauli, Veroca, Miguel, Rafa, Pedro, Taïna, Ian, Jade et tant d’autres! From Paris with love.»

Martin B – Stayed at Sunset Destination Hostel – Review made at Tripadvisor

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«The staff here is so friendly, smart and helpful. I had a gigantic suitcase full of tile and one of the employees, Zoe, carried it up the stairs for me. I was so tired and grateful! Every single person that works here is a gem. They cooked lovely meals when we were too tired to go out looking for sustenance. It’s small but it’s big on heart and the location couldn’t be better. I highly recommend this hostel. We stayed in others in Portugal but this was the best one.»

Elena Austin from Texas – Stayed at Alfama Patio Hostel – Review made at Tripadvisor
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«Favorite Hostel in Portugal!

I Love my stay with Lisbon Destination. The easiest hostel to locate and extremely central. I went with my sister and Mother, booked a three person private for four nights and returned for a night before coming home. Our room was clean and comfortable, same with the bathroom. They were the most comfortable to sleep actually and I can’t stay enough good things about the atmosphere. The history behind the hostel was so cool too. It was the Kings place to wait for the trains and they had a glass ceiling that was there since the king stayed. They were preserving the ceiling which I thought was so cool and very beautiful. We booked our Sintra tour with them and it was so impressive. The tour guide was awesome and had so much information to share, I feel like I truly feel in love with Lisbon. He gave us some amazing tips and each one was spot on. He recommended a place to get a real cork purse and wallet that would last, where to go for Portuguese cuisine (super marios above the hostel) and the Best ice cream! (Santini) The tour also came with dinner or wine or a pub crawl. We chose the dinner and the staff recommended the Portuguese buffet on Sunday night. It was so good!!! Chef Hugo did a fabulous dinner! Three different Salads, two mains, rice, bread and wine. And The staff truly were the BEST! They did everything to make sure we had the best stay and we truly did. One night we booked the fado tour and the girl that had to take us to the sister hostel got lost and the 20 minute walk turned into 60mins, uphill. We were quiet upset from being so tired due to two walking tours already done on this day. And it was an hour uphill with my mum, not cool. We had dinner which was delicious and ended up skipping the fado and heading back to our hostel. We explained what happened nicely, not only did they refund us completely, (didn’t even have to ask for the refund, they insisted) they also offered us wine. We were just tired and wanted water. They handed us four bottles on the house. It was the sweetest and made the whole situation better. The breakfast was good every morning. Fresh fruit, fresh bread, seven different types of spreads for the bread. Fresh cooked pancakes and three types of juice and flavoured water. If your going to Lisbon and did not book this hostel your making the biggest mistake! I never wanted to leave! When we came back for one night before home, (traveled to Porto and Lagos) the staff remembered us and welcomed us back in the best warmest way. Thanks for being to kind and amazing to us during our stay!»

Erika G – Stayed at Lisbon Destination Hostels –  Review made at Tripadvisor

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 3 WINNERS! 😃 If you are one of the lucky ones, please send us an email to marketing@destinationhostels.com
Don’t forget that, from now on, every month we pick the best reviews for each hostel, and the 4 winners get 2 free nights stay with us!

WHO WANTS TO WIN AN ALL-ACCESS VOUCHER TO LA TOMATINA BY Stoke Travel? 🍅

The Destination Hostels and Stoke Travel are offering an all-access voucher to LA TOMATINA!

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To get a chance to win all you have to do is LIKE our FB page, TAG 2 friends on this post and SHARE it on your wall (the post has to be public).

The winner will be randomly selected via Fanpage Karma, and announced next Monday (15th)!

The voucher offers:
3 nights free all-inclusive accommodation at La Tomatina.
with:
– Twin Share Camping accommodation (Tent, mattress and sleeping bag included);
– Most Breakfasts and Dinner prepare by our Stoke Chef;
– Unlimited Beer and Sangria during their stay;
– Campsite entertainment including Stoke Travel Rolling Circus Pre-La Tomatina Party;
– Free pop-up Bar in Bunol before the tomato fight!

GOOD LUCK 😎

 

 

JULY’S REVIEW OF THE MONTH

Here are the winners of July’s Review of the Month, for each Destination Hostel:

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«This hostel is the most fantastic place you can go to in Lisbon. There’s nothing like the Destination Hostels, amazing locations, staff, and the rooms are great! I mean, what kind of hostel has a POOL?! It’s brilliant!»

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«Arrivées le soir a 23h, mon groupe d’amies et moi avons été chaleureusement reçu par un personnel agréable, simple et bienveillant. L’auberge de jeunesse est très bien desservie puisqu’il est situé dans le quartier d’Alfama, à 2min à pied du Tramway E28, 10min du Tram E15, 10min environ d’un supermarché.

Les chambres sont bien isolées, malgré parfois quelques bruits de tramway des le matin qui peuvent réveiller les sommeils les plus légers. Nous disposons chacun d’un petit casier pour y laisser nos affaires les plus personnelles, et d’un tiroir suffisamment grand pour le reste.
Les douches et toilettes sont propres, le petit dejeuner offert est délicieux (céréales, toast, crêpes à la cannelle préparés avec amour chaque matin, café thé chocolat), la wi-fi est offerte, il n’y a pas de couvre-feu, bref, les services sont géniaux.
La cuisine est en libre-service, et
Cette auberge de jeunesse, qui se rapproche plus d’un hotel familial, propose des activités comme une soirée BBQ les vendredis, ou une visite gatuite de la ville.

J’ai adoré cet endroit, notamment pour deux raisons:
-le côté environnemental de l’auberge. utilisation de ventilateur, tri des déchets selectif et compost, utilisation de serviettes plutot que de mouchoirs en papier etc
-le personnel adorable et serviable. Il y a un roulement du personnel, et chacun a sa personnalité. Mais ils sont tous serviable a souhait, nous suggère des endroits à visiter, des plats à gouter. Si vous avez une soirée, c’est très sympa de discuter avec eux. Vous ne serez pas décus.

La possibilité de regarder l’Euro en direct est très sympathique aussi »

Milienoiret – France – Stayed at Alfama Patio Hostel – Review made at: Tripadvisor
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שהינו בהוסטל במשך 5 לילות בחדר משותף ל4 אנשים ונהנינו מכל רגע! ההוסטל נמצא במיקום מרכזי, הצוות מאוד עוזר (זמין לכל שאלה ובכל שעות היממה, גם כשחזרנו להוסטל בשעות לילה מאוחרות), נקי מאוד (מנקים את החדרים כל יום), ארוחת בוקר נחמדה ומתארחים בו אנשים מרחבי העולם. כמו כן, יציאה לאטרקציות מתוך ההוסטל.

amit9393 – Israel – Stayed at Lisbon Destination Hostel – Review made at: Tripadvisor
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«Adorei todo o espaço em que se enquadra o hostel, que permite uma visão maravilhosa sobre a Arrufana. Perto o suficiente da praia (10 minutos a pé) e com uma altitude que se converte em encanto. E o Bar, virado para o mar tem nos seus fins de tarde uma luz, no mínimo absurdamente fantástica.Trata-se provavelmente de um dos melhores spots da Arrifana. Os funcionários eram todos top! Super simpáticos, desde ao bar, até ao restaurante. Tenho q exaltar no entanto o Lucas. O rececionista mais cool que já encontrei nas minhas viagens…não houve nenhum lugar no mundo onde tenha encontrado um tipo tão simpático, prestável, que conhecesse todos os hóspedes pelo seu nome. E isso é incrível. Senti-me realmente em casa. Há tempo para tudo, contar e ouvir histórias, partilhar o dia, foi realmente muito bom.»

Viviana – Portugal – Stayed at Arrifana Destination Hostel – Review made at: Booking.com
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 4 WINNERS! 😄 If you are one of the lucky ones, please send us an email to marketing@destinationhostels.com
Don’t forget that, from now on, every month we pick the best reviews for each hostel, and the 4 winners get 2 free nights stay with us!

Lisbon Pokémon™ Go Tour with LISBON DESTINATION TOURS

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LO AND BEHOLD LISBON DESTINATION TOURS’ NEW PACKAGE:

Want to catch them all while visiting the city? Lisbon Destination Tours’ guides will show you how to in their Lisbon Pokémon™ Go Tour. Your gamer friends back home will be jealous when you show them your Pokémon™ pictures instead of those boring travelling photos with those ugly friends of yours.
This is the best way to combine two worlds: Gaming & Travelling.

Make sure you have a full charged smartphone with the appropriate App as this will not be given to you. We will provide you good internet and a bottle of water & as emergency resource, we will also have power banks available.
A competition between participants will take place with a score system but only one can be the winner.

What are you waiting for? Lets catch them all!

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JUNE’S REVIEW OF THE MONTH

Here are the winners of June’s Review of the Month, for each Destination Hostel:

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«I actually cannot fault this hostel in anyway – probably the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in. The staff were incredible in their happiness to help in every way possible; extremely accommodating as well as so helpful in planning trips and things to do. Clean, safe, and just a great vibe around the place. And also in the best location – really cannot fault my stay here! Recommended 100%. »

Sasha Dal Santo from Australia –  Stayed at Sunset Destination Hostel – Review made at: Hostelworld

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«Best hostel of our trip! Staff was awesome. They genuinely wanted to help and took lots of initiative to create a positive atmosphere, as well as a place where people could meet each other and relax. The patios were perfect. Shout out to Magdalena for all her assistance.»

Ron – United States – Stayed at Alfama Patio Hostel – Review made at: Booking.com 

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«싱글룸에 묵었는데, 생각보다 방도 크고 너무 쾌적해서 좋았어요. 테이블도 편하게 사용했고, 옷걸어놓는 옷걸이도 충분했습니다. 화장실은 공용화장실이었지만 기다리는 일 없이 사용할수있었고 깨끗했어요. 직원들도 친절하고.. 그리고 기차역 안에 있어서 위치도 너무 좋았어요. 행복하게 여행할수있었습니다.»

 정여사10 – South Korea – Stayed at Lisbon Destination Hostel – Review made at: TRIPADVISOR

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«I would highly recommend to stay here. If you come by bus, they offer transfer service. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They have good breakfasts and also offer tasty dinners. You can enjoy sunsets from the terrace The location is perfect! Within a couple of minutes you see unforgettable views, you can enjoy the beach, surf, go for hikes! Amazing nature around! Thank you, stuff!»

Olga Z – Stayed at Arrifana Destination Hostel – Review made at: TRIPADVISOR

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 4 WINNERS! 😄 If you are one of the lucky ones, please send us an email to marketing@destinationhostels.com
Don’t forget that, from now on, every month we pick the best reviews for each hostel, and the 4 winners get 2 free nights stay with us!