Portuguese hostel among Europe’s “smartest”

A hostel in Estoril has been featured on a list of the “10 smartest hostels in Europe” put together by the UK’s The Guardian newspaper.

Entitled ‘Blue Boutique Hostel and Suites’, the establishment opened just over a year ago and around a month ago was already considered a “superb” hostel by online booking website booking.com.

Now, it is the UK newspaper that says the hostel “scores top marks for location, overlooking the Atlantic in the seaside town of Estoril, and the lovely old pale blue villa that houses it”.

Junior reporter for Guardian Travel Will Coldwell says the “common downstairs rooms feel more like a hotel than hostel”, with “stylish furniture and rugs, parquet floors and art objects artfully strewn about”.

The bedrooms, however, are simpler, he adds. “Dorms are plain white with dashes of colour from the pastel pink, blue or green bunk beds and furniture; most of the doubles have private balconies with sea views.”

On a closing note, Coldwell says that Estoril has “an air of faded seaside glamour about it” and is the place where “rich Lisbonites used to come to play on the beach and in the casinos.”

The full list of “smartest” hostels is as follows:
• Generator Paris (Paris, France)
• WellnessHostel 4000 (Saas-Fee, Switzerland)
• Slo-living (Lyon, France)
• Backstay Hostel (Ghent, Belgium)
• Basecamp (Boon, Germany)
• The Hat (Madrid, Spain)
• Ecomama (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
• Wombat’s (London, UK)
• Blue Boutique Hostel and Suites (Estoril, Portugal)
• Loft (Reykjavik, Iceland)