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The Ultimate Dorm Room: The Independente Hostel in Lisbon

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The Ultimate Dorm Room: The Independente Hostel in Lisbon

August 21, 2012

Is the youth hostel finally coming of age? Lately we’ve been spotting chic, comfortably appointed communal lodgings at reasonable prices.

Case in point: the Independente Hostel & Suites located in Lisbon, Portugal, which went through a complete transformation in 2011. The brainchild of three brothers (they describe themselves as “rogue travelers”) who envisioned a different concept in hospitality, the Independente is a place where “travelers as well as locals can come together.” Eleven modern dorm rooms provide lodging for the budget backpacker, while four private suites are available for those seeking a bit more privacy. For information, go to Independente Hostel.

Photography by Miguel Guedes Ramos.

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Above: A large dorm room with bunk beds made from press board.

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Above: Bedside wall sconces are installed on each bunk.

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Above: A detail of a bunkbed.

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Above: A vintage TV and telephone.

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Above: A nook is left open in the wooden beams for instant book storage.

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Above: Traditional Portuguese details, like the floor tiles here, were left intact.

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Above: The Decadente, the hostel’s own restaurant and bar, serves modern Portuguese cuisine prepared with locally sourced produce.

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Above: High/low interior design pieces can be seen throughout the hostel.

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Above: Chalkboard painted walls direct guests to the restaurant and lodging areas.

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Above: A chalkboard-painted wall along the stairwell (R) and a small, private patio (L).

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