by Miryam Muller in , ,

This 100 year old residence has been transformed into the independente hostel & suites in lisbon, Portugal, located in the center of the Bairro Alto & Principe Real Districts. A total renovation in july 2011 turned this palace, originally built to become the Swiss ambassador’s official residence at the start of the previous century, into a hip hostel with 108 beds within 13 dorm rooms. There are also four private suites for the traveler who may want to enjoy the communal vibe & big friendly dinners with a bit more privacy.

Each suite has a balcony that overlooks the tagus river. The hostel has high ceilings & huge, spacious rooms that include a private lounge in each dorm room. The art deco influenced design features vintage rockers, reclaimed chairs & other flea market finds. The independente has a bar/restaurant called ‘The Decadente’ that has large communal tables for family style dining as well as smaller tables for a more intimate dining experience. Portuguese cuisine from locally sourced food is served, along with seasonal cocktails & a secluded beer garden.