Coimbra is the medieval capital of Portugal and one of the most visited cities in the country. The city is situated a little more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Porto and lies on the Montego River. The city is intertwined with a long and extensive history that will bring you back to the medieval age. Here, you can find famous and historic monasteries, cathedrals and fantastic nature such as the Botanical Garden. If you prefer to stay in a place with a friendly atmosphere, then you are at in right place. All these hostels provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and will make you feel like home. And all of them are situated close to the main spots and restaurants of the center. Read this list of the best value for money hostels and saves yourself the effort. I am sure there is the right one for you!
The Casa Pombal is situated in the center with a perfect location on the hilltop right next to Coimbra University and the Museum Machado do Castro. Many restaurants serving Portuguese cuisine are more or less 10 minutes by foot. The hostel rooms have either shared or private bathrooms. Some rooms have a beautiful view of the Montego River. Guests can use the free wi-fi that works in the whole hostel.
Casa Pombal is in old townhouse typical in Portuguese architecture. You will find a traditional breakfast room with tiled walls and a terrace that is vine-covered. The second-floor terrace offers amazing views of the old town and river. Casa Pombal is the perfect place for couples that want to enjoy romantic time in Coimbra.
The Luggage Hostel is located about 500 meters (1640 feet) from the San Sebastião Aqueduct. Coimbra University is also about 500 meters (1640 feet) away and the football station is about 1.5 kilometers (.93 miles) from here. Some rooms have seating that is perfect for relaxing after your day and there is free wi-fi throughout the whole hostel. There is a shared lounge in case you want to chill or meet some new friends. If you want to spend your time in the fresh air, the hostel provides a terrace that offers beautiful views of the garden.
Grande Hostel de Coimbra is located in the center, close to the University of Coimbra and the nightlife area with bars and restaurants. There are many attractions within walking distance, such as the Botanical Garden, National Museum or the banks of the Montego River.
The hostel has seven different rooms: Double rooms, twin rooms, and dormitories for four or eight people. In the rooms, you have security lockers in the case you need to store your valuables. A shared bathroom is available for all the rooms. Transportation is easy since the bus stop is just a few metres away.
Grande Hostel de Coimbra
Address: Rua Antero Quental nº 196, 3000-031 Coimbra, Portugal (see map)
Price: from 14 USD to 48 USD
Contact: +351 239 108 212
Be Coimbra is in a great location, right in the heart of Coimbra and about three minutes away from the Monastery of Santa Cruz. Close to the hostel you will find many bars, restaurants and Fado houses with traditional live music. The hostel has, in total, 90 rooms with free wi-fi and all include tables and a wardrobe. Some rooms have private bathrooms and TVs. Breakfast is served in the dining room every morning and you also have access to a shared kitchen. You can even buy small snacks at the bar. The hostel has a lounge where you can play pool or meet new friends.
Serenata Hostel is located in the perfect location, just one minute from The Old Cathedral de Coimbra, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The hostel is located in a restored building from the 20th century. The walls are decorated with handpainted murals and there is a carved wooden staircase. The rooms are individually decorated, and some provide views of the Old Cathedral.
Accommodation includes a seating area with air conditioning. Some have a TV and private bathroom. The dorm rooms have reading lights for each bed, lockers, bed linen and a shared bathroom. A buffet breakfast is served every morning and all guests have free access to the kitchen. There are two lounges with games, a library, TV and a bar. The wi-fi is free and available in the whole hostel. This hostel is an excellent choice if you want to be close to the main spots and restaurants.
About half a kilometer (.3 miles) from the University of Coimbra is the Coimbra Portagem Hostel. The hostel offers eight rooms with air conditioning and free wi-fi. In the hostel, you can find a bar, terrace and a shared living room. The reception is open 24 hours a day, so there is always someone there for you, if you need. At the Coimbra Portagem Hostel, you get great service for a great price.
Hi Hostel is located in the center of Coimbra and close to the University of Coimbra and the Sereia Gardens. They have dorms or private twin rooms. All rooms have access to a shared bathroom and there is free wi-fi throughout the hostel. It’s possible to order a continental breakfast or cook for yourself in the shared kitchen.
Quebra Luz is within walking distance to the Machado de Castro Museum and the Old Cathedral of Coimbra. They are quite small, with only four rooms, which have wooden floors and a view over the Escadas do Quebra Costas stairs. The shared kitchen and dining room are available if you would like to cook for yourself. If you are not up for cooking, there are many restaurants around. It´s a perfect place if you are a couple or traveling with your family.
This new hostel opened in 2016 and is situated in the center. The hostel is 200 meters (656 feet) from the Old Cathedral of Coimbra and about 400 meters (1312 feet) from the San Sebastião Aqueduct. The hostel has 29 rooms, each with their own private bathroom. There is also a bar, terrace, and free wi-fi.
Five Senses Hostel is situated just 500 meters (1640 feet) from the Central Bus Station. The hostel provides accommodation in twin rooms, family rooms, and shared dorms. The interior is renovated and designed in a modern style. The private rooms include private bathrooms, while the dorms have access to shared bathrooms. Breakfasts is served every morning in the dining room and there is a common kitchen available for the guests to cook. The hostel features a garden where you can enjoy sunny days and when the sun goes down, there is a lounge where you can watch movies or share time with your friends. The hostel is in a great location and you will be close to attractions such as the Joanina Library or the Botanical Garden.
Now it's time to book!
All the above hostels each have their own unique atmosphere but also have something in common: they are cozy, friendly, perfectly located and inexpensive. Now, it only depends on you to book whichever got your attention. But don’t worry, there are no bad choices here!
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