인디펜던트 호스텔 앤 스위트는 리스본에 위치한 100년 이상된 주거를 새롭게
리노베이션한 여행자 숙소 입니다.
이전 스위스 대사관저로 사용되었던 주거는 108개의 베드와 13개의 돔룸으로 구성된
호스텔로 재구성됩니다. 특히 4개의 프라빗 스위트룸은 여행자들의 소규모 파티와 커뮤니티를 위한
장소로 활용될 수 있도록 제공됩니다. 또한 각각의 객실에는 리스본시내의 아름다운 뷰를
전망 할 수 있는 발코니가 계획되어 싱그러운 아침과 거피를 맞이 할 수 있습니다.
그리고 무엇보다 호스텔 내부를 풍부하게 하는 클래식과 빈티지의 만남은
공간을 이국적이며 다채로운 환경으로 만들며 리스본을 여행하는 여행자들에게
편안한 이야기 장소로 만들어 줍니다.
그렇게 기존 주거가지고 있는 클래식 인테리어는 빈티지 가구들과 호흡하며
여행을 즐기는 매력적인 공간으로 재구성됩니다.
reviewed by SJ
When one hears the word ''hostel''
various images come to mind based upon travel experience – which tend
on the whole not to be all that enjoyable. And yet, over the last few
years, hostels have improved greatly, not just in cleanliness and
amenities but aesthetically speaking in the way they are designed as a
public space for many to share. Hostels can be an interesting canvas
upon which to explore playful concepts.
This is also the case with this 100-year-old residence which has been transformed into The Independente Hostel & Suites in Lisbon,
Portugal, located in the center of the Bairro Alto and Principe Real
districts in front of the most picturesque square of the city. A total
renovation in July 2011 has 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.
Additionally there are four private suites for the traveler who may want
to enjoy the communal vibe and big friendly dinners – but just with a
bit more privacy. Each suite has a balcony that overlooks the Tagus
River, a stunning view upon which guests can enjoy their coffee each
Regardless of where you rest your head
at the Independente you are spoiled by high ceilings and huge, spacious
rooms and common areas including a private lounge in each hostel dorm
room that invites guests to sit together and share their travel stories
on vintage rockers, reclaimed chairs, and other ''flea market'' finds.
The ''high / low'' interior design has rich Art Deco floors mixed with
bunk wooden beds and original ornate moldings on the walls and ceilings
mixed with a found lamp and the distressed leather of a vintage couch.
However, somehow the mismatched pieces come together harmoniously. The
space is quite real, charmingly weathered by time and filled with
stories - much like the very travelers that pass through the hallways
and sleep in these beds.
Keeping along with the general theme of ''togetherness'', the Independente has within it a bar and a restaurant called 'The Decadente'. Much like the hostel/private suite options there are choices of large communal tables for family style dining or smaller tables for a more intimate dining experience. Portuguese cuisine is served here with a modern spin. The Art Deco influence inherent to the 100-year-old building is apparent in the restaurant (as it was in the hostel and suites), but here too you have found treasures and furniture choices that modernize the space and extend a certain ''welcome to my kitchen'' comfort that cannot be faked.
'The Decadente' is the area of the hotel where Portuguese culture comes to life through food and drink! Locals and guests join together here to share tales and create new memories. Locally sourced food, thoughtful seasonal cocktails, and a secluded beer garden… the Decadente seems to be the heart and soul of this establishment. As the Portuguese believe, ''a lot of life’s best memories are created around a dinner table with friends and family alike''; an element the Decadente is sure to provide for visitors over many years to come
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