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Almaa Sintra Hostel Reviews

Quinta dos Lobos, Caminho dos Frades, Sintra, Portugal

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250 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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An incredible experience. This is the most welcoming and relaxing hostel I've been to. Highly recommend!!


Most important thing is that I found a bed bug on me after waking up in the night. It was in the dorm room at the end of the hallway on the top floor. Staff moved me to another bed after I showed them the blood from where I´d killed the bug. They were very apologetic about the situation, but I still feel like I need to let other travellers know. This is a great hostel but I hope they take the bed bug situation seriously and get it cleaned up.

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We are really sorry that this has happened to you. It was the first time we had this kind of complain and we do take this very seriously. Although we aren't sure it was a bed bug we already cleaned everything with leach and changed the mattresses and hopefully this won't happened again. Warm regards, João


We loved this place. We wanted to stay longer but only had one night here. We could have spent a week here. Clean, functional bedrooms and very very peaceful sleep unlike Lisbon and Cascais. Exactly what we wanted from a holiday. The locks on the door are a little odd (not sure how safe they are) but overall we felt very safe and VERY relaxed here after the hustle of Lisbon and Sintra castles. The lack of towels and having to rent them was a small bad thing.


Almaa is a little oasis in the beautiful but busy Sintra. The atmosphere is ZEN and the garden allows for beautiful walks or meditation. A lovely kitchen, nice people, a good yoga session... and the staff was friendly and appreciated my honest feedback about several aspects. To be recommended.

  • 22nd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


My stay was great. It is a very relaxing place and plenty to things to do in Sintra. The staff were very friendly and helpful!


Absolutely loved Almaa hostel! We weren't planning on staying the night in Sintra, but so glad we did! There is so much to see in Sintra, plan for more than a day! Almaa is about 10-15 minutes walking from the historic center of town; it offers a retreat like atmosphere with a very relaxed zen vibe. No complaints. The gardens/property area was such a wonderful way to start off the morning! They also offer a tasty little breakfast and soy milk, what more could a person need!?

  • 15th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


First of all, the hostel was FREEZING. I was so uncomfortable. Wifi was super spotty and didn't work that well. ZERO plugs in the bathrooms. Everything smelled like weird old incense and really you can do Sintra in a day trip and there's no need to stay overnight. Getting to the hostel from the train station was awkward and difficult. Really wouldn't recommend staying here.


Staff went above and beyond to make our stay a pleasant one. Extremely peaceful.


This place exceeded expectations. The photos on here don't do it justice. Not only is it in a lovely area, but the hostel grounds themselves are extensive and peaceful. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the dorm accommodations were perfect. The beds are on reclaimed pallets (as in the pictures) so there's no "top bunk." More than enough showers and toilets. Breakfast consisted of tea and coffee, fresh fruit, a couple of cereals, and assorted breads with jam, local honey, and sliced cheese.


I absolutely loved this place, but it is not for everyone. There is a very spiritual vibe at this place - ideal for meditation and relaxation.


Beautiful local, and lovely staff and population.


We enjoyed our staying in this hostel. The atmosphere is great and help to connect with yourself and be peaceful. Great breakfast.


If you go to Sintra, you must go to this hostel! It's amazing! And I like the host there!


Almaa Sintra Hostel is super charming and the staff is very welcoming and nice :-) Unfortunately it was pretty cold but they did their best to make the rooms and the "living room" warm. The garden is a beautiful place to walk around and just be.

  • 18th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


We loved almaa hostel - the atmosphere, the other guests, the beautiful kitchen, the awesome garden. Best hostel we have ever seen! thank you so much!

  • 2nd Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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