And with plenty of space for solitude and reflection, I became the passenger in God’s mission while I drove myself to sleep meanwhile trains pulling in and out of the station.
Upon walking through the sliding glass entry doors, a tiny bar awaits tired travelers with some fruit-infused water and countless options for beer and the beloved liquor beverages. The tiny front desk sits in a bohemian-style lobby equipped with a mac and a loft lookout space.
Solo and private-room guests stay on the first level (second floor for Americans). The first floor features a private kitchen and living room that dormitory folks don’t have to.
Lying in bed, this is the exact Bohemian-chic life I’ve always imagined….except for the moment of having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Confused with jet lag, its important to not forget to walk down a steep ladder in a quest to use the shared bathrooms.
The bathrooms and showers are in separate rooms, and feature a window overlooking the train station. Be sure to keep your towel nearby so the rest of Portugal doesn’t see you in the buff.
The second level is only accessible for those sleeping in the dormitories.
As they say, the cream rises to the top and the cream of the crop of the attic is the wooden-floor room. A place of peace and quiet, it is just you, a ladder, a modern statue and the Sao Bento clock. Lost in time and thought, this is a space for meditation of stillness or movement – whatever you prefer. A place to be free and above the rest of the chaos happening below. At night, although silent inside, the surrounding noise from the area ignites the atmosphere with noise. It’s not horrible but not pin-drop silent.
Consult the front desk staff for permission, if any, regarding climbing the ladder to the back of the clock.
Room rates vary year-round. I paid approximately $65 USD for a private room using hotels.com and with being a member, I received a “secret-price” rate.
Discover more about my Camino de Santiago Portuguese Way journey on my Youtube Channel.