Sé Velha Hostel

The Sé Velha Hostel, in Coimbra, Center of Portugal is housed in a building of traditional architecture, with a perfect symbiosis and a modern and sophisticated decoration that meets the history of the region of Coimbra.

About Our Hostel

For this reason all the rooms have a thematic allusive to the history of the city of Coimbra (University, Queen Santa Isabel, Old Cathedral, Mondego River, etc) It is located in the historic center of the city of Coimbra, which was recently considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Located next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Coimbra (Sé Velha) is about 100 m walking from the University of Coimbra, the most renowned Portuguese university and one of the main tourist attractions of the country. That is why Coimbra is called “The City of Students” because of the large student population. Although is an ancient town, it gets mixed with all the students from the university that guarantee an active nightlife. Very close to the hostel and around the Cathedral you will find the bars where all students, locals and all academic people get together. The hostel offers accommodation in heated mixed dorms, individual lockers and lighting. All rooms and dorms have a bathroom inside. We also have rooms with 1 double bed and rooms with 2 to 3 single beds. All public areas and rooms at the Hostel have free Wi-Fi. There is a living room for guests, with a TV, equipped with a microwave and dishes for meals and access to a terrace where guests can relax.
  • Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Check in start from 15:00 to 22h00 (please inform us, by mail, in case you’ll arrive after 18h00)
  • Check out before 12:00
  • Please have a valid passport/ID for check in
  • Reception from 8h00 to 18h00
  • Smoking area is located outside of the hostel.
  • Room rate does not include breakfast. But we serve a continental breakfast in our Cafetaria Aromas da Sé at a cost of 5€ per person. Also available snacks, drinks, coffee and tea during all day, except Mondays!
Directions If you are coming on foot, you can reach the Hostel through the streets linking the upper and lower parts of town (the Alta and the Baixa). These are quite steep, as visitors have to go on an uphill walk. Through Quebra-Costas or from the University you can follow the signs of the Old Cathedral. Traffic in Coimbra can flow relatively smoothly, but parking in the centre is limited. In the University area parking is practically impossible during the day. If you are coming by car and for a short stay, it’s advisable to use one of the many underground car-parks in the city centre. For a longer stay, use one of the free riverside car-parks, such as the one on the Santa Clara side of the river. First you can leave your luggage in the hostel. If you want to get to Coimbra from Lisbon by car (200km), you should take the highway A1 in the direction of Porto and exit in Coimbra Sul (toll charges about €13). The travel takes approximately 2 hours. If you came from Porto by car (120 km), you should take the same highway A1 in direction of Lisbon and exit in Coimbra North (toll charges about €7). The travel takes approximately 1 hour. If your are coming from train, there are two railway stations in Coimbra: Coimbra A – Estação Nova, “The New Station” and Coimbra-B – Estação Velha, “The Old Station.” All trains stop at Coimbra B. Once there, you should take a shuttle to Coimbra A (your train ticket already includes this short trip). From Coimbra – A you can either walk (10-15 min) or get a taxi to get to the hostel. Coimbra’s taxis are available by telephone or from taxi-ranks. There is a fixed initial charge, plus a fee depending on the length of the journey, shown on the taximeter. Feel free to contact us and all indications will be given to you in order to get to the hostel.

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