During my final week in Lisbon, Portugal, I stayed at Outsite Lisbon in the Cais do Sodre neighborhood. Here’s my full review.
Outsite is a collection of co-living spaces in cities around the world. The goal is to create spaces for digital nomads to stay and work while traveling. They provide co-working spaces and simple rooms with everything you need to stay a while.
Think of it like a hostel—but a little more grown up, and focused on creating the best environment for anyone who works on the road. You can stay a few nights, a few weeks, or a few months!
They do a great job of fostering community with communal spaces, Whatsapp groups to chat with others staying at Outsite, and plenty of events.
So if you’re visiting Lisbon and you need to balance work with play, then this is the best place to stay!
Outsite Lisbon Review
The Outsite Lisbon property is located in the popular Cais do Sodre neighborhood. It’s in the main center of the city, along the flat streets between the hills and the waterfront. This area is filled with restaurants and cafes, and close to lots of shops, attractions, and other popular neighborhoods.
Outsite is a short walk from the Cais do Sodre station (a big transit hub), and around the corner from Time Out Market.
I like that you don’t have to deal with a traditional check-in process at Outsite. They send you all the info you need before you arrive. You’ll receive your room assignment, instructions, and door codes. Make sure you have this information, because no one will be there to check you in. It’s all done on your own, but it’s really simple.
Note: When arriving to check-in, you might have trouble finding the accommodation. The café/co-working space will be easy to find, but that’s not where the rooms are.
Walk just past the café, and you’ll see a large green door with a tiny newsstand just inside. Go in (you will definitely think ‘this can’t be it’, but it is), and walk through the set of doors in the back, and up the large stairwell.
Here you’ll find the doors to your floor. Once you reach your floor, enter the door code they sent you, go in and find your room (keys will be in the door).
There are 25 rooms throughout the building. Rooms are separated among multiple floors, so each floor becomes like its own self-contained unit.
On each floor there are about 5 rooms, a kitchen, a living area, and bathrooms. I like this set-up because you get the communal aspects, but it’s not overwhelming with everyone hanging out in one spot and using the same kitchens.
- There are a few different room types to choose from.
- Most are private rooms, with double or single beds.
- But there are also some shared rooms available (hostel style, but no bunk beds).
- A few rooms have ensuite bathrooms, but for the most part you’ll be sharing bathrooms with the others on your floor.
- Bathrooms are self-contained, so you’ll have plenty of privacy while showering.
I stayed in a private room with a double bed, so that’s what you’ll see in my photos.
I absolutely LOVED my room. It was back in the corner away from the common areas. It was spacious, well-furnished but minimal, and there was a nice big window for light and fresh air.
The rooms will all have a bed with linens, a wardrobe for clothes, a desk and chair, a trash can, and a couple other simple pieces to make your stay comfortable. You’ll also be provided with towels.
I like the minimal style that the rooms are decorated in (a lot of IKEA furniture), because it makes the room feel open but still comfortable. The large desk in the room was really helpful, because sometimes you just want to get work done in your own space.
You’ll have everything you need here to live and work comfortably. Your own room, lounge areas, kitchen, laundry, etc.
- Free wi-fi: It wouldn’t be a great digital nomad space without the free wif-fi (and I never had any issues with speed or connectivity). You’ll have access throughout the entire floor and in the co-working space.
- Kitchen: A full kitchen with stove, microwave, pots & pans, and space to store your food. Each room gets their own cubby space.
- Laundry: There is a washer and dryer on each floor that you can use (for free!). This is truly the holy grail of accommodation if you ask me, especially if you’re traveling long-term.
- Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, and soap is provided in the bathrooms, so no need to bring your own.
- Housekeeping: Common areas are cleaned regularly, and room cleaning is available for long-term stays (more than a week).
There are nightly, weekly, and monthly prices for the rooms. Prices vary, so you’ll need to check the site for your preferred dates and room types.
I found Outsite to be affordable for the quality, amenities, and location, but it’s not quite as cheap as a hostel. I paid around $50/night for a private room.
You can buy an annual Outsite membership, which gives you discounted room rates at all of their properties around the world. So if you’re planning on staying with them regularly as you travel, it’s worth the cost to buy that before booking.
A note about staying with Outsite:
It’s important to understand that Outsite is a community specifically for those who work while traveling. Whether you’re a digital nomad, a remote worker, freelancer, location independent…it doesn’t matter what you call it, but you should be working and traveling.
They will ask for a link to your Linkedin profile when you sign up to book your stay. This is just to ensure you are who you say you are, and that you have a position that allows you to work while traveling.
Outsite Cowork Cafe
In addition to co-living spaces, the Outsite Cowork Cafe is on the street level. I believe this is currently Outsite’s only space that is open to non-guests.
As a guest, you have free access to the space throughout your stay, but if you’re not a guest, you can still enjoy the cafe. According to their website, the front is a regular cafe open to everyone. And then there is a separate co-working space that you can use by buying a pass (great if you aren’t staying at Outsite but still want a nice co-working space for the day).
I was at Outsite in April 2019, which was just before they remodeled the co-working/cafe space. It looks like a great place in photos but it is completely different than it was when I was there. So this information is based on their website.
Cais do Sodre Neighborhood
I absolutely loved staying in the Cais do Sodre neighborhood. It’s the top spot for digital nomads, which becomes clear when you see how many nice coffee shops are around!
Here are some other great spots to visit in this neighborhood:
- Time Out Market – Popular food hall with lots of Portuguese flavors to try.
- Comoba – a beautiful café right next door.
- Copenhagen Coffee Lab + Bakery – This was one of my favorite spots to work.
- “Pink Street” – I don’t think there’s anything particularly interesting about this pink street, but if you want that classic Instagram photo, it’s just a couple blocks away.
- Elevador da Bica – This bright yellow funicular will take you up the hill to explore other neighborhoods.
Other Places to Stay in Lisbon, Portugal
If a co-living space isn’t for you, there are lots of other places to stay in Lisbon. I stayed in this studio apartment (Airbnb) for most of my time in Lisbon. I also had brief stays in another Airbnb and the Hotel Star Inn at the airport.
Outsite also has location in Ericeira, Portugal. It’s a beach town north of Lisbon. They described it as a “fishing village meets surf town”, so if that sounds cool to you, check out the property here.
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