A former palace (sensing a theme?) now decorated in an eclectic approachable style, the Independente is two buildings next to eachother that are a great place to stay without breaking the bank. With spacious rooms with tall ceilings, you could call it a "Luxury Hostel". Downstairs is great lunch spot The Decadente, with the front bar the perfect spot for a drink before you hit the night - the best part is that it's right by nightlife favorite Bairro Alto neighborhood. Part of the Portuguese-owned "Independente Collective", they also have a country farm hotel and a few restaurants. All stylish and casual, check them out.
R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81,