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Rising Cock Hostel

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Travessa do Forno 14, Lagos 8600-632 Portugal See on map
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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago
If you want to party with Australians and Brits - Rising Cock is the place to do it. It's fun and the hostel staff will make sure you have a good time. I wouldn't stay longer than 2 nights there as the pub crawl takes you to the same 4 bars/clubs every night and if you want to relax/ sleep at all - this is not the place to do it.
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Ruby M
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 Sep. 2018via mobile
Recently went on the Booze cruise with Rising Cock Hostel. Thoroughly dissapointed! We were told when we booked the boat went all along the coast and had the chance to check out some caves as well. However the boat drove for about 10minutes and we were parked there for the full 3hours. A big part of booking was so that we had the opportunity to see the coastline and caves but we were just told that was not happening today and too get over it. No apologises, no compensation, no explanation. Would reccomend choosing another company
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 Sep. 2018
Me and four friends attended the Booze Cruise as the other one in Lagos was full. Rising Cock clearly have no rules on how many people they take on the booze cruise and you could feel that once on the boat as there were way too many people. The woman even said that there were a lot of us on there that day.
The drinks provided were beer and sangria, watered down sangria. And we were sold the fact there would be snacks but there wasn't any provided. We went about 15mins in to the sea and stayed there the whole time which was very strange, others I have been on have gone quite far and to different places. The boat continuously kept chucking out all the toilet waste so jumping in the sea from the boat was the last thing I wanted to do with floaters and tissue all around the boat. It was fun and the people were nice but I wouldn't recommend
Thank ldn90
Kathy C
Reviewed 17 Sep. 2018via mobile
Very cool and fun hostel in the heart of Lagos resort town. Clean friendly and great pub crawls. Access to party night life in Lagos was great. Lots of Aussies and Brits to make it lively! Definitely a great hostel for young 20-30 year olds
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Walter Plinge
Reviewed 16 Sep. 2018
This was quite possibly the WORST hostel I have ever stayed in. PRICING IS HIGH FOR WHAT YOU GET: For 30-40 euros a night, the only things provided here in your cost is the bed, access to the accommodation, crepes in the morning and pub crawl every night, and wifi. Hostels that go for sometimes even half this price provide things like: universal air conditioning, bars, differing daily events, clean rooms, friendly staff, large kitchens with ovens and stovetops, later noise curfews, CCTV, security, and consistently staffed receptions. Each point I'll break down in further detail.

1. NO AIR CONDITIONING; The rooms have zero air conditioning (bar the princess suite, a female only dorm which males are allowed into by individual female guests), the rooms have one to zero fans, meaning the debauchery that occurs causes severe body odour, which many other travelers complained about. Poor ventilation causes the smell of travelers to become amplified.

2. LIMITED FACILITIES FOR COOKING; For whatever reason, the hostel rules allows that the kitchen (which can reasonable acommodate 6 at one time) can only be used for making "sandwiches and snacks," you are not allowed to use the stovetop.

3. VERY LIMITED SECURITY: From Midnight - 8am your keycard stops working on the entrance, the volunteer staff member opens it for you. Wristbands are worn by guests to identify if you're staying at the hostel. Keycards are used to secure individual dorms. Whilst there are a variety of factors criminals could take advantage of in these situations, what the real issue lies in is that there is ZERO CCTV which to deter any criminal activity in this establishment. There's even a literal back gate not secured from the inside.

4. THE STAFFING: This facility is mostly staffed by volunteers, who run the pub crawls, tend the reception by day or night and assist the booze cruise. To my knowledge, there are two paid reception staff, one paid cleaner and the rest is family run (who owns the place). From reviews complaints, there are multiple points backing up that the staff can be very short and rude to the guests. The volunteers are there to party too and thus, often join in with the guests even if they're tending reception, as there's literally no other security than a volunteer at reception, this is a point of concern.

5. NOISE COMPLAINTS: This is, a party hostel. But in Lagos it seems that any residential noise after 11pm is strictly forbidden so prepare yourselves to go out to their nightly pub crawl at 1030pm. This hostel has a 11pm lockout, of it's kitchen, common area and outside patio, so at 1030pm your choice is to go out or go to your room (and be quiet). So if you want to use the common area to watch a movie, or have a snack, you literally can't.

6. TOO LOW STANDARD OF BEDS: The standard of some beds is unacceptable, there are beds in the roof, which they call "the cave" which has no ventilation, poor lighting and is just a mattress on the floor. A "funny bed" is also a mattress on the floor, which is their solution to overselling beds. They have sold beds to guests and put them in double beds (thinking they were a couple). The beds are of poor quality, and the sheets are for children (dora the explorer, trains etc).

7. STRICT RULES AND LAX RULES: There is a large emphesis on noise curfews, use of the amenities and paying extra for things (towels, booze cruise and merchandise), but when it comes to your alcohol and your food stored in the fridges, you have to hope that nobody will take it because they don't believe it's important to have labels. There's a noise rule when it comes to neighbours complaining, but not if there's disturbing noises from within the room (the place is called rising cock).

So, where's your money going to? The bar crawl doens't have cheaper drinks it's just a volunteer taking you around, the booze cruise is 45 euros, you have to buy all your food out if you want to eat properly, it's BYOB, they have THREE paid staff members (from when I was there), the workforce is primarily made up of volnteers, there's no air conditioning. For the price I seriously struggle to see what the pricing is going to in terms of making this hostel worthy of 30-40 Euros per night.

If you're coming for a party hostel, you can make a party in a resonable percentage of hostels this city and in any other city, they're usually much better at facilitating a a party atmosphere , it'd be cheaper and safer too.

I would write even more than this, but if this isn't enough to discourage you to go to the Rising Cock, then you should definitely go to the Rising Cock.
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Hotel Amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Number of rooms
Price range
USD 19 - USD 58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Rising Cock Hotel Lagos
Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Number of rooms
Price range
USD 19 - USD 58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
Rising Cock Hotel Lagos
Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Traveller (13)
Pool & Beach (3)
Room & Suite (1)
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"I put "Mid range" because of the price, but trust me, the provisions are that of a Budget Motel."
16 Sep. 2018
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"Upstairs room facing courtyard."
19 Aug. 2017
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"don't book here unless you are 20 years old and love the smell of vomit"
15 Nov. 2016
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"Go for the top floor aka the penthouse if you're a lad!"
6 Sep. 2016
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