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Historic Centre Hostel
Rua Dona Geralda 211 | Centro Histórico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970000, Brazil (Historic City Center)   |  
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Ranked #76 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Paraty
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“we were robbed here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

we arrived in Paraty late in the evening, we had booked into a 9 room dorm but when we arrived we were told that there was a marathon the next day so we would be better in a different room, as the runners would be getting up early. We thought this was relatively kind and we were taken to a four bed dorm instead. Whilst we were there a Brazilian girl checked into our room.

There weren't lockers in this room so I asked about this. The owner said he had a safe in his bedroom that we could use but I declined because it meant we could only access our stuff when he was in, as he stressed he was the only one with a key.

We went out to dinner and were gone about an hour, when we came back the owner was in the doorway looking for us, he said that he just wanted to make sure we hadn't got lost, because we had asked for directions earlier in the evening. We went off to bed and realised about half an hour later that we'd been robbed. The thief it seemed was the Brazilian girl and they had taken two ipods, a camera and a netbook. We informed the hostel and they started shouting and screaming and shouting and swearing at us that we were lying. I cried and my friend kept threatening 'call the police or we will' In the end they called the police.

The police were really great and Jose on reception, who was very sweet, interpreted for us. Now I am purely speculating, but there were some very strange things surrounding this robbery.

1. The hostel did not ask to see the Brazilian girl's ID, even though they made us show ours.
2. The 9 bed dorm did have marathon runners in it, but it wasn't to capacity so we could have used a locker in their room, the room was not a locked room so we could have easily accessed it and used a locker. I was allowed to use a locker the next day by the receptionist.
3. When we came back the owner was looking for us in the street...maybe because the robbery was still going on?

I don't know, we won't ever know what really happened but it ruined our trip in Paraty and cost us a lot more than a night in a 5 star hotel. Btw, I use hostels all the time so am used to them, usually love them but I wouldn't recommend this one.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

We stayed at this hostel in the beautiful town of Paraty and was not disappointed.

From the moment we arrive we felt welcomed and this continued throughout our stay. The hostel is owned/run by a British guy called John who was really friendly and helpful. He supported by a very friendly team, the lovely Claudea on Reception, friendly cook (who slightly resembled Olive from 'On the Buses'!!) and the fun if verring on mad barbecue organiser William.

Other positives about the hostel is the value for money - my partner and I had our own ensuite room for 60R$ which seemed very good value. Two of the four nights we stayed the hostel had a barbecue night - 20R$ for all you can eat and drink - steak and capirinhas! The food was delicious but just go slow on the drinks, you can easily get very drunk on that stuff!!

The location of the hostel was perfect - in the old town and right by the sea - one block away. The hostel were really good at recommending trips, such as the boat trip to some of the near by islands - a must trip! The staff at the hostel will give you tips on getting the best deal and how to get around Paraty in general.

The one negative of the place was the shower - although hot the wiring system had a lot to be desired - you could see all the wires hanging out at the top of the shower. I was never good at Science at school but I'm sure elecricity and water don't mix very well!! Have to say this wasn't the only hostel we saw this though, think Brazilian H&S is not has prescriptive as in Europe!

Overall a great hostel I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Dona Geralda 211 | Centro Histórico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty > Historic City Center
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #76 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Paraty
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Number of rooms: 17
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