It´s definitely a case of taking the rough with the smooth at this place. The location is great being a 5 minute walk from Copacobana beach and a 15 min one from Ipanema so if that is your priority, you are laughing. If not, well ....
Via internet we´d booked a family room but offered an alternative, we switched to a 1 bedroom flat on the 12th floor of an block a 100m or so from the reception.
I know it´s a hostel but I was expecting the basics to be right. I could ignore the cock roach I saw in the bathroom (lets face it, they´re everywhere), the broken tiles, the pointless TV (pointless as the reception was so poor) and the ripped upholstery of the sofa, but the next day the water gave out.
When we pointed this out and they eventually came to check it out, they couldn´t get anyone to do anything about it and so moved us to another flat on the 8th floor of another block which had become available.
Given the hostel appears to be spread over several floors of several different blocks, I`d have thought it would make sense to have someone they could call in the event of a plumbing issue, but the new apartment was much nicer, so maybe this worked to our advantage. The TV was LCD and it even had reception. However there was no hot water, despite there being a boiler. It being summer and me being a European, cold showers were not a problem.
Breakfast was included and was served from 7.30-10, however there are only about 6 tables for 24 people for an establishment that can accomodate, at a guess, at least a hundred people. Unless you got there at a good time you had to stand around waiting for a table or eat standing up.
Couple that with the fact there was one `two slice` toaster and one toasted sandwich maker resulting in mind numbing queues and one slice of ham and one of chease per person handed out by an attendant that looked like she´d rather be in bed the concept of the included breakfast lost any attraction.
The place has a chill out area and a plunge pool all of which looked like a good place to hang out but are you really going to go to a hostel near the Copacobana and Ipánema beaches and not take advantage of them?
I´ll definitely look harder for an alternative next time.
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- Also Known As:
- Copa Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Copa Hostel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil