We stayed here over the carnival for nearly 2 weeks. As every hostel in Rio during carnival it was outragously expensive and consequently not good value. The place itself is ok, hot and stuffy inside but it is reasonably equipped with kitchen, computer room with several computers, big TV and common area. There is free wifi and it isn't that reliable but the computers are pricey, though you do get 15 free minutes a day. They do a pretty good breakfast with a fair selection of bread, fruit and cereals. The location is pretty good with a metro stop 2 minutes away and a beach 10 minutes away, there are plenty of shops nearby with a couple of small supermarkets and a 24 hour cafe just up the street, the area seems pretty safe as well. If you stay in a double then get the aircon room as the rest of the rooms are swealteringly hot, it does cost a little more but you would regret not doing so, even though the rooms all have big but somewhat ineffctive fans. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and the linen changed every 2-3 days. The staff aren't the best and can even be a tad grumpy. Don't use the hostels shuttle service as it is expensive and the street has plenty of taxi's passing by. It portrays itself as an 'arty' place but the decor isn't so good. All in all it's a reasonable but dissapointing average place like many in Rio and could do with some serious upgrading and staff training. If we ever return to Rio we wouldn't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel boasts a large, sunny roof terrace with guest kitchen and delicious buffet breakfast including home-made cakes and jams, fresh fruits, cheeses and cold cuts. With 24 hour reception and English-speaking receptionists, we are happy to help you any way we can with information, tours and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Hostel Rio Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Art Hostel Rio Rio De Janeiro, Brazil