Myself and my boyfriend stayed at this hostel for 5 nights during March. I can only say that I was thoroughly disappointed with the hostel and the attitude of some of the staff. The location is incredibly difficult both in terms of safety and access. As many other guests have pointed out it is far up a hill around 10 mins from lapa and close to 15 from Santa Theresa. Currently there is no bus service on the hostel road to take you to santa Theresa and if you do wish to go you are limited to either a dicey walk where we saw people mugged at knife point (the second that night from the hostel) in front of us or waiting 20-30 mins for a local minibus that has been put on to replace the city buses during the tram works. This makes it quite difficult to eat out as no taxis wish to access the area because of the ongoing works on the street and refuse taxi journeys to Santa Theresa claiming it is too short a ride. Lapa is not far with a few eating options but still involves a rough walk back
If you want to self cater which we did a number of times there is a kitchen that is a bit limited and perhaps could have been better stocked, ie more sharp knives (there was only one).
Our room in particular was a dorm that smelt pretty vile and needed a good clean. When other guests have said that the rooms are cleaned daily this was not true of our experience of the dorms as only our bin was removed each day. The air conditioning in the room however is good and crucial in the hot times of the day. There are lockers that are a little small but were good enough for what we needed them for.
Breakfast was good to begin with however by a two days in the fruit and juices disappeared the bread remained stale and there was no cereal. We mentioned this to the staff who said she could not do anything about it and it was not her problem. When I asked her if there was anything she could do about it she responded to tell me that she had to wait for her boss to come in and deal with it at 1030. However breakfast finished at 1030 so that was pretty useless.
There were some nice members of staff who worked there and were willing to help. However some of the other staff just lounged around on the bean bags and sofas playing music.
Ultimately our stay was hampered by the location, not the aesthetics of the hostel. Being 15-20 mins walk from the nearest metro and a 45 min bus ride from ipanema beach was frustrating and meant that going anywhere in the city except downtown or the cbd was pretty slow. The lack of nice supermarkets to grab food at compounded by the problems with eating out locally made it pretty difficult to relax.
If you are a SOLO traveller I would not recommend going here due to these problems and safety concerns you would be much better off in ipanema where tourist safety seems a bit better and there are loads of options to eat out safely and grab food at many of the supermarkets.
Even if you don't stay here I would deinitely recommend lapa as a great place to go out on a Friday night with some of the
best nightlife around. The street parties are amazing and some of the samba clubs are great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bossa in Rio Hostel!Created by a couple of brazilian backpackers who have a passion for travel, Bossa in Rio has been carefully crafted to provide you with a comfortable, safe and unforgettable stay.We are a boutique hostel strategically located in Santa Teresa, the city’s most charming neighborhood, offering all the facilities you might want. The Bossa in Rio Hostel is the ideal place for enjoying some comfort, making friends and enjoying the city. Be prepared for a short walk up and a very pleasent stay!Please have in mind Santa Teresa is located on a hilll and that there are stairs and ramps to access the rooms.We are waiting for you! ... more less
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