We stayed in 4 different hostels on our month trip around south america and this was the worst hostel we stayed at.
It was appealing because of its location. 4 blocks from Copacabana beach, 4 blocks from the subway at a decent price, we were sold.
We arrived and the staff was very friendly but seemed to be disorganized. The lobby was full of people waiting to be checked in and checked out. We were asked to wait an hour so they could get everything organized. The took our bags for us so we could go explore for a little while.
We returned to check in and things seemed to calm down a little. I did noticed that the lobby was full of dirty sheets and towels though. We were checked in and shown to our room. We were told we had to wait till 10pm that night to get clean sheet and towels.
We stayed in a 8 room door. At the time, there was only 2 other people staying in the room, but the floors looked like they hadn't been swept or mopped for a while.
The mattresses on our beds were made of vinyl/plastic but were ripped and dirty.
We had 2 girls move into our room that night as bugs were found in the room they were staying in. The air conditioning in our room was only able to turn on between 10pm & 10am. If you wanted to stay cool during the day, you had to cram into the lobby with everyone else and try and get a seat on the bench they had.
I would classify this as a party hostel. The roof top is a bar that play loud music and offers organized rides/tours to night clubs. Even though there are signs in the hostels that you are not to drink your own alcohol, we noticed that our roommate hid some in his locked and would come in and out at night to get drinks.
Overall, if your looking for a clean, quiet place to stay, please look somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An old 1930's bohemian mansion in the middle of Copacabana! Just a minutes walk to the beach! FREE Internet - FREE breakfast. This place is massive, so we've given you the most spacious rooms with en-suites & air conditioning. Our top floor is a large open sun area with a swimming pool, BBQ and shaded chill out area. We also have a TV room with cable and a wide range of DVDs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stone Of a Beach Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Stone Of a Beach Rio De Janeiro, Brazil