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“Great hostel shame about one member of staff!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Paul Redfern N0 48, Ipanema | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-001, Brazil (Barra da Tijuca)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great hostel shame about one member of staff!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011 via mobile

Brilliant hostel, great location with a good breakfast. Rooms were clean and spacious and there was lots going on to get involved with if you wanted to. The ONLY downside to this hostel is a particlur member of staff who is both rude and unhelpful. There is clearly a problem with the booking system as my boyfriend and I were put into different rooms, I was put in a 10 man dorm and was the only girl! This I can get over but (and I don't usually name and shame) the blonde girl on reception was so rude and unhelpful. When we asked on our third night if any other beds had become available so we could be togther she SHOUTED no and acted like we were absolute idiots. She then failed to tell me I was meant to be switching rooms(still not with my bf), I only found out through another staff member while enquiring about a day trip!!! Other friends found the blonde to be equally unhelpful and she spent most of her time on facebook. Such a shame as everyone else is the hostel was so lovely! I highly recommend this hostel but avoid the blonde! Definitely do the city tour, it's brilliant!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Great location, but that was all.
During my week stay rooms were cleaned daily however was more of a sweep the rubbish under the mat type job.
3 floors had bed bugs and had to be sprayed.
Bar was empty on numerous occasions and when there was some alcohol in there was minimal. Hostel lacked vibe and staff were only nice from time to time.

Went over Carnival and was definitely over priced and would not go back.

Room Tip: Stayed in 12 bed mixed dorm and found it fine. most people there were nicely and considerate of othe...
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011 via mobile

Stayed there for 5 days in 12 bed mixed dorm. Beds and rooms cleaned every morning. Staff extremely friendly and helpful in organising tours, nights out, taxis etc. Most nights bar downstairs has plenty people around and good for meeting new people. Literally 2 minutes from ipanema beach. 2 mins from bus stop and 20 from metro station. Definitely recommend this Che Legarto..

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

nice hostel, good location but no atmosphere and unhelpful staff. it tried to create a party hostel vibe but there was never any partying and the bar was always empty. several times we asked the reception about rates about the che lagarto in buzios and they couldnt be bothered looking it up for us so we had to ask over and over and then gave up.

the air con in the room is really noisy.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Have spent 3 great nights in a 6 bed mixed dorm with ensuite bathroom - the room was spacious (as were the lockers in which you could easily fit a big backpack) and clean as well as the bathroom. Beds can be a bit unstable so watch out, but is usually not a big issue to fiy them.
Location is perfect as it is only a few meters down the road from the beach (close to Posto 10), a lot of snack bars and restaurants are around as well as supermarkets and drug stores.
The staff organises events on a regular basis, such as beach volleyball every afternoon, transport to the Lapa street party and a Brasilian night with typical music, food and decoration.
There's music and a bar every night, but it's not a party hostel, they make sure that at 11 or 11 p.m. they close the terrace and people calm down, but they'll share with you where there are places to go to for party.
The people are very friendly and helpful, esp. ehen my luggage was delayed they were speaking to the hotline in Portuguese on my behalf as it turned out to be a lot easier.
Sometimes they seem to be disorganised and diverted by other requests, but that is just the Brasilian way of business ;-)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

I stayed here for a few weeks in mid November 2010. When I arrived, I was sleep deprived from traveling for nearly 3 days from Germany through Italy, Argentina and Sao Paulo to get to Rio (after originating in Australia). My friend had arrived earlier that day and had already checked in, so when I got there I just gave the front desk my name, they gave me a key, I put my bag in the room and then starting drinking!

The hostel itself is quite basic - You can choose the room you stay in when you book (e.g. how many other people will be in the room), and breakfast is included. I guess the thing to keep in mind when you stay here is that it IS A HOSTEL. Other people have mentioned that the rooms are crowded, too hot, etc etc. They seemed to have forgotten it is not a swanky hotel - Not suitable for families or business travelers, unless you have kids that adore partying into the wee hours of the morning.

The staff are friendly, but travelers themselves, so don't expect world-class service - They are here to experience Rio, just the same as you are (they just happen to be earning money whilst they do it!). They will point you in the right direction, tell you where the good bars are (and come with you most of the time!) and help you if you need the basics.

The rooms themselves are a little warm, but there are fans and sheets, so after the first few nights you don't notice it. The bathrooms are good for a hostel, and there is a communal kitchen it you don't want to eat out every night. The bar on the first level is a destination for people staying in other hostels - So be prepared to meet A LOT of people, and be entertained every night!

In my humble opinion, I think that this place is the bomb. I will stay here again when I return to Rio next year, and will remember the friends I made there for the rest of my life.

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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

I liked this hostel. The staff there were very friendly and helpful. There were a few annoying thigs, like only 3 computers for a lot of travelers (and they charge you for the cost of the internet - i only found out on check out). And one small bathroom for my room (it was always full i used one of the share bathrooms). And the price is pretty expensive for those on a tight budget. But over all it is very very clean, there is a bar downstairs and its a good place to meet others if you are traveling solo. I liked it, i would stay at another Che Largarto again in a different location....

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paul Redfern N0 48, Ipanema | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-001, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Barra da Tijuca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 393 Specialty lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Estamos ubicados en "Paul Redfern, n°48" - Rio de Janeiro. Es una zona turistica, uno de los barrios mas importantes de Rio de janeiro. Estamos a 1 cuadra de la playa. ... more   less 
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