I am just being honest....
The Rio surf n stay is at least an hour taxi ride away from EVERYTHING. The website suggests that it is in a great part of Rio and that there is a lot of things to do. This is NOT the case. The first night I got there, I came just before dinner time. I asked the front desk where there was a good place to get dinner. The woman at the front gave me a look like I had asked for something outrageous and wasn't very helpful. She showed me on a map of the area that there was a restaurant about a 20 minute walk away from the hostel. I asked if there was something closer and she said she didn't know. I also asked for a map so I wouldn't get lost trying to find this place to eat and they didn't have any. I ended up walking around for about an hour and everything within the area was closed. You know you are in the middle of nowhere when restaurants are closed before dinner time. I later found out that all the other people in the hostel had resorted to going grocery shopping at the store about a 30 minute walk away because there wasn't really any places to eat.... I could go on but here are some "nut shell" points
The showers electrocute you EVERY time you turn them on.
The room/bathroom looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a very long time - green and black mold everywhere
There was dead smeared mosquitoes ALL over the walls with blood (EWW)
I had booked a room with the air conditioner and paid extra - it didn't work and after asking about it the woman at the front just shrugged and nothing was done about it.
The door to my room locked me out one day for 2 hours - from that point forward I couldn't lock my door to my room - which is super safe when you are a girl sleeping alone - NOT.
I had booked 2 weeks there and stayed 3 nights - all of which the internet was down
It got dark at around 5pm because it was winter which is fine BUT the hostel is in the middle of nowhere, its dark, its not safe to walk around at night (even in groups), there is no internet- THERE was NOTHING to do.
This was not just my opinion... the 5-6 other people that were staying there all felt the same way and were all waiting for the internet to work again to book hostels other places.
When I left and asked for my money back they said that they would only give me 50% of what I had paid (which is the agreement when you make a booking with them). After I politely complained about the fact that the pictures on the website and the video look nothing like what it really is (the surf video is filmed at Ipenema beach which is an hour away) they finally agreed to give me 70% back. It took them 3 weeks and phone calls every day for them to refund my money.
If you are looking to learn to surf in Brazil AND actually enjoy some of Brazil... I would look for somewhere else to stay. I went to not only enjoy surfing but to enjoy culture as well... you won't find it here...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Surf styled House with a beautiful tropical nature land setting, 1 block back from the Surf beach Macumba. A great get away from the main Rio City,with a local bus ride in 1hr you arrive into the hidden gem of Rio. Relaxed, safe and preserved beaches with amazing nature land scape. This Surf Hostel has all surfing equipment for all levels and certified English speaking instructors. Rooms are all with ceiling fans and newly renovated and cleaned daily. All our rooms have ensuites and lockers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Surf n Stay Rio De Janeiro, Brazil