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Rua da Ordem Terceira 23 Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia 40026-260 Brazil
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#2 of 409 Specialty lodging in Salvador
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.6
Value
4.5
In the heart of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the three houses that make up the Galeria 13 experience: one for social travellers, one for those seeking a quieter stay, and TripAdvisor’s top rated Bar Zulu in between them.This unique blend of moods, sights and flavours has rendered us the Best Hostel in Brazil award as voted by HostelWorld members, and a place in Lonely Planet’s finicky section Our Pick along with some flattering words from the traveller’s holy book.No wonder: by staying with us you get tons of freebies, including our obscenely big breakfast until midday, caipirinha happy hour, swimming pool, and more.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Game room
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Non-smoking hotel
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Centrally Located
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 2 more
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Maria P wrote a review Jan 2022
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Long story short, Almost no one speaks English in this town, so I went to the hostel to ask for some basic information about plane tickets. Was immediately told off from the owner (or a guy who acts like he owns the place) and to be honest I’m quite happy I didn’t book a room there. Obviously can’t say much about the rooms, but the service level is disgraceful and appalling.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Paulo George Denning Martinho, Proprietário at Hostel Galeria 13
Responded May 20, 2022
After so long closed it was great to get back into action . The summer months of January and February were very encouraging. We were able to look after OUR guests and provide them our great service. Our reception staff are very experienced and we often get mails and whatts app messages requesting info. We are happy to help even though we know the people wont stay . When we do get a visit requesting info we some times even conquer them and they decide to move over . We indeed had TWO visits from these guys once at Breakfast and then at check out time , 2 crazy times The receptionist tried to help but on the 2nd visit i indeed had to inform her that we needed to take care of our guests first . Maybe they could come back later when it was quiet.
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Vacationer579282 wrote a review Dec 2021
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Highly recommended! Best location in the center of Salvador, walking distance from restaurants and bars. Huge help and recommandations from the owner who speaks English, amazing breakfast in the morning, and constant help and caring from Venda at the desk! Do not hesitate :)
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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TezinhaM wrote a review Nov 2021
Porto, Portugal22 contributions11 helpful votes
This was my first time travelling alone, and Paulo did everything he could to make me feel at home. He is a natural born host, always taking care of everybody, making sure we connect and meet other guests so our stay is even more memorable. Rooms are good, breakfast is great, and the caipirinha happy hour is even better. Thank you Paulo (and Vanda while we're at it) for everything!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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nonstoptraveling123 wrote a review Feb 2020
Parbold, United Kingdom28 contributions18 helpful votes
I didn’t stay here but my friends did. I wasn’t allowed in the hostel to socialize with them during a happy hour. Not only this I told them I didn’t want a drink or anything else but could I stay and chat with my friends? They did not agree and told me to leave. How ridiculous? This is NOT the vibe of a hostel and just gives off negative vibes. Sorry guys but I will be warning against your hostel to every traveler I meet. Nasty people, nasty rules, nasty vibe.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Paulo George D, Proprietário at Hostel Galeria 13
Responded Mar 7, 2020
.  Hostel galeria 13 has a great garden & pool area, add  in our well stocked bar and many  guests end up  hanging  around and sometimes forget to get out and investigate  . None guests are welcome  to come too by until 2300 at night , some end up realising what they are missing and change hostels.  Our guets on average probably pay a little more than other hostels but this is because they have the great Breakfast till 1200 the use of a pool and of course the famous hour of free Caipirinhas . So it would be a little annoying  if where you sttay was always invaded by non guests when it was YOUR free hour.   We certainly have no problem in creating THE VIBE of a hostel as we are always full in the high season . Our opinion is that it would not be fair to charge are guests more and then allow other people to visit  during their free hour . The Happy hour is Our thank you for our loyal  guests . The hostel is maxed out and we just cant maintain our standards. The service would be poor and it would look like we were just after more money from paying non guests. Our rules come to stand because of past experiences .Those non guests who say they dont want to drink the caipirinhas end up taking them anyway ,this is just added work for our staff to control. We just ask non guests to leave from 1700 till 1830 so that the expereince is for our customers. I see this visitor has a lot of opinions on trip advisor 
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John W wrote a review Feb 2020
Hollywood, Florida23 contributions12 helpful votes
It has a free caipirinha happy hour at 5:15 every day. The travelers meet there, meet each other and in many cases spend the evening in one or more groups. English is the common language. The staff is friendly and excellent. Breakfast until noon is perfect for this late night town.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Marie G wrote a review Jul 2019
12 contributions2 helpful votes
This hostel might be one of the best hostel in salvador city center : amazing breakfast, nice location, nice rooms and facilities, nice people at reception EXCEPT that we had a bit trouble with the owner. I think he prefers his dogs to his guests. We arrived early in the morning we not so much sleep so we asked for a nap in an empty chill room. On purpose or not : he put his barking dog right next to us, made us pay the breakfast although we were not taking one the day after, made no effort to find us a room before 2pm and barely looked at us in the eyes while talking. Hostel remains very nice, pity that this experience made it less pleasant
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Paulo George D, Proprietário at Hostel Galeria 13
Responded Jul 25, 2019
Maybe, maybe not the best hostel, but we certainly are a very busy hostel. If we are full how can we check in guests before our stated check in time ? Thats just impossible . Its 1400 hours as we have 10 rooms to clean on most days and only then do we want to take people to a CLEAN room. If you arrive at 0600(even though you know its 1400 check in) you will be able to hang out and are OFFERED a paid breakfast (its free the next day). You are occupying our common areas for 8 hours before the check in at no charge. You can even have a shower . It would actually have been nice and HONEST for the guests to state the fact they were actually checked in at around 1200 which is very uncommon. Spartan is our 11 year old hostel dog ,who now can not walk anymore so requires extra supervision from me his dad yes he requests a lot (barks more) when he wants water,wants something to eat, have a pee or sees a cute girl he wants to talk to. I think he deserves to be aroud still as he has made lots of guests enjoy their Galeria 13 experience even more and also chased away a few not wanted people at the gate.I think most people can appreciate that MOST people.
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WorkingChap wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom43 contributions15 helpful votes
This place is exceptional and the atmosphere is the best I have ever experienced in a hostel. The location is perfect, in a nice street in the middle of the old town. A great place to explore Salvador from. Paulo, the owner has everything set-up perfectly. Stong (for Brazil) WiFi, great breakfasts lasting all morning, a small pool for an afternoon cooldown and the secret sauce is the happy hour of free Caipirinha's, which brings everyone in the hostel together, making plans for the evening, the next day and beyond. Most guests are speaking English as a common language, I could not recommend this place highly enough.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Room Tip: The private room "Lluanda" was perfect.
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Mr F wrote a review Feb 2019
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Hostel and rooms was overall great. The manager needs to cheer up a bit and remember that being friendly and helpful at all times is part of the service. Remember that reviewing is anonymous so coming at people over dinner is not on. Signed Mr F
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Phil Oruye wrote a review Nov 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom129 contributions53 helpful votes
For me as a first time solo traveller in Brazil with little to no Portugese this place was an absolute god send. In other busy hostels full of Portuguese speakers I might aswell have been there alone as there was zero interaction. But as soon as I walked into this hostel and was welcomed by Paulo I felt at home. Despite only been there a few days with English in common we were one big happy hostel family. Going to see the sights, eating meals and even getting into night clubs free because there was 15 of us!!! This truly was an experience I will never forget - Brazilian, French, Israeli, Dutch, Belgian... so many nationalities coming together in one place sharing tales of adventures and making new memories. Aswell as the guests this place has alot more going for it. Generous breakfast, nice cool pool, excellent Wi-Fi and the icing on the cake free alcohol for a whole hour. In retrospect the free alcohol may contribute considerably to the rapid transformation from complete strangers to best friends. In conclusion any solo travelling English speakers in Salvador MUST stay at this hostel. Boa viagem !!!
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Tania D wrote a review Oct 2018
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Amazing hostel with an amazing staff! We felt like home and they help us with everything. Nice Breakfast, nice pizzas and the zulu restaurant was delicious, we could enjoy tipical Brazilian dishes and we were amazed by food! Lovely and beautiful dogs! We could be more happy in here! Thanks to everyone! And see you soon :) Tania, yune, sara and Suzi
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
$37 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
BrazilState of BahiaSalvador
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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HOSTEL GALERIA 13 - Updated 2022 Prices & Reviews (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)

Frequently Asked Questions about Hostel Galeria 13
Which popular attractions are close to Hostel Galeria 13?
Nearby attractions include Pelourinho (0.2 miles), Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco (0.04 miles), and Misericordia Museum (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostel Galeria 13?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Hostel Galeria 13?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostel Galeria 13?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostel Galeria 13?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cuco Bistro, Restaurante do SENAC, and Pysco Restaurante-Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hostel Galeria 13?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostel Galeria 13?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostel Galeria 13?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia (3.0 miles), Palácio Rio Branco (0.5 miles), and Largo do Campo Grande ( Praça 2 de Julho ) (1.4 miles).