I am travelling with a friend and we came from the Santa Clara lodge in the Pantanal (amazing!) to and lived at the HI hostel.
We were here in the high season (end december/start january) and the price for a dorm was 38 real per person. It is fairly expensive compared to eg. Argentina, but I think that for the season, it was ok compared to similar places.
The biggest positive thing about the hostel is the staff. There are always lots of staff in the reception, their english is excellent and they are more than helpful.
The dorms are alright and fairly spacy. Can't complain about anything there.
The pool is good and the pool area is nice with sunbeds for free. They also have a laundry area where you can wash your clothes for free and hang them in the sun. This was a big plus for us since we are backpacking and hadn't really washed our clothes in three weeks!
The location could be better, but the walk into town is peaceful and takes around 15 minutes. They have bikes that you can rent - I think that it's 6 real per half day. When we booked our bus ticket from here to Campo Grande and had to go down into town to pay, they let us loan the bicycles for free for just an hour or two.
We took two tours: Rio de Peixe and Boca de Onca. I can recommend both. I would vouch for Boca de Onca if I were forced to choose, though. They are rather expensive, but so are all tours in Bonito. With both tours came a nice buffet lunch with salads, meats and some brazilian dessert. The lunch at Boca de Onca was incredible.
They have a kitchen in the hostel which you can use, but they also have staff who can cook for you and serve some basic dishes. We tried their mega cheeseburger which wasn't bad for about 12 real. A little greasy though!
All in all it's a fine hostel. The staff definitely made it a great experience. But the price and location forces me to give it three instead of four stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Economic rates, attendance with guides speaking english and spanish, couple/ familie rooms with private bath, shared rooms with private bath, swimming pool, sumbathing area, free Wi-Fi zone, game-room with Sky HD TV, restaurant/ bar, breakfast buffet self-service, pool table, open "small" kitchen (fast food), laundry and delivery cheap laundry, tourism office that organized all Bonito and Pantanal tours, cheapest and shared transportation to the tours, bikes and aquatic cameras for rent, fresh and green area to relax with hammocks, camping area, safe parking area for cars, trucks, buses and motor-home, night security guard. ... more less
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