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Che Lagarto Hostel Paraty
Ranked #6 of 268 Specialty Lodging in Paraty
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The hostel is very nice, with a beautiful garden and clean rooms. Very sociable ambient with friendly staff and themed dinners every night (almost forgot, amazing caipirinhas!). Free internet (although sometimes we had to wait a while for the computers to be free). The breakfast was really good and abundant. A recommendation is to check prices for excursions in some of the many agents in town before organising through the hostel reception: we found out that some of the trips would have been cheaper

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

This hostel definitely has a great vibe. We stayed for 3 nights and there were always lots of people in the common areas, enjoying drinks from the bar or whatever food special the hostel was offering that night.

Staff were quite friendly although very scatterbrained. When we arrived we were given the key to a private double room that was already occupied (lucky for those people we are honest and just returned the key...). That incident prompted concerns about security so we decided to use a locker in the common area to hold our valuables when we went out the next day. Good thing we did because when we returned they couldn't find our key at reception. I went up to the room and it was open. A cleaning lady was in there and left quickly when I came in. I thought it was strange because we'd been out for hours and it was nearly 6pm by then - little late for housekeeping. Then I noticed that someone had rifled through our bags while we were out. They didn't make much effort to do it discreetly either... but nothing was missing. Probably weren't interested in our clothes.

We also found out that we were being charged a MUCH higher rate than the hostels regular room rate (posted on their website and other hostel booking websites). When I inquired about this and asked to be offered the advertised rate I was told they could give it to me for our final night only. Why? Because those are "promotional" rates. Right... thanks for ripping us off R$30 per night Che Lagarto.

Breakfast had a lot of variety but was always a disaster. Dirty dishes, empty trays... every morning I had to ask for something to be replenished even though there were tons of staff members standing around in the kitchen.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the bathroom drains in the private double we had smelled awful. The sink took forever to drain. The only cleaning that was done daily was to empty the garbage in the bathroom. Nothing else. Wifi didn't work in the room and was inconsistent in the common area.

We booked kayaking through the hostel and confirmed with reception the night before but our reservation never made it to the kayaking tour company. Like I said, scatterbrained staff.

Overall, great vibe but some improvements to be made and it would be nice not to be ripped off just because you walk in instead of booking through the website. If those are promotional rates, note it on the site so people know to book ahead to get a better rate.

Room Tip: Upstairs and further from the end near reception are quieter.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

It's the cutest hostel, set in a perfect garden with a little pool and hammocks hanging around! Has its own bar with a fun bartender who makes "the best caipirinhas in the world". Also serves a different dinner every evening (for a good price), very tasty! The breakfast is also good. The atmosphere is great!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Definitely worth a stay here - cheap food and drink and a great place to meet people. The double room we stayed in was quite sparse and could do with some shelves or something to put your stuff and the shower was pretty bad but it was hot. Tours organised through the hostel are great and it's well signposted and in a hood location. Overall a good base for a few days. Staff are great.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Good tours, helpful staff, decent food, clean room. Loses a star cos food was only ok, and breakfast buffet wasn't replenished enough, lots of queues for food here, a bit unorganised. All the same great place. Was told to keep the noise down at 10:45pm one evening, could have been dropped to 3 for that, but 4/5 is about right I think.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Great hostel. Good sized double room and hot shower, great cheap dinners, good info on activities, friendly staff who speak perfect English and a lovely front yard. The wifi didn’t work for us at all but did seem to for other people in the common areas (doesn’t reach the private rooms). Good location, close to everything especially bus station and supermarket. The kitchen was tiny and not well equipped but not many people seemed to use it, probably because of the good dinners on offer. We had to ask three times to get towels and blankets but otherwise the service was great!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

We stayed here for4 nights in May in a private room. One of the best I stayed at in Brazil! Good clean hostel with decent enough breakfast, good value themed dinners, great location, very social fun atmoshphere in bar area. I would definately recommend the BBQ Buffet. Only draw back was the tiny kitchen you have to line up to use, also double check your laundry in you put it to get it washed there, ours came back colour stained.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Che Lagarto Hostel Paraty

Address: Rua Benina Toledo do Prado 22, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 268 Specialty Lodging in Paraty
Price Range: $21 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Che Lagarto Hostel Paraty 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new hostel in Paraty will have both private and shared rooms, with private bath and air conditioning in superior apartments. As always it will have the best common areas, tv room, bar and the cool atmosphere that characterizes us for you to enjoy your trip around South America with most kind, entertaining and professional staff. ... more   less 
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