The hostel is located a couple of blocks from Lapa arches. It is within easy walking distance to two subway stations, Cinelandia and Gloria. Bus to/from the bus terminal stopped only about a couple of blocks from the hostel. Considering the size and how spread out the city is, I found the location convenient. It is on the border of Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.
The hostel had good vibe. It was not a party hostel. The bar serves cheap beer and very good caipirinhas. It closed at 11:00 every night, people left to party outside and the hostel got quiet. The hostel provided good balance. It was fun place to meet many people and also gave you the opportunity to get some rest. I have seen people of all ages in the hostel.
I stayed in two different dorms and have seen four others. All were spacious and well organized. The entire building (three levels) was well kept, nicely decorated, very clean and cleaned daily. The beds were clean and comfortable. 95% of the mattresses and pillows were new and of good quality. Linen was clean and good as well. There was a communal kitchen, living room with TV, nice courtyard, and plenty of good lockers, showers and WCs. All bathrooms I have seen were new or newer with new bright tiles. Rooms in the back are quieter. Rooms facing the street have some traffic noise.
Wi-Fi was strong and even reached my dorm. Breakfast was very good and certainly above average. Both were included in the rate. It was a good value.
Staff was excellent, hospitable and helpful. Everybody, from the breakfast lady, cleaning and reception staff to the owners/managers did their best.
I would rate this hostel in the top 5% of all hostels I have stayed in (I have now been to well over a hundred hostels ...) I can highly recommend this hostel.
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