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“Awesome staff at this central hostel”

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Vila Carioca Hostel
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“Awesome staff at this central hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Hats off for this hostel!

They are truly amazing.

The breakfast wins all prices, some mornings you even get home baked cakes, as well as cereal, bread, cheese, ham, coffee, cakes, fruit, the list goes on.

They also keep pet monkeys outside the door which they feed with bananas every morning. A real Kodak Moment.

The rooms are large and you can sleep up to 30 people in one dorm, so bring a high tolerance threashold. However, I found people very respectful and quiet. The common room is also so great that people never spend much time in the rooms. Extra credit for the lockers that are provided cost free.

The most credit goes to the staff in this place though! They are friendly, helpful, energetic and keen on showing their guests a good time. They brought some of us out to a favela party one night, and also helped us finding the cheapest way to do some of the tourist attractions.

Really, I cannot say how fun it was to stay in this hostel. If you want to make friends, have a good time, sleep well and have your effects kept safe while you are in Rio, stay in this hostel!

Room Tip: Ask for the bottom part of a bunk bed.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Leeds, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

Couldn't be happier with this hostel! It's immaculate, in an excellent location (botofogo metro is just 3 minutes walk away) and the staff are very helpful, speaking excellent English. The shared spaces and rooms are rustically decorated and full of character. We stayed in a private room which we booked in advance and also ended up staying in a 15 bed dorm as we wanted to extend our stay, both were excellent. Lots if showers, great breakfast, good WiFi connection... what more could you want!?

  • Stayed September 2013
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Pretty good location and decoration, very close to the metro station (you can grab it to go to the beach or to the landmarks of centro) and for the price is great. You wont find any luxury but you are not paying for it. Its located in a very nice area of Rio, supermarket near in case you want to cook and a few nice restaurants like Verano are about 5 min from the hostel.

The staff is ok, although I had imagined them more friendly. I went with a large group of friends (12) for the World Youth Day and we stayed at the Corcovado.

Everything was ok. I highly recomend this hostel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Vila Carioca is located at the end of a closed street in the Botafogo area, 5 minutes walking from the metro (Botafogo station). It is a safe street and you can come back whenever you want at night, there´s someone 24/7 at the reception. The staff is extremely friendly and will chat with you, help you out and give you advice about Rio´s attraction. The open kitchen is great to cook and the breakfast is copious, varied and delicious! I only experienced the 14 bed dorm with the bathroom inside, it was clean and the other guests very respectful noise wise. Stay there, make friends and enjoy Brazil, you won´t be disappointed!!
There´s even local people coming on weekends to sell fruits and vegetables in the patio!

Room Tip: I recommend the dorms on the 1st and/or second floor as they might be noise in the living room downs...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I stay more than 10 days in order to find a place to live. All the staff is really kind and helpful.
A family atmosphere with the advantages to be among travelers, it's a quiet place to enjoy Rio by day or by night.
I strengthly recomand that place :)

  • Stayed July 2013
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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great hostel - simple, clean rooms. Calm place - not for those looking for gringo parties. Artistically done (lovely mosaics tell you which room you are entering).

Only con was that we had better breakfasts in other hostels in Brazil - but not enough of a con for the place to get less than 5 stars though.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We arrived days before we get to this hostel, and we really regreat for no hosting here in the first time. We stayed in Leme`s room and this was a nice, quiet and lovely choice. We thank the hostel for that! Also the breakfast was generous and have things for all choices, like making a sandwich if you get near afternoon or my favourite cereals with milk and fruits;-)
The people on the recepcion, had a huge patience and were so helpfull with us, such indicating with maps or with advices for eating, drinking or having a nice day at the beach. Noticing we don`t have a brillant portuguese language, it was a good idea that they were from alll different countries for all the options.
The next time, hope soon we will stay at Vila Carioca from the very first day! and of course in our romantic little room ;-)

THANK YOU and already missing Brazil!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vila Carioca Hostel

Property: Vila Carioca Hostel
Address: Rua Estacio Coimbra 84 | Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Botafogo
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Ranked #26 of 762 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
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Hotel Class:2 star — Vila Carioca Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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