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El Misti Botafogo
Reviewed March 15, 2012

So, this place has 80 or more beds and 6 bathrooms. You can do the math.

The place is ok, but the staff are very unprofessional. The employees are all in their 20s and they use the place as their personal party house. I was there for 7 nights. On 2 separate nights people NOT assigned to my room came in in the middle of the night to use the beds. I think they were friends of people that worked there. I heard other guests complaining about the same thing, as well as one guy who made a scene in the lobby and left. If you are looking to feel like you are staying in a disco, this is the place for you. Otherwise... I would look elsewhere. The common area is very small, and after about 5 pm, they insist on turning the lights nearly out, turning the music up too loud, and opening their "bar" to sell drinks. There is no way to escape the noise.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We've booked on line this hostel from the website, since it looked professional and very central. We requested a double room with private bathroom, since we liked the hostel-style mood, but we need some extras.

An airport connection service was included, and there our trip to hell began. The "connection" was operated by a sort of illegal taxi driver, with a very dangerous face and a dirty car. We thought that was a sort of "Brazilian style" service, very home made, but it wasn't.

We arrived at the hostel, which is in a very central position, in front of the Botafogo beach, very near to the subway station and a lot of bus stations connecting with every part of Rio. There are also a huge shopping center and a lot of restaurants around the hostel.
But the location is the only good side of the El Misti.

Inside the hostel was very Bohemian-like, full with a lot of young people, music and sort of things, but the we were given the key to our room.

The room was on the internal facing side of the hostel and was the dirtiest, filthiest, horrible place I've ever been. And I know that Brazilian standards are low for European, but this is not a little dirt, this is like an abandoned old house inhabited by dogs.

The bed linen were very old, full of stains and odorless, the bathroom towels smelled horrible and all the bathroom looked like it was the place where homeless went to wash themselves.

We immediately tried to go away (even if El Misti wants you to pay half of the rate in advance, the only place in Brazil to ask that, and now we know why), but all the good hotels in Rio were full, and the others were too expensive for us.
We buyed some new bed linen and new towels and a lot, lot, LOT of bleach to (try to) clean as much as possible. We kept all our clothes in the bags, since it was impossible to put them in the room, there were no closets or cabinets!
We kept the bags well closed also because the hostel has not a reception, so all the room keys are hanged on the wall on the living room, and they are accessible to anyone. Obviously we took the key with us every day we left the hostel.

We stayed there for six horrible days, and one day, during a visit to Petropolis, we slept there since we were disgusted to return to El Misti.

Finally, the hostel offers a breakfast, but we didn't even think to eat something from the hostel kitchen, since it was as dirty as the room. Just to say: the kitchen towels, supposed to be white, were deep gray and full of stains, and still used!

You may like adventures, and you'll find a lot in Brazil, but please: don go to El Misti Botafogo!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank glamismac
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

What I really like about the El Misti Botafogo is the location. It's right in between central Rio and the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
And since the beaches are not as awesome as everyone claims, I think it's good to stay in the middle of the road and be able to reach any places of interest in a couple of minutes!
The sugar loaf is walking distance, or a few minutes by bus.
There is a Metro station around the corner, a bus station that is almost serves any direction in Rio down the road and a nice shopping mall with a great food court and a cinema!

The hostel staff is really nice and fun! They are very helpful and do all speak great English!!!
The hostel has a nice lobby to hang around with a little bar, which is open every night.
Free WiFi is available, also 2 computers.

They offer a variety of trips. For example a favela tour, hang gliding, etc.
Just ask at the reception. They are glad to help.
Also they do have a different dinner every night for R$12 (as of Oct 2011). All you can eat. So I think it's a good price!
Breakfast in the morning is very nice! Different kinds of bread, ham, cheesen, homemade cake, coffee, milk, cereals, etc... Also all you can eat!

What I really disliked about the El Misti Botafogo is the bathrooms.
They do not have any ensuite bathrooms. They are all shared bathrooms in the hall.
Which is kind of OK with me, but can be really nasty, if you are the last one to use it, before the maids come..
Other people's hair, dirt, etc... You really have to be gutsy, or otherwise you might as well not shower for days.. And the shower isn't the worse. Just using the bathroom for a pee was quite a challenge...
But HEY! It's a hostel! Don't expect any luxury or go to a hotel instead!!!!!

The rooms, or at least our room, was clean. But don't look under the beds! ;D

All in all, it is a ok hostel. I think you get a great value. But if you are a bit more of a neat freak, be aware!

Oh, they have a bid German shepard's dog btw!
But looks very old, very limpy, VERY calm... So don't be scared!

Room Tip: There's always noise in the hall til midnight. So if you are sensible, aks for a room downstairs...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

El Misti's forte is in creating an excellent ambiance. They organize various group activities, and their common areas are set up in a way to maximize the feeling of community. It is an ideal place to meet fellow travelers, find stimulating conversation, get advice for things to do, and partake in communal meals.

The best thing to do is sign up for their dinner, which varies every day. During dinner everyone meets everyone and you can end up with new friends, new ideas for how to make the most of your trip, and generally the feel good company of nice people.

The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and happy to help.

The rooms are pretty clean, as are the bathrooms.

The triple bunk beds in the dorms are terrifying and clearly unsafe. This is the one, major, drawback.

Room Tip: Ask for the bottom bunk if staying in the dorms, otherwise you are either between two others or in s...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

I was there for 3 nights with my girlfriend. The place is nice, close to the metro station botafogo, to the bus stop that connect the hostel with the main attractions of the city (and airport also). The hostel organize many activities, as city tour, favela tour, stadium, pick up from airport, barbecue etc. You can have a very good capifruit in the evening and a big breakfast in the morning. There it's easy to know people from everywhere. The only one bad thing is the room number 9...it's so small and tha bed has a smell of mold. The single beds in the shared rooms are much more better (there's also a big locker under the bad). Anyway i think it has a good relationship between quality and price.
Ah...also the staff is great!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Just a short note or two on El Misti - Botafogo. I had a short stay here and always stay in an hotel type of environment, However I was Pleased with my Own Private single room at El Misti. It was a big room, clean and no complaints. Very similar to an hotel.
I always went for the Dinner in the evenings since it was good food value and my compliments go to the chef ! The weekender BBQ evening also 'beefed things up'.
Staff were altogether a pleasant, helpfull and a cheery bunch. Always cleaning and keeping things in shape, etc....,
I don't normally stay in a ho(s)tel as it usually Costs way too much for just 1 person to Purchase a Complete room ! ie; to secure your Own Private room (not Shared by others).
Great array of Breakfast foods and real coffee also !
The property is secure and close to beach and transportation. I just walked to the famous Copacabana beach on most days.
Lots of 'life about the place' and there was a great music system and DJ on one night : )
I noticed some decorative headwear hanging up on the entrance wall, I imagine used in the famous Rio carnivals.
On a few little negative notes, I did not notice a TV and also one had to pay a small fee for internet use. There was indeed free wi-fi But my wee laptop got messed up trying to get connected for some reason.... also the showers ran a little 'hot & cold'.
Anyways overall, a good choice on my short stay. A Marvellous little place and in a good location as well...

GOOD TIPS: The nearby, beachfront, Botafogo shopping mall has a handy 'Cambio' money exchange on the 2nd floor.

Do Not depend upon getting the "Real" (Blue bus) transport "back" to the airport as I waited for AGES and it Never appeared..... a Real letdown.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

As long as you don't stay in one of the horrible cramp and dirty dorms (go for a private room!!!!) this hostel is great. There is an adorable, lovely Brasilian chef who provides the most amazing breakfast (toasties, cake, biscuits, fresh bread, fresh fruit, juices...and much more!) and a delicious buffet meal every night! We ate in the hostel every night but one. you have to pay to use the hostel internet and its pretty expensive but the hostel has a really nice atmosphere and Botafogo is a nice location.

Room Tip: Definitely don't stay in the cheapest rooms. The big dorms are horribly crowded with triple bunk...
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank nina128
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Address: Rua Praia de Botafogo, 462, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-040, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Botafogo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 815 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $19 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — El Misti Botafogo 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Misti Botafogo is a cozy hostel that runs in a colonial mansion from 1913 retaining some original features. Located in the traditional neighborhood of Botafogo, only one metro stop from Copacabana, it is close to bars, restaurants and also public transportation to all areas of the city. The Sugar Loaf is the postcard that can be seen right at the entrance of the hostel's street, which makes us feel even more present in Rio de Janeiro. We offer a large common kitchen, a cozy living room, TV and computer available for guests. At the bar we offer delicious tropical drinks and our barman promotes the famous El Misti Hour, where the guests can socialize with each other drinking fantastic caipirinhas. We have comfortable private and shared accommodations with individual lockers and bedding, dining service and buffet breakfast both at a low cost fee, free internet connection and also a delicious barbecue every Friday. In addition, it offers a complimentary arrival transportation for reservations of 4 nights or more * and the El Misti Experience ** a combo of trails through the main viewpoints of the Wonderful City. It is the perfect place for those traveling on a budget and wants to make the most of this lively city. The trilingual receptionists will give you excellent options on parties and exclusive tours in Rio de Janeiro that occur every day, in addition to the friendly, fun and welcoming treatment. Do not miss this opportunity and book your bed at El Misti Botafogo. * You must reserve the service with the hostel at least 48 hours in advance. For bookings of 1 to 3 people - The total amount of the reservation must be equal to or higher than R$ 250 - Service available from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm For bookings of 4 to 6 people - The total amount of the reservation must be equal to or higher than R$ 500 - Service available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ** Subject to availability ... more   less 
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