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“All fun and games until you get bitten by bed bugs”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Piratas de Ipanema

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Piratas de Ipanema
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
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“All fun and games until you get bitten by bed bugs”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2011

I had a great time at this hostel over Carnaval until I got bitten by bed bugs and the staff didnt really help me out which was suprising seeing as they had been so good over the first week or two organising activities and drinking with us etc. Me and everyone else who got bitten by bed bugs were treated more like a burden then a guest which i didnt think was cool, as it took a few days and quite a bit of money for me to cleanse my belongings and myself of which were infested.

However, if they can solve the bed bug problem once and for all which will be a big job!! (tearing up carpet and removing the vast majority of the mattresses) i would recommend this hostel to young people who dont mind putting up with a bit of a grimy environment to have a good time and meet like minded people as it does attract a good fun crowd due to its low cost of whom i enjoyed the majority of my stay with. If they keep this hostel exactly as it is and just get rid of the bed bugs and were at least a bit sympathetic to those who got bitten my stay here would have been great. Its just the luck of the draw really.

Room Tip: good location, a few bad staff
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

The cheapest hostel we could find, being on a budget was Piratas. We half knew what to expect, and weren't shocked at all by the ramshackle appearance or mess. It was a great place to meet people, an even better base (being slap bang in between Ipanema and Copacabana). The guys who work there were really helpful and easy to get on with.

Stay here if you're young, like to have fun, don't care about a little mess and wanna save some money!

Bargain. Thanks Thiago, Brian et al.

Tom, Mario and Will

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2010

Piratas is back to basics. Do not stay here if you're bothered by noise, water leaking through the ceiling or parties. But it's brilliant for meeting people, very communal and friendly and there's always something interesting going on. Bring some earplugs and be prepared not to get too much sleep! Great location, right between Ipanema and Cobacabana beaches. Supermarket, shops, bars and transport links nearby. Made some great friends in this hostel, but I wish the owners would spruce it up a bit to do it justice.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

The accomodation is very very basic but there is a great atmosphere and the people are lovely. There are BBQ´s on Fridays and organised Favella Funk transport every Sunday.

If you want a bed and a party atmosphere then stay here. The beaches are minutes away so it is amazing value for money.

The bad reviews were probably written after a knee jerk reaction. The accomodation is fine and I would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

This place is fantastic if you are on a budget, looking for the most helpful staff who know the in's and out's of the city and have access to the cheapest tours and best ideas of the city! Clubbing in favelas, hang gliding, rock climbing sugar loaf mountain...as a lonely traveler, this was the place with a great location and always something to do and recommendations! If you are looking for something clean and posh and pay more for the recommended tours, stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Dublin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2010

I cant begin to describe this place. Broken mirrors, piles of dirty clothes everywhere, dark and damp.. not to mention the shady guys sitting around smoking and another nut job screaming at his facebook account on the computers inside the door.

This place should be shut down.

I paid for it in advance, via a friend who had booked it; and left without asking for a refund it was that bad.

Upside? They were organising a party in the favelas that night (most dangerous part of the city) so there is probably availability.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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The very worst hostel in Brazil. The place is a real dump, good for animals, not humans. The kitchen, bathrooms, hallways stink. There is no hot water and the toilets do not flush. The price is the only attractive part, but this hostel is not worth a dime. Do yourself a favor, do not EVEN think aon staying there.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Piratas de Ipanema
Address: Rua Joaquim Nabuco 165 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-060, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema , Lagoa
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Ranked #404 of 762 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
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Number of rooms: 24
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