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Art Hostel Rio
Reviewed July 17, 2014

The owner stole from me, I had to report him to the police for fraud. He sold me a r$ 2000 world cup ticket, took my money, but never gave me the ticket, the refused to refund my money.
The beds are horrible, it's dirty, it does not look like the pictures at all. The breakfast was only good during the world cup, the. If you care at all about how the staff is treated, I've never seen anything worse in my life. Receptionist being beaten on and getting her hair pulled, for asking for better salary. The employes fled as soon as they could. The rooms are small, there is not enough space in them, rooms taking six people with only one socket... Bathrooms with doors with massive holes in them, or windows where everyone passing could see you have a shower. No coffee or tea after breakfast. No female dorms. Horrible kitchen facilities, dirty and badly equipped!!! I had to stay there for nearly six months, as I volunteered in Rio, and it was pre-payed. If it weren't for the awesome people in the reception, I would have moved mountains to get out of the contract with this place!

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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stayed here when in rio to watch a few world cup games. The common area is nice as is the staff. The rooms, however, are disgustingly dirty. Truly disgusting. I am not complaining about the size of the room but I do expect some basic levels of hygiene. There is filth and dirt along the edges of the walls. It was room that made to want to leave. Never going back ...

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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4  Thank 1973vivek
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Like many of the last reviewes , this hostel has huge advantages but also huge disadvantages ...
The hostel has a good place, 5 min to metro , 5 min to restaurant , 5 min to supermarket and also really well served by the aiport bus and by taxi .
The hotel has good staff , especially one of the receptionist Sergio that has a good english , that always helpfull and know the whereabout in town to hang-out, doing shopping . It's what we can call a real reception desk that can answer to all questions about Rio.
The hostel has good breakfast , of course , one of the most important thing !!!
there we are , disadvantages :
Cleaning : Do they really clean everyday ??? i would say " i really dont think so ...." one of the most reccurent subject talked by the customers ... You might see them everyday ( actually they wake you up at 10-11 yelling on the room, why you're here resting.. ) but your room does look the same when you come back, dusty and not clean on the floor....
Air conditioning : Pleassse ! Did the manager had slept once in the big dormitory ( full ) for one night during summer with only fan ???? seriously he should be !! It is an hostel that welcome travelers ( people that might not be used to this kind of climatic condition and cannot feel anytime confortable). Most of the hostel in rio does have , why not Art Hostel Rio ?? People prefere to add few reais more but at least have this confort .... ( it will help solving the humidity problem by the way ....)

So actually , you keep the hostel ,you keep the good staff , you get a good control of the cleaning (or change the cleaning lady as you wish ) , all of it with a touch of cold air conditionning and you get the good recipe for a good hostel :)

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

There's no way in a million years I would have enjoyed my time in Rio without the staff there. The staff there, particularly Sergio and Yuri were brilliant. Always looking out for lodgers and doing their best to keep people happy. They always went way and beyond their job to help out and was without doubt the best thing about the hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank George M
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

The staff of this hostel is really bad. They are always fighting between each other and that makes the vibe of this place really heavy. They never are in the mood to give you information about the city or anything, they dont even have maps of the city! Besides, one of the persons of the staff lost one of my things and he didnt even apologize, instead he was very rude and offensive. Anyway, I think they are better hostels. You will not spend much more money if you decide to stay in Ipanema (wich is really the perfect place to stay in Rio) or maybe Lapa more close of the bars and night life.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Comfortable, very well localized in the heart of Rio, affordable prices, professional staff . I do recommend if want have fun! Good internet connection in Hallway!

Confortável, bom preço, localizado no coração do Rio, perto da Lapa, metrô, ônibus e taxi na porta a todo momento. Boa conexão na internet (wirelees)

Room Tip: Recomendo que escolham um quarto com ar condicionado ou com janelas grandes para a rua. A rua Silvei...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

I made a reservation with Art Hostel Rio online and received an email confirmation. After Art Hostel Rio had already charged me the deposit, I got an email from the manager stating that the hostel rates had changed and my original agreement with the hostel would no longer be honored. The manager asked for me to pay a rate 5x higher than what was already explicitly stated in my confirmation. If I did not agree to the new terms, he told me that my reservation would be cancelled and my deposit would not be refunded.
I don't know any reputable business that agrees to sell you something, takes your money, and then asks for more money because their sale was over and threatens not to return the cash you've already spent. Fortunately, my credit card company refunded me the money but I wouldn't want anyone else to experience the headache I did trying to remedy this situation. Be warned, this hostel's business practices are not to be trusted.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank 168kpek
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Additional Information about Art Hostel Rio

Address: Rua Silveira Martins 135, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22221-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Catete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #370 of 825 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $15 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Art Hostel Rio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 150 meters away from the Catete Metro Station and 500 meters from Flamengo beach in Rio de Janeiro, the Art Hostel Rio offers private rooms with bathroom , A/C , cable TV and free WiFi , with access to the kitchen , lounges and loungers. All our rooms have private baths and thinking in large groups , we also have shared dorms with free wifi, lockers , linens / towels and private bathrooms. The breakfast buffet is served each morning in the dining room and garden terrace. The buffet includes a variety of seasonal fruits, breads, cakes , cold cuts and a selection of hot and cold drinks. The Maracana Stadium is 9 km away , while the center of Rio is just 2 km from the hostel. But the Santos Dumont Airport can be found 3 km away. We speak your language! max capacity. 110 travelers ... more   less 
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