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Rio Forest Hostel
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed in a double room, small but sufficient. Nice with bathroom ensuite and a spacious balcony overlooking Rio - Santa Catarina, the cathedral, the arcs and the sea. They also have dorms in different sizes with community bathrooms. The hostel is charming and clean, with a very helpful staff. Quiet area, but close to Lapa with lots of bars and parties Thursday through Saturday. The hostel offers different tours of Rio de Janeiro, with choices between a few hours to day trips.
The only negative aspect: it is hard to get taxis to take you to the hill of Santa Catarina because of the bad roads. We almost missed our flight back home waiting for a taxi to take us to the airport.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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RioForest, Gerente de recepção at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2013

Hello!

Thank you for taking time of your day to share your experience about your stay at Rio Forest. We are glad you enjoyed staing in our Forest suite, a small suite that makes it up for its spacious balcony which is just about the size of the suite itself!

Due to the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa many taxis prefer not to go up Santa Teresa due to the perception that their cars may become damaged. However we can always book a trusted taxi hours even a day in advance so such a thing won´t happen in the future.

Hope to see you in your future stay in Rio de Janeiro.

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Rio Forest Hostel Team

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

After a challenging ascension, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view over the city. The Hostel has different floors outside, with a pool and a connected cocktail bar. It is quiet, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was rationed but alright. The Hostel was clean and hygienic, with possibility's to cook, use computers, watch TV and relax in sun loungers.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Jens D
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RioForest, Gerente geral at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

Thank you for reserving time of your day to share your experience with us. Our house like many in the nighborhood of Santa Teresa are historical and being in a hill, we have many stairs but we sure try to take advantage of our enormous beautiful space and we are happy your stay was a relaxing one --which it should always be while your on vacation!

Hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

You could not ask for a better location in the city of Rio. You are right up the hill from Lapa but also get to experience the charm of Santa Teresa. If you are not feeling adventures one day you can even spend a day at the pool relaxing. The bathrooms were clean as well as the bedrooms.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Management response:Responded August 31, 2013

Hey Bri, how's the weather in Pittsburgh?

Thanks for your feedback about our hostel.

We are really glad that you liked every aspect of it!

Kind regards,

Rio Forest Hostel Staff

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The setting for the Rio Forest Hostel is beautiful- on a hill in Santa Teresa, overlooking the city. Close enough to hear the distant sounds of samba from under the Lapa arches, far enough to have some rest and relaxation by the pool.

The staff were very helpful and attentive. The beautifully restored old home had high ceilings and open windows.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Ann C
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RioForest, Staff at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Hello Ann, hows the Big Apple?

We are glad you loved our staff and the Hostel.

Santa Teresa is a charming neighborhood, and our hostel captures that very well as you could see!

We hope to see you soon!

Kind regards,

Rio Forest Hostel Staff

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Excellent place! Everything is perfect:
awesome location - you can see Lapa, centro, ocean
kind and frendly staff
clean and fresh rooms
great party every weekend
You can spend time whole day on the beach and in the evening will go to Lapa (5 min) or to Santa Teresa (5 min) to have relax with great party or restaurant rest.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Nastya M
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RioForest, Gerente de recepção at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Hello,

We would like to thank you for taking the time from your day to leave a comment on your stay at Rio Forest Hostel. We are delighted that we could offer superb hospitality to you and you enjoyed your stay in RIo de Janeiro here at Rio Forest! Please let your friends and family know about our relatively new, "undiscovered" hostel as we are always improving our hostel in order to be the best in the neighborhood!

Thank you very much and it would be a pleasure to accomodate you and your friends on your next stay.

Best,
Luis Suarez
Reception Supervisor

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I really liked this hostel! It has a great view and the place and its surroundings seem very safe. It also has a pool which is great after a day of walking around Rio with all that heat. I found the breakfasts very good; fruit, juice, toast, chocolate muffin, crackers, coffee, chocolate. I also found the staff to be very very nice. They were very friendly, willing to help and they would even go out with us when they could. They also try to help you out as much as they can, so much that when we went to a "bloco" someone snatched my phone while I was taking a picture and one of the staff members there (Luis) didn't even think twice about it and ran after the guy who snatched my phone and I was able to get my iPhone back. We were able to store our bags there until it was time to check in and we were also offered guidance whenever we asked for it and they had a lot of things available in case we wanted to participate.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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RioForest, Gerente de recepção at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Hello Jessica!

First of all I want to thank you for taking the time for sharing your good experience . We are glad you enjoyed the breakfast and took full advantage of our pool - a must especially during the summer months (December- March). During Carnaval, we guided you and other guests to the best street parties ("blocos") in the neighborhood but unfortunately we had that unfortunate experience at the street party which can happen in a palce with so many people however I´m glad we recovered your phone and you continued to have fun and enjoy the BEST of Rio de Janeiro.

Let your friends and family know about our amazing hostel, our hospitality.

Best,
Luis Suarez
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stayed here for 2days.
the attitude and drunken behaviour of staff left me speechless.
At 4am I had to get up and ask several off duty staff members to turn down blareing music.
they were treating this place like it was there own party house.And showing no respect for guest that were sleeping.
I believe the owners of this place need to review there staff
.These people were nothing but childish and disrespectful.I was disgusted.The use of drugs was well known to several staff members in conversations.But no action taken,And 2 staff members even joked about the amount of cocain that several guests had bought into the premises.
Also breakfast was a joke.
I recieved 2 pieces of toast and a bowl of dried out fruit.from a women that was so rude and her attitude was one of someone that didnt want to serve or do anything in any way to help guests.
I think this place has alot to answer for.it sets a bad example for the industry.
And the bathrooms were disgusting,floors not cleaned ans showers smelt of mould and mildue.Not to mention not even cleaned on sundays.And several guests also showed no respect for the utilities treating the bathroom areas like animals .But no staff members found this to be a problem...appauling attitude no respect.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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RioForest, Gerente at Rio Forest Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

Hello,

First of all, we greatly apprecite for reserving your time to give us feedback on your experience here at Rio Forest Hostel. We ask you to please send us an e-mail to gerencia@rioforesthostel.com. br with the date of the event and staff in order to identify the ones responsible and improve our service during the night time. I believe you slept in the dormitory in front of the reception desk and main entrance and we understand that can be one of the most noise sensitive areas specially in the morning. We have communicated to ALL of our receptionists about this specific event as well as the staff member who serve breakfast that morning in order for this not too occur ever again with you and future guests. Optimum service is our priority and again lament you had that experience and we are open ears in order to find room for improvement.

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Address: Rua Joaquim Murtinho 517, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-320, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 834 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $15 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Forest Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A very large and classical house on a 1.000m2 ground, with its windows and terraces offering glimmering views, a charming and spacious area full of trees and an amazing garden, swimming pool, deck, game room and bar. After the beach you can relax, have a drink orthrow a party right there! It is also a space where art events and exhibitions are hosted and you can close ties with the carioca life style. Plastic arts, graffiti, fashion, music, photography and other art events may be enjoyed in the hostel! ... more   less 
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