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“Little Gem in Vidigal”

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Vidigalhouse Hostel
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“Little Gem in Vidigal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

If it's your first time staying in a hostel then you would definitely want to stay here! Fernanda and Bruno are awesome hosts and will provide you with everything you need. The breakfast is served every morning and there are occasional barbecues which are great fun! The rooftop has some of the most amazing views of the beaches and the rest of the favela-you won't be disappointed. Vidigal also has a range of great places to eat and you'll always find something to do! Best of all the hostel is near a quiet beach and not too far from Copa and Ipanema. Will definitely be back next year,thank you guys!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed for almost a week in VidigalHouse, and I love it. The owners, Bruno and Fernanda, are really friendly and warm people. The second you arrive you feel like home.

The hostel is ubicated in a favela, which might frighten some potential visitors. But the neighborhood is in fact extremely safe, probably alot safer than popular tourist places, such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

The rooms have air-conditioning and there are big lockers to put your stuff in.


PS. The view from the balcony is beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Lovely, small hostel located at the top of the, now-pacified, Vidigal favela. Beautiful views over Ipanema beach, as well as the entire favela of Vidigal: the contrast is brilliant. Very happy with the hostel itself which is always clean, well-maintained, and run by friendly and helpful owners, Bruno and Fernanda. Offers a different feel to cluttered tourist hotspots in Copacabana and, to some degree, Ipanema. Contains multiple areas to exist/socialise/relax which is a bonus. Will stay again on upon return to Rio!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Fernanda and Bruno are very friendly loving people who will go out of their way to look after you. The hostel location is ideal and the views are breath taking. The hostel has a kitchen , three bathrooms and two bedrooms all very well equipped and well looked after. I would highly recommend Hostel Vidigal if you are coming to stay in Rio De Janerio as it gives you a real Brazilian feel. I really enjoyed my stay and I will definitely be back to Hostel Vidigal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

I stayed in this hostel for 3 weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it. The owners Bruno and Fernanda are increadibly helpful and friendly, they often host barbeques on the terrace with great food and Bruno even taught me samba!. Breakfast is included, with cofee and biscuits avaliable all day and the kitchen is well equipped for cooking your own food. The room was a little cramped but the aircon made up for that and it was very comfortable, there is another room with only 3 beds if you want more privacy. There is a computer with internet connection which was free to use as well as free wifi which was suprisingly fast. The location was also perfect as it was safe as well as feeling authentically brazillian. Don´t be put off by the hostel being in a favela, Vidigal is not a slum it is a very safe and friendly neighborhood. Good food is also right around the corner and there is a selection of take away options which can be delivered to the hostel (Fernanda will help you order in portuguese!) If you are looking for a friendly environment, great location and comfortable conditions I would thouroughly reccommend this hostel

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

family run place, feels more like an open house than a hostel. kept very clean and is cleaned everyday. location is good within vidigal favela (which is completely fine and a non threatening place). very friendly people who work here, bruno and fernanda are knowledgable about Rio and are very helpful, they also speak english. .. the bedroom is a bit cramped but it;s not a problem as it is used just for sleeping. not the hostel for you if you;re after a party place.. this feels much more like home.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

yes the first in the best hostel in Rio de Janeiro, it was a super time with you I will be back that's for sure, the hostel is in the mountains and has a super view of Leblon excursions and recommended ibanema only is in a good location for many and fus to relax you are in 15 minutes in Leblon and in 10 on the beach

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Additional Information about Vidigalhouse Hostel

Property: Vidigalhouse Hostel
Address: Rua Major Toja Martinez Filho 127 Casa 2 | Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22450-270, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 762 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Vidigalhouse Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vidigalhouse is a small friendly and simple hostel, with 6 bedrooms total with capacity up to 15 people. It's located in Vidigal, a safe 'favela' in between the famous Leblon neighborhood and Sao Conrado. Situated 500 meters away from the Vidigal Beach and 5 minute bus ride from Leblon Beach. The hostel has WIFI and a computer with internet access for free. A big terrace where on Sundays BBQ's with Brazilian music and lots of 'caipirinhas' are served, a shared kitchena and 4 bathrooms. ... more   less 
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