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Ace Backpackers Youth Hostels
Tulum, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Dark & Nasty”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

Little or no effort on behalf of staff to be helpful, mostly a take it or leave it attitude. No communal vibe at all, mostly just a few folks vegging out in front of a TV.

The showers are wretched electric ones that don't work half the time, and the showers have no privacy. Communal showers are not cool, so there was a bit of a wait in the mornings cuz folks wanted to let those showering have privacy and so effectively only one person showers at a time. The bathroom has no ventilation, so steam builds up fast and makes everything damp, including the rarely cleaned toilets.

The building facade was being worked on, so the bar area was really dark. They have the WORST brazilian beer, Sintra, and no other option. A sip of the stuff makes for a horrible hangover.

Everything about Ace is about squeezing out the last dime.

The only bright spot is the mattress. They are thick and pretty comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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donnamarcinha, Proprietário at Ace Backpackers Youth Hostels, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Hostel has change everything, from staff to renovation.
Not really what you see.

Kind regards,

Marcia
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

I stayed here with my partner in a private ensuite room for around 120R. The room was quite dirty as i could spot hair on the floor... the bathroom was very dirty and small....they kept turning the water off for some reason without notice. In two occasion I was in the shower all soaped up and they turned the water off; a couple of good things about this hostel is the location as it is very close the metro station and that it is very safe. They lock the door all the time and have a 24 hr service, breakfast was nice as well.....If you are more than 120R for a private room that you are getting ripped off...lower price is ok for what you get.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

the hostel had some mnix up on the night we arrived and we got put into seperate rooms with more bedsw than we should have, but they were very good about it and the next morning upgraded us to a private room, with only two other travellers. this meant we got a private bathroom and all day a/c with out this upgrade the rooms were cramped and too hot and sticky.
Breakfast is good, with toasties although the internet is expensive and very .
one lady onn the desk is very helpful but the younger girls are terrible and unfriendly - no help at all!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oxford
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

This is one of the worst places I've stayed in ever! We stayed here during New Years Eve 2009, the place is expensive, small and has very very hot rooms. We paid extra for a private twin room with air conditioning but the air con was no existent as the hot air from the system blew straight back into the room making it hotter than a sauna in a 2 x 2 foot room. The bathroom if you can call it that was tiny and dirty - you actually had to sit on the toilet sideways or put your feet up the wall as there was no space to move. The room actually smelt of urine and the pillows were made out of concrete, it was like staying in a dungeon. If it was not for the extraordinary amount of money we paid prior to our arrival we would have never stayed here in a million years. If you have an enemy, buy them a room here, there is no positives i can conclude from my stay at Ace Backpackers apart from don't stay there. I would recommend staying in a favela rather than at this hostel.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Ace Backpackers Youth Hostels
Address: Rua Sao Clemente 23 1st. Floor | Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-001, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Botafogo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #259 of 798 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ace Backpackers Youth Hostels 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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