I stayed here for the last 3 nights of my 2 month trip to South America and it was definitely my least favourite hostel. On arrival we were told our room would be 30 minutes so to wait in the cafe which we did very willingly since standard check in wasn't due for 30 minutes anyway. An hour and a half later our room wasn't ready but no one had bothered to come and give us an update or apologise. I chased it up and was told 10 minutes. If we'd been approached then I would have minded the delay less.
Generally the staff were always busy and I never once found that when I wanted to ask something about either the hostel or recommendations etc that the they were free. They seem overworked and have a harassed air about them. Even when I went to ask for toilet paper this seemed to be a complicated request! The location however is good as it's really close to the subway and Botafogo seems really safe.
The hostel itself is dark and the rooms don't have windows. The bed linen on my bed was brown and had white stains on it so I slept on my own blankets. The bed wasn't particularly comfortable but I expect that with hostels. The air con was actually really effective but leaked some of the time. Also, I had a private double room but there were two sets of bunk beds in it so there was hardly any floor space, not a massive issue but I did wonder if 6 people ever stay in the room at once as it was tiny!
Finally, probably the biggest issue for me was that there was absolutely no atmosphere here at all. If you were travelling on your own and ended up here you'd probably get really depressed! If you can help it don't stay here (I left it late and couldn't find many other places) but if you're with a fun group any way and need a place to crash really short term and can put up with a little bit of dirt then you could do worse I guess.
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- Ace Backpackers Youth Hostels Rio De Janeiro, Brazil