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“The worst hostel I have staid, watch out for bed bugs!”

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Lemon Spirit Hostel
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Rio de Janeiro
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The worst hostel I have staid, watch out for bed bugs!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

I staid there from 21 Nov to 25 Nov in room 9. Yes location is good, breakfast good, but I had a major problem with bed bugs- I did not feel anything first night, then it started itching all over my body from second day. As I never had bed bugs before at first I thought I had mosquito bites but it was really bad and bites were in rows. Pharmacist in town told me it is bed bug bites.

I freaked out and went to the reception, and the nightshift guy was not even surprised. He said that room 9 had beg bug problem for the third time now.

The following morning, the owner guy refused to talk to me directly. Staffs were very rude, when I asked a guy at reception to call the owner to figure out what to do as quickly as possible, he said that it was not his problem and I will have to wait till 11am.

Finally at 11am, owner just called a reception girl that he is not coming.

All they offered was to pay for my laundry, no apologies, no refund, no helping me to get to another hostel.

I was so shocked by how they did not care at all. They did not even inform my room mates, so I went up and told them to be careful on bed bugs.

I will never return to this hostel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

The hostel is very clean and perfect to meet people. A stone away from the beach, shopping and entertainment areas of this charming district of Leblon. As you can expect from a hostel, not very peaceful in a 6 bed dorm, people in and out during the night, but i suppose if you want peace and quiet you don't look for a hostel. Anyway, I had a great time in my own city, needed a break from the routine life, all worth it. The barman made the best caipirinha I have ever had and the foyer turns into a lovely bar in the evenings! Didnt have to go out at night ;-)

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Good things, location, breakfast, cleaning staff, showers
Bad things, street noise, unhelpful staff (apart from the girl and cleaning ladies), bad tours and parties towards other hostels. Ordered a taxi for airport for 7.30am which never showed, only for the cleaning lady who was there early called a friend of hers who brought us.

If you want a quiet non party, non informative but good location hostel, this is for you...

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Every time I go to Rio, I stay there. The rooms are clean, toilets with a nice hot shower and also they give you towels. The staff is very helpful and always good to give you tips and advices. The location is one block away from the beach and you can grab the airport bus and stop very close. Leblon is a nice neighborhood, with several cafes, bars, nighlife and also malls, restaurants very close. So, you can taste the carioca style all on walking distance. The beach is also very clean there as it is an expensive place to live. The breakfast is very tasty and you always will make good friends there to hang out. My place to be in Rio, def recommended it!

Room Tip: I like the ladies room Nr. 6 upstairs.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

I stayed at Lemon Hostel for 5 nights, and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rio.
The Pros are the location, breakfast, security.. The Cons are the price and loud street noise (bring ear plugs!).
It's also a decent place to meet fellow travellers if they're not constantly on their iPhones / Androids. The beach is only 2min away, and the main high street where all the restaurants, shopping, cafes is also 2min walk!

Room Tip: Bring earplugs if you value your sleep
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

A hostel with a good vibe. The good: nice breakfast with lots of fruit. Rooms ok, bit of street noise (earplugs may be needed). Bathrooms generally kept clean and plenty of them. Great location, 2 mins to the beach. The Bad: staff unhelpful at times (possible lack of English speaking), quiet enough hostel at night, had to relocate elsewhere for partying at night. High price but due to good location.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

The "lemon spirit" it's a lovely hostel with great bathrooms and big showers.
Clean and friendly.
The staff speaks english very well.

Really close to the beach (leblon).

We went on saturday and the staff give us free (good taste!) caipirinha :)

Normal breakfast.

Maybe not so cheap...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lemon Spirit Hostel
Address: Rua Cupertino Durao 56, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22441-030, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Leblon , Lagoa
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Ranked #20 of 761 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
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Number of rooms: 8
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