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Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

I had never stayed at a hostel before and I have to admit that I was impressed by this place. We stayed at the 6-bed dorm. Cleanliness was outstanding. Housekeeping actually cleaned the bathroom several times throughout the day.
The staff was really helpful, always giving insider tips to the city.
And location is great! Ipanema beach was 1 min walk, 5 min to Leblon shopping mall and half a block away from Rua Visconde de Morais, where you can take most buses to Sugarloaf, Corcovado, etc.
I definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

The staff at che lagarto Ipanema are amazing! A lot of them are quite young but still try their best to get things done. They all speak at least Portuguese and some English and some staff speak 3-4 languages. They are so fun to go out and party with too! I made some good friends with a few staff members and went around the city with them-- so amazing!

The 10-bed dorm my friend and I were in the first couple of nights had crappy AC so we always had the window open too. Not a ton of circulation but humidity doesn't bother me so it's not much to complain about. Just smelled a bit bad. Shared bathroom was decent too. Shower temp was a set temp but just perfect for the weather!!

Breakfast is fine, same you get everywhere really. You eat in the common room/reception or out on the front patio which is nice.

The fact that the reception doubles as a bar in the evenings makes for some hectic late checkins but the staff so their best. Just a bit awkward.

Wifi always works in the main building but is choppy in the joint building across the street.

Rooms are generally a bit dirty despite the daily clean. I reckon it just gets a quick wipedown and that's about it. Always wear sandals in the shower!

Location is amazing, as its just a couple blocks to Ipanema beach! (Beach 10).

Oh and rooms on the Main Street are quite loud at night so if you can't sleep with noise maybe ask for a different room.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

I just left the Che Lagarto this morning, and have no intention of staying there ever again. As far as the value goes, you pay for the security and the location, both of which are excellent. It is two blocks away from the beach, and is a good walking distance from many good restaurants in the area. However, everything else about the hostel was overall meh. They don't provide towels, which is highly inconvenient, considering you have to walk about a block or so to rent one. Our hot water didn't work, which is nothing short of hell for a room full of six girls. The staffholes who run the place were incredibly unfriendly and useless which is surprising, considering there seems to be a ton of employees there. One night my friends and I were hanging out and drinking in the lobby/bar area, when one of the lovely Che Lagartians just shut off the lights and left. When we left for our 6am flight this morning, they would only order us a cab no later than 3am, an obscenely early time that appeared to be most convenient for them even though the hostel is a 20 minute drive from the airport. The free breakfast is pretty good though, so there's that.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The staff was amazing, very hellpfull. The atmosphere is incredible at the comun areas of the hostel. The distance to the Ipanema's beach is about 100 meters!!!!! You can go with public tranportation everywhere. I definetily recommend this hostel. Soon I'm comming back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The dorms are really cramped and really humid as a result of badly ventilated bathrooms. The biggest annoyance were that the staff were unhelpful especially to organise further travel plans or tips for getting around Rio!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

In case of cancelation you will nerver get your money back!!! I trye to call them and send them emails but they ingnore me. Be carrefull whit this Hostel. They have a expensive bar and the staff is not really friendly. The only good thing is, the hostel is close to the beach.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is one of the best hostels I have stayed in. The staff were super friendly and so helpful and they would go out of their way to help you with things. The rooms were really clean and the cleaning staff were really good. Really good security and the dorms have lockers so you can put your valulables in there and not worry. It's a sociable place with a bar which was great as I was travelling on my own. Really good help with things like trips and airport transfers. Great location as beach just one block away, and also near to cafes and shops. I was sad to leave and would stay there again/recommend to others.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema

Address: Paul Redfern, 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-001, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema , Lagoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 815 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $13 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema 2*
Number of rooms: 94
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