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Casa 579
Ranked #74 of 346 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 27, 2013

I stayed in three different hostels in Rio and Casa was by far the best one. I've been there twice. The double rooms are big and really nice. So for couples Casa is definitely a good choice!
But also the commun areas in this Hostel are quiet big (a kind of living room and a terasse with a great view), so it's easy to meet people if you're travelling on your own.


> very friendly and helpful stuff, they speak english, spanish and portugues
> excellent breakfast with different fruits
> coffee and filtered water all day long
> close to the bars of santa teresa
> quiet close to christo

Room Tip: the double rooms are very good!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Anna S
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Casa579, The team at Casa 579, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

We'd love to have you back too. Anytime! Thanks for the great review and for choosing Casa 579. We hope you're having a great time in Argentina and that you've found a place there that you like as much as you liked here.
Safe travels and warmest regards from Rio!
Kiri, Natalia and the team at Casa 579.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Wonderful place to stay in Rio. Beautiful views, friendly staff, amazing breakfasts.
It is a little difficult to find initially, but once you are there the staff are able to advise you on how to get to and from the hotel on public transport very easily. Laid back and peaceful atmosphere, gorgeous place to relax in a hammock!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank KyraSiera
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Casa579, The team at Casa 579, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

We love the title of your review and we agree that Casa 579 is indeed an Oasis. What's better than reclining into a hammock with a cold beer at the end of a frenetic day of sightseeing in Rio and feeling at peace looking out at Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer!
Thanks so much for the great review and for your stay with us.
We wish you all the best for your future travels!
Kiri, Natalia and the team at Casa 579.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very friendly, clean and a quiet location. Amazing views of el Cristo and down to the sea. great for a non-beach front option - once you nail the public transport is very accessible, both for Copa/Ipanema, and Lapa.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

What a great place to stay. Excellent views of the city and a nice relaxed atmosphere throughout. the staff were extremily friendly and helpful. Although quite difficult to find (you need a taxi) even the taxi drivers dont know where it is. But believe me, it is worth the travelling to find it as its a hidden treasure. Only takes 10 minutes (in a small minibus which runs straight past the hostel) to get to the beaches. Overall, if i was to return to Rio, i would stay here again. What can i say about the breakfasts - as much as you can eat! Awsome place. Thanks again staff ;)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Great Place, Friendly Staff, Beutifull views

Definitely a must for any person wanting to see Rio for its beauty. Staff were always keen to help.

The hostel may consider installing aircons in rooms for the summer heat but the fans in rooms do help.

Rooms and bathrooms were always clean.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

having stayed in a very poor hostel before checking in to casa 579,the first thing that struck me when arriving was a message on the check-in desk saying dont hesitate to ask for any info about getting around rio!and after staying 2 weeks here there wasnt anything the staff could not help you with which in a new country like brazil was a important point! there was nothing that was too much trouble for any of them and really made it a very enjoyable stay,the wealth of knowledge was incredible and i went to places where alot of people would never go.
the hostel itself is lovely.stunning views on the top deck with hammocks and a sun lounger to chill out and have a drink.the rooms and showers were excellent for an hostel with fans to keep you cool allover the hostel.
and then there was breakfast,a great big table full of food,drinks and a homemade cake every morning,would put some hotels to shame!amazing!
the location up the hill in santa theresa is very good too,quiet and not the madness of rio,a few minutes away from bars and places to eat and with buses and vans running past frequently to take you to the busy parts of rio its a great place to be!
i loved my 2 weeks here and if there is a better hostel in rio i would love to see it as this was a pleasure to stay here! brilliant

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

We booked Casa 579 after reading the great reviews to have experienced quite the opposite.
We arrive to be told we had been double booked,
A good thing as we were told we'd be upgraded to a room with ensuite (we booked one with shared as this was all that was left online).
Nice Room, no air con and just a fan which is a difficult to sleep with in summer months.

Then the bad luck started,
We wake up to be told the couple who were in the room we booked want to move so we were told (not asked) that we are moving into that room that day.
Since that was morning I better review the breakfast.
Nothing exciting, just basic.
As we're a young couple we're not bothered about a lot of things older folk would be.
So we come back after a day out to get our room key for our new room.
We're told it's acctually not in the same building, its across the road in the building where the staff stay and we have the owners room who is back in England.
Its across the road, out the back of the house up some steps in the loft.
We just accepted it although we were acctually paying quite a lot.
We try settle in and start noticing some things
The windows don't close, ill explain later what happened.
The 2 fans in the room are on their last legs and barely work.
And there isn't a lock!!!! You need to see this room to see how ridiculous this is. Opposite the door there is a courtyard anyone could get to, and as on our last night proven!
I raised my concern to the hostel manager who said "it's fine, its the owners room its safe" despite the 4 doors which get you from the street to our room have massive signs mentioning everything needs to be locked at all times.
After mentioning it a few times I had to say our stuff wasnt safe which then prompted the manager to fit a padlock on thinner than on suitcases which only locked the outside but at night there was no safety.
The communial area lights don't work so you sit in darkness and when I mentioned that, that was ignored.
Eating in pitch black....really?!!!
The Wi-Fi doesn't work, and when I mentioned that she told me "yeah the owner says that too when she's here"
Because its high season we had no other hostel options in the city.
Stringing this out for 3 nights on the last night we had enough...
I didn't mention that you have to walk outside down a staircase into the house to use the toilet so its not really shared, its more like heading into someone's house for the toilet.
So that kicks tarted my night getting absolutely pissed on by rain going to the toilet. When I return I noticed the windows that don't close are now letting in the rain from the storm. Using my fresh towels (you only get fresh ones every 3 days) I had to soak up the rain so it wouldn't get to the plug socket on the floor.
Then to finish things off after we finally fall asleep there was a Big Bang and noises outside the room which woke us both us instantly. My girlfriend quite rightly was worried as we didnt have a lock on the door, the room was not secure at all! I ended up having to put a mattress up against the door.

Trying to not make this too long, in the morning I went to the main house to explain that we are moving out today (I booked a nice hotel in Copacabana to make it for this joke of a hostel).
The manager acctually tried to tell me it wouldn't be possible to cancel 2 nights as its their policy but after listing off all the things that were wrong and the simple thing of no lock she had no choice!

To finish it off, at the end she tried to say "in return I ask you not to write a bad review", which just made me laugh & I wasn't going to bother writing one till then!

Our experience had to be shared, so you aren't stuck in the house across the road and get to stay in the main house which is acctually decent!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank Ben K
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Casa579, Manager at Casa 579, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

We would firstly like to point out that this review is actually a duplicate of the one above titled " A big let down" for the same stay rather than 2 separate guests / bookings making similar complaints, but would of course like to offer our response to any additional issues here.

Firstly, we would like to make it clear that none of our rooms have air conditioning as is explicitly stated on our own and all third party websites so we feel that this as a complaint is unfair as the guest was definitely aware that the room did not have air conditioning when booking it. Also, due to being located in Santa Teresa, even in the summer months it is cooler here than in other parts of Rio which means fans are adequate ventilation.

We of course asked, not told, the guests if they could move rooms and this was done when they checked in the first night at which point they said they were completely fine with this and were happy to do whatever worked best for the other guests. We also definitely explained exactly where the room was located when they first arrived so this is something they were aware of. Furthermore the guests had contacted us directly via email before booking online via Hostelbookers and we had explained to them that we did not have availability at Casa 579 for all the nights of their stay.

On one of the nights these guests stayed with us, during the electrical storm that we experienced the main lights did in fact go out in this house but the table lamps were definitely working and the guests did not need to eat in the dark, but were aware that they could have come across to the main Casa 579 house and eaten in our welcoming kitchen or spacious dining room with incredible views of Christ and we could have given them spare lamps and/or candles during the storm.

In terms of the Wi-fi, I did in fact say that we had had problems with it in the past, however I also explained to the guest that we had had a technician in to fix it and that it was most likely because of the heavy rain that there were problems right now but if it continued after the rain we would get someone in again to look at it and of course at any time the living room at Casa 579 is always available and if there was something they needed to do urgently we would have happily let them use the computer in our reception.

At no point do we feel we ignored the concerns of the guests and we can only apologise if the guests feels we did. As the guest himself mentions they did end up going to a hotel which they felt could meet their needs more, so perhaps in this case we, as a bed and breakfast (which is what we are and how we are positioned on TripAdvisor and our own website) was not the best choice for these guests.

We would also like to highlight that other guests staying in this house over the same period did not feel the same as these guests about the lighting, security, wi-fi, breakfast or their overall stay with us in fact giving us a score of excellent for everything on our in-house feedback form. Also looking back over the reviews we have had on TripAdvisor you will see that the vast majority of guests who stay at Casa579 rate us as a 5-star B&B.

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Address: Rua Doutor Julio Otoni 579 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-400, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
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Ranked #74 of 346 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $30 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa 579 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa 579 is a stylish boutique guesthouse located in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro. With excellent facilities and an amazing roof terrace with 180 degree views of Cristo Redentor, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay, it makes the perfect place to stay to avoid the soulless high rise hotels of Copacabana and Ipanema and see the “real” Rio. ... more   less 
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