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Alma de Santa Guest House Reviews

Rua Andrés Belo 15, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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64 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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Alma Santa is one of the best hostel/ guest houses I have stayed in. I've been all over Europe and South America and this place is unique. Friendly and helpful staff; Paulo, Dani and Alexander are a delight and super charming. The breakfast is good, the showers are great, beds comfortable and the backyard very peaceful. It is great value for your money. There is a bit of a climb up stairs to get there but totally worth the climb. Lovely overall, highly recommended!

  • 23rd Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We have never ever enjoyed such friendly, helpful and outstanding staff. Unless you are disabled or extremely geriatric dont even consider going anywhere else.


This is a great hostel. The staff are super super friendly. The breakfast is way above average. It felt really clean and there is really good security as well as lockers in the room. A really nice bar and outdoor area and the showers are amazing. Paolo is really funny and fun. The location is close to a metro, but you have to walk up stairs. I just love this hostel. It was cheap too.


the location of the hostel was good- 5 to 10 minutes walk to metro. the only challenge was the hostel is located near to the top of steep stairs. it may not look much on the outside and it is in Santa Teresa but the staff, atmosphere, and everything else was amazing.


Great and in Santa Teresa. Staff were helpful, a great couple that live the street that hang out at the hostel and will take you to parties, and seen a shower that looked that in a hostel !


Perfect hostel with very good, helpful and friendly staff. Location is perfect, being close to metro station and lots of affordable supermercados. They have all accomodations. Breakfasts were generous and delicious. I spent nearly 2 weeks there and felt like home. When I'll go back to Rio, I'll defenitively book again at that place. Also important to mention : Very safe location. Thanks to Flavia, Silvia, Paolo and other members of the staff for making my stay so enjoyable in Santa Theresa.


Nice hostel, Silvia the host is charming, the place has a lot of charm and atmosphere. Requires to hike up a bit, but then you are also closer to Santa Teresa so it's a reasonable compromise


Really enjoyed my stay at Alma de Santa Guest House. It's not too far from Gloria metro and up a few steps. Close to Lapa and Santa Teresa and you can get the free tram to the top of the hill. Great breakfast and very friendly and helpful staff. Amazing building, big shower and bathroom. Lovely decor inside and fancy finger print scanner at the door. Great bar and kitchen facilities also. Highly recommended if you want somewhere stylish, tranquil and away from the horrible hostels in Copacabana


watch out; the finger print scanner allowing to open the door worked fine at night but did not work when we came back during the night. luckily some other guests were still awake and heard us. Otherwise, very clean and comfy hostel with a super friendly and helpful staff.

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Our door sensor always guaranteed 100% guest input, we apologize if for some reason failed if he had reported the problem to our staff could see what was the reason. We are always working to improve our service and proporcinar the best stay. Thank you for staying with us it was a great pleasure to have you here.


Bathrooms should be cleaned more often


Relaxing and chilled place to stay with good location and breakfast. Very helpful staff! We stayed here for a few nights before heading to Copacabana


The staff were very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was great and the garden was a real bonus. We had a private room that was well equipped with a fan and very nicely decorated.


Alma de Santa is in a good location, close to some local restaurants and bars and a little out of the way of the noisier areas. The hostel is very secure which looks a bit uninviting from the outside, but once you go through the front door it's a little oasis - very clean, with a beautiful garden, relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff who were happy to help with trips and recommendations for things to do in the area. We would definitely stay there again.

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