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El Misti Botafogo Hostel e Pousada Reviews

Av. R. Praia de Botafogo 462, Casa 9, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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515 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 66%Cleanliness
  • 62%Facilities

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The place is small and so it becomes very crowded. There is only one computer! They don't have a storage room that locks up!!! (Strange) The showers are very dirty and there is always at least a 10-15 min wait. The bunk beds are three tiered...first I have seen in 6 months of traveling! I would hate to climb that high or fall from there!!!! They get a bigger than usual commission from excursions they set up; try to set it up outside.


No space at all in this hostel, crammed into the dorms and way too few bathrooms, felt like we were being herded in and out. Only stay here if there is absolutely no other option.


wonderful area botafogo,this hostel was charging extortionate rates for dorm beds and people was packed in like sardines.there was just too many people in the hostel,with the wooden flooring and beds piled 3 high,there was no fire extinguishers so the place would be very dangerous if there was `an incident`.safe area so no problem coming back late(or early)and near to the metro and bus lines.i was very disappointed with the hostel to be honest and wouldn't visit this place again,rip off tbh.


You need about 4 or 5 more toilets! The amount of times we had to wait 30-40 minutes to use a toilet was a joke!


People were sleeping during the checking and it was like they didn't care about us


The wireless internet here is horrible; even in the lobby where it should work for everyone. For the price they are charging, they should have better functioning service because everyone needs this to book tickets, look at maps, etc.


We booked this hostel on hostelworld and later they emailed us to tell us they were "overbooked" and moved to their terrible hostel in a favela near Leme. We had no choice of a refund. We later learned that this is a common tactic El Misti uses, overbooking their popular, more expensive hostels and then moving you to a worse one at the same price.

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In this case the review is not for El Misti Botafogo, if you had problems with El Misti Leme.


Argentinian staff, some of them with por portuguese. Sometimes the staff werent too happy to give some informations. No maps, no change

  • 6th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Really nice hostel with friendly staff, we stayed here during carnaval it was expensive but really worth it! The hostel was really full at that moment but the staff still have attention for everybody. During all day there where cleaners in the house what was really good, everything was clean all the time. The breakfast was also a plus!


Good atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff.


Everything was fine. Staff were really good, and the food is great. Internet is quite slow and sporadic, and sadly, there isn't enough showers and toilets when the place is full, and there are regular queues.


Staff were great, and the location and everything else is fine. The hostel breakfast is among the best I had in a few hostels in Rio, and the evening food is great! Sadly the only real downside to this place is the dorms are a little cramped, and the internet isn't so great, but hey, you're in Rio! Get out and about instead of sitting on the internet all day.


Awesome place with staff that were gems. Great help with local info and organising different activities. Will definitely return. They helped me survive Carnaval 2014!

  • 24th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Basically all the staff was very arrogant, except for the nice guy with white/blond hair. I don't know what goes on with El Misti hostels staff, they act so cold! Unfortunately, their behaviour strongly reminds us of the stereotypes about Buenos Aires's people's behaviour. I went downstairs 7 times during 30 minutes, trying to get the air conditioner to work. Every time I came down the front desk girl acted like she was seeing me for the first time! Great breakfast. Few bathrooms.


El Misti in Botafogo is very nice! It has a vary good location: on the one side the Pão de Açúcar on the other the Corcovado. The central city in the north and Copacabana in the south. It is central to all the places worth the visit. The stuff is really nice and helpful and the athmosfere in the common room is really great. It's a cheap hostel so if you expect a 5star hotel you are wrong. But the rooms and the toilets are good enough to have a good sleep and a shower.


Very few bathrooms comparing to the number of guests that the hostel receives.


Very nice hostel! I will definetely recomend to stay here!

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