El Misti Botafogo Hostel e Pousada Reviews
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I booked my stay at el misti for more than 4 nights and they picked me up from the airport as advertised. The location is perfect, it is close to a beach, metro, bus lines, restaurants, banks and shopping centers. In addition the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, especially Mariano. I liked how they try to maintain the restrooms clean throughout the entire day. Also, the breakfast and the atmosphere were great!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Stayed here before and really loved it. Returned to have awful wifi, staff seemed miserable and not helpful. There was no atmosphere apart from people sitting on their laptops doing nothing. The music played in the evenings was slow and boring which didn't help. Had to wait till the evening to get bed sheets. My room was like a prison cell so cramped and attached to another room so you are kept awake all night with people moving about. Shame as it used to be great, fun staff, party atmosphere
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.
Disappointed. Hostel advertise on it's site that they offer free airport pickup for minimum 4-nights stay. I stayed 5 nights but didn't get the pick up. Emailed about it in morning, no response. In evening called them and they asked to email again and I did, nothing again. Facilities were bad. 5 bathrooms for 100+ bed and something was broken in each one of those. One of those had toilet seat broken. As you enter the main door, it's like whole world is smoking there and it's smells like hell.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
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.