El Misti Hostel Ilha Grande Reviews
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the hostel has the potential to be very good however after 5 months of travel i have never came across such unhelpful and rude staff who really dont want to help. also the fact that they charge more if you book in the hostel makes no sense. i had to book extra nights online cheaper. all the pillows have mould aswel.
Has the potential to be a great hostel, if the staff didn't see the guests as burdens.
The wifi never works, my bed wasn't a bed it was built from bricks!
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 18-24
- (1 review)
We ignored the bad reviews tht we had read as it was one of the cheapest hostels but we wish we had spent a tiny bit more money as the hostel was really dirty with our room smelling of a bad sour smell the whole three days we stayed there. The staff however,we found so unfriendly that we didn't even want to ask for their help with recommendations etc as we felt so unwelcome there. We tried to spend as little time as possible in the hostel in the evenings. Really stay somewhere else!!
This is not the kind of hostel you book because you want to stay there. It's the kind of hostel you book when every other hostel is full and your only other option is sleeping on the streets. No lockers, no internet, dirty, smelly, overcrowded rooms, no power outlets anywhere, etc. But surprisingly their breakfast was really great.
If you want to stay on Ilha Grande for free, you can probably just walk into the el Misti, go into almost any room and take an available bed. It's really easy because there is virtually no security. No locked front door, inattentive staff, many unlocked room doors, no lockers for bags. Also check your pillows for blood, as I had on mine several large spots. Triple bunks designed more for prison than a hostel, dirty bathrooms, broken wifi, and mostly Brazilian guests all here. Have fun.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Rooms have the lowest floor area per person I've ever encountered. The reception staff are utterly incompetent; on arrival, at 4pm, we had to wait an hour to check in, we didn't receive bedsheets till 11.15 pm, someone in our room had their bed stripped of sheets before they left on 2 occasions. Why the hostel doesn't buy a few spare sheets eludes me. Similarly when I asked for toilet paper the receptionist told me she couldn't get to it and I should use a toilet in someone else's room.
i am 193 cm and i was placed on the 3lvl pf the bunk bed.ihave no problem sleeping on this lvl,unless i only have 40cm between the ceeling and the bed.there was black fungus all over the room.the cleaning staff used clorine to clean the room, it smelled like it for a long time.the kitchen is extremely dirty,hotel staf puts breakfast food on the dustbins in front of guests.the stoves are so weak that boiling water is a challenge.3 receptionists but still only one check at once.horrible wifi......
Thanks a lot for your service, I will comming back for sure!!!!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
Really good breakfast - cake fruit eggs bread ham cheese tea coffee cereal - the works Power cut one night was fun
Really great hostel in an amazing location. Wifi wasn't working for iPhones which can be pretty annoying! Staff could have been more helpful- especially when internet wasn't workinh so couldn't book onward steps/tours. Need bigger lockers in the rooms. Doesn't quite match up to other El mistis.
On arrival around 4pm they didn't have lockers, bed sheets, wifi, and only one key for the room. Why don't they fix it? Buy some extra lockers, buy more bed sheets, get an extra wifi router, and duplicate the keys for the rooms. Soon enough all of this was fixed, but it was a very bad first impression, we desperately tried to find a different hostel. The atmosphere in the hostel was great though, good place to meet other people.
Horrible service when we checked in - took about 30min - guy behind the desk was too busy doing nothing. Not enough lockers in the rooms for everyone, or space for that matter. Only plus was the hostel kitten.
Waited 2 hours for bed sheets on arrival, the room was unclean, electricity went out, one bathroom was not enough for 9 people squeezed into a room, there was only 6 lockers. My bunk of which there were 3 × 3 high was highly unsafe as the fan was centimetres from my head (health and safety)
Basic, cramped rooms (no lockers inside rooms or decent storage space) but well-ventilated and clean Kitchen - unclear as to what you can cook with and what belongs solely to hostel staff Terrible internet Good value breakfast included (get up early if you want hot food!) Cheapest (and tasty!) Caipirinhas on the island Well informed, friendly staff
Power to the island went out so no air con or lights or anything (not the hostels fault obviously), I stayed in the overflow place which didn't have a vibe, main place was cool though.
Security wasn't good as the hostel had run out of lockers. I think it's fair to expect enough lockers for all guests. Staff kept us waiting at the check in desk for a very long time, weren't particularly welcoming and weren't helpful with the few queries we had. Very overpriced for what we received.
Good breakfast and alright kitchen but fridge wasn't working during my stay. Wifi wasn't great and rooms were crowded - but I was there during peak season. Some friends had problems with blocked toilets and also there aren't enough lockers for everyone! But despite this I enjoyed my stay at El Misti and met some great people there. If you don't care about having minor issues and more about meeting cool people then I would recommend.
Great location, breakfast, and staff. We were visiting Ilha Grande during a really hot period and the dorm rooms were not properly equipped with A/C so it was hard to sleep.