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Favela Chic Hostel Reviews

Rua Major Raul de Mattos, 78, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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212 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 66%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Cheap and cheerful , relaxed atmospshere with a very knowledgeable owner, Nicholas, who will tell you everything you need to know about making the most of the falls. We would reccommend going on a tour to the argentinian side which Nic organised. Nice bar area too :)


Had a great experience at Favela Chic. Nick was a great help in planning tours and the key sights. Convenient location for the bus to main attractions and the main bars in town.


Favela Chic is amazing. We had a number of things we wanted to do in Iguaçu and as soon as we arrived Nick, the English owner, sat us down and talked us through how to approach our visit to the falls, recommended some other things and even organised it for us. He even got our trip to the Pantanal sorted through a friend of his, an ex-guide in the Pantanal. It is close to the bus to the Falls, has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff couldn't be nicer or more knowledgable of the area. Thank you!

  • 4th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The Hostel is located close to the center of Foz do Iguacu and a only few meters from the bus lines heading to the waterfall. You can find restaurants, supermarkets in the neighborhood so the location is perfect. Comparing to other hostels this one is really relaxed, after a tiring day it is easy to take rest and silent enough to have a good sleep.The crew did everything to feel myself comfortable. Highly recommended in price and value ratio!


Very friendly and laid back hostel, the helpful staff makes it up for the not-always-working facilities, but as they say, the hostel is calles "favela" for a reason. It's a small hostel, with a good atmosphere, a beautiful outdoors area and also the breakfast isn't bad at all. The bus to the falls stops just 1 block away and the one to Argentina just a few more blocks .


Good location, beautiful chill area, comfy beds, good wifi and the staff are lovely.... big thanks to the owner Nick (great guy) ...really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to other backpackers!


If you care about your health you should not stay here, neighter if you do not like homeless cats in your bed and so on.

  • 14th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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I am very sad to say that the cat that was here, Maurice, passed away last week. Maurice was very popular with the guests, and was very sick (and old) when this guest stayed here and I imagine he was trying to make himself comfortable. I had no idea that he was in this guest's bed as she did not say anything to me about it. Had she done so, of course, I would have given her new sheets and found somewhere else for Maurice to gather his strength.


we really loved the stay at the favela chic hostel. its located very good to get to the waterfalls and also to the city centre. the staff is very nice and helps you with all your questions! the atmosphere was the best! such a lovely place with all the lovely details and much fun to hang up in the evening!


Cannot say enough good things about this hostel! Great chill out area- well equipped kitchen- the most helpful staff in South America- close to a grocery store and a bus stop that gets you everywhere. Arranged onward travel and super accommodating in late check outs. I don't know why anybody would stay elsewhere! Thanks nick and Pablo!!!


The bunk beds are broken so you have to be careful where you lie on the mattress to avoid falling through it and onto the person below, it was over booked so people were sharing bunks and sleeping on sofas and blowup beds on the floor, the sewage pipe burst over our bags and the floor - meaning we were sleeping in what smelt like a Bangkok toilet at 5am on a full moon party, and there are only 3 toilets so wait time was about 20 mins and people were just brushing their teeth outside on the grass

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These guests stayed here over Easter when the city was full, and they were an overbooking who I still accommodated. Unfortunately it is true that a drain burst in the 17 bed dormitory. This was horrible and it was not possible to get a plumber after midnight during the Easter holidays. I took Kristina's rucksack home at 1am and washed it and then woke up at 5am in order to put it into the dryer so that it would be clean and dry for her early departure. The drain & beds have now been repaired


Our stay in Favela Chic was awesome. We were warmly welcomed by Nik the hostel owner who got straight into giving us all the info we could possibly need about the area and the falls as well as crossing into Argentina. The rooms were clean and spacious. The chill out area and hostel in general were a great place to come back to after lots of walking around the falls. Best of all was Nik's delicious Hungarian goulash evening meal! We were defeated after thirds! Get yourself there!


Super cool hostel...love the design of the place really cool and quirky! Staff were really helpful and nice and it had a real nice atmosphere!


This really is like a favela - chipboard walls and a corrugated metal roof! We were in a private room which was outside from the main hostel building - there was no lock on the door and no AC. Staff were friendly and helped us with arranging a taxi to cross over the border into Argentina.


plus: great atmoshphere, great staff, kitchen is reasonable equipped, breakfast is fine, nice common area. minus: it rained on my bed, there is only one bathroom for about twenty people so we had to wait forever in the morning and it is outside the building so you get wet if its raining and its dark at night.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We do everything we can to repair the roof when there are problems during torrential rainfalls. Unfortunately the workmanship in Brazil leaves a lot to be desired, but we are constantly striving to improve this. I am embarrassed that this guest had rainfall on her bed. Our cheap dormitory does only have one bathroom available. It is very basic and is designed for travellers on a tight budget. There are 2 bathrooms available in the more expensive dormitory which also has air conditioning.

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