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Very noisy and staff were not very helpful in regards to tours or advice on things to do in Natal. Quite an impersonal hostel compared to others that I have stayed at. Noise from nearby pubs is also very noisy. Despite looking like a castle from the outside this hostel offers very few other attractions. This is one hostel that I won't be revisiting or recommending.
It was a huge Castle in a fun area. I went to go see Mexico vs. Cameroon during the world cup and it was as though I was in Mexico the night before. The hostel is clean, has a creative atmosphere, and close to the party spots. I would go back.
VIVA MEXICO!!!! :D
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
Location very good. better, only if it had a view to the sea, but dont know if any hostel have. nice breakfast, staff, sound! drawback is the lack of air conditioner, some hostels have, it's necessary almost all year. If u can sleep well with a fan, the castle-like building is among the most interesting I´ve ever stayed! Frustrated they weren´t any flexible in their cancelation policy, as I ended sleeping on a friend but still had to pay for 1,5 unused days, even that it wasnt nearly full.
They could have a comum enviroment to watch tv and games.
i was really excited to stay in the this hostel, and ended up being very disappointed. the staff was RIDICULOUSLY slow and not friendly when they finally got around to helping you. they acted like every question one asked was stupid and that the customer was a hassle. also, the environment and atmosphere was very fake - it did not seem authentic at all. no one seemed happy to be there. i would never recommend this hostel, i was extremely disappointed.
Great location, very good breakfast, nice staff and good tours arranged by the Hostel.
Just the fact that this place is a real life replica of a castle makes it worth it. That said, unfortunately it isn't all that functional as a backpacker hostel. There really isn't a common area, there aren't any plugs for your laptop, and the rooms can get pretty hot in the summer. It's not the best place to meet other travellers and they make you wear ridiculous security bracelets. But the location is amazing, close to the best nightlife and the beach. It's also super clean.
The good about this property: the location! It is right in the middle of the party neighborhood in Ponta Negra, so you can crawl back to your castle if necessary. The location can also be seen as a bad thing, since there is a lot of noise at night, which is only emphasized by the lack of sound isolation. It's not that the sound isolation is poor, there just isn't any. Windows without glass can't stop any noise, so if you do care about your night rest, BRING EAR PLUGS (top tip!)
Cool place, nice breakfast, great Forró dance club near by.
This is the prettiest hostel I've stayed in so far. It's a castle!!! Everything was very nice, just a little bit noisy at night, as you can hear the people from the bar in your room.
Nice place to stay in an excellent location. The Ponta Negra beach is 5 minutes from the hostel. There are a lot of bars very close to the hostel. This also means that at night it can be really loud in the rooms. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Tours (buggyrides) offered by the hostel seem to be a little overpriced. What I did not like is that guests are not allowed to use the kitchen. There are also no computers, but there is free WiFi. Breakfast is ok for South American standards.
Excellent breakfast and cleanliness, but fairly expensive. No common areas, guest kitchen or hang out spots. Dorms are comfortable, but noisy, wall and roof are not entirely connected, menaing you can hear people in the dorms besides yours as well. Staff is helpful though, and the location is perfect.