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Hostel Portunhol Reviews

Rua Armando Jos� Afonso 65, Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis, Brazil

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210 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Stayed there for 2 nights. Really didn't not feel any specific good atmosphere. The 6 bed dorm was very small, almost no space for the bags, the matrass was not confterable, the bunkbeds where unstable, the door was making noice every time it was open and closed (something we commented on to the staff to fix). The staff was always high on weed and not very helpful. Really didn't not like it there.

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It´s funny that everyone loves Portunhol, and our guests always have great vacations here, just read the comments above. But once in a while we receive some guests that doesn´t pay much attention to the tips we give about the beaches, the trips that we organize, the parties and all the good stuff people want for their vacations and we have it all here. But unfortunetly sometimes some people just don´t mind about that and prefer to complain. We take it as a lesson. Cheers, Fausto.


Good location If you wanna surf. Far away from anything else.. no atm, shopping or nightclubs and Surfing in Barra da lagoa sucks. Go to praia mole, 10 min with bus.


Perfect hostel if you're looking for a get away, nice mix between quietness and warm environment.. the staff is awsome: friendly, cheery, know very well what to do.. Music is just perfect, the beach is 100 mts away, there are plenty of minimarkets around and it's so close to beautiful sites: hidden beaches, chilly bars, the waterway.. I´ll go back there for sure.. 100% recommended. Ahhh! and the best caipirinha ever!

  • 21st Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


We stayed for 6nights and enjoyed every second of it, two blocks from the beach, cheap and extremely friendly staff. Pamela cocked amazing food for just 15R. Boston, Silpia, Marine and Chris made us feel like we were home. Definitely recommend going there!

  • 17th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Love the staff,dinner really good and cheap but late, music always, the magitian rock, i made good friends there, shower is ok, beds ok for the price, breakfeast untill 12 am awesome..high sizen must have more options of food i think,i will come back for shure.Pam rock.

  • 13th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Stay in this hostel if you want a home away from home, right on the beach. Pamela, Vilpia and Chris very welcoming!! Very good caiprinhas, unbelievable magic tricks from the Boston the barman! Pamela cooks incredible food in the evening for only R$15. Can't fault this hostel.

  • 12th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Hostel Portunhol is the best hostel I have ever stayed at! Everything about this place is perfect. It's right by the beach, the rooms are clean, there is plenty of space and the staff are amazing! It's the staff that make this place so great. They are friendly, good people who are really great to get to know and have a laugh with. Pamela's food is amazing and great value. And there is even an in house magician, The Boston Joker, who is happy to show you a few tricks! We miss our friends alteady!


LOVED this hostel! Great place to chillout. NZ flag in the gate as we walked in. Staff v friendly and helpful and cooked a wonderful BBQ meal for all which was probably the best chicken we have ever had. Seriously. Very close to the beach (100m or less) where you can surf and the supermarket is close too. Found the kitchen manageable to cook in. Would stay again solid 9/10


We stayed for four nights and felt like at at friends house. Thank you to Chris, Pamela and the other girls for helping us with ANYHTING we needed and for the chilled atmosphere. We had a great time and we are happy to return to Portunhol :) Gracias por la buena musica, buena onda y buenos consejos!! ;) Matthew y Fran


Loved this place. Staff were so friendly, they cooked for us almost every night and it was cheap as hell and tasty as well! Security isn't huge but it's not necessary, the Barra is a lovely place. Friendly locals, although don't beat the kids at football (they get kinda upset!) All in all, great place!

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