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Mambembe Hostel Reviews

Rua Joaquim Murtinho, 251, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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143 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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The beds were comfortable and the breakfast was good, some members of the staff were very helpful and polite while other members were not. There seem to be several long staying guests which gave rise to a strange atmosphere in the hostel. At times one wasn't allowed to sit where one wanted to as the seat was 'reserved' for a long staying guest. The hostel is located in Lapa which is an unsafe area. The water to wash up dishes is always cold and the showers are mostly cold also


Oliver was amazing.. as was the boss lady.. Dan, Sebastian n Micah.. so easy going n friendly.. The city is of course very different to Europe.. n as alot of people live in this hostel full time it has a different vibe to most.. I met amazing people there but there is always one or two you have to watch.. you have that everywhere.. For me I had an amazing Experience.. but you have to know your stuff n watch for some of the locals I'm afraid.. If Nick n Sinah are still there.. but them a beer


The Lapa district is good for those looking for some night life. Artsy neighborhood, and so, not very quiet. It was close access to a popular bus stop and the metro, which accounts for getting around all of rio quite easily. Staff was helpful in guiding us toward fun activities!

  • 15th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


When you are on the road the most exciting thing is who you meet. Mambembe has a special community vibe with super cool staff and many long stay people there. A true backpacker place. The location is perfect and the house is creatively renovated giving it a hippie and inspirational atmosphere. Happy breakfasts are included as well:)

  • 6th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Perfect stay, friendly staff, answer all my questions. Lots of areas to sit in and beautiful views. Very comfortable beds and the rooms were a good size. Would defiantly recommend!


Staff are all dead set ledges. hammock´s on every balcony with a rip snorter of a view! strategic location, 2mins to the arches and the selaron steps.

  • 25th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I hated everything about this hostel! Dirty rooms! Weird people! Dangerous area!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Several of my staff members took a lot of time to help this guest when she had trouble booking her next flight. She kept mentioning how stupid everything in Rio de Janeiro is but my staff members tried to relax her and continued helping her. Our area is not dangerous. Our guests come home in the middle of the night and nothing ever happens. We clean the whole house every day but for the guests' mess we are not responsible. Maybe next time a hotel would be the better option for this guest.


Although it's really close lapa, the streets are so inclined and looks dangerous. Inside the hostel is clean, but outside unfourtunately is a little bit durty. In addition the house is quite old. The staffs were so kind and helpful and the hostel has a really nice green area.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your comment! We appreciate it! It's like a three minute walk to Lapa and it's safe. People from the hostel come home at any given time and nothing ever happens. Even during the early morning hours. Yes, the street is inclined but it's so close and when you arrive at the hostel you are rewarded with a nice view. We hope t see you again sometime!


Ideally located between Santa Teresa and Lapa (closed to stores, bars and transports), this house is big, functional, designed and with all commodities. Staff is able to speak all languages and they are very helpful. I really appreciated all the different patios which bring fresh air and let enjoy the heights of Rio. This hostel is a big house and it's more like a shared house! The atmosphere is welcoming, relax and multicultural.


Nice atmosphere at this hostel, with a very friendly owner Barbara. Not always sure who works there and who doesn´t, bnut averybody is always willing to help you around. Nice breakfast and clean bedrooms. The location is perfectly situated between Lapa and Santa Teresa.

  • 7th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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