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Nega Maluca Guesthouse Reviews

Rua dos Marchantes 15, Santo Antonio/Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

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79%

Rating
390 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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94%

Nega Maluca is a great place to stay! I was pleasantly surprised to feel like home, everybody was really nice and helpful. The hostel is well located near to the historic center and there's always interesting stuff to do, beach is close by bus. The staff is careful they recommend good places to eat and shows, and give good advices of the places to avoid! They offers pick-up service, and can reserve trips and shows. Breakfast was awesome, included in the price. Kind people... Awesome


77%

The hostel staff were excellent and creat a really relaxed, friendly vibe.


100%

This place is amazing. I stayed for about three weeks and was super sad when I had to leave. The location is perfect. It's close enough to the action but far enough away for peace and quiet. The staff are super friendly. The free breakfast is great and there are a lot of spaces to just chill out around the hostel and read chat or whatever. I highly reccomend it asap while the excellent staff are still there.


94%

Feels more like a home than a hostel. Great location Third time returning to the hostel


83%

Really nice atmosphere! Makes up for a bit of dust in the corners.

  • 4th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Awesome atmosphere that attracts a lot of laid-back travelers. The staff has great vibes and are always asking for constructive feedback. I stayed during the world cup, so didnt have too much time to see the rest of Salvador, but they make it really easy to find what you want to do, or give you suggestions if you dont already have a plan. Great job guys!


94%

This hostel is so unique! A very narrow building with very friendly staff made it have a nice, cosy feel. Its location is excellent with the Pelourinho basically just outside. Only negative was it didn't have lockers that could fit anything other than some papers and passport. However, it did feel extremely safe and I had no issues with anything going missing.


89%

Very friendly and helpful staff. I loved sleeping in a hammock on the rooftop!

  • 28th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


57%

Price gouged for World Cup. Not very clean. Not enough bathrooms and showers for full house. Staff was very helpful.


83%

Hostel in a good location in Pelourinho (the historic district) also has a nice breakfast. Staff very helpful


74%

Nice location, nice staff which takes all time to explain you where to go.


80%

Great location, fantastic vibe which all begins will the staff and owner! Had a great stay during the world cup! Would def recommend staying t this hostel. Great breakfast also if u manage to wake up in time for it!

  • 19th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


43%

Mattresses, sheets and pillows were many years past its expiry date. The sink in the room had plumbing issues and was leaking pretty badly, making part of the room very wet. Toilets were... beyond dismal. Worst toilets ever. I cringed every time I had to use it. Felt dirtier AFTER my shower. Their dirty pet cat was in the room many times and slept on the beds which I don't think is okay. OK breakfast and run by very nice and very helpful people though, so I'm sorry for this review.


43%

This place is an absolute rip off. People arrive to be told they don't have beds but they can sleep in hammocks despite making bookings through Hostelworld, after booking you are told you need to pay in full but they don't accept credit cards so you have to use PayPal and the 6% fee for the hostel gets added to your bill. The place smells of damp, the bathrooms are disgusting and despite saying there is power with each bed most don't work.

Owner Comment (Hide)
This comment is a little strange. 1. She slept in a bed for the 9 days she was in the hostel. Some people booked a hammock and paid cheaper and got a hammock. 2. In the description on our site it says that for the world cup full payment needs to be made in advance beside the 12% you pay to HW. ALSO, in the confirmation mail she recieved under special conditions it says the same 3. Here on the site its specifically specified we don't accept credit cards. Using paypal is only an option

74%

This hostel is a nice place in at a great location. The facilities are kind of average but the staff is nice and helpful. it was not very busy during my stay but the few people staying there, were pretty nice. And the price is definitely fair. Thanks.


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97%

Very friendly and clean hostel with a great atmosphere and nice chill out areas. It's located 5 minutes walk from the Pelourinho and does a very nice breakfast.


69%

I was at Nega Maluca during Carnival, where everything is up side down in Salvador. Anyway, I was a bit disappointed when I arrived at the hostel and found out that instead of having a bed in a dormitory as I had booked on Hostelworld I had a hammock at the rook of the hostel. For the rest, everything was fine.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry, but the reservation was for a hammock and not a bed. This is the reservation: 28th Feb '14 2014-02-27 12 hammocks on the roof 1 BRL 170.00 1st Mar '14 2014-02-27 12 hammocks on the roof 1 BRL 170.00 Not fair to make false accusations Inbal (Owner)

66%

Nicely located very near the main touristic area....pelourinho. The staff is very helpful and even in the beginning of carnaval a briefing of what to do/don't do during this period. One thing though if you are alergic to pets, do not go there. Dogs and cats are walking freely in the hostel.

  • 25th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


86%

Conveniently placed in a quiet area of Pelourinho, right next to a supermarket. They have a nice balcony deck with hammocks to relax and hang out. The kitchen is small but well equipped. Internet is fast. Overall I enjoyed my stay here


86%

Loved the atmosphere here, has a boho travelling vibe with great music in the common area. Great travellers, excellent staff who I made great friends with (the best being Mininho!). Good location, close to samba bars on weekends and next to the centre. Good breakfast and great common area. Very informative. Downside: their dog makes the bathroom and some hallways stink!


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