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Other Side Hostel Reviews

Travessa 11 de Maio #16, Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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61 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 63%Cleanliness
  • 60%Facilities

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Amazing hostel. People were pretty cool. Met some really good friends and had the chance to recommend them, some interest places to visit in Peru. Hostel is not so well located, but as soon as you walk in group and don't bother locals, nothing will happen. In general words, really good place to spend your trip at.

  • 28th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Peru
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Brian, you are the best! I really liked going to the Samba school & Lapa Street Party on Friday nights with the Hostel peeps. The atmosphere of the Other Side Hostel is outstanding and the location so close to a Metro station is convenient. Thank you for the many barbeques Brian and his staff has set up during the US Worldcup matches. Thanks again Brian, Candy, etc for making my stay an unforgetable experience during my 11 days in Rio. I might be back in 2 years for the Olympics. Patrick Kruegel


I had a brilliant time staying at Otherside hostel. I had stayed here during carnival and the the staff were brilliant. They would take us all out to the local bloco parties and give us history to everything involved and at all times tried to do the best for us. Staying at otherside is like getting to stay with one of your mates in Rio and getting to feel like a local.

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


Our stay at the Other Side Hostel was horrendous. When we arrived there was no one at reception, so one guy in the rooms told us where he thought our beds were (the only empty ones left really). The room was extremely hot and packed (6 beds in such a small room, with the top beds about 2m high and not looking very stable). The next morning, we found 4 guys sleeping on the floor at reception, which were actually the owner and his friends! Would not recommend this place AT ALL.


We recommend this hostel to anyone who is a tight budget in expensive Rio. It was next to the Sambodromo where samba schools are rehearsing - a big plus! The staff are really cool, they organise group outings which we enjoyed a lot- cheap caipirinhas before going! Close to metro and bus stops, so getting around was not a problem. Just be mindful that the price is reflected in the facilities, so do not expect big rooms and air conditioning, there are fans but it did get pretty hot in the rooms.

  • 30th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Bolivia
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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