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

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80 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 54%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Stayed for a week, the owners are super friendly and help full. Close to METRO and Lapa (Nightlife). Easy access from the airport. All in all worth for a stay!! Thanks again guys!!!


It's absolutly great! When i returned there for the third time it already felt like going home. Liam and his girlfriend Liz are two great people who grew up in this neighborhood, know the City and will help you wherever they can. It was always a very personal atmosphere and it feels nice to stay with people who have a passion for what they do. The hostel is an original of its neighborhood, very authentic, great caipirinha and they put a lot of effort into keeping it clean and sharp! Thank you!

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Thank you Tobias for the kind words. It was a pleasure to have you here and pls, don´t forget to send the pictures you promised to send us. Wish you the best and we hope to see you again if you come back to Rio!


Also it wasnt that clean and we didnt have much room, it was deffenetly a good chois to stay there for 6 nights. Brian makes your stay pretty awesome building a hostal-community. At the end I was sad leaving this amazing hostal.

  • 9th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This is a hostel that won´t stand out for the facilities or the cleanliness, but the good vibes of the hosts. Brian, Liam and Laura are very cool people to share with, and they will tell you to do cool stuff that most of the tourist won´t do. So, being honest: if your traveling experience is about staying in clean and perfect hostel, this is not your place. If you want to experience a different Río, then its perfect for you. Is next to the sambodromo, and a few blocks to the metrô. Thanx bros.


dont expect a hostel like u find it everywhere else. u might think the area isnt safe but u will see it's fine. the people are very friendly and open and there are many great streetfood places. wouldnt stay there for ever but for a few nights its good to see. something different u will like!


while the hostel is in an amazing location it needs some serious work. the kitchen has a bug infestation. the room only has one fan resulting in a stifiling hot nights sleep. the three tier beds threaten to topple over each time someone tries to reach the top.


The time we had in this hostel will stick with us. The location is excellent next to the Sombodromo where we met the most kind people. The staff of this hostel will tell all you need and help you have the time of your life. Especially Brian, Liam and Laura we love you guys. Sorry to go wish we good stay much longer and enjoy your little bubble of joy. Greetzzzzzzzzzzz from The Dutch couple

  • 25th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great staff, friendly, helpful and fun to be around! 30 second walk to Sambodromo A wonderful stay in Rio!


I've stayed in just under 30 different hostels around Europe and South America over the past twelve months and Other Side Hostel is easily the most homely and welcoming of the lot. Can't speak highly enough of the knowledgeable staff and how they make visitors feel instantly comfortable. Very easy to meet new people in this hostel if you're travelling alone as I was, and there's usually some event or activity put on each night by hostel staff.


Nice hostel in a very good location. Easy going atmosphere and friendly staff. On the other hand I think that the hostel is kinda overrated... services are basic, there is just one toilet and cleanliness is not the best. Apart form that It remains anyway a very good cheap option, probably one of the best value for money you can have in Rio.

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