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Pura Vida Hostel Rio de Janeiro Reviews

Rua Saint Roman #20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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167 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 78%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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We had an amazing time and experience staying here... Best views in town! Staff were so helpful and friendly that they made our stay, thanks Patrick and Matt. Fab breakfast as well!


About 50 meters up saint roman. Has a very relaxed bar and communal area. Dorms were good, but the private rooms on the side of the hill were better. Overall, one of the nicer spots on copacabana.


We stayed at Pura Vida during the crazy new year celebrations. The location was perfect-2 blocks from the beach and close to Ipanema in a beautiful former embassy. The staff did everything they could to keep things clean and organized, and respond to our repeated requests for more fans. It was insanely hot (no AC) and the ceiling fans were useless. Also, the bathroom in the girls only dorm is the only womens bathroom in the whole hostel, shared by maybe 20 people!


It is very hot in the room, specially now in the summer. There should be a ar conditioning, necessarilly. Also, when there is a party, it becomes very noisy inside the hostel, so one cannot sleep.

  • 13th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great staff and very helpful with booking tours and finding stuff to do, breakfast was great and the location of the hostel is amazing. Overall I really enjoyed my stay at Pura Vida and would most definitely stay there again if I ever return to Rio.


Would not recommend. The beds were so disgusting to the point we decided to leave the hostel. Washrooms are cramped and doors don't have locks for showering. Close walk to the beach, but not worth it based on how unclean the rooms were


A very good hostel with helpful staff


Having just one bathroom for girls inside a female shared 10 beds room, having girls coming in and out to use this bathroom was just horrible, noisy and unsafe

  • 15th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Good location (5min from Copacabana, 10 min from Ipanema), very friendly staff, cheap (for a booking in November, in low season) but unfortunately not very clean as regards the bathroom. Big party on the first floor on Saturday night until 3am, then loud music from another place I hadn't been able to locate, until 7am...: don't forget your earplugs if you want to sleep!!! But I know it was risky on a Saturday evening so I saw it coming. If you want quietness, don't go to a hostel in general :)


Dodgy and black dirty matrasses... poor facilities to lock your belongings... in a case under the bed. 4bed girls dorm was dirty and tiny... bad value for money in that room ! Had to use bathroom in the 10bed dorm on the opposite side... i wouldnt book again... even if thecommon areas are really nice.

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