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Pura Vida Hostel Rio de Janeiro Reviews

Rua Saint Roman #20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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150 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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The hostel is located on the street entrance to a favela, which was not clearly shown on the hostel description. I was travelling alone and did not feel safe here, so ended up not staying at the hostel and lost my deposit.


Clean but over priced for what you get. I was here for the World Cup and overheard many many complaints at the front desk. They'll try and charge you an extra dollar at every chance they get - they charged my friend an additional 20 for borrowing the bolt cutter to remove her lock ! Breakfast is basic or you can pay more for what is generally included at other hostels.

  • 11th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Pura vida's staff are really helpful and pleasant and know a lot about the city. The hostel is in a really nice location and is surprisingly safe. We were a stone's throw away from copacabana and there are a lot of great restaurants around with easy access to buses to the center of town and to cash machines. The bar has a really good atmosphere too. The bathroom facilities are a bit cramped but definitely understandable based on the design of the building. No complaints here, you will enjoy it!

  • 9th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Trinidad And Tobago
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great location - just a few blocks away from the beach. Great Staff. Although I stayed in this hostel whilst it was relatively empty, I sensed that this is a real party hostel. The hostel itself looks amazing inside and outside and has a real comforting feeling.


Nice location, nice building. The front desk staff could definitely be friendlier though. They're not friendly and not really clear about a lot of things. They even cancelled our tours a couple of times (last minute) and then told us about it with attitude. The doorbell is somewhat hidden & they won't buzz you in until you figure it out (even though they can see you on camera). Overall though, I think I would stay there again because of the location and the bar staff.


Overall a good stay, only complaint would be the club right underneath being extremely loud. I don't want to ruin the party, would just be nice to have more of a separation between the beds and the club noise-wise.

  • 20th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Really cool looking hostel...nice lounge area for unwinding along with a bar outside. Theirs a cool club underneath for partying. Free internet is clutch and cool deck connecting rooms upstairs. A Security guard during the club party wasnt cool at all but not the hostels fault. Good place, good location. Cheers, Philly Chris


The coolest hostel's I've ever stayed at. Clean, friendly, awesome Mayan/Portuguese architecture. Highly recommend staying here.


Nice building, good location, basic breakfast. It was very quiet while I was there - not much of a buzz.


Greatest staff ever!!


Hostel is built on a hillside Was 100 steps to our Private room Kitchen Staff were very friendly Front desk staff were helpful when prompted


No private bathroom in the privative dorms, shower down during the stay (staff worked it out during the stay!) breakfast partially included (choice between 4 complements to the minimalist part)


This is a party hotel on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, loud music until late. Not enough shared bathrooms, have to go into other dorm rooms to the bathroom. In serious need of new mattresses. Not enough cooking equipment, cutlery, plates etc for guests to use. Great location and staff. Nice breakfast. Could do with some basic maintenance on doors, bathrooms, security lockers etc.

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