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Excellent location close to the Largo do Machado subway. The neighborhood is safe and locals gather at night at the near São Salvador square. Lapa can be reached in a 30 min walk, the beaches are between 3 and 7 subway stops away. The hostel is well organized and clean. The owners are trying to do the best for their guests, e.g. parties and vegetarian food. On the downside: no laundry service (could easily be organized); reception staff not always well informed (e.g. way to Dois Irmãos hill).
the only bad thing is the internet. very poor. they have new management and are doing their best to fix it. i am a 67 year old guy who spends a lot of time in Brasil. what i really like about the Refugio are the clients. you get the usual young travelers who are nice and they are not the typical "party animals" like the people who stay in places in Copacabana. even better,students and working people stay there. basically a good mix of travelers.
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- Male, 41+
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the location is great if you don't want to stay with the party crowed but still be close to the center of Rio. Staff was really great and helpfull (concerning informations on Rio and also further travelling details).
Only here for 1 night before I went home. Seems a decent hostel. Average breakfast but I have my own cereal. Near Flamengo main area with restaurants. Supermarket nearby. About 5 min walk from bus stop. Easy to get to stop from bus terminal with 4 buses going from there to the stop which is just past a bridge. Numerous other buses go past connecting other main sights.
The bulk bed is really good to provide roomy headroom for both beds, it will be great if they could protect the corners of the higher bed, cos I see some people hit it while in the room.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. The whole hostel was very clean and the breakfast was fantastic (best I had in Brasil). The area is also nice, quite but still close by to all the cool areas in Rio. Facilities are great (WIFI could be a little faster maybe), and the roof-top chill out area is great. I loved my stay there.
I keep going back to Refugio, it's my favourite location because it's really easy to go everywhere and the neighbourhood is lovely. The female dorm is perfect (only the mattresses start to show their age) and I love the fact that you can also meet Brazilians there. Staff kept changing so far but they are always very friendly and helpful! Please give us more breakfast choice again, cereals would be nice and something sweet, not only ham and cheese. Jam?! :-) Thanks and see you again next year :-)
Great hostel! Very happy to find this place in Rio, just a few minutes from a major metro stop, close to Christ the Redeemer and had the best decorations and atmosphere! Loved it!
i really like refugio hostel. it is very conveniently located (walking distance to metro and on even ground). the area around is nice and relaxed and has all you´ll need (shops but also a praca to hang out listen to music and drink beer in the evening). it has some great things like individual lamps and a socket at each bed. the rooms are really high and the bunk beds are really good. unfortunately the mattresses are really poor (too soft). all front rooms are noisy though.
Could use more people as it was a bit quiet during the week (seemed to be people staying longer). Stayed in a 10 bed which had the privacy of a 4 bed which was awesome. Good set up and room was flash with bottom bunks that you could sit up in (which is a rarity) Kitchen was reasonably stoked and staff used it for lunch. Only drawback was that there seemed to be not many (no) hostel events organised and the main focus appeared to be the bistro that was open to the public for lunch.
Not the best hostel I stayed in. Beds were very uncomfortable, mattresses kind of hospital-style and bunk beds on top so low that you barely couldn't sleep. As well, the 10 bed dorm is kind of a living room of brazilians which is nice to get some good information but as they are out every night, people get home late anf sleep in. Nonetheless, breakfast was pretty good with coffee, sandwiches and fresh melons.
A bit quiet for younger people perhaps, however as a place is excellent!
Just stayed one night there. Very nice and helpfull staff! Clean rooms and lots of bathroom ;)
Refugio Hostel ！ really good hostel in Rio! the price is good and nice staff have great "cafe da manha" too!
Front rooms subject to traffic noise, otherwise location is great. Close to Flamingo Beach. Staff tries hard, friendly and speaks good English. Quality lunch. Discount for guests. Security is high. 10 bed room design allows for unusual privacy Nice kitchen and large dining for guests. Lounge area on roof. Buss #133 from regional buss station. Professionally run.
This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Ideal for meeting new people. But the best thing about this hostel is amazing and knowledgeable staff who were happy to help seek out local destinations and give suggestions on places and neat things to see / do. Can't beat the location or the price. Would definitely recommend.
Very good value for money in Rio. 3 minutes from the metro. The staff speak perfect english.
Great hostel, helpful staff, nice restaurant with good breakfast. Good area with shops, restaurant and metro nearby.
Great staff, awesome building and loved the open bbq área. Its in a much nicer área tan copacobana
This hostel is made with love and you can feel it! Such a warm, friendly place with great hangout areas and good dorms. They produce their own map which is very helpful. A tip how to get there cheap from the Bus station: Take bus 133 from the city bus station (just next to the Interstate/city one) and get off at Largo di Machado, then walk 3 blocks. as descriped from the station. Cost only 3R$!