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Refugio Hostel Reviews

Rua das Laranjeiras, 125, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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231 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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My favorite of 3 hostels in Rio. Really nice atmosfere. I was in a small room with 6 beds(dorms), good lockers. Nice common area's. Breakfast was good, only pain in the ass too wait for new breads to come all the time, further also nice. The location is in between the center and the beaches, easy to access by metro. Also there's a minibus going to the crist statue from the square closeby.


Staff was nice but our room had wet walls and was smelling bad!


Awsome place! Kind staff, great value for money!

  • 7th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I regret to have stayed at refugio hostel, in spite of all the good comments i have read on the hostelworld website. The room where we stayed was really really small, full of humidity fungus. The window was so small than only very few light was entering in the room. In a 3 days stay, i couldn't manage to have warm water in the shower at night... luckily the others backpakers where all very nice and the people working there also. the terrace is also very nice.

  • 6th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It was THE BEST- quiet when I was there so I didn't experience a huge party atmosphere but the two busy nights I experienced-BBQ night and free caipirinhas night was really welcoming and fun. All the staff are super helpful and there is ALWAYS someone on the desk 24/7 it's super safe and handy to everything- including metro. Dorms are great- clean, good mattresses with covers that keep it super clean. Bunks have a lot of space between them so you never bump your head. You can cook onsite too. :)


This is a kind of hostel that makes you understand better why you like travelling so much: not only does it have great location, design, cleanliness, comfort, but the people staying there, the owners, the staff, the atmosphere in general keeps you reminded of the beauty of traveling places and being among travelers. All in all, a place for travelers made by travelers. Try staying a few nights more to give yourself time to encounter and enjoy this atmosphere!


The hostel has a very good environment. They recently opened the bar and eventually they make free caipirinha nights. Other than that, the staff is really nice and helpful. Five minutes away from the subway station, and situated in a very nice neighbourhood. Once a week they have some hiking at the Dos Irmos hill. Comfy beds and nice terrace. I definitely recommend staying here. Refugio Rocks!!!

  • 31st Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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