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Rio Forest Hostel Reviews

Rua Joaquim Murtinho,517 Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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41 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Loved this hostel! Such a cool location, up in the hills with a beautiful view, minutes walk from Santa Teresa ( going uphill ) and from Lapa

  • 5th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Stayed for 4 nights and had a really nice stay. It's at the top of Santa Teresa (above lapa) and has incredible views of the city and the coast. The walk up to the hostel is long/steep (25 mins from Gloria metro) but we liked being a little tucked away because we had a chance to explore an area we otherwise probably wouln't have. Breakfast was good (fresh fruit, toast, hot drinks). Showers weren't hot but didn't matter in the heat. Hostel itself is beautiful with cool bar but empty and quiet


I loved this hostel and returned the following month. Staff are fantastic, really friendly and helpful. Really loved staying near the bars of Lapa. The hostel bar area is nice and the little dipping pool too. As are the other 2 new longue areas. I was there when they had a BBQ


Overpriced for the world cup (as expected though) Some staff did not speak english that well (the night shift people)


Great location, great pool and bar, nice staff!!


Beware of this place! Its located in a very unsafe area. Our driver drove through favelas to take us to this hostel. Our room was absolutely disgusting. The toilet did not work and there was feces smeared on it. We didnt even attempt to shower because we were too scared of all the mold that was growing in there. Sink was clogged. Room cost us $400 US dollars a night for 4 people. OVERPRICED! Lock on our door was broken. Dogs barked the entire night. Walls were so thin we couldnt sleep. NIGHTMARE

  • 18th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great location near Lapa but atmosphere isn't great, wifi rarely worked and blatant exploitation and overcharging at play for World Cup. Staff were excellent and helpful. Outside area was cool but no one really hanging out there, inside part was not great to meet people. Actual hostel was very cool with very nice bar area, it was clean and nice in rooms but the 400% price increase for World Cup was over the top.

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