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Rio Soul Hostel Reviews

Rua Professor Alfredo Gomes, 9, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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143 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 69%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Best hostel in Rio! This place is my home away from home and I have already booked my next stay here!! The staff are amazing. Always helpful and fun! Wifi works well and the breakfast is great. Rooms are always clean and air con works great. The hostel has a really relaxed friendly vibe where you can socialise or just chill. It's right next to the metro and the shopping mall and there are some great bars and restaurants around. I can't compliment this place enough. I love Rio Soul! ❤️

  • 28th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Good all round hostel. Breakfast is the biggest let down. And no wi-fi in the rooms. Other than that its a good hostel in a perfect location in Rio.


I was expecting more about this hostel. The toilets are very dirty and the triple beds are horrible to climb. After two night I moved to a different hostel.


Great hostel with a great staff! Everyone was really helpfull and gave us good advices. The location is perfect: next to a shopping mall with atm's, 2 min from the Metro, in walking distance of Sugar Loaf Mountain and there are some nice bars and restaurants around the corner where locals go out. A basic breakfast is included, the rooms have aircon and the wifi is fast and always working. The perfect location to have an amazing time is this awesome city


there have two stair to get to the room. one of stair is behind of the kitchen. room and share bathroom is too dirty. and too small.. it's not enough to move inside.. how can use it? 6 dome room's airconditon is out of order.. no wind.. too wet, hot, dirty, small. is it a hostel? and not cheap... and don't trust the pictures in the hostelworld.com.. it's a making pictures.. not so much clean and new... old...old....dirty.. small. wet..hot...


The location is fantastic (2 minutes to Botafogo metro, plenty of buses to everywhere in the city, shopping centre, cheap food stalls and supermarkets around the corner). Staff is very likeable with excellent English knowledge. AC and WIFI work fine. The hostel's facilities, unfortunately, are somehow run down. Also the dorm rooms are super-small. My 6 bed dormitory I chose for a little bit more comfort was appr. 4-5 m² with 3-storey bunk beds. Cheap though.

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Great hostel at a fantastic price. Would definitely recommend


All was perfect, but at my last day the notebook was stolen, and the guy do all for help;

  • 10th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Hostel in the heart of Botafogo, 2mins walk to the Metro station with easy access to both Lapa nightlife (4 stops north) & Cobacabana/Ipanema for beach days (3/4 stops south). Botafogo feels safe and the locals welcome you as part of the community. I felt a lot safer in this area then compared to Central. The hostel is clean and has a nice outdoor area & chill out room with TV. Also a pool table and bar with happy hours and great caphirinas! The rooms are good value although a little cramped!


Very basic hostel, friendly staff but the ladies in the kitchen/cleaners make you feel like you shoudnt be in there cooking even though its a shared kitchen.


Overall the hostel is good. The room was a bit small for 9 people and their luggages, but the air conditioning works pretty well during the night, making it confortable. There are only 2 female showers for a whole floor, and that was a problem on the weekend when the hostel was full. Both showers were obstructed after some baths, so it was impossible to take a shower. Breakfast was small, but pretty decent. Staff members were really helpfull and even gave us tips about the city.


I really enjoyed my stay at Rio Soul Hostel. Overall, I thought the staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast in the morning was great. I do think 7:30am to 9:30am is a little early for breakfast hours in the morning for a hostel setting. I would have preferred it to last until 10am or start at 8am and end at 10am. It was unfortunate and inconvenient that the public computer had to be taken away due to viruses but glad the staff was on hand to answer questions instead. Obrigada!

  • 17th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Stayed here over carnival period. Over 50% of lockers in my room were broken. The lockers can't fit a 60ltr bag anyway. Paying a lot more to stay for carnival and with people wanting to sleep at completely different hours, you would have though 24 hour air conditioning for a few days wouldn't be too much to ask. Apparently so. Seems a place where the staff like to socialise, which to some customers could be considered intimidating. Receptionists were very good. Toilets


stayed during the Carnival 2015, the hostel was awful. The air con was switched off at 9am turning our 14 bed dorm into an unbearable sweat box.. The only room allowed aircon in the day was the one with the girl who was sleeping with the manager... EVERYWHERE throughout the hostel, literally straddling him in the tv area/bar etc etc. The staff just weren't interested in helping.. with anything. EVERYTHING WAS BROKEN. On carnival, when we pay 6x the normal rate, there is no happy hour.. Why?


Pros: Nice staf, good location in Botafogo near metro. Breakfast was good. Cons: Too many people and beds for one room / place. Room was tiny and had two 3 bed bunks, getting ready all at once was an absolute nightmare and there was not enough storage. My drawer lock was broken for the whole seven days. Bar didnt have a happy hour because it was "carnaval", stupid. Also if you want to put air con on in daytime just lift up the front face and push the button on bottom right - they turn it off


Great hostel with a top location 2 min from the metro and bus station, only the dorms were really packed, with 15 people in one dorm and 3 beds per bunk bed...


Devent place, nothing really of note, but they have the best receptionist/caiparinha maker in Brazil. Cheers Christopher!


good hostel, with a really nice atmosphere and easy to meet people. Nice location in Botafogo. However you will find youself needing to travel away from Botafogo a lot to see the other best parts of Rio


Turning off the AC at 8:30 am every day was a joke when you are talking about new year's eve days. The weather in Rio was really hot, and most people still wanted to get some sleep.


The location is good, and for the price the hostel is quite good. Is not only that clean and the reception could be better

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