Rio Soul Hostel Reviews
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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;
- Novice Nomad
- 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.
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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!
- Novice Nomad
- 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...
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
I really enjoyed the location and atmosphere . The breakfast is really good too. The only thing I think could be better is cleaness , specially of bathrooms. Plus i would like to suggest more options of drinks that would be awesome . ( capivodkas with various fruits) :)
Breakfast was awesome! Staff are really friendly and helpful! Becomes a party hostel at weekends. Amazing location, 5 mins from subway and buses. Beds really comfy!!
Nice hostel in a nice area close to the beach, a shopping centre and bus stops. The dorms are a bit cramped (3-storey bunkbeds!) and the kitchen is a bit small but the atmosphere is good and so is the breakfast. Also, the price is one of the cheapest we found!
Excellent location, average staff, poor cleanliness, good for fast stay.
If i only had 3 words to describe Rio Soul, I would say 'Best Hostel Ever", but since i have a few more ill elaborate. The staff are amazing, all of them. They make you feel like your family while staying there. They are super friendly, down to earth, and very helpful. The atmosphere is awesome if you like to party and have fun, otherwise it may not be the one for you. Great location and close to everything. I will stay at Rio Soul EVERY time I'm in Rio, and will recommend it to everyone i know
Perfect hostel! We traveled to Brazil for the World Cup and we have a nice experience there. In the relation price/quality, we choose thinking that was one of the best option, and was a good decision! The staff is fiendly, and the location is in a beautiful and central area of Rio. Thanks a lot! =)
Really enjoyed our stay at the Rio Soul. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The bathrooms (ladies) were the cleanest I've seen in South America. The location is good too - right next to the metro. Breakfast is good too! The only downsides would be the bedrooms are too cramped (no space for backpacks so you have to hike over them to get to your bed) and also the kitchen facilities weren't the best- you're probably better eating out in one of the restaurants nearby.