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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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101 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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

  • 4th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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.

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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.


Awesome hostel to stay in all the staff were great and the atmosphere every night was good. The 12 bed dorm was a little bit cramped but eveyone made do. The young guys that own it are making lots of improvements where its needed. You wont be disappointed you will have a great time.


this is a great Hostel, I´m definitely comming back, sooner THAN later ...this guys are doing an excelent job with this hostel and it would be better every day for sure ! Perfect location and friendly staff ..nice to meet you guys, Antonio

  • 17th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Went over to Rio Soul Hostel for a few days during the world cup and met a group of like-minded, similarly aged Brazilians setting up an exciting place to stay! On entering the hostel I was immediately greeted by people who wanted me to have the most fulfilling stay in RIO - via information that isn't in the average guide books I hope to go to RIO SOUL HOSTEL again for Carnival !!! Many thanks guys and hopefully see you again Alex

  • 15th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


It´s quite a new hostel with lots of things to improve, but they will get there, managed by a group of young people who really wants to improve. Amazing atmosphere located really close to Copacabana. The best thing: THE STAFF. Everybody at Rio Soul were incredible helpful, specially their manager Breno, who could be the manager of a 5 stars hotel. Next time I go to Rio...i wouldn´t dount it, I´m going back to Soul


It is a great place for the location, friendly staff and mostly comfortable. Toilettes could be cleaner and the air conditioner only at night is hard to cope with.


Great location and friendly staff, not a great atmosphere but I definitely noticed changes during my stay to change this. I would stay here again :)


Just put it this way we are going back :-D The staff are so helpful!! Facilities are basic, but the staff make this place a great hostel!


The room was too small. Three floor beds is too much.


Very nice hostel with good climatisation in the bedrooms, and great staff !


Clean and friendly hostel in good location staff common areas fast wifi - dorms a bit crammed - nowhere to hang wet gear after coming back from the beach


The staff was so friendly and helpful and the hostel is within walking distance of most of what we wanted to do and see!


We had a great stay at rio soul, the staff were extremely helpful and ready to please and we received a very warm welcome. Other people at the hostel were very friendly too. Was easy enough getting from the hostel to the beaches and it's right across the road from botafogo bay (wouldn't recommend swimming in it) travelling to Christo redemptor and sugar loaf was easy too, just a bus ride away.

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Hello Michaela, Blimey, thanks very much for such lovely words! Our main duty is to sort the traveller life's out so you won't miss the chance of making the most of your trip, and smiles are always free here :) We wish you all the best, and once again we're glad to know that we've made part on your good travel memories. Cheers! Marcus Vinícius Rio Soul Hostel - Manager

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