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Samba Green Hostel Reviews

Rua Alvaro Ramos, 394, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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470 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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I love the location of Samba Green. Botafogo is an authentic neighborhood, but close to many tourist attractions. Carlos, the owner, is the friendliest person you will ever meet. He knows EVERYTHING about Rio, and takes his personal time to answer questions. If you want to explore Rio beyond Cristo and Sugarloaf, this is the place to stay. The rest of the staff was friendly and knowledgeable as well. The bed was comfortable, and the lockers looked new. Also had security cameras

  • 23rd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The conditions in the hostel were worse than we had expected. Internet didn't work in our room, the kitchen was really dirty (we had to wash the dishes before eating, clean the table etc), the fridge was dirty and full of leftovers, people would smoke inside and we saw so many people at the reception desk that we're still not sure who works there and who is just a guest at the hostel. Our room was dirty and the bathroom awful. Breakfast consisted of old bread and ham and cheese.

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Kelly, I am so surprised. I asked you a lot of times if you and your girlfriend were enjoying and you answered that everything was really well. Some brazilians book a hostel expecting a hotel service but they want to pay the hostel´s price. We noticed that you were different kind of guest, but "o my gosh" i did not expect that craziness. I am just trying to understand why guests from europe loves so much the service provided and you girls from Sao Paulo hated it so much.


Very friendly staff, the owner will go out of his way to show you Rio. You will very comfortable there especially thursday when you get free caipiriana!


A nice hostel with very helpful stuff. They spent lots of time explaining me how get round the city, what to and how. It was cool since Rio its a big city with bunch of thing to do. I recommend for anyone who wants experience Rio as much as its possible in a short period.


Super hostel ! Carlos le gérant est super sympa et très "helpful " ! chambres clean, volontaires cool et quartier de Botafogo qui est un bon choix ! seul hic, le breakfast est pas folichon ! Go there !


Carlos is a warm and friendly host. He understands Rio de Janeiro very well and will do his best within reason to respond to any problems that may arise. He also has many suggestions if you want something to do such as beaches, bars, or even economical tips. This hostel is located in a great, safe location. It’s a 5 minute walk to many bus stations that will take you from Christ, Lapa, natural parks, or Ipanama. taff members made great recommendations for touristy activities.

  • 12th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great place to stay. I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice place with a great location with amazing staff. The staff are super fun, give great recommendations and speak multiple languages making it easy to find tours, hidden gems, and enjoy the city to its fullest. The place is clean, and safe with a locked gate. Breakfast every morning on the patio is also a plus. Overall, great atmosphere, great people and great vibes.


This was of the finest hostel i ever been and this is why: the guys who work there only works for a part time job so for tje rest of the time they will go out with you. The atomsphere there is real cool abd chilled . Highly recommended

  • 10th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Israel
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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