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Samba Green Hostel Reviews

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

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471 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Great hostel! Close to Copacabana beach. Very welcoming staff who always have great recommendations on what to do. Super friendly guests. Would definitely recommend!


Rs35 a night hostel. You get what you pay for. Stayed in better, stayed in worse


Well located hostel with great staff. Beds were comfy and rooms were well ventilated. Breakfast could be improved and cleaniliness, bathrooms were a bit grim in the morning. But overall we really enjoyed our stay!


La ubicación muy buena, en un barrio muy seguro, a 30 min caminando de Copacabana. El internet pésimo, el desayuno muy humilde, y las camas no son buenas pero la habitación tenía un montón de ventiladores, pocos mosquitos y personal muy simpático. No te dejan entrar cervezas de afuera pero las venden a precio turista lo que es excesivo. Lo único horrible, los baños, asquerosos y tapados (como 3) los días que estuvimos


Nous arrivons à samba green , fidele au model des auberges de jeunesse , du monde de l'ambiance tout est rueni pour des rencontres sympas, l'emplacement est relativement bon quoique loin du metro tout de meme , le quartier est sur et le personnel ( excepté une jeune réceptionniste du matin qui ne semblait pas mieux connaitre rio que moi ) etait tres serviable , et compétent .Gros gros hic est la propreté , surtt des sanitaires , mais aussi de la cuisine , vraiment dommage, ça gache le sejour

  • 17th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Llegamos al hostel un sábado por la noche, nos atendieron dos chicos(un uruguayo y un brasilero), muy amables y buena onda. La ubicación del hostel no es buena, no queda muy cerca de la playa y tiene muy pocos lugares cerca para ir a la noche. La limpieza del Hostel es PESIMA, a los baños no se podía ni entrar, y había olores muy desagradables tanto en los baños como en el bar. Los dos dias que estuvimos, no andaba el agua caliente.Tuvimos que ducharnos con agua fria. No lo recomiendo para nada


The location was good. It's near the beach of Copacabana and the neighbourhood is friendly. The staff of the hostel are very nice, specially Carlos who is the man that work in the afternoon. He was very helpfull with us in all our questions. The hostel works with companies that provide tours and transfers to Other places. It was so good

  • 11th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Uruguay
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great hostel, near to Copa, very helpfull the team and the oner.

  • 7th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great friendly place to stay at. Met a lot of people from different places and everyone was kind. I really liked the fact people from the hostel would get together to hangout and bnd with one another.

  • 5th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Samba Green is an amazing hostel. It's very well located (15 minutes to Copacabana Beach, near the subway and with a lot of buses that pass close by), the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the rooms are very nice (stayed in the room without air conditioning and was glad by the amount of fans they had there to make sure the room was cool!). The kitchen and bathroom sometimes get a bit messy, but are still fine. Definitely enjoyed my time there.


Really helpful staff that give great information on the city. It's in the best location, there's many supermarkets and restaurants close by, it's walking distance to Copacabana beach and sugar loaf and the metro isn't too far. Wifi only worked in the reception which doubles as a common room but it's pretty small for everyone to fit. Also the dorms are a bit small and there's not enough room for luggage.


Samba Hostel is located at the south border between Botafogo and Copacabana. The beach can be reach within 15 minutes on foot. The neighbourhood is safe (police station two blocks away). Samba hostel is a party hostel. Better to know that before going! The room can be very hot in summer and the ones with ac don t have any windows (you need to go down few stairs from the ground floor to access them). All in all, if you are looking for parties: go. Otherwise you might like to look somewhere else


Atenção assídua do Carlos, ambiente bem tranquilo, pessoas divertidas, uma pena que não levantei cedo para provar o café da manhã, rsrs.


Una gran estadía! Lo pasamos muy muy bien!


Staff is very friendly. I really love their passion to help. Every single dorm should have air conditioning. Breakfast must start when it is planned to start. Rooms must be cleaned and bins should be emptied every day

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Jens Braun, Thanks, I really love my Staff. 1. You paid for the cheapest room. I have rooms with aircon, why you have not chosen it? 2. We have served the breakfast delayed one day. We had a little problem. Sorry about that, You are right. 3. The rooms are cleaned everyday, and the bins as well. You were here with the hostel full, it ´s hard to keep the rooms organized, but it was cleaned :)


Good hostel for a young age group

Owner Comment (Hide)
You are right. The hostel is for young people by soul. If you do not like them, it will be hard to enjoy hostels.


Super hostel le meilleur de la ville de Rio au niveau ambiance merci Carlos pour m'avoir permis de fêter mon anniversaire là-bas sa restera graver dans mon coeur tout le personnel et Carlos sont aux petits soins pour vous on se sent comme a la maison on a du mal à repartir après je le recommande merci encore carlos, Guillaume, Nacho et Daniel on vous embrasse :)


The delux dorms are really warm and wet basement Staff is very friendly but the owner is not helpful. No shared area to meet people or spend time in the hostel.




Very good vibes in this hostel. The staff is really friendly and helpful and Carlos, the owner, a real Carioca, is still there to share some time with guests, talk about everything and give some tips about Rio.

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