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Samba Palace Reviews

Rua Alice 97, Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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165 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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They used to have a great breakfast, but last time I was there it was so poor. It will define if I am going to stay there again or not.


This hostel is fine to stay one or two days! The staff is very nice, but the rooms were dirty, and the location was not the best you can find!


I stayed two days at the hotel and enjoyed it, the breakfast is great and the staff are very friendly.


This is not an expensive hostel and you get what you pay for - the facilities are average at best but sufficient for a quick trip to Rio (we stayed 1 night just to be able to catch a flight to Campo Grande). As a note, we had paid for an airport transfer through the hostel and the driver never showed up. Upon prompting, they did eventually call the owner (who got in touch with the driver) and we got our money back and catch a cab (and it cost R$20 to Dumont as opposed to the $40 they charged).

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What I liked about the place is staff and breakfast. I stated in Samba palace for a week and the room was cleaned once. I also had cockroaches in my room. And to showers I had to walk to the other end of the hostel.


As i wrote in a paper , i think a place that has beaches should have places where are hookers to hang the towels, Offering me a laundry, instead of a hooker its like offering me rice when i want meal Every day in a beach the towels are humid and underwear hadnt place to hang Not even a chair in the room, i think you could improve that anyway, thank you, very nice place and cute to recommend


Experience very bad. Not recommend!! Place too bad, not restate the snack at breakfast , dirty rooms sell tourist packages of poor quality , little attentive managers with the problems of people that host

  • 2nd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It's a hostel only to spend the night. Bathrooms are not always clean and bedrooms are standard. It's located at a neighborhood quite far from beaches but there are lots of buses one block away that can take you anywhere. If you only want to spend the night, is a good place.


Great staff during carnaval. Especially Julia who works at the front! Always made sure guests were having a great time! Good atmosphere!


A great hostel to stay in. The atmosphere isn't fantastic in the communal areas so I wouldn't recommend going if you are a solo traveller- but the rooms are clean with lockers (that had plugs in them- so useful!) The breakfast isn't great though. There is so much to do in Rio that you don't really want to hang out in a hostel for a long time during the day- but if you're the kind of person who would want to do that then this isn't the hostel for you I don't think!


Awesome hostel with a really good set-up.


Apparently one shower only works when the other one is on.

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Thank you so much for your feedback :) Showers has been fixed 3 weeks ago and now they work pretty good !! :)


The staff at the hostel are the best! it's a really nice place and well located too, BIG and i mean BIG place! you'll love it.

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Thank you !! We are really happy that you liked !!! A big hug and lots of love from Samba Palace Team! :D


Great hostel and really good atmosphere. Short cab ride to all of Rio's attractions. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was one of the best ive ever had at a hostel, was more than just your traditional Brazilian breakfast. Common rooms were awesome with 2 different tv's you can watch. The only thing i found bad about Samba Palace was that the wifi at times did not work very good. Other than that, i would recommend this place to anyone and i would stay here again

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Dear guest, Thank you very much for your feedback. It is very important for us to continually improving our service and making it even a better hostel :) Lots of love and safe travels!! :D


Expensive but it was during the world cup. We had descent size en-suite double room with tv/ac. Well run, secure hotel with good atmosphere.

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Dear Macdara, Thank you for your comment. We are really glad that you liked the room and the atmosphere :) Two of the most important things we make sure is that everyone feel comfortable and enjoy staying at our hostel! Once more, thank you for staying with us and for your feedback ! :)


This hostel has amazing facilities that are regularly cleaned throughout the day. But sadly breakfast is only served from 8-10 which is obnoxious since most of the tours we did while in Rio picked us up around 7:30. And with the exception of two people, the staff is also rather unfriendly and not very helpful.

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Dear Mel, We are very sorry to hear that your were unhappy staying with us.Breakfast is served from 8-10because mostly backpackers are never up that early to eat and never complained about the time.Its our first complain and I'm truly sorry to hear this.If you had informed reception, for sure we would make an exception.We are really surprise to hear this and also about the unfriendly part. It's always difficult to deal with people of different cultures Thank you very much for your feedback :)


Enjoyed my stay. Staff was very helpful & were very available for questions. Lots of TV's to watch the World Cup games. Only issue was air conditioner didn't work in the room. Other than that I enjoyed my stay. Also I liked them as they didn't over charge for the World Cup like other hostels did. Thanks for that =)

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Dear Juan, We didn't know the air conditioner wasn't working in your room. It probably was not on and if you had communicated the reception. For sure we would solve that problem immediately! Every air conditioner in all rooms has been checked the day before yesterday and they are working perfectly right now! Thank you so much for your comments , they are very important for us and also for staying at Samba Palace :)!!


This is a really cool hostel, rooms are big and airy and the bathrooms were all really clean. There is a bar/hang out area downstairs and the staff are really friendly. It is in a neighbourhood called larenjerias which is a bit far out from copacabana and the other main areas, no metro near by so you have to take the bus or taxi to get places which is a downside. The communal computers didnt work which was annoying.

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Dear guest, Thank you very much for your feedback. It is very important for us to continually improving our service and making it even a better hostel :) Now we have 2 other new computers and hopefully 5 will be enough to make our guests happy!! Once more , thank you for staying with us and for your comments :) A Big hug from Samba Palace Team :D


awesome hostel


The hot water supply in the showers was intermittent to say the least, but aside from that a decent base to explore Rio. Bar staff are cool, and breakfast is decent for South America.

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Dear guest, Thank you very much for your feedback. It is very important for us to continually improving our service. Showers has been fixed 3 weeks ago and the hot is amazing now :) Once more, thanks for your comments and for staying with us :)

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