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Santa Semente Reviews

Rua Miguel Resende, 328, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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23 Total Reviews
  • 65%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 65%Location
  • 73%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 62%Facilities

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Very kind and lovely staff

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Thank you so much. We're very proud of our staff! We'll tell them that you appreciated them. Thanks again and come back soon.


This hostel is in a bad location for Rio. The staff were barely ever present, and when they were they were often asleep. Dodgy neighbourhood, need to get taxis and taxis don't ever know where the street is. A million better places to stay in rio don't waste your time here.

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Our hostel is located in Santa Teresa, the beautiful, bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. We are up on a hill, but that is also part of the charm of the neighborhood. It's close to everything in Rio, but it's also much calmer. We have staff on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week, during all major events. I don't know how you can say that there were no staff there. Perhaps you had difficulty with our hostel, because it is not a party hostel. It's a calm guesthouse for people to relax!


No hot showers. Weren't allowed to bring in own drinks (even different to those sold at extortionate prices). The staff were rude and unfriendly- one day we came down at 9.50 for breakfast (meant to be 8-10) and were told we had missed it. Instead of arguing, even though we had got up especially, we asked if we could just have a splash of milk if we made our own coffee. We were rudely told no. Rooms were dirty and stank of damp. Far from bus, shop, everywhere

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I'm sorry that our hostel was a bad match for you. On the other hand, your extremely bad behavior forced us to ask you to leave. This comment's extremely malicious tone is based on this. The truth is these guests were extremely drunk and problematic until we had to ask them to leave. Fortunately these guests were the only two we have EVER had to ask to leave. Everyone else here had a good time. Everything here is a lie, except for the broken hot water, which we fixed.


Very happy stay at this place for the most part. Did not appreciate that there was no attempt at hot water, also could have been another bathroom :) also very tricky to find!! Did not appreciate being told at breakfast not to be 'selfish' by staff for taking two buns for breakfast!

  • 9th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Extremely sorry about the problems we had with hot water during the World Cup! We fixed it as fast as possible!


Am impressed on how properly and detailed they give directions to reach the hostel. Owners are straightforward, friendly, and warmth. Breakfast is at 8am-ish, and it is very good, but I hope it was served earlier, say 7am sharp. :) So far it is cleanest hostel I've been to. I miss sitting under their big mango tree on early mornings. Staying there is like home away from HOME.

  • 6th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Philippines
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Shower was the worst I had seen in South America. It stank and was ice cold. The area is good but due to being out if the way the owner could provide a small info sheet for busses and metro etc. instead you get a map drawn on a napkin. Quaint but not good in this age of travel. Most people staying there spent all their time on computers etc and there was little interaction and atmosphere.


Santa Semente has a great feel surrounding it with the 'homely' approach provided by Luke & Sheila. They look after you (including providing a very tasty breakfast each morning), offer advice and keep you up-to-date on relevant local news, etc. The hostel is very clean and well maintained, although you may experience a cold shower! It is tucked away which makes it difficult for taxi drivers to find and is close to a favela, but there is no threat to your safety. A hostel I would recommend.


Excellent hostel with excellent, friendly owners. Brilliant dinner cooked in the hostel and a good breakfast in the morning. Spacious dorms and a very chilled out atmosphere in the evening. Might be a little tricky to find but it's well signed from the streets.

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Thanks for your review! We hope you come back!


A very nice clean hostel. Staff super friendly. Good friendly vibe. Very close to bars if you want to go out drinking.

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Thanks for your review. We think that Santa Teresa has some of the best night life in Rio. Lots of live music and artists in the streets!


Santa Semente is located in Santa Teresa which provides nice exposure to local culture. While there we walked to a local bar and had some burgers while locals played music outside and celebrated Brazil's participation in the World Cup. The hostel itself has a great view of the neighborhood and the city with a nice open rooftop. The wifi was hard to connect to but it worked sometimes. All-in-all we had a good time with guests from all over the world and friendly hosts.

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Thank you for your review! We're glad you had a great, authentic experience in Rio!


I booked one night to see how the hostel was but the owner, an american guy, seemed to be very angry for that. I had to sit down with him and he explained me the rules of the hostel as he was my dad. Next morning I was checking on google maps where I could find another hostel, and that's when he kicked me out of the hostel. Never had such a bad experience in my life. His brazilian wife was very polite, may be she should run the hostel on her own.

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People can come and book any number of nights at our hostel. For everyone who comes to our hostel we give a quick orientation! During the orientation, we tell them about our services, including towels, lockers, and a washing machine. We mention the time breakfast starts and ends, and also the check out time. If the guest wishes, we also can talk about safety and getting around in Rio.


Clean, comfortable, great breakfast and great hosts.


Nice staff, nice atmosphere.

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Thanks for your review! We will tell our staff your compliment.

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