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The LightHouse Reviews

Barao da Torre, 175. Casa 20, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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658 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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Could not be happier of having chosen this hostel. Everyone working there is super friendly and helpful, and since its located in a closed little alley it is super safe and comfortable. Although it is small it is super cozy and very well located (felt super safe walking around the neighbourhood. This is my hostel of choice from now on in Rio.

  • 21st Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice quite hostel only stayed one night was good to crash for the night and staff were very nice


the staff and the owner are very nice and gave us a lot of helpful insider-tips (all in very good english). The atmosphere was chilled, warm and uncomplicated. The double room was musty, but it had a window (more for light than for air) and it was big and quite. For us it was because of the great staff, the location and the good price one of the best hostels in Rio.


The staff make this place as it's so small great for meeting people. It's clean and in cute location in a courtyard. Other than that not much else going on re organised events or facilities etc. Average breakfast. Decent value given rio is a pricier location in South America.


Alex is a great host, the hostel is well located in Ipanema, a cool neighbourhood


small, quiet and very good located place.. poor facilities, cleaness regular in both tiny bathrooms, but good value for money, OK to spend there 2 o 3 days in Rio de Janeiro


Fantastic hostel! Though it may be small, this gives it a home-y feel. Silvia is brilliant and makes you feel right at home - happy to help with suggestions, advice, directions, etc. Milton and Sergio are absolutely brilliant as well and take care of the place during the evenings. The location is a couple minutes walk from Ipanema beach, which is gorgeous. Easy tram link to get to the city and plenty of delicious restaurants around. Highly recommend staying here!!


Enjoyed this hostel. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Breakfast has fresh bread and.fruit. Very small so not a party hostel but still sociable. close to metro, bus stops, shops and banks AND the beach.


I had an excellent stay at the Lighthouse. The location, staff and hostel itself were all wonderful. It is small and quiet, so if you are looking for a party hostel this is not the place. But if you are looking for somewhere clean, with friendly and helpful staff, and a good nights sleep, then this is a great option. Thanks Nina for the chat and all the tips about places to see in the city. Hopefully I'll be back to stay again!

  • 24th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A great hostel in Ipanema. Not a party hostel so not for everyone. It was perfect for my husband & I. It's in a cute little "village" along with some residences and other hostels.

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