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

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688 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Solo female traveller. Positives: location close to beach, main street and metro station, friendly staff who took us out one night, good bunch of people staying who I went out with, free towels, breakfast of fruit, bread cheese ham cake usual stuff. Negatives: none


A really nice hostel with a calm vibe at the heart of Ipamema


Silvia is just an amazing Host, taking time to brief you on the neighborhood, the city, the options how to visit Rio... She is lovely and she also take care of her Hostel in order to provide the best experience to her guests. We were a group of 6 persons and we all agree that Lighthouse is really great. Only 5/10min walking from Ipanema beach, not far from Metro station, many restaurants & bars near by ... :)

  • 21st Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Morocco
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice, small hostel. Staff is very friendly and Silvia the owner was a delight and super dedicated to the hostel. If you get a chance talk with her. Great woman. The location is great, just 3 blocks away from the beach and 2 of Ipanema center. Rooms have AC on during the night which is a must in the summer and the wifi works great in all the hostel.


Really nice place, staff are great. Bit quiet for me.


This place is small but to its advantage creating a lovely atmosphere for people to get to know each other or have their space. The location is great, the staff and owner are lovely too. One of my favourite hostels so far!

  • 19th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The location is great - a couple of blocks to Impanema beach and a metro station. Also lots of great restaurants.


Great welcome from Sylvia who knows all the cool places in Rio. A short stroll to the best beach in the city through a lovely street of shops and restaurants. The street the hostel is on is lovely and quiet at night - a Rio rarity. Highly recommended!


The helpful staff and atmosphere in this hostel is unrivalled to any hostel we have ever stayed in. Alex, Linda and Sylvia are a brilliant help to helping figure out what to do and where to go in Rio and there friendly personalities create a relaxed positive atmosphere in the hostel. Stayed in the private room which was clean and spacious. The only drawback in this hostel was the internet signal is very bad if you want to use it on your phone but there is a PC there that you can use.


Great staff and great location. Very helpful specially Linda, the hostel manager. Location is obviously very good if you're into beach in Rio. To be honest I like ipanema beaches and bars better than pretentious Copacabana (I stayed there for couple of nights for New Years too). Also end of subway line is just steps from hostel. Lighthouse is pretty small - so if you're a mature traveller or couple and not into partying in hostel, then it's a good choice :)


The day stay was friendly, However, the female owner was extremely hostile to my friend and I when we wanted to negotiate a cancellation that was done at 12:30pm (cut-off time was 12pm). We approached her in a professional and she was extremely condescending and rude. In the end, she saw our perspective and since we stay calm and collective she eventually warmed up to us and we settled on the cancellation fee. However, her initial approach left a very bad taste in my mouth.


Had a great time in the hostel, met some really nice people. The hostel has a double room and a 6 person dorm. We had the double room, plenty of space and great value. Excellent location. Staff are very helpful and friendly.


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.


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.

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