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The LightHouse Reviews

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

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88%

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746 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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77%

The staff were very nice and helpful. Breakfast was basic but it was all you needed. It was close to the beach and restaurants. Very basic and small otherwise.


89%

We had a good stay. The staff are super helpful. Maybe some more variety for breakfast (more fruit especially) would be good. Real juice would also be nice.

  • 26th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


91%

I stayed 4 nights at the Lighthouse Ipanema, was a great stay. Roberta was great at suggestions and giving ideals of where to go and what to do for someone on a budget. I stayed in the 8 bed dorm, was very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was good, the coffee was great... ;) Close to the beach, restaurants, shops and pretty much anything you want.. Subway was nearby, and easy to navigate. Would definitely stay here again.


100%

It's a great place to stay, Roberta is such a great owner and person (and the rest of the staff working there), really like you have a home in Rio and new friends!Place is cosy and friendly and clean, great atmosphere and location (in the heart of Ipanema and few steps to the beach), really all the best to say and recommend! Great hug from Petra, Igor & Hrki to all of you there! :-)


63%

Location of the hostel is close to Ipanema beach and it's cheaper than others in the area. However, the air conditioning wasn't working in the dorm we stayed in which was like sleeping in a sauna and there's not really any common area to chill.


89%

Location is excellent.Close to the restaurant and bar district,but you can still have a quiet sleep.The staff is super nice and helpful!The place is kept really clean and tidy! Nice atmosphere of a small hostel, you get to meet other people. Suggestions for improvements: get a different aircon because it can get loud and very cold in the room when people are trying to sleep. Other than that everything was in perfect order. Thank you Roberta for everything, I hope you have success with the hostel


97%

The lighthouse was clean, simple, and perfect. The staff was friendly and so willing to help! I stayed there alone and made friends quickly, although if you're looking to do things on your own, the atmosphere can be perfect for that as well.

  • 3rd Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Great place, friendly and helpful staff.


63%

We stayed one night at this hostel. Good place to stay if you only care about the location. Dorm is very basic, with only 3 poweroutlets for 8 beds and no bedside lights. Beds are triple bunks. Bathroom is very tiny and not really clean. Especially with regards to the price of the dorm we expected more.


60%

Hostel staff was very friendly and helpful and the location is great. Unfortunately the building is in some dire need of maintenance. The one washroom was tiny and the shower was very dirty. The downstairs shower was cold and if you tried to get hot water it spazzed out and the room started smelling of gas. Air conditioning did not work at all. Have stayed in 3 hostels in rio and this is ok only if you are looking for a place to sleep and don't care about anything else.


100%

Roberta the owner was amazing from start to finish, she's recently taken over this lovely little place and is working hard to put her stamp on it and is doing an amazing job, she's very welcoming and is always willing to help with any problems, directions or activities. This is a very chilled and homely hostel and in my opinion is in the best location in Rio, I stayed in 5 hostels in total in Rio and this was by far my favourite, keep up the great work guys!


100%

The best hostel in Ipanema! I would 100% recommend this hostel, the two girls running it are the best. Never felt more welcome at a hostel and they went over and above to help with any queries and tour booking. In a very safe location in the heart of Ipanema and only 3 blocks from the beach. Great breakfast, beds, shower and wifi. Everything you need!


94%

The staff is cute and helpful.


100%

This is a very small hostel. It is not a party place. There are only 8 beds. That being said, it is in a fabulous location. I've stayed in hundreds of hostels over the years, and Silvia, the host, is the nicest most helpful of anyone anywhere I've ever stayed. She will give you all sorts of insider tips, things to see, and do, and she's just all around fun. Without her this would be a lazy place to stay. Highly recommend a stay here if you want a local insiders input and a place to relax.


97%

An overall excellent place to stay. Always someone there to help you and in a fantastic location. Breakfast is a great time so you aren't rushed to get up and eat before 9am.

  • 13th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Awesome hostel! Perfect location near the beach, restaurants, metro and ATMs, good breakfast, great wifi, very clean! We booked 3 nights and ended up staying 6. Silvia is the best and Alex is awesome, they provide all the information you need and are super friendly and chatty! Had a great time in Rio at this hostel thanks you guys!


89%

Sylvie and her team were great hosts and helped us settle into Rio and the local area of Ipanema very well. Security guy on duty overnight , felt safe at night. Good coffee and breakfast provided every morning. Shared bathroom/kitchen facilities were ok and we had the only private room in hostel which was spacious and clean. Brilliant location to beach/lake/bars etc with botecos on every street corner!


77%

Nice place to stay. Very small, nothing flashy about it, but the hosts are friendly and very willing to help, and it is in a nice location.


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100%

nice place located near Ipanema beach. facilities are very clean, staff is very friendly and great atmosphere overall.

  • 4th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

A very well run hostel in Ipanema - friendly and helpful staff. Ideal if you want to relax.


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