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Vila Madalena Hostel Reviews

Rua Francisco Leitao, 686, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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880 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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The place was GREAT! And the staff was very nice and helpfull.


We stayed at Vila madelena for 3 nights and we highly recommend this place. It's extremely clean and very organised, a lot of efforts is put in to this place and attention to detail. Best hostel we been to so far. Amazing location and helpful staff. Stay here if you want a amazing experience in Sao paolo in bohemian area.

  • 17th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great place to stay! Cosy and cool little hostel where they play jazz music in the common area. Safe neighborhood, good breakfast and the owner is really nice and helpful - all the staff is! There is a cool little bar attached to the place where locals come to enjoy good special Brazilian beer. Overall a really nice place, I would go back anytime if staying in São Paulo again:-) warm recommendations!


The hostel was nice but very quiet not much happening the owner was very nice and informative but I don't think k he knows about a backpacker budget beers in the hostel were all local and different but he was charging 20 real a beer and some more (not exactly budget) and also sent us to a pizza place that was about 65 real per pizza nice but again not what a backpacker on a budget is looking for. Nice place and staff though

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Carl, there are beers for R$ 9,00 like all bars, but you chose R$ 20,00. There are cheap pizzas for R$ 20,00, but you chose the best again R$ 65,00. São Paulo is the most expensive city in South America. The hostel was very busy on the bar, but you chose our living room for to be alone. Life is made of choices!


Great hostel in a safe area. I would recommend this hostel to everyone visiting Sao Paulo. They know exactly what you have to visit.


It is a great hostel, people from the staff are all very friendly and welcoming, the room I stayed in was really comfortable. Bathrooms are really clean. The only con, is that it is a little bit far away from the metro station, but it's not that important.


A very cool place in a very fun area, 5-10 minutes from some cool bars and restaurants. Unfortunately a bit of a hike from the metro when you have a heavy bag but it's fine. The owner was very friendly and knowledgable if a litte too talkative at times. He has some great plans to serve local food and craft beer in the hostel that I hope people will appreciate! It's easy to meet people here and a great mix of 50% brasilieros and 50% gringos! Thanks!


The staff are very helpful and the vibe is really nice.


Well to start with this hostel has the best view any, (and i have stayed in quite a few hostels now) any hostel! The staff was very friendly, though some times unavailable. Yes, the route to the hostel is a little shady, but again if you are smart enough it doesnt matter. Over all i'll rate the hostel 4 out of 5.

  • 23rd Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I stayed 4 days in Florianopolis and it was really great. Clean, well located, the staff is very helpfull and generous to take you with them and show you a bit of the "Brazilian life":) I will definitely be back some day


Staff spoke English fine. Atmosphere was great. Great location for sites and bars. Fair walk to/from the metro through.


This hostel is the perfect place if you are travelling by yourself and you want to meet nice people. It's very clean, they serve a breakfast with fruits and coffee in the morning included un the price. It's also totally safe, you can leave your staff on your bed and you can be sure you'll find it when you are back. The location is great, in a safe area where you cab go out alone in the evening, something not very common in sao paulo.


Staff was very friendly and the place is clean. They gave away great tips for what to do downtown! All and all, a great stay.

  • 8th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Toooo far away of the next metro station. Very blasée hostel. No activities to entertain the guests and its really quiet. But at some point to sleep the rooms are badly located - i stayed at #6 - and its impossible to sleep with people arriving or staying at the comum área at night. Not at all what i expected and not good if you are a single traveller. I think has many better ones.Sadly!


Great hostel. Large dorms, comfy beds and nice blankets. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Nice breakfast with toasties, fruit, cereal, baked goods. Great communal vibe. Sick location. No complaints


Located in the most attractive part of the city with its close Samba bar and animated street bars, this is the place to be for having a lot of fun. The hostel owner explains you everything you need to visit the city without wasting your time, show you the "real" Sao Paulo and not a small piece like suggest the lonely planet guide. All the receptionist are friendly and can speak english, they are very helpfull!

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Vila Madalena hostel was an incredible experience. The staff was extremely helpful, on two occasions they went out of their way to help us find information about local events and schedule a taxi for an early morning departure. The atmosphere was laid back and fresh. There was plenty of room and facilities in good condition. This is probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in, value and experience included. Thank you for the great night!

  • 14th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Staff are amazing! The most detailed and comprehensive guide to the area and directions to get to places! Breakfast is good with the normal spread.


Very Nice and helpful staff. The rooms was clean and breakfast was great. Nothing bad to say about this hostel.


Will always be back here when im in Sao Paulo. Thanks guys!!!

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