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Vila Madalena Hostel Reviews

Rua Francisco Leitao, 686, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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89%

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930 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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83%

The hostel has a great location within the art district. The hostel is a little bit pricey and the bar isn't exactly backpacker friendly but the breakfasts and kitchen areas make up for it. Also the the first hostel with free hair dryers!! Whoopee


91%

Good backpacker hostel located in one of the safer areas of São Paulo, staff were very welcoming and helped us navigate the city on a map - highlighting the unsafe areas which are unsafe for tourists.


86%

Great place in a great part of town. The staff is very friendly and always very helpful whenver you need something. The place is very relaxed and is owned by a lovely couple. The wife cooks some wonderful dishes, while the husband can talk to you for hours about their local selection of brews


97%

Great hostel, very friendly staff with good recommendations for what to do in Sao Paulo


94%

There's lots of little touches to make the place interesting, a good number of bathrooms and a generous amount of common space to hang out in when you need a break from the city. There's even a hammock. Great map


94%

Great place to stay with very friendly staff! Many thanks!


69%

Generally this is a nice hostel. It has some nice features... A common area with TV, big shower, and a bar open to the public with imported beer. Also its in a nice area. However I recommend not staying in the 12 room dorm if you want peace. It was noisy with people coming and going at all hours, shuffling around in their lockers, and dropping things in the middle of the night. The smaller dorms upstairs looked more comfortable and had the lockers outside, which is probably less noisy.

Owner Comment (Hide)
As you know If you pay a little more you can stay in the 8 bed dorm. Look like your points doesn't correspond with your staying. You told us all the time we are your best hostel have you ever been. Thanks for all comments!

83%

A really nice staff, full breakfast, plenty of bathrooms, more than enough internets, and walking distance from a great place to go out at night. And air conditioning in the rooms


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57%

You can´t bring your own beer, it´s just a very boring hostel.

  • 21st Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
it's a misunderstand you can bring beers, but you can't drink inside the bar. We have a living room and lot's of commom areas for drinking.

100%

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


100%

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)


94%

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!


74%

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!

100%

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


97%

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.


89%

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!


89%

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


89%

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)


91%

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


83%

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


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