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Villa Leonor Reviews

Rua Costa Bastos 681, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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131 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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Villa Leonor is the spot. Incredible gathering spot for good souled people and a wonderful view to boot. Stay here for some magic.

  • 19th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A charmful place with pleasant private rooms and a very friendly staff. We won't forget our breakfast on the terrasse, with a lovely view on the city.

  • 2nd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Lovely stay here at the end of our trip. Stylish, peaceful and that amazing view... Many thanks to Paul and the team - we'll be back!

  • 10th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The terrace is a great place to chill out on and relax with the amazing views of the city, staff are also very friendly.


Nice hostel in Santa Teresa. Lovely views over the city from the common area. Nice staff. Bit of a trek to the nearest metro station 25 min walk. You will definitely get some exercise in staying at this hostel!


Place was ok, staff friendly, nice view from bar. Carnival makes lots of things expensive, so you have to have appropriate expectations. Still,not really was a "deluxe" room. It smelled of the toilet from before we arrived, no glass in the windows but was still consistently hotter than outside, rain or shine; ceiling fan didn't help much. Not a room for summer. It appears you have to ask for it to be cleaned, even for the toilet bin (with toilet paper) to be emptied & for two towels in a double.


The view over Rio from the terrace is amazing. And that's about it... The room was super tiny and stuffed with three bunk beds (hosting six people). In most other hostels, single rooms are larger than this dorm. No windows, ac didn't work, and it didn't look or feel very clean. The staff was very friendly but largely consisted of backpackers who just arrived to Rio themselves, so they couldn't give much advice. All in all disappointing

  • 8th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We're sorry you felt the room was small. Actually, most hostels have more than three bunks in a dormitory: it's not unusual to find 9 or 15-bed rooms in Rio. Ours just has 6 beds and an ensuite bathroom, rather than one down the corridor. There was a day or two when the air con in the room failed after a blackout: we're sorry about that, and the problem has been fixed.


The views from the bar/breakfast area were lovely but it really is a residential area with very little to do and a long uphill walk. Bus number 14 does serve the lovely Santa Teresa bars and restaurants (HIGHLY recommend this area) at the foot of the hill and also Lapa (every 15 mins or so). The place felt a little tired (needing a good clean and general refreshment) and we were disappointed given the good reviews we had read...Still I guess it was cheap for a double room (€20 each)...

Owner Comment (Hide)
There is a shortcut that takes just 5 minutes up from the main street - we do our best to ensure it is explained to guests on arrival. Santa Teresa is spread out over a hillside, so yes, you do need to be active to get the best out of it. We have events in our bar at least every week - usually barbecues with live music. But there is pretty much always something going on every night within minutes of us.


A nice little hostel, good for some time to relax also comes with a great view over the city from the bar !! Its is a bit of a walk up and down the stairs from the street to the hostel, bare that in mind if your not able to walk far/elderly ect.. Not a party place, our room was also very hot, but thats rio in January...

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the compliments on the view and bar. From March we are only going to offer our best double rooms to Hostelworld customers, i.e. the Superior Double with aircon and a view, so the heat won't be a problem and the walk uphill will be more than worth it!

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