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Rua Girassol, 1262 Vila Madalena, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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92 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 93%Facilities

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I have stayed around 10-15 hostels in São Paulo and have seen most of the hostels and this is definitely one of the best, if not the best one. Since 2007, when there were only 4-5 hostels in the city, São Paulo has seen a growing number hostels in recent years, 50-60 right now, however a lot of the hostels are of bad quality. Everyone wants to convert their regular house to a hostel these days, and cash in on the World Cup, Olympics... Stay in a REAL hostel like the one.


Amazing hostel! The beds are FANTASTIC and there are outlets in the lockers. The shower is really nice and hot. The kitchen is awesome and the beers are cheap. The walk to the metro will give you a little workout with the stairs but once you are there it is easy access to everything. Amazing grocery store a few minutes away and lots of cute bars and restaurants. The Wifi works everywhere and has a strong signal. Overall, one of the best hostels I have stayed at around the world.


Warm showers and air conditioning- a combination you won't find in most hostels. The staff is super friendly and always willing to help. The hostel is located in great neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and night life. You are also only a short stroll to the metro, which is essential when visiting Sao Paulo.


Really liked this hostel! The staff were super helpful and the beds were great. It's well designed so the rooms didn't get too cold and all the people there were really nice.

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Dear guest, thank you very much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed our staff and also the design of our rooms. The only thing we got a bit sad is about your rate for Value, since we gave you a free upgrade to a 6 bed mixed dorm with bathroom ensuite, equiped with air-conditioning and breakfast included. We think 50 reals a night for a room with all that facilities is not really expensive. Anyway, even though we are sad we also respect your opinion. All the best, the Viva Hostel team


Good host would stay here agian.. nice dorms!


A really great hostel! Clean, comfortable, modern...great common space to meet other travelers. Amazing staff: one of the employees, German, took the day to show me around the city personally. Really amazing to have my own individual tour guide...never seen anything like that offered at any other hostel. Had a great time at this hostel!


Really beautiful hostel, nice staff and love the pods. Plugs in the pods and lockers which is a huge plus. If the cleaners stepped it up a notch this place would be 100%! Just little things like having to ask for toilet paper, hair on the floor, that sort of thing. Easy things to improve and you have a perfect hostel.


Really great hostel in Sao Paolo with good breakfast!


In a really good location. One of the best hostels I have stayed in. Breakfast could have carried on for longer, but all staff were really helpful in helping us see different places in sao Paulo and very welcoming. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Only stayed here for one night, but it was good. Kind staff. Very modern hostel. The way the bedroom is set up gives you more privacy and comfort than in most hostel. I def recommend this place if you want to stay in Vila Madelena.


Nice place. Seems to have a few people staying there for longer periods of time not really backpackers. A lot of hills to get to the hostel or anywhere near the hostel. But clean and friendly.


I've been to many hostels yet I've never left a review on hostelworld but this hostel definitely deserves the credit. Great modern design and space. I was in the 8 mixed dorm and you get your own private bed. Breakfast was great, 7 min walk to the metro station and the faculty was super helpful! They take their time with you, look up places on the internet of your interest and prints directions when needed :)


The hostel is brand new and a model of how a hostel should be. Everything has been designed to provide maximum comfort. The beds were projected in brick in a way to give the guest also some privacy. It's very clean. The staff is super nice! And the steps you need to climb to get there from the subway really worth it!


Brilliant hostel, more like a hotel. Very clean, great breakfast. Enjoyed our stay. Staff very friendly.


Definitely one of the best hostels I have ever visited. The design of the Hostel is amazing, the beds are extremely comfortable and with sockets and reading light each and the breakfast is very good. I have met a lot of amazing people there.


Fine place to stay with very helpful staff.


very nice place, great facilities, nice staff, cleanliness very good.. location is regular, 10 minutes walking away from metro station, and just a few restaurants and bars in the area to go out at night.. but would definitely recommend this place for a nice and quiet stay in Sao Paulo

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear guest, thank you for all your compliments! We would just like to add that, in fact, we are located only 15 minutes walk from the vibrant area of ​​Vila Madalena, so it's hard to understand when you say there are only a few restaurants and bars around. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and it makes us proud when you say you will definitely recommend us! Thank you!

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