Location is good- just up from the action of the town, even if this place is down-wind from the fish market. The staff are helpful and understanding, but they really need to sort something out for answering and opening the door. Some people we met there (and us included) ended up waiting outside to be let in a couple of times, as it's not obvious when the bell is working. Security is good, and the rooms are clean.
FYI - NO FREE BREAKFAST FOR DORM ROOMS This hostel is HUGE. It really has the potential to be a really great place to stay, with good clean rooms, a huge pool (which needs to be heated please) pool bar, normal bar, and regular communal food nights (BBQ etc). However, the staff are awful. They're rude at best, focusing their efforts on chasing tail, snorting or going on and on about how hungover they are. It's like a broken record. It's funny because they're not actually that wild either.
Probably the best hostel I've stayed at in Argentina. Take advantage of the deal for a free wine tour with four nights booked. The bar is good, and there are regular communal nights to get to meet people have a good time. The rooms are good and clean and security is good with large lockers available. The staff are helpful and friendly and there's a pool out back too. The kitchen is sadly tiny and under resourced though, and the location is a 15 minute walk to the action. Would recommend.
Excellent location, next to the main square of the town. Perhaps the best feature is the free wine hour which brings everyone together from the hostel making meeting new people easy. There are cheaper and more sociable places to stay however, which are way ahead in terms of value and facilities (there's no pool table or swimming pool like others offer) and the tours are way too expensive here. It's not a bad place, there's just better for your money down the road (Hostel International).
DO NOT BOOK HERE FOR THE JACUZZI! It's not included in the price and should not be your "clincher". The hostel is in an ok location and has a nice kitchen and common area, but oddly lacks places to sit, making socialising harder than it should be. The breakfast is ok, and there is plenty of fridge room. The rooms are stacked high, and the staff really need to get into the habit of showing people around as they don't seem to think it's necessary. there are better options available.
A really pleasant and extremely clean hostel! The facilities are good, with ample kitchen utensils and large lockers under the beds. The staff have good knowledge on the Penguin, Whale & Seal watching tours and there are two kitchens to use too which is a bonus at meal times. One downside about this place is there's no chill out area - the reception area just feels too much like a cafe - that aside, this is a really good place to stay.
The hostel location is excellent, right in the city centre, with plenty to do right on your doorstep. The tour desk staff were very helpful, but the reception/bar staff less so. It's clean, and there's plenty of space and a decent equipped kitchen. The beers are three times more expensive from the hostel bar than the supermarket across the road which loses some value for money points I'm afraid. There seems to be a lack of nice chill out area here sadly, with the bar area feeling sterile.
Excellent location in the middle of BA, with plenty of bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk. The staff are helpful when you can get their attention, and the dining area large enough for the size of the place. Cleanliness is good and there's good security with buzz-entry and lockers in the rooms. The bar doubles up as reception, which can be noisy at night in the adjacent rooms. The kitchen is okay, but the TV room stinks. They should really develop the roof for parties etc!
This is an excellent hostel with a good pool, a small jacuzzi, and good value bar. The staff here are awesome, really bending over backwards to help out. It's nice to to stay at places like this where the owners clearly put in a lot of effort. The BBQ Nights are awesome, and the layout is really cool and sociable. It's just a shame that there's nothing really local to it - everything to do requires a bus/taxi ride.
An excellent hostel right in the heart of the Lapa action of Rio. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are good sizes and the lockers are large enough to fit your valuables in and more. The vibe here is excellent, with a very sociable kitchen/dining area for meeting new people, drinking games and making food. It's reasonably clean and tidy and a pleasant place to stay.
Lapa hostel is up there with the good ones. The location is excellent, being right in the thick of things in the middle of Lapa. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the place is clean and well run. The kitchen area is good, and provides space to meet new people and have a couple of drinks. The only downside to this place is that it needs a larger common room as when busy, the kitchen just can't hold everyone. They have free Caipirinha hour too. Would definitely recommend.
Average hostel which doesn't really try to be anything special. There are plenty of bathrooms, but only one has a working, lockable door on it. It's a hike up a hill to get to and there's a lack of local shops in close proximity. The staff are reasonably helpful and there's beer available from behind reception. Apart from that, there's not a great deal which makes this place memorable.
The location is decent enough as it's near to a main shopping street and buses. The kitchen is small, dirty and lacks most useful utensils- in fact the entire place needs a good, deep clean and a lick of paint. Toilet roll is not provided (!) but the owner is helpful and seems to mean well. Security is good, with lockable dorm rooms (via padlock) and keypad system on the main doors. I would probably consider other places to stay if I was in the area again.
Very good hostel with a good location. The staff are super helpful, and have good knowledge of the city surroundings and can suggest activities and tours. The xbox is a nice addition, and the swimming pool although small is cool to chill out in. The kitchen includes an oven which is always good to save cash too.
Cool hostel with a nice pool and helpful staff. The drinks could be cheaper, and we found that a couple of blocks towards the beach were more than worth the effort to get double for your money. If the beers were $2500 we would have trebled the amount ordered at the bar. The hostel is super clean, but does NOT include a guest kitchen as shown on the hostelworld discription. The air conditioning is a nice addition to the rooms but the one in our room was very noisy at night.
The staff are friendly and helpful but the room we stayed in really needs some work. The other hostels of the area have much better facities such as lockers and large fridges and bars. This hostel is little more than a shared home. There was no lock for the room door and the beds were uncomfortable and in need of a clean. There was no fans but the wind blew open the door and window boards, banging loudly throughout the night.
Excellent party hostel with decent bar, pool, chillout / TV room, but a tiny kitchen. Sadly the only staff worth talking to are the owners, as the rest seem to be more interested in talking to their friends/checking facebook etc. The location is good and there's a decent vibe here too, and well worth a look. The lockers are these huge wooden boxes on squeaky wheels which make a huge bang waking up everyone in the dorms if you let the lids drop, which is annoying!
Average location and below average security. Expect people from other rooms coming into your dorm for a shower etc, using a spare key from reception. Some of the lockers are just used by the staff as shelves and are therefore unusable. I've also met more intelligent farm animals than some of the staff here. Consider the other options close by for a better experience.