It's a bit shabby, but the people who live here really make the place, and it's a few minutes from Ipanema and Copacabana beach. If you're looking to travel on budget, this place definitely encourages it! Give it a try, it really isn't that bad!
It was a bit quiet when I went so I can't really judge atmosphere well, but the staff were really helpful and it has a nice bohemian vibe. Easy to get around too and dorms are nice.
Beautiful location and the staff were so helpful! I stayed in low season so it was a bit quiet, but I can imagine it's pumping in Summer, especially with all the activities they have to offer. It's a bit of a trek, but definitely worth it :)