This is a stock standard HI hostel. They have various properties throughout Copa, so don't expect to be at the main one (shown), which means no wifi. The location is great for Copa and 15 from Ipenema. I did one of the tours (Jesus, stairs and sugarloaf), which was decent. Staff are complete hit and miss, so don't expect much from them. Also had my passport stolen and bag from the hostel, so be weary (again, no help from staff). Good atmosphere, but that's more because of the ppl staying there!
I didn't think that it was made clear enough that the hostel is in fact a operating museum, and that viewers will be in the building at any time- I had an unfortunate incident when I walked out of the shower room in just a towel to find 30+ people starring at me. I also contracted ringworm from the linen provided. It serves more as a dorm-room hotel than hostel- was no common area for hostel stayers to socialise, which kind of defeats the purpose of one. The place is cool- but not a warm hostel
Cool owner, all very helpful. Had some good times here. It's nothing fantastic, but for all backpackers it's what you need!