We stayed here for about a week and stayed mainly for the low price for the area, but not much else.
The hostel looks great upon arrival; clean, cool, modern-looking lobby with great television and computer facilities, however the problems start when you get to your rooms.
Being in the middle of the Amazon, it gets very hot and humid in Manaus and so we made sure to find somewhere with air-conditioning. However, we found out after we'd checked in that you could only have the air-conditioning on in the night-time here, meaning no relief from the heat during the day.
The pool in the back was great for the first day we were there, but then (despite the immense heat) we didn't even want to look at the pool as it slowly transformed into more of a pond with a slimy scum collecting on the surface. The pool wasn't cleaned the entire time we were there which was such a shame because swimming was all we wanted to do at the hot point of every day.
The 'breakfast' is also a con. Just stale, cheap bread and a couple of spreads. I was annoyed that they could even say breakfast was included when this is what they provided you with.
The kitchen is a great addition to save money, but is small and almost falling apart, and it outside with no protection from the sun meaning cooking lunch meant opting for the lobster look for the rest of the day...
The staff were generally smiling and friendly.
The bathrooms were a mixed bag, I always used the one at the bottom of the hostel as it provided the best water-pressure and space.
The location could not be faulted! We were very lucky to have the Amazonas Film Festival tasking place in the Theatre which is less than a minute's walk away, and the Sunday market is right around the corner too!
They have an offer to get free caiprinhas when staying there if you write a review on here or go on one of their, frankly overpriced, tours. I think this is just a con to get a higher rating here and to get more money out of people as the cocktails themselves weren't great.
The hostel is, however, very sociable and the air-conditioned lobby means everyone gathers there and so you can meet other backpackers.
I would maybe go for a night or two, but I am sure there are other places at a similar price that have nicer breakfasts, let you use the air-conditioning when you actually need it, and have nicer rooms.
Clean the pool, provide a better breakfast, buy a new oven and let people use the air-conditioning as they need to, and this place could very easily get upward of 4 stars...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 20 steps from the famous Teatro Amazonas, GOL Backpackers is the new concept of hostel in Manaus.You are going to stay 7 days in the jungle, sleeping in a hammock and having your wild experience, right?. So, why not take some days to relax and enjoy a good caipirinha on our whirlpool SPA?We offer air-conditioning at all rooms, an amazing pool/SPA and a special bar with cold beer to help you on the 40ºC of the equatorial climate.We keep the same quality of service from our hostel in São Paulo (Gol Backpackers Paulista).Our staff is prepared to help you on your trip and give you the best tips about the city.Join us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mao Hostel Manaus, AM, Brazil