It is easy to find and the street is very secure with its own security guards. There are small monkeys in the trees outside and from the end of the road is a glorious view of Cristo Redentor. It is a three-minute walk from Botafogo's metro station, making it only 20 minutes from the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, and a five-minute walk from the shopping centre, across the road from which is a bus service that takes an hour to the main international airport.
The rooms have the fans going non-stop to keep cool, so you can sleep really well in spite of the rooms being very crowded, but I didn't find that a problem, and nothing went missing (there are also lockers). A bit disgusting was that my mattress clearly had a dried diarrhoea stain, but this is a hostel and they do provide sheets.
The staff are friendly and will chat with you. They speak very good English and are happy to arrange trips for you or do extras like order food to be delivered.
I didn't think much of the breakfast because I'm used to cakes and mousse for dessert, but there is a supermarket nearby.
The WiFi works perfectly throughout the place, and there is a large communal area with TV that plays either news or music throughout the day (not that you should be in a hostel during the day when you're in Rio!).
I must commend the hostel too. On New Year's Eve, the whole neighbourhood apparently lost water. The hostel provided us each with bottles of water so that we could at least have a shower. The only problems otherwise with the toilet facilities are fellow guests who don't flush or don't use the facilities courteously, as the bathrooms themselves are cleaned each morning.
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