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The LightHouse
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great hostel, great people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

First time staying in a hostel, and it was a great experience. Lighthouse is located off of a small side "street/ally" behind a newspaper stand (it blocks the view of the gate entrance if you're in a cab), all the way at the end on the left. Many hostels are located in that little hostel alleyway. From when I first booked, Karina sent me an email welcoming me and she maintained her hospitality throughout (so friendly with her "Hi Honey!" and "What do you need honey?"). It's a small hostel (8 beds and 1 private double) so you get to know people who are staying with you pretty quickly. Everyone was pretty friendly, and the staff really was very informative, always there the answer questions and give their insight. They provide some good tours through a third party provider (I highly recommend the city tour that goes to the Christ statue, Sugar loaf, Cathedral, Stairway, etc). The staff is very down to earth and it seems like they genuinely want you to fully enjoy your stay while you are there and will help you in any way they can. Overall a really good vibe here.

Location is solid, 3 blocks away from the beach, and lots of restaurants and bars near by. Close to transportation as well. Public bus system can seem to be overwhelming, but you get used to it after you try it once. Otherwise just take a taxi, they are everywhere.

The room is a bit small and beds squeak when you move around (especially on the top bunks), but you're only paying about $30USD in Rio and getting so much more, so why complain? Room can get a bit humid with all the towels hanging there, but you have an AC and a fan if you need it. Plenty of lockers for valuables (bring your own padlock). Couches downstairs have thin cushioning, but it's not really an issue. Bathrooms have hot water, I suggest use the one downstairs, it's roomier. They are cleaned pretty often. Breakfast is provided in the morning, just basic fruit with bread/ham/cheese and a George Foreman grilling machine so you can grill your breakfast sandwich if you want. Coffee and purified/spring water is available at all times. Beer/soda/etc from the fridge is $3, honor system on the payment (you mark your name on the fridge). Wifi is however charged, but it's only 5 real total for the duration of your stay (on multiple devices if you have a laptop and a phone for example) so not too much of an excess charge at all.

Overall I would definitely recommend to friends who are looking for a place to stay. It's a very homely feel with a very welcoming staff, and the people who roll through there seem to be pretty decent and friendly. Decent facilities, and solid location at a fair price. Couldn't ask for much more...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

We booked after reading all the great reviews but I was initially disappointed and thought about leaving. We arrived after dark so that didn't help but the sheets/towels were thin and stained (although freshly laundered) and the bathroom was grotty with a small shower cubicle and toilet for the whole floor (10 people- another one downstairs by the kitchen). The door handle on our room kept falling off and the shelves were covered in dust. It was the most expensive hostel on our travels through Arg/Brazil so I was expecting better.

However, in the bright light of day, it was v close to the beach/restaurants. Ipanema is a v nice area and I can imagine that rent for property is v high. The staff were lovely and v helpful, knew all about buses, areas to go/avoid etc. The wifi is not free (5 R for password) but generally quite quick (when it wasn't kicking me off). The guests all were nice and I would imagine that if you were travelling alone it would be a good place to,meet people and relax.
Also note that the metro is not currently going to Ipanema as they are working on the line so you need to get the replacement bus to copacobana first.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

Fantastic staff, clean room and a nice intimate hostel. The location was perfect, close to the beach, lake, shops and restaurants. Breakfast was great and there was free drinking water and coffee that you could help yourself to all day long. The bathrooms were fine and the guests were all friendly - good to have a chat with and compare experiences. We stayed in the private room which was lovely.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

The Lighthouse is a small and intimate hostel in a great area. The hostel staff are available, friendly and helpful. They even organised to post belongings I had left in Brazil back to Australia for me!! I cannot recommend the personalised approach which you are given here more highly! The staff give expert advice on any part of Rio which you want to experience: relax, party, sight see, walk, beach, shopping - anything, they can organise it! Start your Rio experience at The Lighthouse and you will not regret it!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ibiza, España
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

the room is nothing special but you have you bed and you meet nice people.
if have to recomend some hostel in ipanema would be this one or the near to (Harmonia).
Both in the same bord walk, quiet, near the beach and the main street.
The employes can t be better. explain everything and care about you. shows you the best places and always smiles.
Thanks

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

WE just had such a fabulous stay at The Lighthouse. We currently live in Buenos AIres and wanted to take a vacation and ended up here. If you want to be close to the beach, an amazing lake, hang with awesome staff, and meet amazing travelers, then look no further. What I liked most about the hostel was that it was a fairly older crowd (25-40), and a smaller hostel of a total of 10 people, a really cozy setting. Breakfast was great, accompanied by hot coffee...need I say more.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

The hostel is in Ipanema, a quick walk from the beach, which is really nice, and not too far from the next metro station.
Unfortunately the room we stayed in was really tiny, just beds, no space for anything else, and the hostel had in total only 2 bathrooms with each one shower and one toilet inside of them, which is in my opinion too few for about 10 people staying there and getting up at a similar time to get breakfast. Also, because the space is so limited, you have no privacy to even change your clothes...
But the staff working there was really nice, and in a city like Rio you shouldn't spend that much time in the hostel anyway. And it had airconditioning! The only hostel on my trip through Brazil!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The LightHouse
Address: Rua Barao da Torre 175 | Casa 20, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-001, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 757 Speciality Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cute, small and quiet place located within Ipanema, one of the most beautiful and well-known areas of Rio de Janeiro. Only 3 blocks from the beach surrounded by a wealth of restaurants, shops and of course bars and clubs. We have a gorgeous double room and 8 bed mixed dormitory. ... more   less 
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