We booked the hostel nine months in advance through Hostelbookers - and got the confirmation straight away, but two weeks before our trip, checking about airport transfer to the hostel we found out that our booking never existed with Rio Backpackers...
So instead of having a private double, we had a shared 6-bed dorm with no locked door and people coming in and out to get to the balcony even during the night. The mattresses looked dirty and mouldy.
And thinking that our missing booking had been an isolated incident, on the day of our check out there was another traveller really fed up at reception, as it seems they had lost his booking too - or something else, and wouldn't refund his money.
The place has great potential, but it would need to close down for a while for total refurbishment.
There's another bed & breakfast across the road that looks really beautiful and clean. Otherwise, find somewhere else to make your time worth in Copacabana.
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