Stayed here for 5 nights with my sister. First time to Brazil and it was a last minute decision so booked this hostel as it was cheap and one of the few still available, the reviews looked good but I wasn't expecting too much after the price..
When we arrived at the hotel. We were greeted by a friendly gentlemen who checked us in and while he did that he gave us maps and information about the area which was great. We were showed to our room which was a double room which you had to access by walking through the male dorm - not ideal as you didn't get the privacy you wanted in a double room as you had to disturb the male dorm to walk though, I felt terrible locking the room when I went out as I felt like it was rude to the males in the other dorm.
The room was clean and had the facilities we needed. The beds were made although no towels were provided. There was air con in the room but you had to request this downstairs. There was a television in the room but no remote. The room was adjacent to another dorm which you could not access but you could hear very clearly. The shared bathroom facilities were poor, only one warm shower so had to que up for the shower in the morning. The bathroom was down the corridor fom our room.
During the 5 nights that we spent in the room, we had very little sleep. I am a heavy sleeper and I struggled to get a wink of sleep. The room has two very large windows, one with clear holes in the shape of a cross which meant all the noise from outside came in and it was extremely loud, the buses run all the time which is not the hostels fault of course but the noise was unbearable. The room was right on the main road so you heared everything from dogs barking to beeping outside.
The hostel was quiet which meant we didn't get the chance to meet other travellers so we did not spent any time in the hostel in the evenings but there is a television room with books and guides about the area.
The breakfast was exactly what you would expect from a Rio hostel - cheese and ham toasties! There was also biscuits, crackers, dulce de leche, chocolate milk and then tea and coffee but never any juice or water which I was disappointed to see.
The hostels location is good as you are just 5 minutes walk to the metro station. The road is safe and we did not feel vulnerable at any time. There are no safes in the room but we didn't need one as we locked the door when we left the room. You cannot get in the hostel without calling the bell which I thought was great as it adds to the security.
Overall an experience but I would not recommend this hostel. Stay at Bossa hostel just down the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- O Rio Aplauso Hostel possui os melhores quartos compartilhados. Todos com ar-condicionado e ventilação natural. Funciona num casarão que é Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico da cidade do Rio de Janeiro, e que integra o chamado Corredor Cultural. Está localizado no Centro da Cidade, a apenas uma quadra dos Arcos da Lapa e de Santa Teresa. Rio Aplauso Hostel has the best mixed dorms (all with air-conditioning and natural ventilation). The hostel has its headquarters in an old mansion that belongs to Cultural Tour and the Historical-Artistic patrimony of Rio de Janeiro. We are located in the center of the city, just one block of Arcos da Lapa and Santa Teresa.In just ten minutes from the hostel guest arrives at Santos Dumont Airport, the Marina da Gloria and Vivo Rio. The location is perfect for those who want to enjoy the most exciting nights in Rio, with nightclubs of the most varied musical styles.Around the hostel we have the most famous houses of samba, bars, restaurants, cultural centers and our wonderful Municipal Theater. We are just 10 minutes from the subway Cinelândia, making it easy for guest access to beaches and Maracanã Stadium. We offer great accommodations and a delicious breakfast buffet. Enjoy the most charming place of Lapa! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Aplauso Hostel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil