I originally stayed at Discovery for one week while doing a language course in the Centro area of Rio. I ended up coming back 3 times, and the hostel really does feel like home.
The owners/staff put a lot of effort into making this a nice place to be - not only keeping it clean, but also chatting to guests and helping people out. Zion's BBQ was excellent - the food was great and the hostel had a real buzz to it, not in a 'party' way, more of a chilled out vibe. I also did a Forro dancing class, followed by a group trip to a Forro club, which I wouldn't have done had I not stayed here. I think one of the best things is that even though there is lots going on, there is never any pressure to get involved. If you want a quiet night, there is still enough space for that.
As a solo traveller it is a great place to stay, as the common areas make it easy to meet people. Breakfast is good, based around bread and cheese, but more adventurous and better quality than most hostels I've stayed in - again you can tell that the staff put effort into preparing it each morning. The kitchen is well
equipped, and used quite regularly by guests. The dorms are very well separated from the living area, which really adds to the 'homey' feel. There is a blackboard with suggestions for things to do each day, which ranges from make tourist attractions to more obscure ideas.
Location-wise, it really is less than 50m from Gloria metro station. Santa Teresa and Lapa are very easy walking distance, Centro is a bit further, but definitely walkable if you want. Getting the metro to Copacabana/Ipanema beaches takes about 15min. There are also plenty of buses passing right by the hostel - I found them confusing at first, but once you understand the geography of the city they start to make a bit more sense.
All in all, I can't thank the staff at Discovery enough for being so friendly during my stay in Rio. It definitely wouldn't have been the same without this place, and I would definitely come back again in future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Developed by world travelers, Discovery Hostel in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, provides backpackers and budget-minded globetrotters all the comfort of a boutique hostel and the coziness and warmth of a home-stay. We have a strong focus on creating a clean, open and friendly social environment making Discovery Hostel the ideal base for travelers who want to explore Rio and have an experience of a lifetime. The premises include: fully equipped kitchen, computer's lounge, reception & tourist information desk, TV area, bar & chill out patio. Pamper yourself with our customized beds, thick mattresses, big lockers, personal control lights, A/C and all the relaxation you will need for a good night's sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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