I chose to stay at El Misti Rooms for my first trip to Rio after cross-checking the place on Hostel World and Trip Advisor. There wasn’t much online about the place but I decided to give it a try. The place turned out to be a gem.
First off, it’s easy to confuse the multiple El Misti locations in Rio and other cities in South America – it is a franchised hostel (which also means they have a brand reputation to keep up). This review is for “El Misti Rooms” in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.
It’s an extremely clean place. I actually had trouble getting into the bathroom most days because the maid was in there scrubbing everything down so frequently, a good problem if you ask me.
It’s also very cheap. A room costs $15-$30 USD per night. I went for the 4 bed room and would recommend paying the extra few bucks to get it – it means less shuffling at night, less heat at night, increased ability to get to individually know your roommates and better storage space.
For booking four nights they offer a free airport transfer on your arrival – an amazing offer considering this place is only a hostel. My transfer took over an hour in rush hour traffic and would have cost me at least $70 BRL from a street taxi.
Breakfast is free each morning, offering plenty to fill you up before you begin your day. A chef is brought in six nights per week to cook amazing Brazilian dinners for <$20 BRL for a plate. I highly recommend the dinner chef's food.
They also have contracted with several tour groups to offer built in day trip experiences. I highly recommend the city day tour - you get transported to all the big Rio attractions for a good price with a knowledgable tour guide.
Overall I would highly recommend El Misti rooms to anyone looking for a very cheap accommodation in Rio de Janeiro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To get to know the ¨Cidade Maravilhosa¨ staying in a cool place and meet people from the entire world spending very little money? You will find all that at El Misti Rooms, a very cozy hostel located only a few blocks from the beach which counts with private rooms and shared dorms equipped with lockers and linen; a welcoming living room where plenty of Brazilian music is played; a well equipped kitchen and even a dining area. In addition, low cost dinners and low cost buffet breakfast are offered every day and the courtesy of free Wi-Fi. Its staff is composed by young cariocas and foreigners. They will provide great assistance and information about tours, parties and even about El Misti Experience**, a programme that offers courtesy tours with a Misti staff member. Fully enjoy your next trip to Rio de Janeiro by choosing El Misti Rooms. A highlight: This hostel is very close to Ipanema and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. El Misti Hostel offers you a free pick up upon your arrival in Rio de Janeiro from the airport to our hostel. Minimum stay 4 nights and one of these two conditions: For bookings of 1 to 3 people: The total booking value must be equal to or higher than R$250. For bookings of 4 to 6 people: The total booking value must be equal to or higher than R$500. In order to get the free transfer, passenger has to reserve with the hostel or our Booking Center at least, 48 hours in advance. Please note that in case of flight delays or cancellations, it is the passenger's responsibility to inform El Misti about the new time of arrival. In case the passenger has not informed sufficiently in advance to our staff about the delay , El Misti will not be responsible for the transfer charge. The passenger will be held responsible for the total amount of the transfer in. Schedule: This free transfer service is offered between 07.00am to 10.00pm, with the exception of 25/12, 31/12 and 01/01, days when we DO NOT OFFER pick up. The transfers are done every hour by van. Right to use the service is subject to time and space availability. ** Subject to availability NOTE: check-in is as from 1pm and the check-out is until 11am. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Misti Rooms Rio De Janeiro, Brazil