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“Phenomenal Hostel in Rio”
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Refugio Hostel
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Stayed here just before the world cup and absolutely loved the place. Everything was clean, showers worked wonderfully, breakfast was pretty tasty and the staff was very helpful. One of the guys was literally a walking encyclopedia of information for Rio and helped us find everything we wanted to do in the city. Would stay here again without a doubt.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

5 stars! Hostel and neighbourhood are good! Staff make your stay easy and comfortable!! Beds, showers, breakfast are amazing! Ask them about adventure tours like duos irmaos hike! Prices are reasonable and there are good options for transportation(metro only 2 blocks), san salvador square (hipster culture). Stay here! Ciao from italian guy Roberto

Stayed: July 2014
Thank Robert F
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

I recently stayed at Refugio hostel during the World Cup. I would highly recommend this hostel for several reasons: 1) this location is very central to a lot of attractions but not in a place that feels overwhelmed with tourists (like at Copacabana and Ipanema); 2) the location is in a very safe area--there were some parts of Rio that felt particularly sketchy at night and this was not one of them; 3) the desk was staffed 24/7--I mention this because having someone buzz you into the hostel vs going in yourself contributed to the "safe" feeling of the hostel and also because having someone there 24/7 proved to be a great resource for all of our questions about Rio; 4) the hostel is very clean and offers ample amenities for its guests (i.e everyone has an electrical socket, a lamp, plenty of showers, several open lounge areas, an open kitchen, luggage lockers, etc.); 5) the hostel offers tours that are competitively priced--we did not have a lot of time in Rio and wanted to accomplish a lot, having the tours available was very helpful to us and highly convenient as they started and finished at the hostel; 6) lastly I cannot end this review without mentioning the awesome staff, they were extremely helpful and kind and above and beyond on being accomodating.

I would highly recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Plain breakfast, but good location. Five minute walk to the subway station, good security - always have to be buzzed in. Good storage space in the rooms. Friendly staff who advised us about getting to Paraty.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

I loved Refugio hostel prices are ok , super clean , spacious dor, super friendly staff and great breakfast plus in the center of rio :)
I definitely recommend to go there ... Lappa Santa Theresa and the historical center is withinh 5/10min walking and ipanema and copacabana by tube 4station

Stayed: March 2014
1  Thank Sacar_s
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Rooms are big, bunk beds are very high so the one on the bottom could sit without banging his head as it usually happens on bunk beds. Every bed has a reading light and a socket, and there are lockers for everyone. Our room had a balcony, two fans and air conditioning.

There are plenty of showers so you never need to wait.
I was surprised reading the last comment cause everything is being cleaned daily and there's always paper in toilet and bin was never full. Plus there's no limitation for taking as much food as you like. I guess it was written by a mistake or before hostel improved some stuff.

Staff was very helpful and kind, they were super patient and been helping us with anything.

It's not located close to the beach. However, taking a taxi won't be too expensive. (about 20 BRL) . there's also a metro station next to the hostel and it's very cheap.
Actually we liked the location and we felt safer than other areas of Rio.

Overall we had a fun staying and I would recommend to anyone who gets to Rio stay at Refugio.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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1  Thank Dana Z
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

This is the kind of new hostel where you see that the owner and the staff is there and want you to have a good stay but with a lack on the key standards.
The minus are:
- it's not clean, they don't clean enough the bathrooms during the day and not well enough, the paper bin is full very often during the day
- wifi is not working well inside the hostel (not working in our room, not working in the kitchen, only in the bistro area)
- part of the rooms are in a kind of floor between the lobby and the first floor, so you really feel like you are in a cave with a tinted window with poor natural light. The room we had was really small
- breakfast limitation to 5 items is a bad idea
The plus are:
- very good breakfast (but limited)
- staff is very helpfull
- this is well located, in a residential area, 10 minutes from a subway station (largo de machado) and from the easiest way to go to the Corcovado (by direct minibus)
This hostel could really be better, improving cleaning first.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lemouss
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Additional Information about Refugio Hostel

Address: Rua das Laranjeiras 125, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22240-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 835 Speciality Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: £38 - £242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Refugio Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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