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CityLights Hostel
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

I simply can't say anything bad. The location is great - very close to villa Magdalena which has the best nightlife and art, plus easy to get into other areas for different sightseeing. Everywhere is spotless and the showers are amazing - hot with great pressure and lots of space. The rooms are new and smart - each bed has it's own light and plug socket right next to it so everyone can control their environment easily and safely. A lovely open area and kitchen for cooking and socialising. Best of all is the vibe and staff - chilled, cool and welcoming. Check out their soundcloud page for some awesome contemporary mixes. Big thanks to Rafael for so much great info on the amazing city of São Paulo plus onward trip planning. Can't wait to go back!!! Stay here!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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1  Thank IshbelHD
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

I always have been skeptical about staying in hostels . I have never been to any until I came to stay at Citylights. I had planned to stay one night and I found myself staying for more than 2 weeks. I have to say i felt like home away from home, the place is clean, its located near most tourist activities, busses and train stations are few streets away. Access to free wifi, safe environment, clean bathroom, comfortable rooms ,super friendly staff ready to help or to guide you if you want to venture in the city . You have to know Lucas (one of the partners) he lives on location and he will tell you everything going on in the city, (night bike tour, local hangouts ,dive bars, places to go on a given night only locals know . 2 thumbs up , to Lucas, Fabiana, Jessica,Raphael, thanks for making my stay enjoyable and changing my thoughts about staying in a hostel...

Room Tip: ask for the room for 4 on the second floor, its window is on the side of the bld, so you have minimal sun and shade, very important if you go during summer because it gets warm at sunrise...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Rudym7
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

I've been in São Paulo before and I always stayed in top rated hostels in the city, and I can tell, CityLights Hostel has the best environment for travelers, always clean, staff super helpful, nice common areas, comfortable beds and rooms, nice showers, quite good breakfast and amazing music. Located blocks from Faria Lima metro station and the best bars in town. Thanks CityLights had a great time!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
5  Thank Jorge G
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Nice place and staff, includes a really nice buffet breakfast. Room with AC, WIFI and a comfortable bed. The location is really good, and safe, considering the ideas that I had about Sao Paulo's safety before visiting. It's very close to bars and pubs.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Veronica C
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

So my friend and I hadn't stayed in a hostel in over 5 years so weren't sure what to expect. Walking in there was a great party on in the courtyard and lots of friendly people with welcome drinks. They weren't actually staying at the hostel, just friends of some of the people who run the hostel.
Citylights has around 8 rooms, some ranging from very nice and luxurious private rooms and others two bunk beds with a desk and sink. Bathroom is good, clean and tidy they have extra showers and separate toilets next to the bar downstairs.
Drinks at the bar are very affordable and the hostel is ten minute walking distance from the famous Batman Alley and the lesser famous Faria Lima Metro.
It was difficult getting cab drivers to find the way back at night despite the cabbie having a satnav which was a little frustrating but it was about 30 minutes MRT from all the art galleries and historic parts of the city.
The food they prepare for you is pretty good and they have a kitchen and nearby grocery store if you feel like preparing your own fruit or even a cooked meal! The breakfast, while simple is excellent, bread, cheese, jam, some meats and delicious brazilian coffee!
Would stay again

Room Tip: Shared rooms are nice but go for the private room if you can!
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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