This was far and away the best hostel we've ever stayed in. I am honestly baffled that anyone could give this place less than a very good rating, so I'll try to justify and clarify my view a bit:
The staff was incredibly friendly. Contrary to an earlier review, several of them do speak english very well. This place is owned and operated by a group of women who have tried (and very successfully) cultivated a more "guesthouse" or "pousada" feel to the accommodations. The complimentary breakfast that is included in your rate was hands down the best we found in all of Brazil- freshly made bread, your ham and cheese, great coffee, an assortment of teas, a variety of local fruits and juices, and breakfast cakes. You won't start the day hungry and you can eat as you please up until 10 AM.
Internet and computer usage is completely FREE, a nice plus as a traveler without a mobile device. They will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for you for R25 while you're at the beach, which was very helpful. They also have a great common area with a pool table, TV, a picturesque pool and courtyard with hammocks, and a kitchen that is available for use at any time.
It is in the heart of the town along the bus route, across from a school, two blocks from Banco de Brazil and another block from a grocery supermarket, as well as a variety of good eating options walking in further toward town and/or the beaches. It is a 15 minute walk to the beach along cute cobblestone streets with various boutiques. Praia Pitinga a bit further down along the sand is the better beach in terms of waves, clarity of water, ambiance, and setting (the red cliffs!).
Now, we visited this place during the low season. With this said, I've heard Arraial really picks up during the summer and tourist season. We paid R70/night for a private double with bathroom after a travel discount, and it was worth every penny (this comes to about $45/night US dollars). This felt less like a hostel and more like a quaint hideaway. I imagine prices jump up during tourist season and it becomes a bit more packed. This hostel seemed very family and couples friendly; my girlfriend and I absolutely loved it, but I can imagine that if you're looking for a more "wild" or youth-oriented hostel, this doesn't appear to be your place. I know we'll definitely be back! Highest recommendations!
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