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Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“A Pleasant Surprise; Fantastic Hostel/Guesthouse!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

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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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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carlaarraial, Gerente at Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel, responded to this review, 11 March 2015
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Estamos esperando seu retorno!!!!!! Seu comentário nos deixou super felizes e sempre lemos em equipe para sentir-nos mais motivados!Obrigada!!!!!!!!!Volte logo!!!!!!!
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2011

nothing international about this place. groups of families from belo horizante, 14 year old students from sao paulo and argentinians who spend the whole day and night playing guitar and drinking mate.
nice facilities, just don't expect anything diverse or international.
crap breakfast
lots of buddha and ganesh statues. so "spiritual." friendly day staff except for snarly owner and fake day receptionist
if you are 2 or more you will find the same price for individual private rooms in other pousadas, rather than sharing a room with 6 other people in a dorm.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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carlaarraial, Gerente at Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel, responded to this review, 11 March 2015
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Olá bom dia!!!!!!!Que pena que nosso hostel não tenha alcançado suas expectativas.Somos muito agradecidos pelo comentário e trabalharemos na equipe para sanar as falhas descritas em sua opinião.Convidamos vc a retornar e comprovar se houve melhorias.Até breve! Obrigada ,carla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2011

Best hostel ever seen: clean, nice room, beautiful patio/garden with pool, good and plentiful breakfast, free internet, friendly and helpful staff. I highly recommend it

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank vilmer7
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carlaarraial, Gerente at Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel, responded to this review, 11 March 2015
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Querido!!!!!!!!!Ya estamos sentiendo su ausencia!!!!!!!Nos encantaria verlo acá más una vez!Muchas gracias por su comentário tan gentil! Un abrazo,carla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

It´s a great place!

Interesting architecture combining concrete with a lot of wood. Nicely painted. Swimmingpool surrounded by palms and flowers. Pool table.

Small open kitchen, covered by a roof, right next to the swimming pool. Equipment rather basic, but sufficient. Nice breakfast is included, but nothing extraordinary.

Located in the town center, ca. 15 min. walk to the beach like from most other hostals here since the town in situated on top of a cliff.
The beach is great, particularly Praia Pitanga which is a ca. 20 min. walk along the beach (to the right when to come down). The cliff is right at the beach and the sandstones are colourful and you can walk into various smaller valleys. Great beach walk!
In Spring it´s a rather quiet town with mainly Brazilian tourists, apparently in can get crowded in high season (ca. Dec. to Feb.) and should be party then as well.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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carlaarraial, Gerente at Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel, responded to this review, 11 March 2015
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Olá queridos!!!!!!!
Agradeço muito sua opinião! Espero que possam retornar em breve!Um abraço,carla
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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2009

A very cosy youth hostel in indian-greec-brazilian style. The best hostel I ever visited. With swimming-pool and rest area under coconut trees, kitchen for guests, lovely personal, internet-access, professional guidance, tipps, clean. I recommend this hostel as the best in Brazil!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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carlaarraial, Gerente at Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel, responded to this review, 11 March 2015
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Tom,que saudades!!!!!!!!Você é um alberguista muito querido e grande conhecedor da filosofia mochileira.Esperamos ter vc de volta em breve! Faz falta!Um abração (carla)
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Property: Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel
Address: Rua Caminho do Sol 94 | Centro, Arraial d'Ajuda, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45816-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro > Arraial d'Ajuda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Arraial d'Ajuda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Arraial d'Ajuda Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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