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Samba Green Hostel
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a full week whilst travelling Brazil. The friendliness of the staff can not go unmentioned. All of them spoke English and offered there opinion of what to do in Rio. Some of them even joined us on days and nights out and it felt like we had all been mates for years!
The owner is from Rio and has tons of advice on what to do and how to get about doing it when in Rio.
A short walk from the metro, sugar loaf and Copacabana. There is no better place to stay in Rio de Janeiro.
Will 100% be returning again.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
Thank ABastow
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

By far the best hostel i have ever stayed at. In a great location with a great atmosphere. The owner Carlos knows all there is to know about rio and is great to help you enjoy your stay. He organised some great activities for us and made us feel very welcomed. The staff were freindly and Made us feel extremely welcome with bbqs and showing us some great nights out. Will definetly be returning again! WGW

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Disappointing hostel given the rating. Would not stay again!!
Biggest issues for this hostel are staff, lack of facilities and cleanliness.

Staff: Carlos the owner can provide advice. Unfortunately for him and his guests he employs only travelers. Travelers that didn't know much about Rio and when I asked them questions they had to try and Google the answers. Some seem to lack a passion for their job, as ultimately they will move on in a matter of weeks. It's not a sustainable system. Very unprofessional and extremely unhelpful. There were more staff living there than guests staying, this also created a strange vibe. Staff were always partying or hung over. This got old very fast!!

I also heard the owner twice talking to his staff in demeaning ways. It seemed out of frustration.

Cleanliness: overflowing rubbish bins. The same mouldy smelly washing in the tiny wash area for the entire of my stay. Overflowing fridge full of rotting food. I had to throw away rotting food to make space for my groceries. Didn't see a single traveler staff assisting with keeping the place clean. The only person doing cleaning was owner Carlos and the Brazilian male cleaner who also does breakfast. This Brazilian staff deserves a raise! He works hard with positive attitude.

Facilities: No common area to relax. This was a downer.
Tiny kitchen lacking what you need. For example there's only one blunt knife. No mugs. No frying pan. No dish towels.

Really flakey WiFi. Basically have to sit in the small noisey reception to get it. Not good when you need some down time in busy Rio or need to use Skype and want privacy.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

Cheap prices, really good location, the street is nice. Nearby you can find a restaurant, supermarket, bakery, even a club, etc. You can go walking to Copacabana and it takes about 20 min. The staff is really friendly and most of them are short term volunteers from different places. It's a great place to meet new people. The breakfast could improve because it's mostly bread. The restroom area is shared for men and women, except the showers that are divided by gender, but in general the area is pretty clean. They have lockers for your personal belongings outside and inside the rooms. The wifi only works in the lobby. The owner gave us very good tips. In general really good vibes and nice place to be in Rio. Would go back.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This hostel has really good vibes. Maybe it is due to their awesome staff or the really good location, I don't know. With the great tips from the owner and really openminded guests you are gonna have a great time here, promise. Would come back.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
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