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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

From the always friendly and helpful staff to the super clean accommodation and common space, Bellas Artes never disappoints. The location is perfect for all the coolest Rio daytrips and nightlife. I will definitely

1 Thank Kristyn G
BellasArtes H, Proprietário at Valparaiso Hostel Rio, responded to this review

Thanks! But we are not longer open! Bellas Artes finished his ativitities on 29th november 2015. More 

Ko Samui, Thailand
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50 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2015

I stayed at Bellas Artes Hostel Rio during Carnaval Week in Feb 2015. I was pleased by the location minutes to the Gloria Metro stop which takes me to the Sanbodromo for the Carnaval parades in time. The prices in this part of Rio are a fraction of those in Ipanema or Copa. There are supermarkets, eateries and bank minutes... More 

Thank El_Chinito1
London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014

There was a small group of just 3 of us at this hostel for the World Cup in July 2014. When we arrived here for a total stay of 7 nights we found out that the booking had been cancelled as I had not paid for a deposit, due to receiving the email in my junk folder. This was only... More 

Thank JimmyJams12
BellasArtes H, Proprietário at Valparaiso Hostel Rio, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your evaluation. Our mission is to receive travelers in our cozy hostel and promote artistic-cultural encounters and experiences in Rio de Janeiro. We hope to have met all your expectations and we are looking forward to have your visit in a next opportunity. Sincerely, Adriana Vianna More 

Karlsruhe, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 January 2014

i stayed at bellas artes for a couple of days, then i left to stay at another one in the same neighborhood. the location is actually pretty nice, so are the rooms. on the other hand the management is terrible. once i went down in the kitchen and i heared one of the bosses screaming on the phone. you could... More 

1 Thank olafkoenig
Drica V, Proprietário at Valparaiso Hostel Rio, responded to this review

Dear guest, We would Like to apologize about what happened. The person mentioned is currently separated from the hostel, we understand that you felt uncomfortable with all the situation, but we're now under new management. We sincerely apologize for all this situation, and wish you understand that this was a isolated case, not an everyday event at our hostel. Our... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Me and my partner stayed in this guesthouse during carnival 2013. This is a really great hostel, it's in a great location and the staff are really friendly! We had an amazing stay here and it is my partners second time staying here! We will be back next year too! We would recommend this guesthouse to other travellers!

Thank Sammya1234
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We found staff very helpful after Rio Hostel messed up our booking and reserved us a place here instead. Helped a lot with our trips around Rio and recommended bars and restaurants which where very nice Paid for a double room but got a private dorm room with all the other beds pushed to one side - not quite the... More 

Thank Cat_Howard
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2012

Guesthouse in a nice area, great place to start exploring Rio. Staff is friendly and helpfull (just a bit chatic sometimes), atmosphere was good, breakfast was okay too. We stayed in a private room with bathroom which was quite expensive for what you get, but I guess that's Rio. The guesthouse didn't impress us enough to stay there again when... More 

Thank Sam3Carlos
Recife, PE
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012

This hostel is located in Santa Teresa's charming neighborhood. Unfortunately, it's not easy going there because i'ts necessary walk a lot from the subway station and in the end, climb stairs. Some taxi drivers refuse let you there. And also, it's not safe at night. The hostel's bathroom was flooded because of the rain, and sometimes the tapwater went out.... More 

Thank ElisabethCabral
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 July 2012

I have been to Bellas Artes 7 times this year, including Carnaval, Easter... I would not consider staying elsewhere. Friendly staff, fabulous atmosphere, excellent facilities and also an ability to attract really interesting visitors. There is always an interesting mix of people at Bellas Artes and in the several times I have now stayed there I have made many friends.... More 

Thank richiecallis27
Buenos Aires
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2012

Bellas Artes Guest House is located in the colourful, colonial and bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Santa Teresa is a hidden gem, nearby to the main beaches -you can reach easily the beach by metro-. Cobbled streets -some of them are stairs-, cheerful and colonial, lovely houses and cafés, pubs, restós, ateliers and stores are blended to create an amazing atmosphere.... More 

1 Thank gabuenosaires

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Staying in Santa Teresa

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Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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Additional Information about Valparaiso Hostel Rio

Address: Rua Candido Mendes 479, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-220, Brazil (Formerly Bellas Artes Hostel Rio)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Hotel Class:2 star — Valparaiso Hostel Rio 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Ask for the 10 bed dorm with air con.”
 of 5 bubbles El_Chinito1, 19 Feb 2015 | Read review
“I like the room for 4 best.”
 of 5 bubbles richiecallis27, 1 Jul 2012 | Read review
“If you are planning to go in summer, choose the room with fan or air conditioning”
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 of 5 bubbles gabuenosaires, 22 Mar 2012 | Read review
“We booked a 3-bed room, perfect for 3 friends travelling together! The bathroom was just outside our door, on the 1st floor - and there was never a line.”
 of 5 bubbles maggimaggi, 5 Jan 2012 | Read review
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