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Hostel Republica
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

I stayed here recently to run run in the Rio half marathon. It is a very basic place;
Rooms: Two single beds that we pushed together for a double (didn't have a double available on this busy weekend). Very basic furniture, air con and a tv and one double socket. The paint was peeling from the wall in chunks in places. Bathroom was fine. Shower, toilet and sink. No problem. This was a 3rd floor room and there was no life.
Other Rooms: Nice activity, pool, tv room. Spacious and fun place with a crowd.
Breakfast: Just off the reception area. Clean and tidy with a fridge you can use to store your own cold drinks/foodstuffs. We didn't cook our own so don't know if you can do so. The breakfast - bread, jams, cakes, meats, cheese, cereal, fruit and such like. Plenty of it and help yourself coffee. Good quality.
Location: Ten minute walk from the beach, great location overall. No complaints.
Staff: Very helpful, English speaking and very nice. Not a bad word to say about them.
Price: 561 Real for two of us for three nights. That is 187 Reals per night for two or $54/£38.
wifi: Worked in the room and was included.
Summary: Not a bad price for two with breakfast included. Only downside was that the rooms were not particularly good in my opinion. However the breakfast, location and helpful staff made up for that and made it a very pleasant stay. I would use it again.

Room Tip: Ask for a first floor room as there is no lift.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank david h
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Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

The hostel is located in Catete which is a really good spot between the beach and party life of Rio. I only paid around 18€ including breakfast during carnival which is awesome. I was a lucky one who got a four bedroom dorm with a noisy AC. The other rooms mostly just have a fan with more beds inside. The community room is not air conditioned which results in not many people meeting there. They would do better to charge a little bit more and then provide air conditioning in every room.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
Thank travels4rons
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Spent the weekend in Rio at Republica Hostel. It seems to be a place packed with backpackers, with its typical mood.
First impression was not at all great. Coudn't even have a bath since they had just run out of water, and it took way longer than the 30minutes stated to solve the deal.
When the water came back, the toilet flush was out of order, but they did fix it fast enough.
Breakfast is not very fancy: hot milk, decent cofee, ham, cheese, bread, some bananas and papayas.
The night shift is covered by a kind of rough guy, not very simpathetic.
Location is alsome, though. Less then 100m far from the subway station which will take you almost anywhere you'd like to go. A cab to Lapa (bohemian district) will cost you around R$10,00 (US$4,00).
Considering the price, and comparing to hotel prices in Rio, it is an average option.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Rodrigo L
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

A popular option with backpackers as evidenced by it being so crowded yet this hotel suffers from jaded and dingy decor, erratic access to hot water and generally suffering from noise problems from it's own residents as well as the street noise. Ok if you're in the party set though not for those seeking a quiet retreat.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Gary K
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

The hostel is in a great location, very close to the metro and just off the main road. There are lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby and the beach is 5 minutes away.

We have stayed in plenty of hostels so weren't expecting anything flash but our room was a tiny box with a window you couldn't open as it looked into the parking garage next door. The bedding was clean but the room had definitely seen better days. All of which was ok but the bathroom although very clean stank of wee! Not pleasant.

There was a big lounge which no one ever seemed to be in maybe bec
Ause the windows opened into the garge and there were loads of mozzies and a kitchen area that people did use. There was good wifi in the lounge and kitchen. Breakfast was good if you got up early but virtually non existent if you didn't.

The desk staff speak a little English and do their best to help you. It seemed pricey for what you got but I guess everywhere in Rio is expensive.

Room Tip: No ideas how to help other than avoid number 10 unless you like Eau de wee!
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mel S
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