Ratings based on 26 Verified Reviews

3.3 out of 5
62% of guests recommend
3.2 Room cleanliness
3.7 Service & staff
2.9 Room comfort
2.8 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from London

Fine location, nice enough staff, sturdy bunks.

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Pros: Its not a hotel, its a hostel. If this is your first time in one then lower your expectations. Most have friendly atmosphere and this had one also.
Cons: Showers, toilets, stock. Being a veteran hostel surfer i'am not new to a little mess but this was incredibly exceptional and a deal breaker for me.
Location: Approx 5-8 mins away from the closest train station, beach, and round 10-15 mins from the all you can eat caretao restaurant. 30-40 Real cab to Lapa.
The reception area staff spoke adequate English, unfortunately in Rio, adequate is the best you will be looking to get so don't see this as a plus or minus. However they were welcoming and friendly. I didn't find them too attentive. The triple level bunks had ladders however the double bunks (at least in my room) came without. The bunks were sturdy and mattress comfortable, however not much head room when seated on the side. The hostel offered breakfast from 8/9 (i never woke up early enough to critique) coffee and tea available throughout. On to the negatives; i have to be brutally candid about the often poor state of the shower/toilet rooms. There was 5 rooms with one shower and toilet, designed for one person. Mornings were a pain to queue up for. This isn't really something that can be overcome without redesigning the entire hostel. However a rigid morning shift stock up routine would have resolved the issue of finishing on the toilet without sheet to wipe. The last thing regarding the shower and this deserves an additional paragraph. The floor in the shower and toilet room would be covered in black muck/sand from people walking around in bare feet, this would be exacerbated by pubes from and in the shower and beard trimmings near the sink, the floor wet and easy to slip on. I hope someone remembers to take a photo of the shower area to augment what i have stated, wish i did. A simple shower padding on the floor would have remedied the most hazardous.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Safe, Comfort Sleeping, Food market, near Beach

Posted Nov 22, 2016 on Hotels
Well, for the low Copacabana price ... after going to 3 other hostels, I came back ... the BEST sleep I had all year, even at home (it is now end of year) ... the cleaning staff is always around working and smiling ... open air entrance/lounge/breakfast and bar area. The breezy, sunny bedroom, is total comfort compared to other low prices hostels in the area. very secure road, with giant, beautiful mountain hospital at near end of road. Hostel is right under majestic rio mountain. direct walk to the world famous copacabana beach. Laid back, but responspible hostel good for families, couples, and friends, and anyone, from anywhere. It IS low priced, and does have thus, with the conditions of furniture, except ... the mattresses, everyone is so happy with their beds ... sometimes it seems people are spending more time in bed, than going out. But so, you get all your money back from the quality of the experience.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from New York. NY

OK, but you can do better. WiFi does not work.

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Pros: Staff were great and friendly. Nice friendly atmosphere with nightly dinners.
Cons: Cleaner, better WiFi.
WiFi did not work at all, was too far from beach, toilets/showers were never available in the evenings and they were always soaked and unclean. Noisy everywhere. Staff were great and friendly. Nice friendly atmosphere with nightly dinners.
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler

free wifi but mostly not working

Posted Jun 16, 2015 on Hotels
in webside say's transfer from airport , it was no body to pick you up.
4 out of 5
by G

This traveler left a rating score only Posted Aug 21, 2014 on Hotels
3 out of 5
for Students
by A verified traveler


Posted Mar 20, 2014
Pros: friendly, helpful, patient staff; good breakfast; good dinners; good bar; good location; direct shuttle pick-up for tours / adventures; guests were mostly respectful towards one another. Cons: no running water for 20-30% of our stay (however, there was a hostel about a block away that allowed us to use their facilities in the meantime); the heat in the upper suites was at times unbearable; pricey during Carnaval.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Jacksonville, Florida

El Misti Cheapo but great locale

Posted Dec 11, 2009
If you get to stay in this Hostel you will save a ton of money. The fact you must overcome is the shared feel of the apartment. The best move is to get the private room. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes so you can walk and save cab fair. The free interent is a mega-plus. I would stay here again to have a fabulous trip to Rio. Bear in mind you may not be able to bring guest back to your room so be sure to ask that question BEFORE you book..
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Top Hostel in Strandnähe

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Pros: sehr gute zentrale Lage, sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Angestellte
Location: drei Minuten zu Fuß vom Strand entfernt, Shopping, Supermarkt, Bus, Metro, ATM alls was man braucht in unmittelbarer Nähe
ich war 12 Tage in dem Hostel El Misti und habe insgesamt eine sehr gute Erfahrung gemacht. Sehr sauber, zentral, vieles zu Fuß erreichbar, alle sind sehr zuvorkommend und hilfsbereit, würde definitiv wieder dort hingehen.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from chile

Puede mejorar

Posted Mar 6, 2017
Mi estancia fue relativamente buena, miestras estuve en el hostel un día se lluvio unas de las piezas y uno de los baños no tenia agua. Ya que la ducha no se le podía cortar el agua. El hostel no es malo pero puede mejorar bastante
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

hostel con buena ubicacion.

Posted Jan 5, 2017 on Hotels
Los primeros días la habitación no tenia aire ni ventilador, tuvimos muchísimo calor, una noche tuve que dormir en la sala de estar que tenia un ventilador, después solucionaron el tema. Otro inconveniente fue la limpieza de los baños, muchas veces nos resultaba imposible ocuparlos. En cuanto a la sala de recepción no se podia estar del calor, no cuenta ni con ventilador. Las positivas fueron el desayuno, bastante completo, la atencion del personal, muy amables! y la ubicacion me gusto mucho! en el centro de copacabana, al lado de un hospital y un supermercado en la esquina. Ah y me olvidaba de los platos que ofrecian por la noche como opcion, eran economicos y abundantes, el cocinero argentino un genio (no recuerdo el nombre).