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Reviews of Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema

Hostel | Rua Paul Redfern 48, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil CEP: 22.410-080

80.8% Overall Rating

103 out of 129 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/08/2015)

Sarah Pennell thinks…

"Great hostel that was located one block from Ipanema Beach and in a safe area. Supermarket and food options close by, as well as easy to get to from the airport by the blue airport bus. The famous…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE: Any bookings with dates within New Years 2010 (mandatory 4 nights package - 28/12-01/01) & Carnaval 2010 (mandatory 6 nights package 11/02/-17/02). Full prepayment is needed in order to warranty the booking, after booking the Hostel will contact you for the prepayment details. Failure to prepay the booking will result In the booking being cancelled.Not allowed under 18 During special periods like: CARNIVAL - NEW YEAR’S – HOLIDAYS: - 100 % payment in advance is required. - If the reservation is canceled 30 or more days before the check-in date, only 70% of the booking value will be refunded. - If the reservation is canceled between 29 and 15 days before check-in date, only 50% of the booking value will be refunded. - If the reservation is canceled 15 days before to the check-in, or less, there will be no refund of the booking value. Shared Dorm: Each reservation is for an individual bed, although you book the same number of beds as the room has, this doesn’t guarantee that all people are going to be in the same room. Underage policy: Guests under 18 years old are not allowed without their parents or responsible adult and they must stay in a private room. Exchange Rate: -Our prices are set in USD. The exchange rate to local currency used is not the official daily one, because of the market variation. The exchange rate used is established by Che Lagarto, the exchange rate shown on the website can change. Please contact us for more information. -The payment can use Reais or Dollars. - We accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards for payments over R$ 200. It´s forbidden to: - Drink or eat inside the rooms. - Bring hard liquor into the hostel. - Smoke or use drugs in the Hostel. Schedule: Check-In: from 2pm Check-Out: until 11am *Half of the daily rate will be charged for late check out between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. After 2:00 PM a full daily rate will be charged.

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80.8%

Overall Rating

103 out of 129 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema'

Atmosphere
82.4%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
74.4%
Cleanliness
72.8%
Staff
83.2%
Value
76.8%
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91.4%
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Sarah Pennell

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 August 2015 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel that was located one block from Ipanema Beach and in a safe area. Supermarket and food options close by, as well as easy to get to from the airport by the blue airport bus. The famous lake is about a 10 minute walk and is lovely to walk or run around in the early morning. Rooms were good and swept out cleaned every day, and the breakfast that is included is sufficient - toast, fresh bread rolls, fresh fruits, tea and coffee and freshly baked cakes by the lovely housekeeping staff. The thing that makes this hostel is the staff! So friendly and so helpful, and all speak English very well. Thank you to Ricky, Gabriella, Jonathan, Ariel and the rest of the team it was a great stay and I hope to be back soon!

Disliked: Can get quite noisy at night from the sounds of the street below so make sure you bring earplugs. Also would've liked a blanket or something for the bed as all you are given is a sheet and it did get a bit cold at night (maybe there were blankets available and I just didn't think to ask!)

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

M Natalia Gonzalez Arquieta

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

05 July 2015 M Natalia would recommend this property

Liked: it was one block away from Ipanema beach, very good location, staff super friendly!

Disliked: the first night we stayed in floor 6 and they only have elevator to floor 4 not convenient if you have a heavy bag, the room in floor 6 was too small and bathroom outside was not so pretty, then they changed us to floor 5 the next day since our friends were staying there, room was way bigger and bathroom inside was in a better condition.

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Juan Pablo Valli

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 May 2015 Juan Pablo would recommend this property

Liked: Loved the staff, very very friendly and helpfuk. Caio is awesome!

Disliked: Really nothing

74.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Milagros Merega

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

20 January 2015 Milagros would recommend this property

Liked: the hostel is really close to the beach of Ipanema, and it is also located in a really nice neighborhood near to a lot of bus stops. The staff was really nice and the atmosphere of the bar during the night was very good.

Disliked: They weren't able to find the reservation that i made through hostel bookers, so they change our first night to a room that had no air condition, and they didn't gave us any discount for the inconvenience.

100.0%
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gemma hood

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

14 August 2014 gemma would recommend this property

Liked: Staff were great, really friendly and helpful. The room was a good size, with big lockers and an ensuite bathroom. Also its a fun, socialble hostel, we had a great time

Disliked: nothing

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

04 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: everything

Disliked: The fact that there is no ac/fan in the room

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Michael Shawe

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

26 March 2014 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were SO nice!

Disliked: Wished it was cheaper and breakfast was ok. Could have more local tropical fruits

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Jeffrey Brewer

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 October 2013 Jeffrey would recommend this property

Liked: Great location - safe and only one block from the beach. Also close to a lot of great shops and restaurants. There isn't a common area in the traditional sense, but the bar is great. Drinks are fairly priced and they organize nights out to all the best areas of the city. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Social atmosphere which makes it easy to meet fellow travelers.

Disliked: Water temperature and pressure was very inconsistent. Rooms were hot. Some security lockers had broken latches and couldn't be locked. Breakfast only runs until 10am so don't count on making it there in time if you go out the night before.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Felipe Vogt

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 October 2013 Felipe would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice staff. One block from the beach in one of the beautiful places in Rio.

Disliked: On the first day the bathroom was not clean. The other days were good.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

17 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was really helpful and spoke good english. The bar was nice and the hostel offers quite some activities. They clean everything twice a day!

Disliked: The kitchen was really small and poorly equiped.

94.3%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Rens Bögels

Alone

City break

20 August 2013 Rens would recommend this property

Liked: Great and helpfull english speaking staff, great place to meet new people!

Disliked: Drinks in the bar are to cheap ;)

45.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

24 July 2013

Liked: Free drink on arrival. Staff friendly

Disliked: Rooms very very small. Too many beds in a small room. Needed more bathrooms. One small (tiny) ensuite for a 10 bed room with no access to others is not enough. Had to walk across street to access Internet. Metro station in ipanema closed which is an inconvience.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Eu-Wen Tham

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 April 2013

Liked: Great location but very impersonal.

Disliked: Very impersonal, not very clean and you have to wear a tag the whole time you are staying there.

45.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

10 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was fantastic, the staff were helpful and friendly and overall the 6 bed dorm I stayed in was clean. However, I did hear other guest complaining about how dirty their room was during their stay.

Disliked: The price for 1 bed in a 6 bed dorm was extortionate. I paid >$135 for one night admittingly it was during the carnival period and usually the hostels only take block bookings of 5 days minimum. So I was lucky to get a room for 1 night during this period, nevertheless, the price was way to exspensive. The other thing the hostel lacked was a common shared area or organised social events. So if you are travelling alone and would like to meet others to socialise, this ghostel might not be the best place for that.

100.0%
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Edward Sawyer

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 January 2013 Edward would recommend this property

Liked: Had such an amazing time and the staff are really friendly, love this place!

Disliked: Edward left no negative feedback.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Ebony Lewis

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

30 December 2012

Liked: Terrible

Disliked: Bed bugs

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

derrick gee

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 December 2012 derrick would recommend this property

Liked: Everything, tho the lockers could do with a bit of securing but the room was more than secure

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: excellent location

Disliked: staff wasn't excellent with communication

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Che Burnett

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

21 November 2012 Che would recommend this property

Liked: Good staff, funny, friendly, speak english, spanish and portugese. Meet heaps of people and have great time. Close to Ipinema beach, like 1 minute walk. Great tours at reasonable prices. Awesome bar and drtinks + meal specials Fun event every night pre planned

Disliked: Having to change rooms Wifi is terrible, slow and have to be near the bar/reception to use it.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Pablo Guilherme

Alone

Business / conference
Events / festivals
Work / volunteering

19 November 2012 Pablo would recommend this property

Liked: Quase tudo perfeito!

Disliked: O único problema foi a confusão de camas e quartos (troca e incerteza das acomodações de cada um)... não sei se por parte da equipe ou dos próprios hospedes. Além disso, algumas informações no anuncio do site estão erradas, os quartos tem 12 camas (misto) e as toalhas só são disponibilizadas através de pagamento.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

08 November 2012

Liked: Its in a great area, super safe and close to the beach, and restaurants and bars in Ipanema. It is clean and good that each room has an ensuite but when you're in a dorm of 10 1 ensuite is not really enough.

Disliked: Its very expensive, a dorm of 10 is more than a private room in most places, but perhaps thats just Rio. The kitchen can only be used before 6pm and you're getting in the way of their kitchen staff who are preparing food for the bar. Also as theres a bar you cant bring your own alcohol in, which is a pain when you're on a budget. Also the second room we were in was really hot, A/C didnt really work.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

02 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: breakfast was pretty good

Disliked: while I had a comfortable sleep in a comfortable and quiet room both nights of my stay, the place definitely comes off as a party hostel . . . one very strange thing: when I first arrived (it was in the evening), they gave me a bracelet for re-entry, like the ones you get at a rock concert! I laughed at them when they first proposed this, but kept it on, just in case they were serious . . . it turned out that it was not so important so I didn't follow this protocol the second day (each room had a key-card, so this managed the security). The other thing is that the location: it is somewhat far from Gen. Osario station (where more of the cooler bars and restos happen to be) . . . another thing: some friends of mine were staying closer to Osario station at what seemed to be a smaller, more cozy hostel, for less money. So, bottom line: there is nothing wrong with Legarto, but one could probably do better

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

01 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: One block of the beach

Disliked: The place is noyse by day and night with the bar next to the hostel, that's pretty disgusting when you try to sleep. Everything else is good!

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

27 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff are top-notch! Very friendly which helps to make everyone feel at home. 2 minutes walk to the beach, close to restaurants / bars and bank.

Disliked: Kitchen was a bit dirty.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break

12 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The stuff was totally friendly and helpful and even joined us in the evnings. The beddings were changed daily. Another great point is that the stuff spoke English, which is rare in Brazil (even in Rio).

Disliked: Well it could be a bit more clean, espececially the shared bathrooms. But on the other hand, it is a hostel, not the the Hilton.