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Reviews of Hostel Galeria 13

Hostel | Rua da ordem terceira num 23, Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil 40026-260

88.8% Overall Rating

165 out of 174 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (14/06/2015)

Devereux Warwick-richards thinks…

"Gotta say, thoroughly enjoyed our time at HG13! Albert, Barbara and all the staff were efficient, helpful and super-friendly. Private room was good size and clean. Breakfast was delicious, location…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 26.88

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

We don't accept credit cards. Arrival before 6 am (book the night before too). Check in 14.00. No Kitchen.If you have allergies or if you don't like dogs, please be aware we have a doggie .Cancellation Policy: 48 hour cancelation policy Failure to cancel within this time or a no show will result in a cancellation charge equal to the full amount of your booking. If you have to make a change please do email the hostel. RESERVATION CONFIRMATION .With some Double room bookings and large group bookings Hostel galeria 13 may require you make a further payment to the hostel. Payment conditions: A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to Hostel Galeria 13 in addition to the 12% deposit paid to Hostelworld The 50% deposit must be made within one week of the Hostelworld booking for it to be valid . The remaining 38 % will be paid on when arriving. NEW YEAR Three day minimum Dates must include the 29th until the morning of the 1st of January; the booking must include these dates to be valid or your booking will be canceled. CARNAVAL 2016 Six day MInimum stay . Dates: From February 4th until the morning of the 10th of February; The booking must be paid in full to be valid. Any additional nights will be charged at high season rates. Instructions on how to make down payments will be sent by e-mail as soon as we receive your booking request. Expenses with deposits and transfers shall be borne by sender alone and are not refundable or deductible from total amount to be transferred to secure bookings Carnaval Cancellation Policy :No Cancellation . Allergy or if you don't like dogs, please be aware we have a doggie Cancellation Policy: 48 hour cancelation policy Failure to cancel within this time or a no show will result in a cancellation charge equal to the full amount of your booking. So if you have to make a change please do email the hostel RESERVATION CONFIRMATION With some Double room bookings and large group bookings Hostel galeria 13 may require you make a further payment to the hostel. Payment conditions: A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to Hostel Galeria 13 in addition to the 12% deposit paid to Hostelworld The 50% deposit must be made within one week of the Hostelworld ooking for it to be valid . The remaining 38 % will be paid on when arriving. NEW YEAR Three day minimum Dates must include the 29th until the morning of the 1st of January; the booking must include these dates to be valid or your booking will be canceled. CARNAVAL 2016 Six day MInimum stay . Dates: From February 4th until the morning of the 10th of February; The booking must be paid in full to be valid. Any additional nights will be charged at high season rates. Instructions on how to make down payments will be sent by e-mail as soon as we receive your booking request. Expenses with deposits and transfers shall be borne by sender alone and are not refundable or deductible from total amount to be transferred to secure bookings Carnaval Cancellation Policy :No Cancellation .

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88.8%

Overall Rating

165 out of 174 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hostel Galeria 13'

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

27 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The private room we had on the top floor was huge and had a hammock in it! The breakfast was excellent, most staff also very nice (including Paolo once you get to know him a little bit), the free caipirinha hour was really fun and good for meeting others. Also great location-wise.

Disliked: They always seemed to be hanging out laundry around the pool area during the only time of day that the sun was on the pool, this meant you couldn't enter the area... might be better to do that at a different time of day!

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Patrick Mann

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

21 December 2013 Patrick would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, massive breakfast until midday included, free caipirinha hour every day, good advice on where to go, free fast wifi, really really awesome place!

Disliked: Patrick left no negative feedback.

80.0%
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LUCAS RODRIGUES

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

15 November 2013 LUCAS would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly people, great atmosfere

Disliked: LUCAS left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Rodrigo Acevedo

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

14 November 2013 Rodrigo would recommend this property

Liked: Free Caipi Hour Helpful Staff Good Atmosphere

Disliked: Rodrigo left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location, friendly staff, clean rooms, free caipirinha hour... Just Perfect!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Reilly Cowan

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 October 2013 Reilly would recommend this property

Liked: Good common area, free caiparinhas every night to help encourage socializing....location was good and close to a lot of interesting area...place was clean, no problems with bugs....breakfast was really great!

Disliked: Nothing wrong with it

97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

29 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This is a fantastic hostel run by a hospitable and conscientious group of staff!! It has a great welcoming atmosphere as soon as you arrive and steers away from the classic boring "hostel chain" hostels! Breakfast is amazing!!!!! I would recommend this hostel to any travelled coming to Salvador! Maybe book for 2-3 nights and then get a ferry over to the island Morro de Sao Paolo for 2-3 nights because it is amazing!

Disliked: No card paying facilities, so cash only! No major problems!

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Jonathan Newmark

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

21 September 2013 Jonathan would recommend this property

Liked: Extremely well kept, charming, and central located. Very helpful and warm staff.

Disliked: Jonathan left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

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

08 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location, really helpful staff, good breakfast, free caipirinha hour every day, atmosphere

Disliked: 10 bedroom was with just 1 bathroom

91.4%
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Jacinta Drake

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

04 September 2013 Jacinta would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing breakfast with heaps of choice! Very clean. Comfy beds. Good place to spend a couple of days in pelourinho. Free caipirinha hour.

Disliked: The restaurant isn't very backpacker friendly. Maybe they could do a backpacker deal instead of just 10% off some dishes?

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Customer review

Alone

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

09 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic place, Paulo has created a great environment to meet fellow travellers and have fun. The free caiparinhas are a great start to the night. The hostel is clean and in a great location and the pool is great aswell. One of the best breakfasts ive had at any hostel in the world. The staff are helpful and give great advise. The dogs are also nice to have around the place.

Disliked: Its great they keep the rooms clean but some of the staff are a bit obsessive about moving peoples bags and other property around in the rooms which is stressful as you think youve lost your property and open up all your luggage to search for it. The zulu restaurant (affiliated with the hostel) has great food but isnt really within a backpackers price range. If the prices were abit lower i think it would get a lot more business from hostel guests.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Rebecca Sadler

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 August 2013 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing breakfast, awesome caipirinha happy hour, great location, strong wifi even on top floor dorm, excellent management and friendly staff.

Disliked: Bathroom off my ten bed dorm quite small.

97.1%
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Joel Jaervinen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

26 June 2013 Joel would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent value with good location, decent breakfast and the free caipirinha-hour! Absolutely the place to stay in Salvador!

Disliked: It's a little bit cramped at places, which is understandable considering the Pelourinho buildings. I would change the old wooden lockers in the dorms which didn't feel a safe place to leave valuables in.

91.4%
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Florian Schmitz

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 May 2013 Florian would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice people! Helpful staff! Pefect location rigth beneath the main Plaza!

Disliked: nothing

91.4%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Visiting friends or family

23 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great breakfast, caipirinhas for free, nice atmosphere

Disliked: Nothing

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals

02 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff are so helpful and friendly! Speak fluent English too which is helpful non Portuguese speakers. Fantastic hostel!! Highly recommended.

Disliked: Nothing.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The owner and staff were helpful / friendly and fun - so making Galleria a brilliant place to stay! Breakfasts were generous and served 'til late, free drinks were offered for an hour each evening so everyone got chatting and there was a sociable atmosphere, the place was clean (the cleaners deserve a payrise - esp during Carnaval!) and the location is in the heart of Pelourinho ... and a safe walk back from the main squares! And there's a pool.... We stayed here for the week of carnaval and then I stayed a night on the way through a few weeks after - if I leave you in any doubt ... I recommend Galleria 13!

Disliked: Not much ... after 3 months in South America this is one of the best places I stayed in!

97.1%
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Justin Steele

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 February 2013 Justin would recommend this property

Liked: Paulo and all the staff did a great job of organising the place for carnival and making sure all guests were well looked after.

Disliked: Bit of a squeeze with the number of people there during carnival, but the hostel is designed as well as possible to make use of the available space.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

17 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, awesome staff, great dogs, delicious breakfast, a/c!!

Disliked: There are two properties which is fine but sometimes it's difficult to get into the separate one. But really only a minor inconvenience.

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Christian Hamp

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 February 2013 Christian would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere was excellent, breakfast and everything else too

Disliked: Christian left no negative feedback.

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André Pédico

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

14 January 2013 André would recommend this property

Liked: Superb location, great staff.

Disliked: Nothing.

80.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: staff are great! breakfast is brilliant! the property is great! nice chill spaces great for meeting other travelers!!

Disliked: the first dorm was good and spacious (goa) but my 2nd dorm was crowed and the bunks are so high with no ladder! you can not use the kitchen !

80.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is in general a nice and relaxed hostel. The common area is not so huge but it is partly outside and enough space to meet the other travellers. Stuff is really helpful. The tour they offer every day is good but only in the historic center and mainly about churches and such stuff. I recommend that they would offer an alternative tour for not sightseeing interested people.

Disliked: Why is the kitchen not opened for guests? That is really missing in such an hostel. They own a restaurant close and want to get drag the guests there, but I dont think they make more money in this in the long term. A good backpacker hostel needs a kitchen for guests. The hostel is located in the historic center, which is in general very boring, it is only for tourists, no locals come here ever.

88.6%
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Bianca Sawyer

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

18 December 2012 Bianca would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful staff, the pool, free caipirinhas at happy hour! The dogs, Zulu restaurant, location is great, breakfast has a lot of variation. They also have booklets you can look though which have info on things to do and see, places to eat etc. in the area. These were very useful.

Disliked: There is no kitchen avaliable to use, or even a fridge to keep food in. Guests get a 10% discount at Zulu restaurant, but this does not come close to the savings you get when cooking your own meals. The bunk beds do not have ladders, which make them very awkward to climb up and down on, especially in the dark

The property's response is...

97.1%
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Grzegorz Smieciuszewski

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway

09 December 2012 Grzegorz would recommend this property

Liked: I really like the location. Two steps from main part of historic city.

Disliked: noisy neiberhood...