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

94.3% Overall Rating

144 out of 150 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (15/04/2014)

Andrew Rodgers thinks…

"This hostel is superb! Free Caipirinha hour, a great free breakfast until 12pm, fresh sheets daily, friendly staff and an attentive owner, Paulo, who really does try to make sure your stay there goes…"

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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 40.21

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

this property doesn't accept bookings for more than 7 PEOPLE! if you book for more than 7 people your booking will be cancelled and your deposit lost. To confirm any double room bookings and large group bookings in Hostel galeria 13 it maybe required to make a further payment to the hostel. Payment conditions: A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to Hostel Galeria 13 in addition to the 10% deposit paid to Hostelbookers The 50% deposit must be made within one week of the Hostelbookers booking for it to be valid Please note Ivete Sangalo Concert Fonte Nova: Booking dates From december the 13th until the morning of the 15th . The booking must include these dates to be valid or your booking will be canceled. Any additional nights will be charged at high season rates. Minimum stay: Two nights New Year bookings Booking Dates From december 29th until the morning of the 1st of january; the booking must include these dates to be valid or your booking will be canceled. Any additional nights will be charged at high season rates. Minimum stay: Three nights. Carnaval conditions 2014 Dates: From February 27th until the morning of the 6th of March; the booking must include these dates to be valid or will be canceled. Any additional nights will be charged at high season rates. Minimum stay: seven nights. Payment conditions: A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to Hostel Galeria 13 in addition to the 10% deposit paid to HostelBookers. The 50% deposit must be made within two weeks of the HostelBookers booking for it to be valid. Instructions on how to make downpayments 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. The remaining 40 % must be paid by the end of the year. Cancellation policy: Check in is after 14:00. As we have a late check out (12:00), rooms are only cleaned after this. Sometimes this can result in a later check in. We offer our great breakfast until 12:00, but please note we do not have a customer kitchen. Arriving before 06:00 am please make sure you book from the night before Please be aware we are a dog friendly hostel,if you have an alergy or are not a fan of our four legged friends Galeria 13 might not be for you! Galeria 13 would like to remind you of our two-day cancellation 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.

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94.3%

Overall Rating

144 out of 150 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hostel Galeria 13'

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Customer review

12 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Brilliant owner with a couple of great dogs!! Superb breakfast and friendly staff

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Tracy McDonald

04 April 2010 Tracy would recommend this property

Liked: The owner was always helpful with various arrangements.

Disliked: Tracy left no negative feedback.

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KONSTANTINOS EMMANOUILIDIS

04 March 2010 KONSTANTINOS would recommend this property

Liked: Cosy atmosphere, Perfect location, clean and safe, the best breakfast served till 12:00 and a small swiming pool, to cool your body on a hot afternoon. Paulo the owner and the staff, have the right mentality, experience and attitude to run such kind of business. Friendly and helpful, relaxed and flexible but at the same time reliable and responsible. In addition, the building itself in a nice and safe area of Pelourinho, its configuration, even the presence of the two well behaved dogs, contribute this "something more" , that makes this place a special one.

Disliked: KONSTANTINOS left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

03 March 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Small pool to did in! ands breakfast was good

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

27 February 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing hostel with very friendly and helpful staff, especially the owner whom sorted us out an extra bed when returning from Morro de Sao Paulo with no booking. Also in a great location close to everything! Highly recommend this property to anyone who is staying in Salvador.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

21 February 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Galeria 13 was such a nice hostel, staff were really helpful. lovely breakfast. so nice to have a swimming pool to dip in when it gets hot !! would definately recommend to friends!!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

18 February 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Incredible hostel! The staff is superfriendly and helpful. The area is perfect and central, and the entrance is filmed by surveillance cameras, so no unwanted visitors. Great food and bar. Clean and oh! great pool!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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NIcholas J Harris-Baxter

18 February 2010 NIcholas J would recommend this property

Liked: great place, great owner, great dogs. had an awesome carnival

Disliked: NIcholas J left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Lisa Griplas

10 February 2010 Lisa would recommend this property

Liked: location, pool, BREAKFAST!!!

Disliked: Lisa left no negative feedback.

82.9%
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Customer review

09 February 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere with pool and bar, lively location for Carnaval, great for meeting people!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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elizabeth smyth

02 February 2010 elizabeth would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent hostel. Best breakfast I have had in South America.Beds not too comfortable but apart from that really good.

Disliked: elizabeth left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

31 January 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Pretty decent. It's a good place but needs a few improvements. Beds aren't the best here due to the occasional bedbug. Breakfast is nice, wifi, the staff was great in many ways, but since most if them are backpackers themselves, don't expect the same staff for too long. Good location. Quite a few people stayed here too so it's a nice place to meet other travellers.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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rita schaller

18 January 2010 rita would recommend this property

Liked: in the middle of pelo!

Disliked: rita left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

02 January 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: no

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Steven Morgan

06 November 2009 Steven would recommend this property

Liked: The property was being renovated while we were there, so I don't think we saw the best of it, but would recommend it regardless. It's a small hostel run by a sometimes affably helpful, sometimes gruffly blunt man called Paulo (couldn't quite work out if it was just us he was like this to or in general). There was no record of our booking as Paulo showed us on the Hostelbookers portal which was odd, so we were put into a dorm by ourselves as the private double was already taken. The dorm smelled pretty bad, but mainly because of the hot temperatures and lack of air conditioning meaning all the rooms got pretty warm, in terms of cleanliness, they were frequently thoroughly cleaned. It wasn't that bad though, as we ended up staying longer than planned and booking more nights there. The hostel has two dogs, Spartan and the giant Zulu who sometimes gets a little too playful with his biting (can actually really hurt you when he thinks he's just playing). Only the Moroccan chill out area was available while we were there as far as communal space goes, but at night with the drums from the music splling in from the streets, that area is anything but chilled out! As it's so close to the Pelourinho, on nights where there are events going on nearby, don't expect to get any sleep before 11! Drums are the flavour of the area and their sound travels!While we were there, a swimming/plunge pool was nearing completion and the kitchen had been done over. It'd be interesting to see how it is once the work is done as although we still had full services while we were there, it wasn't the most relaxing environment in the daytime!The breakfast was great, very tasty and with good coffee which made me happy.

Disliked: Steven left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

02 September 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good information provided what's going on.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Isabel De Hertog

20 August 2009 Isabel would recommend this property

Liked: Don't expect too much luxury, but hostel Galeria 13 is really a place where you feel like home after a few days!It has a cosy 'moroccan' chill out room, where you can sit whenever you want, on your own or to get to know the other backpackers.The staff is very friendly and the restaurant-bar, that's runned by the same owner and staff of the hostel, is really a nice place to go! It's just around the corner, happy caipirinha-hour between 21h and 23h on friday's and saturday's and you can eat loads of great (spanish) tapas, but other food as well.The hostel is located in the middle of 'Pelourinho', the historical centre of Salvador. A good location to start from to get to know all beautiful and interesting places in this city.

Disliked: Isabel left no negative feedback.

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Jessica Pocock

12 August 2009 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: This place had a really good location and you also get a 15% discount at Zulu restaurant. The rooms were basic but clean. There was a really good breakfast and free, fast internet. If your not a dog lover though this may not be the place for you. Although they are well behaved there are two huge dogs, and the hostel really isnt that big!

Disliked: Jessica left no negative feedback.

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Emily Holt

04 August 2009 Emily would recommend this property

Liked: Very relaxed place, loved the chill out room and the pizzas were v. yummy. Staff were great, very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was v.nice and served until noon so you can sleep late. Dogs v.cute and nice to have around the hostel. All in all a lovley place to stay!

Disliked: Emily left no negative feedback.

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Manuel Orellana

07 July 2009 Manuel would recommend this property

Liked: We really enjoyed our stay at Hostel Galeria. When we arrived, we were greeted with open arms and a smile. Off the bat, we knew we'd enjoy our stay. This is also a great place to meet great people from all over the world and feel at home. The friendly staff and great service make their prices seem close to nothing. The proximity of shops, restaurants, bus stops, etc. is ideal for those who want to get to know Pelourinho well. Also, ZULU (Paulo's bar) serves the best meatballs and capiroskas! Check them out, we highly recommend this place!

Disliked: Manuel left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

22 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is a very safe and fun place. The location is just optimalin Pelourinho, close to the São Francisco church. When you're there itis obvious that Paulo, the owner, tries to make your stay as good aspossible for you. I also liked the friendly allnight staff and the 24hour bar.The best place I've stayed in, so far.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

09 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cool room to hang out in and read. There was no bar, but they had beers for sale. It drew a different and much cooler crowd than the average hostel; people from all ages and countries rather than just english speaking kids looking to party. Everyone still partied together at night though. Very fun, right in the pelourinho, which is the prime tourist location. serve delicious food as well, including great vegetarian options. Staff helped a lot with events going on etc...

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Kevin Barry

03 May 2009 Kevin would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic hostel run by Paulo who couldnt be more helpful. Breakfast is the best i have ever seen at any hostel anywhere on the planet! The old house in the beautiful Pelo area has been transformed into a great chill out area. Paulo has opened up a lovely bar/restaurant called Zulu just 50 metres away. The Pelo area is worth seeing but muggings are out of control day and night. Dont wear jewellery or carry shoulder bags. Leave them locked up at the hostel which is kept well secure.

Disliked: Kevin left no negative feedback.

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Frida Karina Rusnak

13 March 2009 Frida Karina would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere and perfect place to meet people. All members of the staff, including the dog, did everything to make our stay as good as possible. Receptionist Natalia makes the best Caipirinha in town and they also serve great meatballs!

Disliked: Frida Karina left no negative feedback.

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Mark Stangroom

10 March 2009 Mark would recommend this property

Liked: good vibe, friendly staff

Disliked: Mark left no negative feedback.