Backpackers, quiet, not far from central Paraty
Reviewed 7 June, 2017
We stayed at the hostel Recanto Azul in late May 2017, in what we thought was low season. But, maybe it wasn't, because it was the first day of the Holy Ghost festivities, which is something important and interesting to experience in Paraty. This may have reflected in the price. We were a couple and occupied a 4-people dorm with bathroom en suite for the full price of four people. This was more expensive than what we had been paying in several hotels and pousadas along the RJ and SP coast. The hostel is simple but clean, the wifi and internet are weak, and the breakfast was the simplest we got in Brazil - bread and butter. This is more of a guest house, as the premises are shared with one family. They were not very empathetic, with the exception of the attendant, Lúcia, who really made an effort to please and inform. The hostel has no parking, but it was not difficult to get a parking place in the street, which seemed safe. it was a 5 minute walk to the historical part of the city. Walking or driving in those beautiful streets is not easy, because the cobbles are big and very irregular.
Looks like a guest house!
Reviewed 8 January, 2016
Simple but wonderful place! The owners are really friendly and helpfull... i arrived at 6 am and they keep my bags and I could change clothes and go to the beach until the check in time. The front door is locked all the time and you receive a key, so it's a secure place. They have lockers inside the bedroom. By the mornings they offer a simple but good breakfast. I stayed in a 8 beds bedroom and the place was clean and perfectly cooled by the air conditioning. it's really close to the bus station and the historical city centre. They have cable TV. I also could left my bags a little longer there after the check out to go to the beach because my bus was leaving the city at night.
A little pricey, but you get a good night sleep
Reviewed 16 March, 2015
A nice family run 'hostel', more like a guest house. We stayed for only two nights, were the only people there so can't really comment on the atmosphere.
The place could be great, if it were cleaned regularly. To say we were the only ones there and the kitchen and bathrooms were not clean when we arrived or when we left, makes you wonder how long it had been like that.
The fan and aircon in the rooms were a plus as you have control your self. Breakfast did the job, not the best or worst I've had.
There was a small problem when we were there, the roof leaked. It was raining for both days, and by the time we left, our room was the only one that was dry. The kitchen, living room and bathrooms all had water coming from the roofs however the family did the best they could to make us feel comfortable.
Homely, relaxed stay
Reviewed 6 March, 2013
We stayed for 3 nights and were lucky to get the ensuite room and had no problems with the air con, in fact i thought it looked new and at least you had control of the remote unlike some hostels. Everything was always clean, the kitchen was very well equipped and the breakfast was fairly simple but fresh (only bread, ham, cheese and one glass of fresh orange juice). The family don't speak english and are fairly quiet but Paraty is full of tourists so its easy to find out what there is to do and where to go. The only small nuisance was the common areas arent very big and since the hostel was quite full when we were there it sometimes felt like you had to shuffle around people. I would still recommend it though.
should really be called a guest house or b&b (not a normal hostel)
Reviewed 17 February, 2013
i want to like this place because its family owned and run, however they are a bit amateur with how they run the place and the worst part is the multiple over-bookings while we were there for only 3 nights.
* close to the bus station
* easy walk to grocery store
* easy walk to the old town and the beach
* there is a potable water jug (if they fill it)
* there is a computer to use (when not in use)
* breakfast is a small small plate of ham and cheese and one glass of O.J. from oranges with white rolls and coffee
* there is TV with lots of
* you can practice your Portuguese
* BEWARE: over bookings!! when we showed up with a reservation for two people, the lady who runs the place didn't have any beds available for us. we ended up squeezing into an extra roll out bed in the 6 bed on suite for the first night until there was room for us. after talking to others, it turns out that there were 10 people crammed into an 8 bed dorm the night before.
* more like a converted three bedroom apartment than a real hostel
* the woman who runs it doesn't speak english
* the woman who cleans it is always pissed off and not friendly, she also has a young boy who is always hogging the TV with cartoons and using the computer for games.
* the potable water jug is not always full and it is not allowed to fill your bottles
* the owner's family is in and out of the kitchen
* 16 people share one bathroom (although there is an another bathroom to use way downstairs almost out of the building) and if she overbooks and crams more people into the rooms, it will be more like 20 people sharing one bathroom.
* there is not a lot of ventilation in the kitchen and so the whole place gets super super hot when people are cooking (which was every night while we were there)
* there is safety issues with the front door not closing and the front desk not always staffed. example: at night there was staff on duty on and off so anyone can come in and out if the front door is left open.
* we stayed in two different rooms (of three) and went into all three, the aircon units were not equal. room 3 had the worst (we slept in there one night) it has its own bathroom but its aircon barely works. room 2 wasn't working either when we moved into that one, but after readjusting from dry to cool setting it was working really well.