Overview of Hostel
Experience pure favela life in legendary Rio de Janeiro with your stay in Casa Alto Vidigal. Located in the safe and vibrant southern zone with easy access - even walking distance - to famous beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. Hike our landmark mountain Dois Irmaos and have Rio de Janeiro as your oyster
ATTENTION SHORT TERM BOOKERS:
Important info for the ones who book and arrive the same or next day. Fill in time of arrival in the booking form so we know when you arrive and someone will open the door for you!!! Or simply drop us a mail!!
HOW TO GET HERE (PUBLIC TRANSPORT):
(*) There is a bus company 'Real', line 'Premium', blue A/C bus that passes through the international airport (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Galeao) and Santos Dumont, and Novo Rio bus station.
The bus leaves every 15 - 20 minutes.
Check their schedules here: http://tinyurl.com/lm4uq49
(*) Take this bus for 13 R$ and ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of favela Vidigal, which is the next bus stop after the Sheraton Hotel, on Avenida Niemeyer.
(*) At the entrance you can already see the moto-taxis. Take one for 2.50 and ask for 'Arvrao' (translated as big old tree) / Casa Alto Vidigal. Everybody there knows our stop. Do not ask for the price, because when reading this you already know it's 2.50 R$. The taxistas always try to rip you off and will ask for 5 R$, or even more (we've heard of stories like this).
Best is to have the 2.50 R$ ready so you don't have to wait for exchange or discuss about it.
=> If you have a heavy bag give them 3.50 R$. Remember, we're talking about 1 R$ or 0.50 USD more so don't be penny-pinching. You want them to play on your side, not against you!
(*) You're not up to riding the motorbike? No problem, keep walking on the main road and after 30m you can already see the white VW taxi combi passes, parked in front of the pizzeria 'Pizza Lit'. Same price, 2.50 R$ and make sure it brings you to Arvrao.
Arvrao is also the last stop, head towards the police and take this road to the end, to the viewing point. Walk down the steps and the house on the left with graffitis it is!.
Vidigal is an aspiring and safe favela, respectively neighborhood, of Rio de Janeiro 'Zona Sul'. Within walking distance of 10 minutes you can reach the beach of Vidigal (hotel Sheraton) and Leblon/Ipanema (20 min). From the entrance of the favela, on Avenida Niemeyer, you have direct bus connection to Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Centro, Rocinha, Sao Conrado, Barra da Tijuca, and Recreio. In Vidigal you will find buffet restaurants, pizzeria and sushi.
Conditions & Policy
We offer 3 private rooms and 2 dormitories with 4 beds, 1 dormitory with 10 beds and lockers each. You can use all common areas: 3 bathrooms with hot water 24/7, kitchen, free WiFi, living room and big veranda with hammocks and BBQ. For all sleeping bag lovers, we'll gladly store your bag while your stay at our house. We offer you instead a clean, fresh and monthly treated mattress. Check in: 13:00 - 18:00 EMAIL THE HOUSE FOR TIME OF ARRIVAL, Check out: 12:00 Cancellation policy 3 days before arrival in case of no-show or late cancellation the first night will be charged. *Cancellation Policy for New Year's Eve, Carnaval. If cancelled 60 days before date arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled 30 days prior to arrival, will be charged 50% (fees or deposit) of the reservation. If cancelled up to 7 days before date of arrival will be charged 90% (deposit or fees) of the reservation. If cancelled later or in case of no-shows you will be charged 100% of the total reservation. The property may require an advanced payment in order to confirm the booking Age restriction: 18+ years TIME OF ARRIVAL: Very very important in case you want someone open the door for you when knocking it. We do not have 24h reception, therefor fill in the form or simply write us an E-Mail. NO HAGGLING!!! ... because we are tired of it. You booked 3 nights, you pay 3 nights. You booked 3 beds, you pay 3 beds. As simple as that.