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HI - Olinda - Olinda Hostel

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Olinda, one of the compulsory stopovers on the main gringo trail along the Brazilian coast. To get there you have to go to Recife first, the big city next door (6 km). From there you take a bus that takes you to the main square (and beyond) of Olinda. Actually Olinda is almost a suburb of Recife these days, but do not tell the locals that.

The hostel is probably one of the nicest in the country and highly recommended in all ways. Of course the nice and welcome swimming pool does help a lot. The hammocks around the spacious courtyard make it very hard to leave this place, especially when you are tired of a long trip.

Near the swimming pool are lovely single and double rooms and a few dorms as well. Dorms are spacious and have either four, six, or eight beds. In the main house itself are two more dorms on the second floor, reached by a beautiful iron spiral staircase that is difficult to navigate with big backpacks though. All dorms have lockers for valuables and locks can be obtained from reception by paying a refundable deposit. Bunk beds are comfortable but can be squeeking a bit when tuning around as it is all wood. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are all clean and comfortable. Showers are clean and have warm water, toilets have plety of toilet paper and are clean as well.

Breakfast is included in the price and is fabulous -- fresh fruits, breads, coffee, juices, cakes, cheese, ham, and marnmelade. The staff is very friendly and the hostel is secured by a locked gate. Security in Olinda is getting a problem though, so do not take any valuables on the streets at night. Near reception is a small but comfortable TV room with international television. Lots of information and maps about Olinda and Recife is on the walls.

This highly recommended hostel, which is a Hostelling International hostel (members get discounts), is an example for all hostels in the world and then place to stay if you happen to be in town!

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January 2005
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5  I was there last may and stayed for a week. Great location, very clean, good dorms, great vibe! We made a group of ten girls and we had a great time, even celebrating a birthday there!  ()
4  Beautiful pool area with great hammocks for hanging out in -- my lasting memories of Brazil will be of swinging about in hammocks! The breakfast is nice, fresh fruit and scrambled eggs. Great location for town too, just down the road although the whole place is pretty small to be honest (try the pancake house for food). The guy on reception wasn't exactly Mr. warm welcome but then its a small price to pay for such a nice hostel.  ()
4  I thought it was a very good hostel to stay in. People are friendly and helpful and during the day there is someone who speaks English at the reception. Rooms are a little small but they are clean and well kept. Very convenient location also, minutes from the main bus stop in Olinda and minutes to practically all the attractions in Olinda.  ()

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