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Real deal in Manaus Dec 23, 2011
This is one of those ridiculous stories about “brand name” and people that want to steal business from competitors. In Manaus there is pioneer hostel called Hostel Manaus HI (Hosteling International) and it was pretty well known place for its setting and for being the best hostel in Manaus… And then some guys decided to open their own hostel and they named it Manaus Hostel… Well they tricked me, because I first ended up there, right of the boat, straight to the hostel… and something did not feel right…
First thing was charging for internet… Come on… this is more than serious offense in any hostel around the world. Than lady did not want to lower their high price for dorm, even when 9 of us came there and it is a low low low season… Bad business for you, you ugly hostel wannabe’s…
Anyway I just had to write this runt for I promised that they are not going to be forgiven.
Hostel Manaus is located kind of centrally, 6-7 blocks from opera house and a bit more from the port and main market. Basically it has two floors in two buildings and nice courtyard in between. Rooftop of the main building doubles for hammock station, and it is the cheapest sleeping option. Staying includes free internet and amazing breakfast (rarely you can find hostel that feeds you good sandwich and great fruit plates). Security is excellent with 24h service and locked door that requires someone from the reception to let you in. Large storage space is available for your bags if you are leaving the city after the checkout time. First floor is mainly for dormitories and it has big living room with nice sofas. That area opens to kitchen and laundry room and goes towards the terrace that hosts chairs and nice shade. Second floor terrace is reserved for breakfast, and it has toaster and microwave if you are into warming up your food. Bathrooms are very clean and spacious, and rooms are well taken care of. Beds have drovers under them and you can lock your valuables easily when not around.
Manaus is very picturesque city in the middle of the Amazon forest, and it is first really modern area in the jungle. That is a bit unfortunate thing too, considering destruction that “civilization” brings to this area. Most of the port is “free trade zone” which means that pretty much whole area is one big market. Coming down the river from Peru, you get hit with much higher prices for everything, and that is because Brazil is the most expensive country in South America. I seriously do not understand how people that leave there can make enough money for ok living. As expected, this market area has a large fish market area, where you can find unusual looking creatures and good variety of river fish. Close by is fruit market, dominated by hills of bananas. I could not resist buying whole small banana cluster (real small tasty bananas, not the ones produced by corporations) and taking it for the ride on the boat
Warmly recommended place to stay in Manaus!
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