You’ve heard the ‘collaborative vision of two creative buddies’ schtick all before, so let’s do away with the pretense for this one. It’s a boutique hostel, it’s in a repurposed turn-of-the-20th century mansion, and it’s very, very white — i.e. a bit of a nightmare on a bright day with a hangover.
WE is more than just a 450m2 blank canvas, though. Design is the buzzword within these walls, as you’ve probably deduced from the rather literal name. There’s original pieces of graphic art on the walls created especially for the hostel, and all the furniture has been pilfered from surrounding flea markets, restored, and set out sparingly in the communal areas to offset the monochromatic color scheme. Shiny, dark-wood floors and the odd stained-glass window do their bit to help too.
The dorms are decent, if a little lacking in things to excite the eyes, and good value too. A bed in a four person dorm’ll set you back just under 50BRL. To sum up, it’s a kind of swanky bedsit where slumming-it creative types can sit in circles in the communal areas playing electro remixes of kumbaya on their iPad minis. Enjoy.