My boyfriend and I recently stayed at Supernova hostel for 2 nights, in order to visit the falls. First off, the location is absolutely brilliant - the bus stop to both Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls (and airport) is practically outside the building and there is also a supermarket about 3 mins away, so you can stock up on essentials. The hostel itself is relatively clean but we had a room downstairs that had quite a dirty bathroom and even holes in the floor, which seemed quite dangerous! It's also worth noting that the wifi does not work at all if you are in a room downstairs, meaning you have to go and sit in the lounge if you want to look at anything online.
There is a large kitchen which can be used outside and breakfast is served here and is pretty good (ham, cheese, bread, jam, juice and cake). The main issue for us is that there was absolutely no atmosphere in the place - the hosts (as lovely and helpful as they were) did not speak any English and we don't really speak or understand Portuguese, so there was no interaction with them really. Additionally we were the only guests staying there, which made the whole experience a little eery. However, the hosts were amazing, as I said, and were more than happy to let us leave our bags there after we'd checked out on the last morning - and they even invited us to have lunch with them next door, as we were just waiting a around!
So all in all a pretty good hostel - just not much atmosphere and not much in the local area to be doing in the evenings.
I stayed one night in a 12 mixed bed dorm as a solo female traveller.
The hostel is very conveniently located due to the bus line bringing you to/from the Argentine border, to/from the Iguazu waterfalls on the Brazilian side and to/from the airport.
As such the hostel is clean and well mantained. Rooms are o.k. though there are no lockers but at least some stowage. Separate bathrooms for men and women however only one toilet for each. Happy to have been there during low season (only 4/12). Otherwise do not want to imagine chaos...
Beds are rather small and thin mattresses. A/C is working well.
Breakfast (included) is very good and nice.
I did not use pool facilities so cannot comment on this.
Last but not least though I saw a cleaning lady when checking in and understand that we are in a tropical area but I would like to point out that I saw a few ants in the room. Again this may be a coincidence and I'd refer you to other reviews to get a full picture.
Overall it was a fine stay and absolutely ok for one night.
I've been there for 5 nights during the high season (January). Stayed in a room with 6 beds.
If you are young and on a budget, you probably won't bother, but this hostel didn't particularly satisfy me. It had been recently bought by new owners, so it's likely they have made changes and it could be better by now.
The beds are not very comfortable, but they are enough for a night of sleep. You just won't feel tempted to stay there. The room has a very powerful AC and it made us freeze during the hot summer nights. This wasn't an issue.
The biggest problem was the room's door, which was damaged and needed a punch to open or close. This way, during the night, you would wake up people to get in or be woken up by someone coming in.
The bathroom was inside the room and very spacious, but it wasn't very well kept, there wasn't enough towel hangers on the walls and the shower was electric (suicide shower), which I don't really appreciate. The water pressure wasn't too good either. This particular area seemed like it wasn't very clean, so I didn't feel very comfortable there, but I can cope with almost anything, More demanding guests will DEFINETLY feel discomfort in using these facilities.
The staff is great. Top notch. The receptionist, who shall remain nameless was particularly friendly and welcoming, if you catch my drift.
The area is surrounded by great local restaurants, a McDonalds and a Pizza Hut JUST ACROSS THE STREET! Perfect! There is a bus stop on the same block where you can find transportation to any of the tour sites, even to cross the border to Argentina.
Breakfast was very simple, bread, some jellies, butter, juice, ham and cheese. That's it.
Location, location, location! And staff! These are their greatest atributes.
Make sure this is what you want. I was told by the friendly and welcoming receptionist that it would be better to pay a bit more for a hotel room in one of the cheap local hotels and share the bed with my friend. She said it would be about the same cost.
And the place has a small pool, which is GREAT for you to relax and meet people when you come back from the tours.
After getting off an overnight bus we arrived at the hostel at 11am, check in is later but they didnt mind and led us to our room, a god send! the staff are really helpful! and very friendly! centrally located, and clean! kitchen is big and has everything you need! we were only going to stay 2 nights then cross the border and stay somewhere in argentina, but we loved the place so much we stayed for the duration of our time at both sides of the border at Supernova. :)
Would highly recommend.
My wife and I stayed here as part of a trip visiting her homeland. We flew in from Sau Paulo and found it very easy to catch a bus from the airport that took us straight into town. Be aware, to get to the hostel you don't have to take the bus all the way to the terminal. As you enter the town look for the roads and pull the chord once you see Dumont...it's across the street from Pizza Hut.
The hostel is a two story house with several different rooms, we stayed in a private room with a shared bathroom. The room is nice for a hostel, don't expect a hotel, plus it had an AC unit for coolness and for a little noise as the floorboards can creak if someone is above you.
Breakfast comes with the room and included some bread with butter and jam, bananas and a homemade cake (get there early as the cake can disappear). Basic but a great start to the day. The best part is they have various fruit trees around their property and when we were there in May 2011 they had avacados on the tree and allowed us to get one and have it...which was amazing!
There is a little pool, BBQ area, pool table, dart board, a community TV, community refrigerator and kitchen and a patio with a hammock, but there is so much to do in this area it's hard to stay put. The hostel let us know that, as guests, we could get a 50% discount at a local churrascaria called Fogo Dourado! It was a great meal and only cost about R50 for the two of us.
It's easy to catch the bus to the Cataratas (the falls) and Itaipu (the hyrdroelectic plant). For the falls just make left outside the hostel and cross the street and wait for the bus that says Parque Nacional which takes you to the visitor center. To get the Itaipu you take the bus the other way and change buses at the terminal (or you could walk to the terminal, whick takes about 20 minutes). You can always take buses to other locations from here too, including Paraguay and Argentina.
In other words the Supernova Hostel is perfectly located to get to where you need to go. They are very friendly, speak several languages and are happy to book things for you as well. Thanks to this hostel, we can't wait to come back to Foz and will, of course, stay there.