Rio de Janeiro seems to have it all, including beaches, Carnival, samba, and celebrities who love to visit some of their best hotels—but what does Rio de Janeiro lack? Until recently, it lacked hostels, but this has now changed. Here are the hostels we suggest staying at on your next trip to Rio.
Hostels in Rio de Janeiro
Discovery Hostel: Self-described as a boutique hostel, it is located in a mansion once a baroness’s holiday residence. Discovery Hostel is situated in Glória, just about 2 km away from Santos Dumont Airport.
Santa Tere Hostel: This hostel is located in the hip neighborhood of Santa Teresa. This area is famous for samba circles, hipster parties, and hosting celebrities like the late Amy Winehouse. It has a modern setting and a beautiful pool.
Santa Mix Hostel: In Santa Teresa, enjoy a large terrace overlooking the Guanabara bay and enjoy an atmosphere that resembles an old and well-kept family home.
Casa Amarela Hostel: It is located in downtown Rio in a lovely yellow colonial building. The hostel is easy to find by metro once you get off at Uruguaiana station. The location is perfect for guests who want to explore the old part of the city on foot.
Abraço Carioca Favela Hostel: It has a breathtaking view, which is the main attraction of the hostel located in a shantytown next to Leme beach. It’s hard to find a room during New Year’s Eve because of the view of the fireworks from Copacabana beach.
Gaia Comfort Hostel: This hostel has a modern interior design, just 100 meters away from the Botafogo metro station and just over 1 km from Botafogo beach. This part of the city is surrounded by exquisite restaurants (Iraja Gastro, Lasai) and cool bars (Comuna, Meza), and touristy hotspots like Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana are only a 10-minute taxi ride or a few subway stations away.
Injoy Hostel: It’s a hostel with a guest house feel. Set in a lovely house at the end of a tree-lined lane, it has modern décor and prime location, next to Botafogo metro station. Injoy Hostel is designed to appeal to young, affluent couples and independent 30-something travelers alike.
Rio Hostel Ipanema: The best location! It’s 200 meters away from Ipanema beach and 500 meters away from Copacabana Beach. The Pedra da Gávea and the Copacabana Fort, with its famous Confeitaria Colombo, are also within walking distance. Oh, and there is also a metro station 400 meters away.
Rio de Janeiro is a favorite destination, whether you’re visiting for Carnival or exploring the beautiful country. On a budget? There are plenty of spectacular hostels to stay at. If you’re looking to splurge, may we suggest a hotel fit for a celebrity. Get inspiration on your trip with this miniature timelapse of Rio or with this caipirinha recipe. For cheap eats, check out the five best cheap eats in Rio de Janeiro.