This is hand-written guide, first-hand experience by staying at these top Rio de Janeiro Hostels.
Rio de Janeiro, or Rio for short, is not only famous for its carnival.
It is also a fun city which is developing quite fast. An ideal place for those curious backpackers looking for fun, awesome beaches, and new friends.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
May we also suggest a trip to nearby Sao Paulo to enjoy our only 5 Star Hostel in Brazil, WE Design Hostel.
We have included much more useful information for your trip.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in town
- best hostels in Rio de Janeiro for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Rio
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Rio de Janeiro
The average price for a bed: Hostels in Rio de Janeiro cost from 9$ to 14$ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 30$ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Rio de Janeiro
Let’s jump right into the boutique and backpacker hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
- Villa 25 – Best Hostel for Female Solo Travelers
- Da Lapa Design Hotel – Best Hostel for Party Travelers
- Aquarela do Leme – Best Hostel for Couples
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Villa 25 – For Female Solo-Travellers
Villa 25 hostel is found in a retrofitted historic villa that combines luxury with the warmth of Carioca.
Located in the traditional and quiet Laranjeiras neighborhood in the south of Rio, the hostel gives guests a break from the hectic cosmopolitan.
The famous Flamengo Beach is also near the boutique hostel. A perfect time for you to walk around with an amazing view of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
The hostel has rooms in their new building, cabin, and the historic villa itself. In the new building are private rooms that accommodate up to four guests with a private bathroom.
Furthermore, in the cabins are shared rooms with pod bunks that can accommodate 6-12 guests with specific male/female rooms for guests who desire them. In the historic villa are more private rooms that can accommodate up to three guests with private bathrooms.
Some rooms come with balconies.
Amenities you can enjoy at Villa 25:
- Free WiFi
- Sun Terrace
- Outdoor pool
- Laundry Service
- Breakfast buffet
Villa 25 has a social lounge with a TV, co-working space, and a swimming pool for guests to enjoy when they are not exploring the city.
There is a gastro bar on site where you can get a drink or something to eat.
There is no curfew and the reception is open 24-hours so you can enjoy the city at all hours of the day, as well as ask staff for recommendations of the best places to go.
You can also join the hostel activities to keep your time running. They have walking tours as well as bike tours.
And if you wish to take your tour to the next level, they also organize snorkeling, diving, hiking, and windsurfing. Activities worth to try and experience especially when you are in town.
Location: The hostel is only a short walk from the Largo do Machado subway station, and only three stops from the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema stations, as well as downtown. A great location!
Villa 25 is a great choice for:
- Female Solo travelers
2. Da Lapa Design Hotel (Party and Design)
The brightly coloured Da Lapa Design Hotel is at the center of the Lapa neighbourhood, Rio’s central district.
Everything at Da Lapa breathes art.
A local artist painted the walls, and there are rehearsal, studio, and cinema rooms that guests can take advantage of to get their creative juices flowing while in the city.
Private rooms sleep up to two people and have private washrooms.
There are accessible private rooms for persons with disabilities available.
Shared rooms have 6, 8, 10, and 12 beds, and are mixed as well exclusively male or female so you can choose the experience that makes you the most comfortable.
Shared dormitory rooms have a shared bathroom.
Perks you can get at Da Lapa Design Hostel:
- Free WiFi
- Wheelchair friendly
- Discount in selected bars, restaurants & nightclubs
- Free breakfast
On the weekend you can enjoy the hotel bar with DJs or live music and a party that doesn’t end until the morning. So prepare your party clothes because you are about to have the best party experience in Rio.
Location: The hostel is located near the traditional concert halls and a subway station so you can easily get to the historic parts of the city.
Only a few steps way from the hostel are restaurants and bars which the Da Lapa Design Hostel gives discount to guests in selected establishments.
A great place for:
- Social butterflies
- Solo party travelers
3. Aquarela do Leme – for couples
Between the favela of Babilonia and the beach at Copacabana is the Aquarela do Leme hostel.
The hostel is owned and ran by travelers like us so they know what the guests are looking for in a hostel.
Private suites accommodate 2-4 people with a private bathroom. They also have a two-person private suites that are wheelchair accessible.
Mixed shared dormitories sleep up to eight people with separate male and female washrooms. Female only dormitories sleep up to 10 people.
All rooms have a balcony with a view of the ocean, jungle, or city. You get to choose what view you wish to wake up in the morning and a view to take a glimpse of before going to bed.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the buffet breakfast everyday. Selection includes very nice hot coffee, homemade bread, cake, yogurt, and fresh tropical fruits.
Perks you can expect at Aquarela do Leme:
- Free WiFi
- Beach Front
- Sun Terrace
- Spa Lounge / Relaxation Area
- Laundry and Dry Cleaning
The front desk is staffed 24-hours so there will always be someone there to answer your questions or give you a recommendation.
Aquarela do Leme has no curfew so you can take advantage of Rio’s vibrant nightlife.
In the evening, you can take advantage of the lounge or watch the sunset from the terrace on the roof.
Location: The hostel is located in a safe neighbourhood that leaves you walking distance from some of Rio’s top tourist destinations.
Nearest popular landmarks you can visit are Sugarloaf Cable Car, Duque de Caxias Fort, Pista Cláudio Coutinho, Trilha do morro da Babilonia and Sugarloaf Mountain.
A great budget accommodation to stay for:
- Solo travellers
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Rio de Janeiro
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Rio de Janeiro. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to take a decision.
|Villa 25||Da Lapa Design Hostel||Aquarela do Leme|
|WiFi||Free (Good)||Free (Good)||Free (Very Fast)|
|Breakfast||Continental Breakfast (included)||Big Buffet Breakfast (included)||Big Buffet Breakfast (included)|
|Location||Near nature, sandy beaches and scenery||Surrounded by nightlife, and tourist attractions||Very close to Leme Beach (golden sand) and Trilha do morro da Babilonia (mountain)|
|Special||Outdoor pool, Retrofitted antique building||Boutique Hostel with architectural designed by the renowned architect Hélio Pellegrino|
Rooms feature own patio with sea view
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||Lift available||Yes||Yes|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Hostelworld|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Rio de Janeiro?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
Concretely in Rio, a cheaper price could also mean a dirty place or even an insecure location.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Rio de Janeiro.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Rio de Janeiro
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Read: How to book hostels with Hosteworld – a guide
Best Hostels in Rio de Janeiro for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Rio de Janeiro for solo-travellers?
As a solo-traveller you need a safe, clean and fun place. Isn’t that right?
We had a closer look on the exact demands for a solo-traveller and backpacker.
Aquarela do Leme is an awesome place for those traveling solo.
Clean and air conditioned rooms with hot showers, helpful staff, amazing breakfast buffet and a rooftop bar.
It also has great WiFi and it is located in a safe neighborhood.
All the basics a solo travelers needs, right?
Party Hostels in Rio de Janeiro
Alright alright, we know you want to have fun in Rio. So here’s the coolest party hostel in Rio.
Looking for a good time with new found friends? You’re in for a treat!
Da Lapa Design Hostel is not only a design-led hostel with a bar on site but it is in the middle of the party hub neighbourhood.
More Rio de Janeiro Hostels worth to mention
Being Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer, we also want to offer you more.
We have added three more hostels for you to choose from. And guarantee all are the best hostels in the city.
You deserve the best so we give you what you deserve. Here are more hostels that are worth to mention.
1. Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema (Party Hostel)
If you’re still looking for a place to party, we give you Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema. The hostel where the party never stops.
In the hostel bar, don’t forget to grab your FREE Caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail) every day for half an hour. Oh yeah, you got that right! FREE every day for 30 minutes! All that you can drink to kick start your night.
And to keep the party rolling, the bar offers a great variety of drinks you can try. Win new acquaintances and meet amazing people the same as you from all over the world.
But if still, you want to bring the party elsewhere, other bars and cafes are just a block away from the hostel. Bar hopping made easy for you.
Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema is designed with bright summer colors that will surely make you feel the warm vibes in Rio. And we are sure you will love the panoramic views of the sea on the top floor of the hostel.
All beds are equipped with lockers and sockets for your own personal use. Safety deposit boxes are available in private rooms.
You can even prepare your own preferred meals at the shared kitchen if you’re not in the mood to step out from the hostel. You can also catch your favorite movie in the TV lounge with your friends or with other hostel guests.
As for the location, just like the bars and cafes that are just a block away from the hostel. You are also in great access to restaurants, malls, banks, and art galleries.
The hostel places you near all the convenient establishments that may be essential during your travel. So you don’t have to worry about going too far.
If you plan to travel around the city, public bus transportation can be reached within a few minute walks from the hostel. And just a block away, you can also take the Jardim de Alah Subway. Either of the two will take you to the popular destinations you wish to visit in Rio.
The hostel also offers walking tours that will take you around parts of Rio that is not much seen in travel guides.
And to give you a tip, the hostel is very near to some of the popular destinations like Spain Square, H. Stern Museum, and Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.
2. El Misti Hostel Copacabana
Undoubtedly having the most helpful staff in town, El Misti Hostel Copacabana is located just right in front of the Siqueira Campos Subway Station.
You won’t go wrong in staying in El Misti Hostel Copacabana. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. They can assist you 24/7 in anything you might need during your stay.
They also have a tour desk that can advise you the best destinations in Rio, the nicest cuisines you should try, and even what and what not to do in the City.
Their multi-lingual front desk can arrange transfers to samba lessons, football matches, and favela tours, too.
And if you wish to visit Sugar Loaf Ridge and Christ the Redeemer Monument, they can arrange visits that will take you only a 20-minute drive from the hostel.
The hostel even offers currency exchange so you don’t need to worry about going far.
Vending machines and grocery deliveries are offered in the hostel, too. Everything you might need can be delivered right at your doorsteps. What more can ask for?
Since they provide delivery services, you may also want to prepare your own meals at the hostel kitchen. Or even have other guests pitch in and have a group meal instead.
But if don’t feel like cooking, you can always get your meals and snacks at the hostel snack bar. They have very good deals that can suit your budgets.
And please don’t forget to try their rich daily buffet breakfast which comes with an extra charge. You can also grab freshly baked bread, too.
As for the activities, they have a great variety to keep you busy and entertained during your free hours.
They have a games room, bike tours, live broadcasted sports events, movie nights, evening entertainment and even karaoke. They also have a library, too.
The hostel is just a 6-minute walk from Copacabana Beach while Rio Sul Shopping Centre is just a 10-minute drive.
3. Terra Brasilis Hostel (Unbelievable View)
Aside from being located just across Parque das Ruinas Park, Terra Brasilis Hostel offers a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay.
You will surely find it unbelievable.
We are sure you will love the big wooden deck balcony in rooms that give you the wonderful Guanabara Bay view. Just the perfect spot for a quick Instagram post.
Just imagine yourself waking up, walking through the balcony and be greeted with the stunning view of the city. You will surely smile and say “Good Morning, Rio!”
Rooms are well lit with natural lightings from the window. And the beds are comfortable and cozy.
Even the huge lounge and catering has a perfect view of the Centro Teresa. Killing time and having your meals is just so relaxing with the amazing ambiance of the outdoors.
Beverages and snacks are available at the hostel so you don’t need to worry about going hungry. Terra Brasilis Hostel also has a complimentary continental breakfast, simple yet delicious. Fresh fruit juices are also available during the morning.
The staff is very warm and welcoming. They surely know how to take care of their guests. Very accommodating and helpful.
For your security and safety, security camera surveillance is installed in the hostel so you and your belongings are safe and sound.
And to give you better access to the parts of the city, Gloria Subway Station is just a few minutes walk from the hostel. Rio de Janeiro City Center is also near. That is why you can also easily get to Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa neighborhood, Passeio Publico and Cinelandia Square.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Villa 25: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Aquarela do Leme: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Da Lapa Design Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
Extra cool hostels in Rio de Janiero:
- Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- El Misti Hostel Copacabana: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Terra Brasilis Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of the mentioned hostels are popular; especially in high-season.
To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Rio de Janeiro. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Rio de Janeiro hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Flights to Rio de Janeiro?
Surprisingly, there are many cheap flights from the United States to Rio de Janeiro. If you are in the US, keep an eye on that!
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Brazil and South America.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Rio de Janeiro.
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Over to you
There you have it. the absolute BEST hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place to stay in Rio de Janeiro on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Here we only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries