Rio de Janeiro 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 best hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
We have included much more useful information for your trip.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Rio de Janeiro
- best hostels in Rio de Janeiro for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Rio de Janeiro
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Rio de Janeiro
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 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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 hostels in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
The hostel is location in the traditional and quiet Laranjeiras neighbourhood in the south of Rio de Janeiro, giving guests a break from the hectic cosmopolitan.
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 Rio de Janeiro.
The hostel has rooms in their new building, cabine, and the historic villa itself. In the new building are private rooms that accommodate up to four guests with a private bathroom.
In the cabine 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.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- 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 gastrobar 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.
Villa 25 is one of the best hostels in Rio de Janeiro for
- Female Solo travellers
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.
The hostel is only a few steps way from Lapa’s restaurants and bars.
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.
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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.
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.
This is one of the best hostels in Rio de Janeiro 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 located in a safe neighbourhood that leaves you walking distance from some of Rio’s top tourist destinations.
Private suites accommodate 2-4 people with a private bathroom.
There are 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.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- Free breakfast
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.
It is the coolest hostel in Rio de Janeiro for
- Solo travellers
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 de Janeiro, 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?
Aquarela do Leme is an awesome place for those traveling solo around Rio de Janeiro.
Clean and air conditioned rooms with hot showers, helpful staff, amazing breakfast buffet and a rooftop bar.
It also has great Wi-Fi 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 de Janeiro.
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.
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
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Rio de Janeiro best 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:
- Ipanema Beach
- Christ the Redemeer
- Sugarloaf Mountain
- Copacabana beach
- Tijuca National Park
Flights to Rio de Janeiro?
Suprisingly, there are many cheap flights from the United States to Rio de Janeiro.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Rio de Janeiro.
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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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place 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