Rio hostels

5 Best Hostels In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Updated: March 31, 2021

Rio de Janeiro is located in Brazil and it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. You will be able to enjoy immaculate beaches, gorgeous forests with towering mountains, and a bustling city when visiting this lively place.

Rio de Janeiro is quite unique in the sense that you can come here to enjoy the tropics, the countless hiking and other outdoor opportunities, or to enjoy the lively city during the day and at night. The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, which is a massive 125-feet, is found in the heart of Rio near the beach. This statue is a must-see for many tourists and is the subject of many incredible photos.

Other exciting activities in Rio de Janeiro include visiting Tijuca National Park, which is a breathtaking expanse of the rainforest with lush tropical foliage and many cascading waterfalls. Taking a visit to the enormous Sugarloaf Mountain is another great adventure, and you can do this by riding up in a cable car for some of the absolute best views possible you can get of Rio. You cannot leave Rio without trying a refreshing and delectable açai bowl, as this nutritious fruit is native to Brazil.

Staying in a hostel will give you the chance to meet some fellow travelers and also save you some money. So let’s go over some of the best hostels you will find in Rio de Janeiro.


Selina Lapa Rio

Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

The first hostel on our list in Rio is the Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro. This hostel is located very conveniently within the Lapa district, which is only a few short miles from Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. There is a café available within the hostel, as well as a lounge, bar, kitchen, and terrace. You can be sure to rely on the free Wi-Fi throughout Selina Lapa, too.

When it comes to the room situation, there are multiple options you can choose to go with. There are private rooms that can sleep between 1 and 6 guests, and shared rooms where you will be set up with a comfortable bunk bed. If you prefer a night in, there are books and movies available to borrow, and even yoga classes on certain days.

Hostel details

Address: Largo da Lapa, Downtown Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 20021-390, Brazil.

Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price per night: from $14.

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Pura Vida Rio

Pura Vida Hostel Rio de Janeiro

The Pura Vida Hostel Rio de Janeiro is next up, and it is situated in extreme proximity to Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. You can walk to either of these beaches and take in the remarkable views of the immense mountains. You will be provided with everything you need here, including kitchen facilities, Wi-Fi, games, books, a bar, and a café. The hostel is kept nice and clean, too.

There are several private rooms available that can fit 1 and 5 guests. The private chalets come with a balcony, and the suites are set up with microwaves, a fridge, and a television. There are of course mixed dorms or female-only dorms, and these are complete with bunk beds and lockers for any items you wish to keep extra safe.

Hostel details

Address: Rua Saint Roman 20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guest rating: 4.6 out of 5.

Price per night: from $5.

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Discovery Hostel Rio

Discovery Hostel

Discovery Hostel is a clean and cozy choice during your stay in Rio de Janeiro, and it is located in a prime spot and very close to several means of public transportation. The hostel has a full kitchen set up, a café, a computer station, free breakfast, laundry facilities, a terrace, and they will provide you with clean linens.

Whether you are on the search for a private room or a shared dorm where you can meet some new friends, Discovery Hostel is complete with both. You will receive lockers for any luggage in your room, too. The beds at this hostel are renowned for being nice and comfortable, which is always an amazing thing to have when you are tired after a long day of traveling.

Hostel details

Address: Rua Benjamin Constant 26, Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guest rating: 4.6 out of 5.

Price per night: from $9.

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Aquarela Hostel Rio

Aquarela do Leme

Last up on our list of Rio hostels is Aquarela Do Leme, which is a colorful new hostel on the Rio de Janeiro scene. Each room comes with a balcony where you can gaze at the beautiful Brazilian landscapes, and there is a rooftop terrace where guests can relax as well. Aquarela do Leme provides free breakfast and Wi-Fi for visitors, and there is a lounge for nights you would rather just chill out.

You can choose between either a private room or a shared dorm at Aquarela do Leme. There are lockers conveniently placed under the bunk beds here, and each bed in the shared rooms have a privacy curtain so you can fully relax when it is time for bed.

Rio de Janeiro is a lovely travel destination and any of the above-mentioned hostels will complement your stay. Each one has affordable prices, so you can have some extra spending money while out and about in Rio.

Hostel details

Address: Ladeira Ary Barroso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guest rating: 4.7 out of 5.

Price per night: from $11.

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Brooks Hostel Rio

Books Hostel

Books Hostel is up next, which is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro and within walking distance to many popular spots within the city. The beaches are a short drive away, and the Escadaria Selarón can be reached after a quick walk. You can start your days off with a tasty free breakfast. Or, end your days at their bar for happy hour. Books Hostel also provides its guests with linens.

There are mixed or female-only rooms with bunk beds and private rooms that sleep 2. Lockers are accessible for guests who need to stow away items, as well. There is a useful lounge and common area. Plus a communal kitchen that has everything you need to cook a delicious meal. If you need to get onto the computer but you do not have one with you, Books Hostel has you covered with that, as well.

Hostel details

Address: Rua Francisco Muratori 10, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Guest rating: 4.3 out of 5.

Price per night: from $7.

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About our Rio de Janeiro hostel recommendations

Are you a solo traveler looking for a private room? Or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm? Above you will find the best hostels in Rio de Janeiro for all your needs.

Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Rio de Janeiro.


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