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The 6 Best Hostels in Rio de Janeiro (Updated 2023)

Long stretch of beach lined with multistory buildings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Posted: 2/5/2023 | February 5th, 2023

Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century (though several indigenous groups have lived in the area for millennia), Rio de Janeiro is the second-largest city in Brazil.

It’s also one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and over 5 million people pass through the city each year. Its dramatic natural and urban landscape — lush mountains hugging the sea — has been a strong source of creative inspiration for centuries. Many artistic movements and styles were born here, including bossa nova (a style of samba).

Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of exciting cultural and natural sites to explore in Rio, including the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue (one of the new Wonders of the World), Sugarloaf Mountain, many fascinating museums, and much more.

The buzzing energy of the city makes Rio de Janeiro especially popular with backpackers and partygoers (especially during Carnaval), meaning that there are a ton of hostels to choose from.

Below you’ll find my list of the best hostels in Rio de Janeiro. But, before we dive in, I want to share four things you need to remember when you pick a hostel:

  1. Location – Rio is huge, so take this into consideration when looking for a hostel. Pick a neighborhood near the things you want to see and do.
  2. Price – As is true anywhere, you get what you pay for. If you pick a really cheap hostel, you’re probably going to get one that is small and cramped and doesn’t offer great service.
  3. Amenities – Every hostel in town offers free Wi-Fi, and most have self-catering facilities so you can cook your own meals. Many — but not all — include free breakfast, so be sure to do your research to find the one that best meets your needs.
  4. Staff – All the hostels listed here have an amazing staff who are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews so you have staff who are helpful and friendly. They can make or break a hostel!

Below is my list of the best hostels in Rio de Janeiro. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following are the best in each category:

Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Mambembe or Books
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Aquarela do Leme
Best Hostel for Couples: Selina Lapa or Aquarela do Leme
Best Hostel for Partying: Books or Pura Vida Hostel
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Selina…

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