1. Manga Hostel – Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
New Hostel – Friendly staff – Low Prices
This is one of many fairly new hostels in Rio de Janeiro that opened to cater for the big events in Brazil (World Cup & Olympics) as they are expecting an increase in tourism. The good news is this new supply made the prices better!
With it being a new hostel they have air-conditioning in both the rooms and common areas, which you will be really grateful for after a day out in the heat.
Bonus’ are free Pool Table, Pet cat and large Flat Screen TV’s. They also offered free local drink on Friday’s to prepare you for Lapa’s Friday night street party – The road is closed EVERY FRIDAY for partying! If that is your scene this is the place for you.
The staff are also very friendly. When my friends and I had not returned to the hostel after a day they made contact with us to check we were ok.
2. Walk on the beach Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Friendly staff – Great Location
The two best selling points for this hostel is friendly staff, they are like a family and really make you welcome it’s a very big part of the experience when staying there. They were very kind and helped a friend of mine that became ill on holiday.
The one downside was the limited amount of air-con, which was only in certain room types.
The location of this hostel is really great, just a short walk from the famous Copacabana beach.
3. Orla Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Fantastic location – Luxurious
The Orla Copacabana Hotel is the best option for families and short holidays where you may want to treat yourself to a little more luxury but still at a fair price. This hotel is right on the beach front.
They offer a great breakfast selection. They have a gym and swimming pool. When I visited I was lucky enough to have my room next to the rooftop pool which was very nice. The views from here are incredible at both day and night time, it provided me a great opportunity to pop the question to my now wife.
I hope this has inspired some of you and helped with deciding on accommodation. Some of the places I stayed at were really nothing compared to these places and one booking lost me money, so it is important to know the place you’re going to be staying. It’s also can be hard to go by the booking site reviews. When I stayed at Manga it was a new hostel with few reviews so definitely a risk that paid off.
If you would like any more information on visiting Brazil please leave a comment or email me and I will be happy to help.