When hotels are a bit on the pricey side, hostels come to the rescue. What started as places for backpackers under a certain age, have lately become the accommodation of choice for everyone, no matter what their age or budget is. However, hostels still cater for a particular kind of travelers: budget and backpackers.
Need to know
Hostels come in many forms. You can find anything from party hostels to miniature hotels, where you can enjoy your privacy. Just make sure to read the reviews before booking so that you won’t end up in the “wrong” kind of hostel.
Although the cheapest beds are always in dorms, you’ll be able to find private rooms as well. These are the perfect choice if you are traveling with your spouse or children.
Book well in advance particularly if you plan to visit during the Carnaval. The prices don’t vary from season to season but the best hostels do book up really quickly and months in advance.
And speaking of “best” hostels, make sure to read the traveler’s reviews. If more than two people say a place is a dump, it most likely is.
Rio de Janeiro: Hostel Copa Praia
This hostel is located close to the beach (about 4 blocks walk) and is considered one of the best in the area. All rooms have AC, fan, key card and security lockers. There is internet access in the hostel as well as a common room where you can watch TV and use the kitchen. The cheapest beds are in the 8 bed dorms (male or female) and you should expect to pay US$15 per night in November. The double private rooms cost US$32 per night per person.
Rio de Janeiro: Albergue Hostel Ipanema
The hostel is located close to one of the best beaches in Rio. The breakfast and linen are included in the room price. All rooms have fan and security lockers. The common room is equipped with TV and there is a kitchen guests can use. The cheapest beds are in the 6 bed mixed dorms and you should expect to pay US$17.50 per night in November. Double rooms costs between US$27.77 and US$39.98 per person per night depending on the type of room and bathroom facilities.
Sao Paulo: Hostelling International Praça da Arvore
This hostel is considered one of the best in the center of Sao Paulo. It offers both private rooms and dorms but the private rooms book up really quickly so make sure to book well in advance. The breakfast, linen and airport transfer are included in the room price. The common room is equipped with TV, pool table and there is a kitchen for the guests to use. The cheapest beds are in the 10 beds dorm (male or female) and you should expect to pay US$19 per night.
Sao Paulo: Casa Club Hostel Bar
The hostel stands in the heart of Vila Madalena, a famous neighborhood for its cuisine, arts and entertainment. The hostel only offers dorms and is considered one of the best hostels in the area. Breakfast, linen and internet access are included in the room price. It’s not one of the quiet hostels but totally worth it if you plan to share your days with fellow travelers. The beds cost US$22.59 per night in any of the dorms.