Cheap Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Being the second largest city in Brazil and a very populous one too, Rio de Janeiro is filled with hotels for any type of traveler. If you prefer to lavish, you can choose the 5-star hotels, while if your needs are basic there are excellent budget hotels as well as Rio de Janeiro hostels.
Choosing the right hotel for you will come down to location and price. Just like in any other major city, the closer to the main attractions you’ll stay, the more expensive the hotel will be. Likewise, if you want to stay close to the beach, you’ll definitely pay the price for it.
The metro system is very useful for travel from Ipanema through Copacabana to Downtown and beyond, so you can look for budget hotels located in various districts. In Zona Sul you can find both the high-end hotels and the budget accommodation, particularly around Flamengo and Catete. Another good option is the central Santa Teresa neighborhood, with plenty of budget hotels and away from the city center’s hustle and bustle.
But do remember that accommodation in Rio de Janeiro is the most expensive in the country. There’s a shortage of hotel rooms on the cheaper side, so you can always consider either a Rio de Janeiro hostel or choosing a vacation rental . During the New Year celebrations and Carnival hotel prices can even triple so booking well in advance is highly recommended.
Prices can range anywhere from $132 to $276 for a room in a 3-star hotel but they can be higher depending on the location.