There is no shortage of reasons as to why you should include São Paulo on your Brazilian travel itinerary. Though not a typical tourist destination, this pulsating megacity offers a wealth of unique cultural experiences to foreign travelers, being a gorgeous mixture of ethnic backgrounds and artistic scenes. One thing that may put off tourists, however, is the fact that São Paulo is among the most expensive places in Brazil and South America as a whole. Luckily, accommodation is excellent in the city, with hotel prices much cheaper than other big cities around the world, and there is no shortage of great hostels for those looking to save a few extra pennies. Here is a selection of São Paulo’s best hostels.
Having opened in 2007, Ô de Casa was the first independent hostel in São Paulo. Located in the hip neighborhood of Vila Madalena, with its impressive street art, beautiful tree-lined streets and cool bars and restaurants, it is in a much sought after part of town for tourists. As such, the hostel attracts a varied crowd, from younger backpackers to couples and middle-aged travelers.
The entire atmosphere of Ô de Casa is designed to make the hostel feel like one large shared home, sleeping a total of 80 guests at any one time in their dormitories and private rooms. Socializing is made easy by the hostel’s large common areas – which have all sorts of extras to keep you entertained such as a foosball table, home theater system and a jukebox – and the Ô de Casa bar, which is open to the Vila Madalena public all week long. Guests, of course, get a discount. Rates begin at R$ 50/night ($15) for dormitories and R$ 130/night ($39) for private rooms.
An excellent choice for backpackers, Café Hostel was started by two friends who traveled the globe and decided to create what they saw as being the ideal hostel, by travelers, for travelers. As well as having a great, friendly atmosphere and an excellent location, there are plenty of comforts at Café Hostel for all guests, with superb rooms and helpful staff.
Located at the top of the hill that rolls down into Vila Madalena, the hostel is a particularly beautiful and chilled out part of town, while still being within a two-minute walk from the closest subway station.
If you’d like to know more about Café Hostel and its staff, as well as getting some great advice for your trip to São Paulo, you can check out the team’s YouTube channel. Rates start from just R$ 35 ($10) and from R$ 150 ($45) for private rooms.
Just two blocks from Paulista Avenue, modern São Paulo’s most important street, and around the corner from legendary nightlife spot Rua Augusta, Bee.W is right in the middle of the action and a great option for accommodation for young travelers. The surroundings of the hostel itself are quite chilled out, meaning you’ll still be able to get a good night’s sleep, despite the all-night parties going on just a few hundred yards away.
The hostel’s bar is also a popular spot on weekend evenings for locals, making it a great place to do some socializing and try out your Portuguese. During the day, guests can hang out on the hostel’s roof terrace and catch some sun.
The hostel’s six rooms (four co-ed dorms, one female-only dorm and one private) all have their own unique design as well as all the facilities you’ll need for your stay. Rates at Bee.W begin at R$ 50/night ($15) for dormitories and R$ 245 ($73) for their private room, which sleeps up to three guests.
For something a little fancier, but no less inexpensive, check out WE Hostel, a stunning hostel housed inside a well-preserved 1920s mansion, only a stone’s throw away from São Paulo’s renowned urban park, Ibirapuera Park. The surrounding region of Vila Mariana is calm and easy-going, with a few cool bars and restaurants, while the closest subway station is an easy walk away, allowing you to see the rest of São Paulo.
Rates start from R$ 55 ($16) for the co-ed and all-female dorms, and from R$ 150 ($45) for private rooms.
Located in a less explored neighborhood of São Paulo, the gorgeous and quiet hideaway of Morro dos Ingleses, full of 19th century mini-mansions a short walk from Paulista Avenue and the exciting Italian neighborhood of Bixiga, Pousada dos Franceses is an excellent choice for tourists looking for comfort and a bit of history in the new center of São Paulo.
Although the name suggests it is a pousada (a Brazilian type of bed-and-breakfast), it is much more of a hostel than a B&B. Hosting up to 52 guests at any one time, it has a great selection of rooms, from dormitories (co-ed, all-female and all-male) to private single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. Rates start from R$55 ($16) a night for dorms and R$98 ($30) for private rooms.
Boasting to be the most comfortable hostel in São Paulo, Brazilodge All Suites is a lovely accommodation option for any tourist to the city, with their helpful and friendly staff taking care of every detail to make sure your stay is the most comfortable possible.
With no shared bathrooms, even the dormitories are en suite, while each bed has its own private light for bedtime reading and a safe for keeping important documents – all welcome features for travelers looking for piece of mind in the big, and sometimes intimidating city of São Paulo.
Located a quick walk away from the Ana Rosa subway station, it is well located in a peaceful part of the city, with Ibirapuera Park being just down the road.
A hostel with all of the extra benefits of a design hotel, Viva Hostel Design is another excellent option for accommodating tourists in the artsy neighborhood of Vila Madalena. Located only a couple minutes’ walk from both the nearest subway station and the Vila Madalena hubbub, it offers a good balance of accessibility, safety and convenience.
The air-conditioned dormitories and private rooms are all clean and well-designed, with lots of little extras, such as charging outlets inside the individual lockers, reading lights and smart LED lights in the dormitories so that you won’t bother the other guests if you arrive late!
Rates start from R$45 ($14) for dorms and R$170 ($53) for private rooms.