When planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the best places to stay are beachside locations such as Copacabana or Ipanema. While these spots undoubtedly have their merits, Santa Teresa shouldn’t be ruled out so quickly. Located in the hillsides near to Rio’s city center, Santa Teresa has an artistic, bohemian vibe unparalleled to anywhere else in Rio and is also a central location with everything in easy reach. To discover a different side of Rio, consider one of these hostels in Santa Teresa.
Santa Terê Hostel, Rio de Janeiro
The pool at Santa Terê Hostel | Courtesy of Santa Terê Hostel
The Santa Terê hostel comes with all the advantages of being in Santa Teresa – close proximity to plenty of quirky bars and artsy shops, close to some of the city’s best restaurants (such as Aprazivel), and near to Lapa (Rio’s party district) as well as the metro for easy access to the beaches. The best part is the hostel’s outdoor swimming pool lets you take a refreshing dip and enjoy the sun without even needing to venture far.
If the name of this hostel conjures images of quiet reading corners and a selection of well-traveled literature to choose from and pour over, then you couldn’t be further from the truth. Books hostel is an all-year-round party hostel where mostly young backpackers come to socialize, drink, and party all night. It’s ideal if you are looking for a place to meet people and you’re not fussed about sleeping early. Places such as Lapa, which is known for its late-night bars and all-night clubs, is just a short walk away.
The Orient Express Hostel in Santa Teresa has an easy-going attitude that gives you the freedom to do your own thing or meet other fellow travelers there if you wish, so is ideal for travelers looking to avoid in-your-face party hostels. The hostel itself is bright and breezy with its white exterior and warm blue window frames and the inside is clean and simple. The cherry on the cake though is the friendly staff who welcome guests in like long-lost friends and make people’s stay that extra bit special.
The Rio Forest Hostel is one of the region’s best-reviewed hostels thanks to its great location and safe, calm environment. The great thing about this hostel – besides the outdoor swimming pool with its cracking view – is the great mix of low-key relaxation in the garden area and the chance to mingle and meet new people at the hostel’s modern, artsy outdoor bar. There are also computers inside with high-speed internet for when you need to get online as well as Wi-Fi throughout the premises.
With the well-decorated rooms, warm colors in the reception, and genuinely friendly staff, you can’t help but feel at home in Bossa in Rio Hostel. There is a mix of private rooms and dorms so there are options for couples or individuals looking for privacy. Relax in the chilled-out common areas or join in the Happy Hour to meet other guests and socialize over a few drinks. The staff are multi-lingual and you won’t have any issues speaking English there.
Terra Brasilis Hostel has a lot going for it. From its spacious private rooms and its comfortable dorms to its delicious breakfast, great location, and super-friendly staff, the hostel already ticks many of the most important boxes when it comes to great, budget accommodation. Yet on top of all this, Terra Brasilis Hostel throws a panoramic view over Rio de Janeiro which will take your breath away.
With its mix of retro furniture and posters on the wall, Mambembe Hostel brings the artsy vibe of Santa Teresa into its venue. There is a mix of private rooms and dorms, and the beds in the dorms have reading lights and curtains for when you want to take some time out to yourself and relax. The outdoor patio is a stunning area to sit and take in the views of Santa Teresa’s aging mansions and Rio’s urban life spread out below.