The Best Party Hostels in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach is a central hub in the party city of Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Beach is a central hub in the party city of Rio de Janeiro | © mediacolor's / Alamy Stock Photo
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19 August 2021
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Why waste your budget on a luxury pad when the reason you’re in Rio de Janeiro is to dance into the night? Here are the best fiesta-friendly hostels, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Think Rio, think revelry – and these great little places to stay really deliver the fun. Some have party scenes of their own, others are slap-bang in the hedonistic heart of the city. Best of all, these hostels won’t cost an arm and a leg, so you’ll be set to throw impressive shapes when you hit the dancefloor. Read on and pick one our favorite party hostels in Rio de Janeiro.

Discovery Hostel

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Glória, once one of the plushest neighborhoods in Rio, is a little down-at-heel nowadays. On the plus side, it’s very close to Lapa, Rio’s samba party central, home to the cream of the city’s small clubs and bars. In a large Belle Epoque townhouse with shuttered windows and parquet floors you’ll find Discovery. Rooms are well-kept with sturdy wooden bunks, big lockers and large windows. Extensive communal areas include a big open-plan TV lounge and an al fresco patio that’s made for impromptu partying. When bronzing beckons, Copacabana Beach is a 15-minute subway ride away.

Books Hostel

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The party hostel, Books Hostel
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This Santa Teresa hostel, covered in street art, is resolutely aimed at partygoers, known for dangerously strong caipirinhas, hangover-cure breakfasts and the world’s largest collection of dress-up hats in a hostel. Mixed and gender-segregated dorms cover the bare essentials – wooden bunks and lockers – but most guests don’t do much sleeping. Large windows ensure plenty of air, shared bathrooms have tub showers and there’s a beanbag-dotted TV lounge if you’re too partied-out to take the 15-minute cab ride to the beach.

Ipanema Beach House

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This flashpacker hostel is perfect for travelers with a little more to spend, who want in-house partying, the option of private rooms and easy access to the beach the morning after. Decor is clean, with minimalist white throughout. Dorms have backpack-sized lockers and beds with reading lights. Doubles have private breakfast balconies and the hostel organizes tours, including a Monday all-night boat party. The real selling point is the easy beach access – the choicest stretch of Ipanema is a mere block away.

Selina Lapa

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Where do Cariocas, as the people of Rio are called, go to dance samba and party? The answer is Lapa, which is where this poshtel is situated. Close to the city center, it’s part of a global chain aimed at party-obsessed digital nomads. Decor and furnishing have boutique-y touches: lounge spaces with drape curtains and leather sofas, blocks of color, distressed woods and tasteful street-art murals. Expect, too, coworking areas, a yoga space on the roof and a bar with live music and DJs.

Pura Vida Hostel

Pura Vida Hostel
Pura Vida Hostel | © Pura Vida Hostel

Dorm beds are squeezed in snugly, doubles and suites are compact, and the location of this big hostel is hard to beat; it’s a block from Copacabana Beach and a 10-minute walk from Ipanema. Parties happen every night in the huge, in-house Taverna bar and club, where live bands and DJs play and you can buy beer passes valid for a week or buckets of caipirinhas. Organized events here include karaoke, pub crawls and caipirinha-making workshops.

El Misti

People helping themselves to food at El Misti Hostel with a turquoise mural
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Beginning life as a single hostel, El Misti is now a well-established Rio chain, with hostels in Copacabana, Ipanema and the beach town of Búzios. An excellent location (El Misti on Copacabana is practically jumping distance from the beach), combines with lots of communal spaces to meet (and party with) fellow travelers. Expect great rates for the hotel-style hostel accommodation. El Misti Copacabana has no dorms, just simple suites with double beds or bunks. It throws great parties and offers nightlife tours throughout Rio.

Mambembe

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The beach is a 15-minute cab ride away. It’s a quick hop to the samba clubs of Lapa. And with boho bars and restaurants on the doorstep, this Santa Teresa hostel is perfectly positioned for Rio after dark. There’s an in-house club here, with local musicians playing live samba or chorinho. Mixed dorms have bunks with privacy curtains and views over Santa Teresa’s terracotta roofs and lush hillsides. If you really want privacy, there are a handful of small doubles and suites.

Villa 25

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Set in quiet, suburban Laranjeiras, Villa 25 is a 20-minute metro ride from the beach or Lapa, but it’s one of the plushest hostels in the city. Dorms have wooden bunks with reading lights and privacy curtains. Alternatively you could take one of the doubles, in modern whites offset with blocks of muted color, which occupy a restored 19th-century villa. There’s a swimming pool and garden as well as a modish restaurant-bar in brick and distressed wood. Come for strong cocktails, ceviches and petiscos (Portuguese tapas) on its large al fresco dining patio.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Sarah Brown.

Rio isn’t just nights of samba and caipirinha, though. When you’re not partying, you might want to check out the best things to do in Lapa or discover the highlights of Copacabana. Looking for a more tranquil place to stay after the dancing? These are the best hotels in Rio and the best boutique places to stay, all bookable on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on August 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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