A city known for its famous carnival and exotic samba dancing is not going to be short on party hostels. While Rio de Janeiro certainly has secluded havens for those looking for a quiet retreat, it also ticks all the boxes for accommodation where meeting people, partying and saying goodbye to sleep is all part of the experience. Here are some of Rio’s best party hostels.
Vila Carioca Hostel
At the Vila Carioca Hostel, traditional decorations such as polished wooden floors and classic Portuguese tiling happily coexist with ultra-modern paintings and quirky decorations to create an airy, pleasant space. The spacious living room provides ample opportunities to strike up conversations with fellow guests and the location is sublime—right in the heart of Botafogo, Rio’s trendiest neighborhood for hipster bars followed by a night out on the town in Lapa, just a 15-minute cab ride away.
Books hostel has built a reputation as the party hostel in Rio de Janeiro all throughout the year and fosters a social environment that makes meeting people easy, where liberal behavior is the norm, and where pre-drinking before going out to nearby Lapa is an affair that seems to involve the entire hostel. The hostel itself is cheap, clean, and safe, making it the perfect spot for those looking to meet fellow party-goers and those not so fussed about a good eight hours of sleep per night.
Che Lagarto Hostel Copacabana
If you’re looking for a quiet spot for a few days rest, Che Lagarto is not the place; this is a hostel to mingle and party. The free evening caipirinhas are part of the happy hour that brings guests together to socialize and get into high spirits before heading out to Copacabana’s nearby bars and clubs or heading to Lapa for all-night festas just 20 minutes away. To ease the hangover the next day, enjoy the buffet-style breakfast before sleeping off the excess booze on the beach just two blocks away.
El Misti Hostel Rio
This modern, bright, airy hostel is considered one of the best in Rio de Janeiro and tends to attract backpackers and travelers from all around the world. The friendly attitude from the staff seems to impart a similar vibe throughout the whole hostel and the large communal lounge makes it easy to meet other guests. Surrounded by great bars and clubs, the party mood is never far away and those who want to party until dawn can head to nearby Lapa which is less than a half hour away.
The location in Santa Teresa gives guests at the Discovery Hostel access to a wonderful selection of bars such as Bar do Mineiro, Mama Shelter, and the Explorer Bar, the latter arguably one of the best spots in Rio for cocktails. It’s also just a short stroll away from Lapa, the city’s main party district known for its live music and thumping clubs. The hostel itself is clean, safe, and super-friendly with staff that sometimes go out with guests for drinks.
The location of Mambembe Hostel is not far from perfect for party goers. Although Copacabana and Ipanema have the beaches, Santa Teresa is known for its quirky, arty bars, and the close location to Lapa is ideal for night owls. The friendly staff create a social environment to meet people and the lively bar serving a mean caipirinha is definitely a great spot for pre-drinks.
Alto Vidigal Bar & Lounge
Alto Vidigal Hostel is perched at the top of the Vidigal favela, a safe, friendly community in Rio de Janeiro with stunning ocean views. The hostel itself is clean and safe, draws in a strong international crowd, and fosters a sociable, friendly environment. It also has a bar which is great for caipirinhas while taking in the view, and is also known for its popular weekend parties that go on until sunrise.