If you’re looking to escape the bitter winters of the furthest points of the hemispheres, then Christmas and New Year in Rio de Janeiro could be your answer. While Christmas may be more of a leisurely affair with ambles through the forest and beach chilling, New Year is one of the country’s largest celebrations, second only to Carnival. Expect all-night parties and an unforgettable firework show. On a budget? Then check out these cheap spots to stay.
Che Lagarto Hostel
Che Lagarto is a highly successful chain of hostels throughout South America known for its great value. The one in Copacabana is just a couple of blocks away from the beach and near to major bus and subway routes, making the location ideal. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace next to the main street, and Friday evenings offer free caipirinhas to complement the socializing opportunities. Small yet comfortable rooms make it a cozy place to stay and the friendly staff are an added bonus.
Walk on the Beach Hostel
Walk on the Beach Hostel is a bright and airy place just a few minutes walk away from Copacabana beach. If you plan to watch the fireworks on Copacabana beach for New Year, being within walking distance will save you from the crowds on the public transport as people from all over the city head to the famous beach. The mixed dorms sleep up to 12 people and come complete with air conditioning, free wi-fi and individual lockers for storing your belongings. Other features include a communal kitchen, a bar for drinks and mingling and a chilled-out lounge area. Prices are reasonable, even during peak season periods such as New Year and Carnival.
Hostel by Hotel Galicia
Located in Centro, Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, Hostel by Hotel Galicia is actually in a stellar location. Near to major bus and subway links, the beach is about 20 minutes away by subway which goes directly from Centro to any point at Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beach. It is also just a stone’s throw away from Lapa, Rio’s lively party district, and is surrounded by museums, art galleries and restaurants. The hostel is cheap and cheerful with basic yet comfortable rooms, free wi-fi and a buffet-style breakfast served every morning.
Its location in one of Rio’s hottest neighborhoods right now is one of Brothers Hostel’s major draws. Surrounded by quirky bars and restaurants, it’s a great spot for those looking for a lively nightlife option that isn’t all thumping clubs. It’s also within easy and quick access to the major attractions such as Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf, as well as Copacabana and Ipanema beach. The hostel is clean and basic with a bar underneath offering sublime drinks and spontaneous karaoke nights.
Bamboo Rio Hostel
In addition to free wi-fi, breakfast, a communal kitchen, barbecue grills, a terrace and outdoor pool, Bamboo Rio Hostel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the main party and fireworks on Copacabana beach at New Year. Rooms here include mixed dorms that sleep between four and 12 guests, some private rooms and all-women dorms. Some rooms are en-suite. The nearest metro is just five minutes away, providing access to all major points across the city.
Gaia Comfort Hostel
The Gaia Comfort Hostel is among the best value for money accommodation in town. The hostel provides spacious rooms that are either private or dorms at reasonable prices, even during peak season. The common area is light and breezy with books to read and an easy, laid-back atmosphere to strike up conversation with fellow guests or simply relax in your own world. The hostel is surrounded by some of Rio’s best bars and sublime restaurants as well as having great transport links to sightseeing spots and the southern beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema.
Villa Budget Hostel
Featuring free wi-fi and a daily breakfast, Villa Budget Hostel is just a few minutes away from Copacabana beach, perfect for seeing the fireworks at New Year. It is surrounded by several popular restaurants and bars, and is near to the subway and major bus links. The hostel offers several room options including mixed dormitories and private rooms. It is clean and cozy, and the shared garden outside is a great place to mingle with fellow travelers.
Chill on the Beach Hostel
This convenient location near to Copacabana beach is perfect for those looking to be in the heart of it all for the New Year celebrations. In addition to free wi-fi and a daily buffet-style breakfast, there is also a bar that serves a mean caipirinha and is a great place to socialize and meet people. The hostel is surrounded by bars, restaurants, transport links and supermarkets. The friendly, helpful staff are delightful.