Rio de Janeiro has been a backpacker destination for a long time and is considered one of the major stops when exploring South America. One thing that surprises many travelers is that Rio can be pretty expensive, especially in tourist hotspots. However, a trip to Rio can be done on a budget and you can find some great reasonably priced accommodation options. Here are some cheap hotels in Rio de Janeiro.
Da Lapa Design Hotel
Da Lapa Design Hotel is near to Lapa (Rio de Janeiro’s famous nightlife spot), a wide selection of museums and art galleries, several samba schools, and just a few minutes by subway to the beaches. The hotel is spacious, clean, and comfortable and prices per night start from just $15. Not only that, but its trendy, contemporary design sets a creative, welcoming scene. Rooms come with either a shared or private bathroom and the hotel has a 24-hour reception, storage space for luggage, and private lockers. It also serves a free breakfast every day.
Hotel & Hostel Villa Santana
The Villa Santana in Centro, Rio de Janeiro provides private accommodation and easy access to key places in the city, such as Lapa, the Sambodromo (where the samba schools parade during Carnival), and near to the subway station for easy access to Copacabana beach (15 minutes away) and Ipanema beach (20 minutes away). The rooms start from $15 a night and are clean, simple, and colorful. Some notable services at the hotel include free WiFi throughout the property and a free buffet-style breakfast served every morning.
Aurora Rio Hostel
There are several great points to mention about the Aurora Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. First of all, it’s cheap with rates starting from less than $12 a night. Secondly, the hostel is located in Botafogo, one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods at the moment and just a few minutes away from Copacabana and Ipanema beach. Finally, the contemporary design of the hostel creates a pleasant and clean atmosphere and the street art painted on the walls adds an edgy touch. Other notable points are the daily continental buffet-style breakfast (included in the price), the shared lounge area that is great to meet people, and the multi-lingual staff who speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Farfalla Guest House
This stylish hotel comes with white decor and dark blue furnishings to create a clean and breezy feel. Rooms are available to host up to groups of four people or there are private rooms for solo travelers or couples. Some also come with a balcony that overlooks the hotel’s garden. The rates start around $30 per night and include free WiFi throughout the property and a buffet-style breakfast. The hotel is near all the major landmarks in Rio de Janeiro – it’s less than 2 km from Christ the Redemer and the famous Sugarloaf mountain.
Américas Granada Hotel
For a proper hotel that isn’t by any means a hostel, the Américas Granada Hotel in Centro is one of the best value for money that you can find in Rio de Janeiro. The rooms are decorated in classic, neutral tones to create a modern, pleasant setting and the sun deck on the roof is perfect for sunbathing or taking a dip in the pool. WiFi is available for free and there are also parking spaces for a set price. The extensive breakfast buffet will easily get you out of bed in the morning and the hotel bar is open until 11 p.m. every night. Room rates start at less than $50 a night.
This charming hotel provides a fresh, contemporary space to stay in Rio de Janeiro and is near to the main central hub and Flamengo beach. For sunny days, head up to the rooftop to make the most of the sun terrace and swimming pool. WiFi is free throughout the hotel and like most accommodation options in Rio, the hotel restaurant serves a delicious breakfast buffet every day. The rooms have double or single bed options, a well-stocked minibar, and air-conditioning (something of a necessity in Rio’s summer heat). The friendly staff are helpful and many speak English. Rooms start at less than $50 a night.
Bristol Easy Plus Hotel
Located in the heart of Lapa, the Bristol Easy Plus Hotel is one of the best value for money hotels in Rio de Janeiro with private rooms starting from $36 a night. The rooms are bright, spacious and fully soundproofed, and include air-conditioning, TV with dozens of channels, a desk, and a safe for storing valuable items. The private bathroom has its own hairdryer and free toiletries too. The breakfast buffet is packed with different food items from several types of bread to cold cuts of cheese and ham.