Rio is one of the most expensive cities in South America, making a trip to the Marvellous City potentially daunting for the budget traveler. Yet there are great hotels with equally pleasing prices, even in Rio’s most sought-after areas such as Copacabana and Ipanema. For a comfortable hotel on a budget, check out these top ten cheap hotels in Rio de Janeiro.
Located just a couple of blocks from the world-famous Copacabana beach, the location of Apa Hotel Copacabana is ideal for those on a budget that still want to be near the beach. The hotel features 52 rooms, free wi-fi, daily buffet-style breakfast and a simple yet modern design. It is minutes away from the metro and the bus network, so all of Rio’s tourist attractions are within easy reach.
Being minutes away from Rio’s city center, Senado Rio Hotel is ideal for those keen to check out Rio’s cultural activities with ease. Although about 25 minutes by metro from Copacabana beach, there are plenty of attractions nearby such as the Selaron steps, Lapa’s nightlife, the Municipal theater, and a handful of impressive museums and art galleries. The simple, clean hotel features a daily breakfast, free wi-fi and air conditioning in all rooms.
Located in Rio’s downtown, the hotel Villa Rica provides easy access to many of the city’s cultural activities such as Lapa, several museums and the port area – famous for its street art and the Museum of Tomorrow. The hotel is clean, comfortable and family-friendly with kids’ facilities. In addition to its 37 rooms, the hotel offers free wi-fi, a daily buffet-style breakfast and local car hire.
Ideally located in Copacabana but on the border of Ipanema, Ducasse Hotel gives guests easy access to two of the south zone’s most beautiful beaches. There is also an abundance of restaurants and bars nearby, creating a lively and varied nightlife scene. The hotel features 47 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free wi-fi and a daily buffet-style breakfast.
Just a couple of blocks from Copacabana beach, the Toledo Copacabana Hotel is ideal for a beach getaway on a budget. It is also close to the subway and a comprehensive network of bus routes. The hotel’s basic rooms are simple yet spacious and clean. In addition to a 24-hour reception and multilingual staff, the hotel also features three restaurants, with free wi-fi and a daily breakfast.
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This cheap and cheerful hotel offers basic yet clean and comfortable rooms at exceptionally low cost. Close to the subway, there are also plenty of buses and taxis serving this area. Nearby attractions include Praca Maua, with the Museum of Tomorrow and Eduardo Kobra’s largest street mural, and Pedra do Sal. The hotel features free wi-fi, daily breakfast and 24-hour reception.
With a fresh, modern interior and an outdoor terrace with deck loungers, the Ibiza Barra Hotel provides excellent quality at a reasonable price. Located in Barra da Tijuca, it’s just 15 minutes on the subway to the main tourist beaches such as Leblon and Ipanema. Yet Barra – as it is usually called – has its own gorgeous white beach that rarely gets as crowded as those in the south zone. There are also great bars and restaurants nearby. The hotel features 66 rooms, free wi-fi and inclusive breakfast.
Located in Tijuca, Villa Tijuca Hotel is not in the typical tourist area. However, Tijuca is a pleasant neighborhood with a few simple bars and restaurants and a true local vibe. This hotel is located close to the Afonso Pena metro, so the rest of the city is very accessible and it only takes 30 minutes to reach Copacabana beach. It’s a small, cosy hotel with 21 comfortable rooms, complimentary buffet breakfast and free wi-fi.
For good quality on a budget, Hotel San Marco Ipanema ticks the box. The modern interior is decorated with tropical plants that capture the natural essence of Rio. The fact that it’s just a couple of blocks away from Ipanema beach and the neighborhood’s best restaurants and bars is an added bonus. In addition to free wi-fi and a buffet-style breakfast, there are also multilingual staff and a laundry service.
In the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, Hotel Galicia is central to the city’s cultural and nightlife with Lapa, several museums, art galleries and theaters nearby. The hotel itself is modern and clean, with minimalist decor and warm colors. It has 56 rooms with free wi-fi, daily breakfast and a booking service for excursions around the city.