The Top Cheap Hotels to Book in Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro

See and be seen on the sugar-sand strand of Ipanema
See and be seen on the sugar-sand strand of Ipanema | © Design Pics / Alamy Stock Photo
Alex Robinson

The most glamorous beach neighborhood in Rio has affordable rooms if you know where to look – and we do. Here are the best, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Ipanema is the beach suburb of choice for Rio’s rich – the city’s equivalent of the Upper East Side in New York City or Mayfair in London. It’s here that you’ll find the choicest stretch of sand, many of the best restaurants and the swishest bars. Staying here doesn’t come cheap, but there are a few gems hidden in the narrow grid of streets. Some are even right near the beach. Read on to discover the best cheap hotels in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

1. Che Lagarto

Hostel, Hotel

Outdoor bar area at Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema
Courtesy of Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema/ Expedia
This party-hostel chain’s Ipanema branch possesses a great location, two blocks from the beach, with restaurants and stores on the doorstep. Mixed and woman-only dorms have plenty of light and air, and brightly painted metal bunks with storage space for a backpack beneath. A word of advice – there are no privacy curtains. Private rooms are white cubes with just enough room for a bed and an upbeat poster. They have little balconies with chairs. There’s a cafe-bar and free caipirinhas. The hostel even hosts parties on the beach.

2. Mango Tree

Hostel, Hotel

Courtesy of At The Mango Tree_Expedia
Courtesy of At The Mango Tree_Expedia

Just a block from the finest patch of sand on Ipanema, the tranquil Mango Tree couldn’t be in a much better location. There’s a great-value semi-al-fresco cafe-restaurant, and plenty of hangout areas, but no booming parties to keep you awake. Segregated and mixed dorms sleep a maximum of six so never feel too crowded, even though beds are tightly packed-in. Doubles, triples and quadruples are compact, with private bathrooms, boasting modern muted palettes offset with colorful art and counterpanes.

3. Ipanema Beach House

Hostel

Courtesy of Ipanema Beach_Expedia
Courtesy of Ipanema Beach_Expedia
It’s a littler pricier than the competition, but this flashpacker hostel is a great option if you want to party in-house without stinting on privacy, a decent sleep and easy access to the beach. Decor throughout is fresh and modern, in clean whites and blocks of color. Dorms have big lockers and berths have reading lights. Doubles come with private balconies for breakfast. Hostel activities include a Monday all-night boat party and tours throughout Rio. Handily, Ipanema beach is just a block away.

4. Atlantis Copacabana Hotel

Hotel

Courtesy of Atlantis Copacabana Hotel_Expedia
Courtesy of Atlantis Copacabana Hotel_Expedia

On a quiet street an easy stroll from Ipanema, Copacabana and Arpoador beaches, the Atlantis is in a privileged location indeed. There’s a rooftop patio with glorious views over Rio’s skyline all the way to the Sugar Loaf, and a swimming pool and sauna. Rooms are decidedly compact, but on the upper floor they have ocean views, and all come in fresh, modern colors with little dining tables and a wardrobe. Top tip: a decent buffet breakfast is included in the price.

5. Hotel Vermont Ipanema

Hotel

Courtesy of Hotel Vermont Ipanema_Expedia
Courtesy of Hotel Vermont Ipanema_Expedia
Share a basic triple at the Vermont and you’ll pay only a fraction more than you would for a hostel bed. There’s no intrusive bar-music, a large buffet breakfast is included, and all rooms have a fridge (with a minibar). You even get complimentary toiletries. The subway and the beach are less than five minutes’ walk away and there are restaurants and bars on the doorstep, so it’s easy to forgive the sound of traffic coming from the street outside.

6. Mar Ipanema Hotel

Hotel

A stylish outdoor seating area at Mar Ipanema Hotel, with cushioned sofas, a bar area, tables, lamps and sea views
Courtesy of Mar Ipanema Hotel / Expedia
With a great location and compact modern rooms , The Mar Ipanema is a good option if you want to upgrade from a hostel during your Ipanema stay. Rooms are small but quiet, and come in contemporary soft creams and honey-colored-woods, with lithographs of Rio on the walls, workstations, and decent, marble-faced bathrooms. Some on the upper floors even have partial ocean views. A large breakfast is included and there’s a gym and a lovely rooftop restaurant-bar with Christ the Redeemer views.

7. Own Ipanema Visconti

Hotel

Courtesy of Own Ipanema Visconti_Expedia
Courtesy of Own Ipanema Visconti_Expedia
The cheaper rooms in this tower block hotel don’t have space for much more than a bed – on wood-laminate flooring under white walls. But they couldn’t be in a better location, a block from Ipanema beach. And the hotel has a small swimming pool, a simple gym, a lobby cafe and a beach club. Upgrade to a twin or a queen-size junior room for a modest fee and you get far more space, a workstation and in some rooms, a walk-in shower.

8. El Misti

Hostel, Budget Hotel

El Misti
Courtesy of El Misti / Expedia

The Ipanema branch of this Rio hostel-chain is perfectly positioned, two minutes’ walk from the beach and the kiosk cafes around the Posto Nove lifeguard station. There are plenty of communal spaces where travelers meet, drink and party after buying cheap caipirinhas at the bar. The hostel cafe serves snack food (and a complimentary buffet breakfast) and there’s a patio with outdoor tables. Rooms and dorms are diminutive, with plenty of beds and modest bathroom space, but most guests and staff are here to party, so that means very little sleep.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Sarah Brown.

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