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Ipanema is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Rio and has become the postcode of many of the city’s best bars, restaurants and hotels. While recognised as an expensive area, Ipanema still has several budget accommodation options that provide excellent quality for the money. Here is Culture Trip’s list of must-stay spots.
Located in the former house of Tom Jobim, Bonita Ipanema Hostel is just a couple of blocks away from the beach and is inspired by its previous musician-in-residence. Included in the package is wifi, free breakfast and access to the outdoor pool, but for an additional cost, the hostel will provide airport transfers and transport to nearby destinations such as Ilha Grande and Paraty. Prices start from BRL60 (USD$19) per night.
A solid choice for the budget traveller, this hostel attracts a strong international crowd and offers a pool for those lazy days. Although long, Ipanema is narrow so most hostels are never more than a couple of blocks from the beach – and Ipanema Beach House is no exception. Ask at reception for daytime activities which include favela tours, surf tours and paragliding. Prices start from BRL60 (USD$16) per night.
Backpackers who have been through South America will probably be familiar with this chain that solidly replicates its value in several countries across the continent. Che Lagarto gets consistently good reviews and the one in Ipanema is near both the beach and a selection of great bars and restaurants, and conveniently close to public transport links. The nightly Happy Hour with free caipirinhas is a great way to meet fellow travelers. Prices start from BRL41 (USD$13) per night.
El Misti‘s strong points are its bang-on location for the beach and bars, free breakfast, free drinks in the evening and excellent amenities such as air conditioning, warm showers, clean rooms and a USB charging point at every bed. What trumps all this though are the star staff who will happily go above and beyond to help guests. Prices start from BRL34 (USD$11) per night.
Adventure by name, adventurous by nature. This hostel provides surf boards and bike rental for those looking to see the sporty side of Rio, as well as various activities such as paragliding and hiking. Adventure Hostel has free wifi, a complimentary breakfast and free cancellation. There is also airport transfer for an additional cost. Prices start from BRL56 (USD$18) a night.
Low key and unpretentious, Casa da Harmonia goes back to basics with its accommodation yet excels with its friendly, multilingual staff. The hostel is located near the beaches and Lagoa. Small rooms decorated in a charming, eclectic way create an inviting feel that is shared between the remarkably international crowd. Prices start from BRL63 (USD$20) per night.
Mojito Hostel is a good-value place to stay with its buzzing Ipanema location close to the holy trifecta of the beach, Lagoa and the metro. There is a complete, free breakfast served every morning and a full list of city tours and day-trip excursions that can be booked through the hostel at the 24-hour reception. Prices start from BRL63 (USD$20) per night.
Set inside a newly renovated 1930s colonial-style house, Mango Tree Hostel provides 13 rooms that range from a basic set-up to more comfortable options. Each room comes equipped with mosquito netting that drapes over the beds as well as over the windows. Day trips or city tours can be booked through the hostel. Prices start from BRL47 (USD$15) per night.
Its location on gay-friendly Rua Farme de Amoeda makes this hostel popular among the LGBT crowd yet not exclusive. It is just one block away from posto 8 of the beach which is locally recognized as ‘reserved’ for the gay community and is surrounded by lively bars and restaurants. Some of the notable amenities on offer are the free breakfast, wifi, locker availability, 24-hour reception and multi-lingual staff. Prices start from BRL66 (USD$21) per night.
Clean, simple and a great location are the easiest terms to sum up this no-frills yet homey hostel. The free breakfast has a typical Brazilian yet continental feel with cheese, ham, fresh fruit and granola. City tours can be booked through the hostel. Prices start from BRL56 (USD$18) a night.