Get ready for Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s party city is having the biggest year of its life. Expect flamboyant costumes, sizzling samba and a truly memorable experience as Rio brings a little sunshine and authentic carnival celebrations into all our lives.
We’ve put together our top 5 budget accommodation options in some of the best areas of Rio, that bring you comfort without the price tag. So if this summer’s spotlight on Rio has got you hankering for a tropical city-break start planning your trip…
Live like a Carioca and stay right in the heart of Rio at Copacabana beach! With easy access to fashionable Ipanema and sweeping views of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain it’s the ultimate Rio experience. Pack your smallest bikini and lather yourself in tanning lotion at all times – you’ll fit right in with the crowd.
The Majestic Rio Palace includes spacious apartments, an air conditioned hotel restaurant and a swimming pool with terrific mountain views. The breakfast buffet is definitely a must and will set you up for day of exploring, sunbathing and partying into the wee hours. If you’re feeling plush you can also upgrade to a luxury apartment, for a little extra space and great views over Copacabana.
Located in Laranjeiras, this is a great neighbourhood to find yourself in if you’re looking for a more local experience. A little set back from the tourist centres of Ipanema and Copacabana but in the direction of Lapa, the neighbourhood with all the best parties. Lapa is also famous for the Lapa Steps, where Snoop Dog and Pharrell filmed the video for ‘Beautiful.’
This hotel does exactly what it says on the tin. Nature and comfort are top priorities, with most of the décor taking its inspiration from Rio’s tropical climate and beautiful landscapes. The dorm rooms and private rooms are both well-equipped and spacious, plus there’s a pool for you to cool down in after steamy summer days.
Ipanema is probably the most stylish area in the whole of Brazil. From the marbled pavements to the carved-from-marble abs on most of its residents, Ipanema is a beautiful location full of beautiful people. There’s an array of restaurants, bars and shops in the area and it’s the most cosmopolitan in terms of what’s on offer.
Ipanema Beach House is a spacious hostel just three blocks away from Ipanema’s hotspots. Located in a colonial building from 1918, the house is tastefully decorated with plenty of relaxing communal areas. You can stretch out with a beer next to the pool, or in one of the many hammocks slung around the garden, or you can enjoy a game of pool on the pool table.
Located in Praia Botafogo, this is the perfect location for gazing at Sugar Loaf Mountain from a much-less crowded beach than Ipanema or Copacabana. Botafogo is also located close to Lapa for historic architecture and thumping nightlife.
Ace Backpackers Praia Botofogo is everything you’d want from a hostel. Featuring clean and modern decoration with homely touches, the room set-up emphasises communal spaces whilst not feeling like your living on top of each other. This is definitely more poshtel than hostel.
Located a little bit further out of Rio, this is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere quieter to stay. It also allows you to set your sights on attractions outside of Rio, like Tijuca forest or some of the islands off the coast.
Villa Reggia has undergone something of a revamp that sees its suites transformed into themed rooms. Anything from a Parisian boudoir, to a Japanese Ryokan is replicated to a tee. Should you be looking to spend a night or so exploring your darker side, there’s also the Suite Sado…
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