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Rua Francisco Muratori, 10, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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973 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Very good party hostel with own bar and nice staff


Splendid hostel I had a really good time. Great bar and good atmosphere


I've visited a ton of hostels, and never felt like here. The atmosphere is the greatest feature of Books. Staff is always there to help you even more that what you need, making you feel like home, seriously. Already been twice and I'm gonna be back in Rio soon, to stay again. WARNING: Be ready for REAL party, not a quiet grandma-style hostel. Live here and be happy, as they say. Cheers to the books family! See ya soon.


The hostel is definitely for people who came to Rio for partying. Bar and (loud) music till midnight! The kitchen is really poorly equipped, but if you don't want to cook it shouldn't hinder you. Very easy to get to know other, but bc of the size you don't have a real community. Therefore more ruthless behaviour occurs (e.g. packing at 5am instead evening before, changing room in middle of the night)


love this place! its like home away from home with 50 new brothers and sisters!


This is the definition of Hostel! Great atmosphere, staff are your friends, clean, plenty of locker space, breakfast is the best i have had in all of south america. Felipe the owner is a real social character that gets all guests involved. Great place for meeting people, in the heart of lapa, half hour to get to copa and ipa beach, that includes walking and waiting.


Love, love, love this place!!! One of the most fun hostels I have stayed at in the world (and I have stayed at a lot of hostels) Great staff, great location, great breakfast. Highly recommend it


Awesome place to meet people. Would defiantly go back. Close to Lappa street parties. Only down side not many bathrooms


Adorable staff. Nice rooms with several bathrooms. Breakfast is good and the drinks during happy hour even more. Best area to go out in Rio and very close to the citycenter.


They nicest staff I ever met on my trip, but the location was not mine. I wanna stay next to the beach in Rio and that's fare away from here, but if you on a small budget it is a maybe a good option.


Books hostel has a really cool vibe, and is perfectly situated in Lapa. The nice shared area, happy hour, and the friendliness of the staff give it a very homely vibe. The only downside which is feel must be said was that my bed had bed bugs, which bit me to pieces. The staff responded well, allowing me to move beds, and discounting my stay. The room I was in did not feel that clean either, but that is hard to achieve in a room full of 8 backpackers!


Books hostel has an incredible atmosphere and is a guaranteed the most fun you'll have in Rio. Crazy and committed staff will make sure that you'll enjoy your stay whether you want to chill by the bar all day or do some sight-seeing. Side note: Books is the ONLY hostel in Rio to offer tours to Cat Park, an incredibly life changing sight - some say it's even better than Igazu Falls. in addition the breakfast is BEST, worth waking up for even if you have the world's worst hangover and it's CLEAN!

  • 9th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Books Hostel is an excellent place with a nice vibe. International and multilingual staff is very welcoming and helpful at all times. Rooms are simple but beds are very comfy, showers are hot and relatively clean - depending on time of usage;) The bar downstairs offers reasonably priced drinks and especially on weekends offers a great opportunity to meet people and start off for a night out in Lapa. Excellent location - great atmosphere!


This place is amazing. Felipe, the owner, even went to the pharmacy with me when I needed medication. Staff is excellent. Only reason not to come to Books would be if you're on a tight schedule. Because everybody always stays longer than planned here.... Love Books!


Wow. It was my 3rd stay at Books and I can't get enough of the place. They put on such an effort for the World Cup so there was a real buzz about the place but you could still have cosy chats with the staff over breakfast, or share a meal with everyone in the hostel. No where else in the WORLD has the atmosphere that Books creates. What would I change? I would have more control over the music haha :)


The best stay i ever had. Helpful staff, good location next to street bars in lapa. Was ace!


Pros:Great &English speaking staff(Nina rocks!), good breakfast,central location,relatively clean comparing to the number of guests during the world cup(despite of 2 times of water and internet outage). Cons:This is a party hostel, there is a very loud bar@ground floor,book a 2nd floor room&bring your best ear plugs. Loads of mosquito around,just don't open the windows! The district is a middle class&young people party area.It is dirty &smells urine. Your room is exposed, bring your lockers!


What a place! Had travelled for 6 months and spent my last 2 weeks at books and it was easily the best 2 weeks. The atmosphere there was superb and the staff were brilliant, they all went out of their way to make sure you had a good time. And Phillipe, what a legend, what a beard!


Best place I've ever stayed at in all my travels. Thank you so much for making my World Cup experience so so so awesome.


Me and a friend stayed here for a week - loved it! We miss it already! Xx

  • 30th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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