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Books Hostel Reviews

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

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91%

Rating
1036 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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60%

It's a busy hostel. And yes it's a party hostel. Music on all night long, weird folk hanging around, we found some guys in our room most likely consuming stuff while we were away. So if you are into party


94%

It's a pretty cool hostel at a great price for what you get: an all you can eat varied breakfast, spacious air conditioned 10-bed dorm (where the wifi still works & plug sockets near each bed), good facilities and a perfect location right between Santa Teresa & the buzzing nightlife of Lapa plus buses to most tourist points of interest. It's a party hostel but they shut the music off by midnight, then Iago is your go-to-guy for the best spots to hit after (André too if you're into your hip-hop!)


94%

Super cool staff, very good location


83%

I was wondering why people consider it hostel as one of the best. At the first sight, you wonder, but you need to stay there to see it. Don't expect much sleep, even if the rooms have airco and are comfortable, its much better at the bar. Good thing, the music stops at 12. After that, you can go to bed if that's what you want to do. Breakfast is great. Coffee its good compare to the other hostels in Brazil. Bad thing:There aren't many toilets. Perhaps cleaning rota should be more often


97%

Unbelievable party atmosphere and so close to the nightlife in Lapa. Both staff and guests were great fun so would highly recommend if you want to see the sights of Rio and want the amazing nightlife. Such a good time staying at Books hostel!

  • 2nd Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

One of the best hostels I have stayed. The atmosphere is cool and the staff is friendly and helpful. The location is unbeatable, it might be far from the beach but you can go there easily by metro or by bus. The hostel is surrounded by banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, ATMs, a full of cultural spots. Nightlife around is amazing, people at the hostel usually start the party inside and later go to one of the amazing places Lapa has to offer. I'm happy I stayed here and not in Copacabana.


94%

Hostel has everything what backpackers need. Functional kitchen, very cool common area with bar and great caipirinhas, good wi-fi, every weekday cheap and very tasty dinner option and of course the most important: very helpful and kind staff. Because for me good people make the hostel good.


91%

Hostel is a really great place to meet other travellers and have a good time. The owner is extremely helpful and the location is right by the nightlife.

  • 18th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thanks! I'm glad you had a good experience here. Should just improve a bit your beer pong skills to be able to compete with the greatest!

91%

Awesome hostel if you want to party. Located super close to the Lapa steps and arches.


100%

Best hostel I've ever stayed in. Felipe and staff are awesome. Must stay here if visiting Rio.

  • 4th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

The staff here are so friendly fun and helpful. Great place to meet people. Nice bAr and chill out tv room. Great location for partying but not much else there. Easy to get a bus or metro to the beach. Rooms were clean and showers are hot!


83%

Ask Felipe for anything and he will help you. Happy hour 1930-2030 two for one drinks for 6 reais is great! Close to supermarket, gym and good restaurants. Resonable walking distance to the Metro and possible dinner at the Hostel for 15 reais. The ac is so-so and the rooms are warm at night and the staff controls the remote and shut it off during the day. I have some problems with stairs and sleeping in the top bunk so they helped me with a room with only one stair and the bottom bunk.

  • 29th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


94%

Legends, if you want to have a good time make sure to stay here.


100%

Magnificent hostel. Very clean and in a great location. Great atmosphere with a very friendly and helpful owner as well.


91%

Books is a really amazing hostel. The atmosphere is great with a lively bar and good common areas. The staff are nice too and the owner Filipe is a really lovely guy. On top of that his knowledge of European football is great. Having said that, he does just need to remember that David Luiz is to be believed in and Didier Drogba worshipped. Thanks for everything.


100%

What a hostel!! Best hostel we have been to yet, it's got everything you need to have an amazing time in Rio. Massive shout out to Felipe who really goes above and beyond, he even helped me sort out a fractured heel and really does make the hostel one a kind. Thanks to all the Books Family as well- great breakfast and caipirinhas! (Perfect facilities, really clean, well organised, great bar, great atmosphere, looks after you, good breakfast) We will be back.. Vic & Jack xxxxxxxxxxxx


100%

Best hostel we've stayed in in South America for so many reasons. Fun every evening and always somewhere good to go out in lapa, awesome awesome staff, cheap bar which is always full, really good

  • 12th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Best Hostel in Rio. Felipe and all the staff are amazing and friendly. Really sociable hostel. People are going out in Lapa every night we loved it. Thanks so much for the best time ever.

  • 9th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

My friend and I stayed at books upon arrival in Rio. Initially we were a bit worried about travelling and the safety of Brazil in general. Books took us in as a family and made sure we had everything we needed for an amazing trip. On top of having the best staff we met some very interesting people. All of which were eager to chat and have a fun time. I would suggest this hostel to anyone, especially if you are looking for good night life.

  • 9th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

Had the best time ever. By far the best hostel I ever stayed in. All because of the owner Felipe and his amazing staff. For sure coming back there.


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