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

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1019 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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Best hostel I've stayed in by far. Ended up staying a lot longer than planned due to the amazingly welcoming staff and the easy going, fun loving atmosphere. I can't recommend it enough. The only place to stay in Rio.


Very nice place to stay in Rio, breakfast is really good, the place is clean, and the location is great. Staff are very friendly and helpful. They have loud music at night during the weekend, good if you are up for a party, but not so good if you wanna sleep, although I did not have any problems!


Great vibe and friendly staff.


So lively hostel, the staffs were really kind and helpful, mainly Isabel. It's located just some steps from Lapa which is pretty good. The building is a little bit old, but it's not something to care about.


I had a really awesome time there! Definitively a recommendation! :)


Lovely hostel, super helpful staff. We were told not to stay in this area as it was rough but we were absolutely fine - two british girls! Great value too

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


Very good party hostel with own bar and nice staff


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


one of the worst hostels i have ever stayed, bed bugs, no hot water, smelly room, no lockers...couldnt imagine it was a hostelwrold recommendation...


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)


the staff were not from brazil, so they had little or no knowledge about the city, they were not really bothered half of the time, they seemed drunk. the hostel owner was pretty cool though.

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