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

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1060 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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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.

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