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Books Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

If you're looking to explore the city centre, Books Hostel is a great base. It's located in the cultural and historical surrounds of Lapa, near Centro, two metro lines and Santos Dumont Airport as well as some of the city's most popular bars and weekend street parties. Guests tell us the 'laidback but upbeat' staff create a quirky, relaxed, family-like atmosphere which is 'very good for partying and getting to know Sta Teresa and the city centre and not just the beaches - and if you want some beach, just rent their bikes and do a trip to Copacabana and Ipenema'. We like their cheap nightly caipirinhas.

Property Description

Founded in 2010, Books is where you write your own story in the greatest city on Earth, Rio. Our house is famed for its welcoming atmosphere and true family vibe, essential ingredients in making you feel relaxed, at home and free to be who you are. We would love to welcome you into our home for as long as you want (see our discount policy below 😉), whether you are travelling solo or in a group. Join us for cheap caipirinhas, great hikes, fantastic breakfasts, delicious dinners, quizzes and all-round fun times!

Our home is located between Lapa and Santa Teresa. Lapa being the heart of the action with plenty of bars and places to drink (including our beloved cachaça bar) with Santa Teresa boasting fantastic views, bohemian bars and beautiful restaurants. Staff are always on hand (because we all live here) to help you with directions to all the places you want to visit in Rio such as Christ, Sugar Loaf, Dois Irmaos or dare you climb Pedra da Gavea with us (There is a legend of 6 crazy people carrying the beer pong table to the top) or if you simply want to chill at the beach, Flamengo is a short walk, Leme 15 mins by Uber with your pals, Copacabana and Ipanema just 20 mins by Uber and about R$5 each if you make enough friends….oh…and did we mention that the amazing and world famous Escadaria Selaron are a 5 minute walk from us? Well, now we did!

Above all else Books is more than a hostel, it`s an experience and for some, a life changing one, it`s a lifestyle…don’t believe us? Book and find out for yourself. Choose life, choose freedom, choose love, choose peace, choose being drunk and exploring the best place in the world (besides Books itself)…choose Books! Check some of our pictures to feast your eyes on a bunch of people having the time of their lives!
Take a look at our services below if you aren’t already convinced…

•Our breakfast is the best and its FREE (served 8am-11am) – FACT
•FREE wi-fi
•Guest kitchen for you to use whenever you like
•Check in @ 2pm and check out at 11am
•Hot and cold showers
•Regular tours for hikes, waterfall trails, trips to the beach (we don’t charge for these)
•Living room area with bean bags, Netflix, all the sport (even Gaelic football and hurling)
•Computer for you to use
•Information on the city, how to get around, parties and nightlife. All the help you need to make the most of your stay with us

Books Bar
•open 7pm – 11pm
•happy hour for caipirinhas 7pm – 9pm (2 for R$10)
•open all day, just help yourself and write your name on our honesty tab
•Play your own music (within reason)
•Test your knowledge/drinking/physical endurance at one of our quizzes

Extra services (At a charge)
•Transfers – Ilha Grande/Paraty
•Tours -Favela/hang gliding

Discount Policy
7+ days = 10%
7 – 14 days = 15%
14+ days = 20%

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 7.9

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    31 Mar 2019
    If Carlsberg did hostels... After a swift capirinha or 7 and a few games of beer pong upon arrival, you're straight into the mix of what this place is about - meeting sound people and getting stuck in. Books runs activities essentially everyday - hikes off the beat and track, bike rides, sun rise trails and football games to name a few. Just want to say a massive thanks to all the staff at Books hostel but especially Alex and Felipe who made our trip one to remember. BIG LOVE LADS
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    30 Mar 2019
    Klasse! Sehr sauber. Schlafen wird allerdings überbewertet...
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    28 Mar 2019
    We f*ck*ng had it, made some good friends and good party’s. Fully recommend 🤙
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    22 Mar 2019
    I was recommended Books Hostel by a pair of lads I met in Copacabana. They told me it was the place to be and that the atmosphere was electric. They told me the truth. The place is incredible. The staff are unbelievably welcoming. I felt at home the moment i stepped into the place. I drunk perfectly made 2 for 1 Caipirinha every night. Books Hostel made my trip to Brazil complete. Despite being a party hostel they are very considerate and turn the music off at 11pm. I’ll be back.... Tom Hardy ❤
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    22 Mar 2019
    What a fun hostel! If you want really good social atmosphere this is the place to be at, the people I met here and the activities the hostel organized made my trip to Rio so memorable . The staff is super nice and makes you feel welcome, and the free breakfast every morning is fresh and delicious. Every night is a party you won't want to miss out on so be prepared to not sleep! Can't wait to stay here again on my next trip.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    20 Mar 2019
    A really great place to stay. Everyone was really friendly, the good vibes flowed well here. All you could ask for in facilties, the wifi was even decent.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    18 Mar 2019
    Love you PLUMEEEE my fave volunteer.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3


    29 Mar 2019
    This is a very “casual” hostel, from the amenities to the way it operates. Can’t say it’s bad cuz it fulfills the purpose - simply to have a place to stay over night. Nevertheless it’s so noisy; the talking & music are loud, and it could last till early morning. It’s good for night awls guests who have a lots energy & don’t want to sleep, or very little sleep.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 4.0


    19 Mar 2019
    I had here four nights and every night i fight with the workers in here, they make me feel like im worthless and most of the visiters here think it because i speak with them and we all think about it. Everyday there is vomit in the couch and the workers dont care about it, i had to clean someone one vormit. Threres is no hot water in the shower but if you want to play beet pong they play it everyday.
    Israel, Female, 25-30
  • 3.7


    18 Mar 2019
    A place you go if you want to blow your mind off. The nights are loud, the noise everywhere, the AC not working as you can’t close the window fully and facilities such as restrooms simply a mess. If you want to blow your mind out and don’t care about sleeping it might be a place to go; for me it was not.
    Austria, Male, 31-40
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • DVD's
  • Games Room

Books Hostel says

According to our guests, what makes us different is the hospitality, atmosphere, the art around the hostel, our great experience recommending people to look for programs very different from Lonely Planets and tours, and the price we charge for the service. We like to host people, and we've a very high standard with this. We want to be better and better and we're never satisfied with what we have. We're constantly seeking new investments and new arts and we're always smiling. I think everyone that works here loves what they do. From the housekeeping to me, the owner, we all know how important is to work happy in order to provide a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to the guests.
For fun, we allow people to bring alcohol and they basically drink, listen to music and talk. When guests go out they look for cheap places like jazz in the street on Wednesday nights and the Lapa Street Party.
We're set between Lapa and Santa Teresa. In the former we have lots of music places, the arches and parties, especially Friday and Saturday nights. The location is also quite central, not far from the beaches and much more real. As for Santa Teresa, it's a very lovely neighbourhood. Basically I think if someone comes to Rio to experience the real Rio de Janeiro, culturally speaking, we're ready to show them. Felipe, Owner