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Books Hostel

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent 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
•Lockers
•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

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.1

  • Cleanliness 8.1

  • Facilities 8.5


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Oct 2020
    This hostel is amazing and very well run. Owner is very friendly and helpful and will do everything he can to ensure your stay is the best. The rest of the staff there is also amazing too. For sure one of the best hostels in Rio. Came during COVID-19 pandemic and they partied but did everything responsibly
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Mar 2020
    This is the best hostel I have stayed in in years of traveling. All the staff are amazing. IMPOSSIBLE not to have fun here. It’s a special place.......
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Mar 2020
    Absolutely loved this place. Quality people and staff so helpful and made me feel really welcome. Really relaxed and good value with a great tab system for getting beers. Will be going back. Best party hostel in Rio! Love Harvey
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    11 Mar 2020
    I haven't slept here as I double booked a hotel, but I came here many nights for the parties and the people. The vibe is great, I really recommend it.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    09 Mar 2020
    I have been here the last 10 years. I can say that Books Hostel is most friendly place in the Hostel World.
    Brazil, Male, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    28 Feb 2020
    In all hundreds of hostels I’ve stayed in, books was the most fun with the best free breakfast! Will definitely be back next time I’m in Rio!!
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    13 Mar 2020
    Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. It feels very safe and comfortable. Cooking was not the greatest experience, but other than that it went great.
    Mexico, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    02 Mar 2020
    Second time in books. Always a delight. One of the best hostels for solo travelers and groups you can make like 30-60 friends in a week here without even trying
    Denmark, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9

    Good

    26 Feb 2020
    The breakfast was good and if you want a party hostel with a social this is defiantly the hostel for you. The showers where cold when we stayed there and on the last day I found a bed bug whilst packing my clothes which brings the overall rating down for me
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 5.1

    Rating

    13 Mar 2020
    It was not as great as advertised
    Canada, Male, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi


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

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