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Books Hostel

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  • Perfect 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

Books Hostel, a place where you are helped to write your best story in Rio.

March 2020, suddenly every left, and the building where Books exists was empty. It was a really hard time and we think it is important to share this story with you. A place so often vibrant was from day to night soul empty, with a guy with a captain hat wandering around by himself.
December, 2021, the worst seems to be behind. We have a new years eve ahead and a promise of an incredible carnival. And you, who want to come here, might be curious about what will you find when at Books?
In our heads we want everything to be like it once was. But that might not be realistic. So like a baby, we are learning how to walk, giving baby steps towards where we want to be as a hostel.
Bellow some of the things we are sure you will find while here.
i) A staff who cares about your whole stay in the city. Who have enough knowledge to help you navigate the city and write your best story.
ii) A clean and safe place, with Adriana making it as clean as possible and lockers where you can leave your luggage while getting sunburned in Leme's beach.
iii) A lovely vegetarian breakfast, from 8h to 10h30, included in the price. Made with love by Gloria, who is still here working with us. Eggs, humus, bread and fruits to start your day in the right mood.
iv) The Books Bar. An affordable place where you can experience caipirinhas many flavours! Do not miss the happy hour.
v) Tv room with netflix and playstation 4. Hungovers have to be respected.
vi) Simple rooms but with a plug for each bed, good mattresses and pillows to help you have a good sleep, and air conditioning (9 out of 10 rooms are equipped with it).
vii) Free fast wifi with 4 networks around the building.
viii) Early check in and late check out without charge if there is availibitiy. We also have a free luggage storage in case you arrive and your room is not free.
ix) A guest kitchen decently equiped. So for backpackers who preffer to cook and save money, especially vegetarian people who do not have many options around Rio!

We are waiting for you to carry on doing what we love that involves hosting, showing the city we love and creating connections that might, or not, last a lifetime. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.4

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.7


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    12 Mar 2022
    If I could describe Books in one word, it would just simply be ‘amazing’. I am travelling for five month now, and I can honestly say that Books is the best hostel I have stayed in so far. Everything is right at the hostel: the people, atmosphere, facilities, etc.. Highly recommended!! Also for solo travelers
    Netherlands, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    07 Apr 2022
    Great hostel for solo travellers as there is a great vibe in the common area and a bar open each night to meet people. Staff are all very sociable and friendly. Right beside the Lapa nightlife area. Would definitely come back if in Rio again.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    26 Apr 2022
    Very nice vibe, had a great stay here!
    Belgium, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    20 Apr 2022
    Awesome party hostel! Amazing atmosphere with cool people from all over the world. Great location, relatively close to everything and a lot of cheap restaurants nearby. Was a bit annoyed by the fact that the AC would not be turned on until 9 PM which in the humid weather of Rio simply doesn't make sense to me, but other than that, no complaints. Highly recommend!
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    29 Apr 2022
    Overall a so much fun and social hostel! Right next to lapa so very close to stores and restaurants. Met so many nice people and partied a lot! I visited during carnaval and it was lots of party
    Sweden, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    17 Mar 2022
    Booked 4 nights. Ended up staying for 5. This place has created a somewhat infamous rep as the place to party in Lapa (party district in Rio). And they deliver! staff are cool and helpful, but it was the other guests that made the stay awesome. Rooms are a bit older and bunk beds are rickety. Like any party hostel the bathrooms get messy and it can be hard to get a good nights sleep. But so what! Party it up a couple nights and go stay somewhere else… Pro tip- Monday night is party night
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    20 Apr 2022
    Great Party Hostel especially for Carnival! All the staff were extremely nice and helpful. We wanted a party hostel for carnival so if you want that it’s perfect. If not, it is 24/7 during that carnival week and you may be kept awake! Had the greatest week and met the nicest people! See you again!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    14 Apr 2022
    Had a good stay here. I didn't really come there to party, but if you do, it's the place to go and even if not, it's a good place too with lots of nice people to meet (only might have a few problems sleeping due to music and people coming and going to parties). Staff even let my boyfriend who wasn't staying there have a shower and leave luggage for free before going to the airport on the day of my check in. One thing i didnt like was the blue light coming from the plug right next to the bed.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    10 Mar 2022
    Definitely a party hostel. Rotating staff which makes it a bit hard for consistency but regardless, a great place to stay. Would come back!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9

    Good

    16 Mar 2022
    Good for solo travelers but otherwise disappointing. PROS: in Lapa, good breakfast, social. CONS: dirty, in need or repairs, rooms don’t lock, AC only in rooms at night, people sleeping on the sidewalk, no good food nearby, 15 minute walk to metro.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • PlayStation
  • 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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