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Free Breakfast

Books Hostel

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9.0
Superb
2618 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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

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The worst is behind.

When 2022 started, the fireworks at Copacabana beach announced the start of a new year. Nonetheless, for us it was hard to believe that the worst was behind. After two years barely functioning, the hope faded and the fireworks itself were not enough to make us believe that the year coming would be a travel back in time.

In the end of 2023, inside the ocean, looking up to fireworks, we were then sure that the hostel was back to its full force, that we once again found our reason to exist. He is alive, Books is alive. Yes, dear backpacker, we are ready to have you here with us!

For all those who helped us to stay afloat, and you know who you are, thanks a million. For those who do not know what Books is, come and find out.

Party Hostel? Books Family? Community Center? It is hard to define what Books is, and surely there no idea about what it means to be. Books is like a house or a living organism, it mutates accordingly to those who are staying, intending to offer whatever is asked from.

If we have any consistency? Yes we do. Our basic services will be here no matter what. Below a short description of it:

- Included All you can eat Breakfast. From 8m to 10h30 we feed our hungover kids with eggs, juices, fruits and more. If you arrive before check in time you can have breakfast for R$15,00;
- Luggage storage for free, if you arrive before check in or need to leave after check out;
- A bar from 7pm to 11pm with happy hour (2x1 Dangerous Caipirinhas from 7pm to 8pm). Shy people deserve a change to shine;
- Beer pong table and gadgets as long as you follow the rules (No game with water in the cup. Please do not insist);
- Room with air conditioning 9pm to 9am and / or when asked by guests;
- Organized Activities for the guests as hikes, football games and special days (St Patrick's, Kings Day);
- Good Wi-Fi in the whole building;
- Staff member from all around the world ready to give you advise about sight seeing, hikes, places to eat and more, a bed and / or another traumatic lost in beer pong;

All captained by Felipe, aka me, who is writing this, a person who is very motivated to provide a good time after spent two years scared that the place he love the most, Books, would close doors! Come here and, yes, have a great time. We are waiting for you without even know!

As said infamous Michael Risi: Books has changed my life. Come here and find out why!

Reviews & Ratings

9.0
Superb
2618 Total Reviews
  • Security
    8.9
  • Location
    9.2
  • Staff
    9.3
  • Atmosphere
    9.5
  • Cleanliness
    8.6
  • Value for Money
    9.1
  • Facilities
    8.4

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Latest Reviews

7.1
Very Good
Apr 19, 2024
Got stolen here 450 $ …. Keep your money safe every time!
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Male, 18-24
9.1
Superb
Apr 05, 2024
Nice social hostel in Lapa. Good for solo travellers.
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Male, 18-24
10
Superb
Apr 03, 2024
Books is the best hostel in Rio. Alex and Elisa are incredible hosts and there is a very social vibe. Cheap capis and 2 for 1 on happy hour
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Male, 18-24

Facilities

  • Free

    • Free Breakfast
    • Linen Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Air Conditioning
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Cable TV
    • Hair Dryers
    • Ceiling fan
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Flexible NRR
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • PlayStation
    • 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.

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