The Seven Best Affordable Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Fri, 17 January 2020

Brazil’s cultural capital is filled with creaky old mansions that have been revamped as design hotspots and beachside boutique hotels where the caiprinihas run freely – and thankfully many of them won’t break the bank. These are Rio de Janeiro’s most affordable stays.

Budget-friendly hotels in Brazil’s cultural capital

Hotel Arpoador

Sun-worshippers listen up. Hotel Arpoador is on the border between Ipanema and Copacabana, making it the perfect launchpad to both of Rio’s world-famous stretches of coastline and their accompanying beach bars. Not that visitors will be wanting for watering holes; Lapa, the city’s disused aqueduct turned bohemian hangout, is a five-minute stroll from the hotel.

  • +55 21 2529 1000
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  • Rua Francisco Otaviano 177

Mama Ruisa

You might not spot Mama Ruisa at first, as it’s cosseted by a thicket of palm-trees, but this 19th-century Brazilian mansion in Santa Teresa is not to be missed. Each of the mansion’s vast rooms take a different Hollywood legend as inspiration and have been lavished with iconic fragments of Brazilian design (think Sergio Rodrigues furniture and Brunno Jahara glassware). Still not sold? They have a pool, too.

  • +55 21 2210 0631
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  • Rua Santa Cristina 132
    Santa Teresa

Selina Lapa

More than a hotel, Selina Lapa is a hive of activity. You’ll find people tapping away in its co-working space, stretching out on the hotel’s suntrap of a yoga deck or seeking refuge in the movie room. Tune in to its in-house radio station (yes, really) which plays local musicians, day and night.

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter hotels have been sprouting in metropolises the world over, each one proving that good design needn’t come with a weighty price tag. Its Rio outpost is a homely enclave – all tropical pot plants and raffia lamp shades against exposed brick. It’s located in Santa Teresa, an area teeming with artists’ studios and bars – try Bar do Gomes for starters.

  • +55 21 3980 0300
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  • Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 5
    Santa Teresa

Casa Amarelo

When Parisian designer Lauren Gelis set his mind to renovating this iconic mansion, he did so while still paying reverence to the building’s history. Here, original features such as chandeliers and reclaimed-wood floors serve as a backdrop to colonial-style antiques. It has a pool and a rustic restaurant, while the beautiful gardens of Museu Chacará do Céu are just next door. In other words: it’s a total steal.

  • +55 21 3549 9840
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  • Rua Joaquim Murtinho 569
    Santa Teresa

Ipanema Inn

There’s nothing in-your-face about the Ipanema Inn. It’s the brainchild of local architect Bel Lobo, and is decked out with the firm’s signature pale-wood panelling and simple colour schemes. The hotel’s location mere footsteps from the shore makes it an appealing option for beach bums with exquisite taste.

  • +55 21 2529 1000
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  • Rua Maria Quitéria 27

Villa 25

Okay, it’s not technically a hotel, but hostels don’t get much snappier than Villa 25, a recently renovated 19th-century property in the upmarket neighbourhood of Laranjeiras, away from the city’s more tourist-ridden haunts. Private rooms can be booked at a premium, but otherwise guests stay in dormitories. Revel in the building’s elegantly restored architecture while reclining in a pool-side deckchair. Smug doesn’t cut it.

  • +55 21 3596 2069
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  • Rua Gago Coutinho 25

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