Replies: 29 - Last Post: Nov 4, 2012 6:26 PM Last Post By: inaciomartinelli
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18I stayed at Copacabana last time. Most of the hostels are blocks from the beach. And most of them seem to be a bit run down and not really clean. It wasn't bad staying there. And I never really felt threatened anywhere in Rio. But I liked the vibe I got in Ipanema and thats where I'll be staying next time. And the time after that, I'll probably stay in Botofogo, and after that I'll probably stay in Santa Teresa. I want to get to know the cities suburbs.
Yes Copa is fine, so is Ipanema. And in the long run, you wont go wrong with staying in either. Copacabana is probably going to be cheaper.
My suggestion is to overlook all the contentiousness in here and the back and forth arguing and go to hostelworld or hostelbookers
And don't worry too much about where you stay? Unless you want to be near the beach (then almost certainly go for Copa/Ipanema) and find a hostel that suits YOU. Not amobr82, inaciomartinelli, djalama or myself. Go with what YOU want. Read the reviews and make your informed choice that way. Or if you meet a fellow traveller on the road who likes the same stuff as you, ask for a suggestion.
Nov 1, 2012 1:54 PM
19Unfortunate that not more people responded with the names of hostels they liked, no matter in what neighborhood of Rio.
OP might look at the Che Lagarto chain, one in Copacabana, one in Ipanema. Gets consistently good reviews.
FYI: the term "suburbio" in Brazil would not accurately refer to Santa Teresa or Botafogo, nor would it signify what the term "suburb" does in reference to any U.S. city. Use "bairro" for Santa Teresa or Botafogo.
Nov 1, 2012 2:36 PM
20Thanks for all of that, seems like I brought up a touchy subject, but thank you anyway. Sounds like wherever I decide to stay will be phenomenal. Is there an area that is close to most of the main attractions ie sugarloaf and christo, or are most things relatively accessible from nearly anywhere (lapa, santa Teresa, copa, ipanema, Leme, etc)?
Nov 1, 2012 10:58 PM
21I stayed at an El Misti. The condition of the hostel wasn't great. The social atmosphere was good. It could be a great place if it was looked after better. Its good to meet people, but the actual standard wasnt good. I hear good things of Lemon Spirit in Leblon (a few friends have stayed here) and also the Rio Hostel in Santa Teresa. A friend also said that Cafofo in Botofogo was good.
My apologies for using Suburb. Gringo terms took over at 7am. I know they are barrios, but early morning and no caffiene means I was working on fumes.
Sfair, its not exactly touchy, people just get defensive when people disagree with them. As far as attractions and where is close, they're spread out a bit, but are more towards the Zona Sul and are easily accessible from anywhere. Most hostels will give you info on how to get to them.
Buses are will take you to more places. The metro in Rio is only 2 lines and not so extensive.
Nov 2, 2012 12:47 AM
22If you want somewhere central with good access to the sites, reasonable amenity for a tourist and not a million miles from the beach try Botafogo (thats Botafogo not Fazenda Botafogo)
Not a touchy subject really, folk have differing views is all. In the end you probably got more out of it than 'Copacabana, no Ipanema, no, Copacabana' type ping pong.
Enjoy your stay.
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