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Reviewed 19 September 2016

I flew from Dubai to Rio to meet my posh lawyer friend who was taking a year out to travel South America and other exciting places across the globe. We met in Rio and she planned the whole two weeks accommodation wise. I am not a backpacker at all - have never done it in my life, but rocked up...

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was a fantastic hostel, a great nightlife from here and the staff are extremely friendly. I would say that the staff are the most friendly from over 20 hostels I have stayed in across Europe and South America! They very kindly let me use a computer behind the desk to watch a GAA sporting event back home and even...

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Medellin, Colombia
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The location couldn't be better. Its surrounded by bars and main landmarks in Rio as ARCOS DE LAPA, the famous stairs and Its 5 minutes walk from the metro station. The hostel is the right place to stay if you are looking for a Party, every day the bar inside the hostel has happy hours and a lot of people...

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Best breakfast included, ggod poeple, great atmosphere, everybody is going out together all the time, hot water in the showers. Great location- not far from the bus station and the metro, also good restaurants are near by, and wonderful tours!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

The title pretty much sums it up. I stayed at Books for a week and a half and I could easily have spend many months here. The hostel is so welcoming especially the staff who make you feel part of a family. I stayed here 11 days and I have made so many friends, many of whom I will (and...

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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

This is a party hostel, be warned, people. It means loud music, loudly talking are on for 24 hours, seriously, especially on weekends. Week nights they turned off the music after 12am, but they can't shut up the party animals. It's good atmosphere only if you are one of this kind. Those guys are not normal tourists. Totally don't understand...

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Thank Joshua F
England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 June 2016

I've stayed in hostels before in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, but Books is the best experience that I've had. The staff are fantastic, the location is perfect, and transport to the beaches and other tourist sites are very easy. Staff are always on hand to help. As a solo traveller I felt very safe here and in the surrounding areas....

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Placerville, California
Reviewed 5 June 2016

First off, this is a party hostel that attracts a young crowd. I actually felt like i was back in college, staying at a dorm and partying with friends all night. having said that, it's not for everyone. If you want peace and quiet and if you think you are too old for stuff like that, I advise you to...

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Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough good things about this place. Great breakfast, party atmosphere, good common areas, a kitchen and good bar! The hostel owner is definitely what makes this place what it is! He makes a huge effort to learn your name, he chats to everyone and is so helpful. Thankyou for a great time in Lapa, Felipe.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Books is a total diamond in the rough, Lapa may seem overwhelming, but the staff will take you under their wing. It's an excellent location to get to any major tourist attractions, but the real draw is the staff and the atmosphere. You'll get parties, down time, beers with locals and experience the true side of Rio. Look at for...

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Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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Additional Information about Books Hostel

Address: Rua Francisco Muratori 10, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-080, Brazil (Formerly Brazil Hostel)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Price Range: $17 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Books Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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“Ask for the room up the back stairs by the kitchen, on the far side of the bathroom. It's the quietest, smallest and coolest dorm in place”
 of 5 bubbles OMazingAoife, 17 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Try to stay upstairs, it is a bit more quiet at night.”
 of 5 bubbles A290OXmicheler, 1 Apr 2016 | Read review
“all room are good!”
 of 5 bubbles pelegcohen, 15 Feb 2016 | Read review
“The 10 Bed dorm you will not be able to get to sleep before 11pm as it is right above the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles Jess_Dioquino91, 25 Aug 2015 | Read review
“people sharing the room”
 of 5 bubbles pamelitac2014, 1 Aug 2015 | Read review
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