Telephone (21) 2244 1286
Set in a pretty colonial-style house in the heart of Botafogo, this spacious, colourful, alternative hostel with four dorms and four private doubles is run with a little more thought than most. Dorm beds start at R$30 (R$35 at weekends) in mixed or girl-only rooms of 3-10 beds, with reduced monthly deals available for those sticking around a while. Private rooms for up to four people cost between R$120-$190 and packages for New Year and carnival are also available. The multilingual Brazilian owner is a professional climber and has even installed his own wall in the yard, so let his enthusiasm wash over you and take some tips while you stay. A large library, games room, bike and surfboard hire and internet are all on offer.