Budget Friendly Hotels in Rio de Janeiro: Gallant Hotel
All eyes are on the city of Rio de Janeiro as it prepares for the year's biggest sporting event, the 2016 Summer Olympics. For those who are lucky enough to get tickets to the Olympic Games, the choice of where to stay for the Olympics may be the next step in travel planning. Visitors looking for budget-friendly hotels near the Olympics have several choices in the areas of Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, and Maracanã.
Gallant Hotel is a budget-friendly hotel located in the Maracanã area between Maracanã stadium and the Sambadrome. The famous Maracanã stadium is where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place, and the Sambadrome, home to the Rio Carnaval every year, will host the archery events and the end of the marathon. The hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Praça da Bandeira train station.
Gallant Hotel is a large 3-star budget hotel offering free wi-fi, breakfast, cable TV and parking. Rooms are simple and modestly decorated. The hotel is frequented by businesspeople who attend events at the conference center across the street.
Pura Vida Hostel
Pura Vida Hostel is a budget-friendly option for thrifty travelers who want to stay in the Copacabana area. The hostel is located near the Forte de Copacabana, site of the triathlon, cycling, and swimming events.
The hostel is housed inside a renovated old house and has plenty of artsy charm. Ideally located just one block from Copacabana beach and a two-minute walk to public transportation (both bus and metro), the location is superb for the price. The hostel offers both private and dorm style rooms as well as on-site amenities including a bar, free breakfast, and 24-hour security.
Gaivota Rio Hotel
Barra da Tijuca is known for its long stretch of clean sandy beach. At Barra Olympic Park, spectators will be able to view Olympic competitions in tennis, gymnastics, badminton, diving, and swimming.
Gaivota Rio Hotel is a budget-friendly hotel located in Barra da Tijuca neighborhood. All 80 rooms come with air conditioning, a refrigerator, free wifi, cable TV, and free parking. The hotel offers three types of rooms: standard, executive, and luxury. A breakfast buffet is included in the price of the room. The hotel is conveniently located two minutes from the nearest bus station and about six minutes from the beach.
Hotel Praia Linda
Hotel Praia Linda is another 3-star budget-friendly hotel in Barra da Tijuca. The hotel has 63 apartments, 21 of which face the water. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, telephone, minibar, cable TV and a personal safe. A variety of room options are available, from single and double rooms, triple and quadruple rooms to suites with beach views.
Located on the eastern side of Barra da Tijuca near shopping and the beach, this 3-star hotel has plainly decorated rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and mini refrigerators. Free parking and a breakfast buffet are included in the price. Click here for a virtual tour of the property and guest rooms.
Casa del Mar Hostel
Casa del Mar Hostel is located less than 2000 feet from the beach in the Copacabana area between two Olympic Games venues, Forte de Copacabana and Arena de Volei de Praia, the beachfront site of the volleyball competitions. This hostel may be a good option for travelers who want to be in a location that's convenient for the Olympics as well as close to the Copacabana nightlife and beach.
Casa del Mar Hostel has received great reviews and was recommended by Lonely Planet. Guests noted the excellent location, cleanliness of rooms, and service. Both dorm rooms and private rooms are available.