How to Save Money on a Hotel in Rio
June 7, 2015
June 7, 2015
Staying in Rio certainly isn’t cheap, especially for US travelers. A dollar that used to get you almost 4 Brazilian reais now gets you just 2.
A typical hotel can run R470-940 ($150-300) in the nicer parts of Rio — Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
Our biggest tip on how to save money on a hotel in Rio? Don’t stay in a hotel! Read on for three hotel alternatives that will save you money in Rio.
Search for rio apartments and you’ll find a ton of local agencies. Like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, you’ll need to summon your courage to overlook the less-than-polished exterior of the agency websites.
You’ll find the actual apartments are just as lovely, clean, and well-appointed as a typical hotel. This is where you’ll find the best deals, not to mention a more authentic experience.
Pousada means inn, and Portuguese speakers use the word to refer to a small, independently-owned guesthouse.
Pousadas often run well under R314 ($100) a night. The best (and least expensive) pousadas are harder to find. The best English-language resource is a site run by an expatriate Englishwoman, Alison McGowan: Hidden Pousadas Brazil.
You can also do your own detective work by searching for pousada Rio de Janeiro. These local websites are usually in Portguese; use Google Translate to get basic details about the pousada, then find an email address where you can send your initial inquiry to the proprietor.
Hidden Pousadas Brazil
Cama e café translates to bed-and-breakfast. This is another phrase to use in your search for inexpensive accommodations in Rio. Staying in a cama e café is a lot like a pousada — a home-stay-like B&B. Like pousada, accommodations range from modest to lavish.
Cama e Café