We stayed here or 5 nights in August. Unfortunately we left biking a place to stay in Rio until the last minute which I wouldn't recommend and as most people know it is quite an expensive place so our options were limited and we wanted to stay in Copacabana or Ipanema. Rio backpackers is in a good location in Copacabana, easy to walk to the beach and lots of shops around and we felt safe. It is also very close to the metro station. We booked a private room and compared with other places we have stayed (we are backpacking around Latin America so have a fair bit of experience) it is below average and also probably the most expensive place we have stayed. The room was small with no room for our bags or bech space to put things so everything getss spread across the floor. There is no hot water which is okay for most of the year in Rio but it was only in the low 20's(degrees celcius)when we were there so it wasn't pleasant to shower. The TV was good and the bed was fairly comfortable. Free breakfast is very basic just a bread roll with either ham and cheese or hot dog and a piece of fruit with juice, coffee or tea.
There isn't much 'atmosphere' at this hostel, we did go in low season but it was full of people mostly in their 40s and 50s who only spoke portugese so not that exciting. The hostel was however quite good with organising activities like going to football matches etc and were quite friendly. If you are going to checkout early in the morning settle your bill the day before because we got a guy at 6am on reception who didn't know how to use the credit card machine and tried to demand cash and in the end we just took it off him and change ourselves, it was rediculous- and unfortunately we even overcharged ourselves a bit!
Anyway it isn't too bad if you are like us and run out of options but don't have high expectations. It is probably more fun and lively in Summer.
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