BRL 28 per night
BRL 28 per night
Mellow Yellow Backpackers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mellow Yellow Backpackers

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Rua General Barbosa Lima, 51 , Copacabana

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Description - Hostel

Created by backpackers, we provide everything you'd expect from a first class hostel and much more besides. This includes our famous bamboo bar, our 7 seater spa, a state of the art swipe card security system, & the godsend that is our chillout lounge. As well as this, being just one block from the most famous of all beaches, Copacabana, the location can´t be beaten either.

We aren´t the cheapest hostel but we do offer better value for money than any other. We provide the best tours at the lowest prices, free internet, a free nights stay (for 6+days), R$5 midweek discounts on all our dorm rooms, mellow yellow miles (see below), a free cocktail on arrival, and the best hostel breakfast in Brasil for free. Don´t be fooled by cheaper hostels in other areas. You´ll spend the difference and a lot more on coming back and forth to copa night and day.

Whatever you look for in a hostel we fit the bill. If you want to party we have the best (& cheapest) hostel bar in Brasil, a games room with pool table, bbq parties twice weekly, music playing throughout the hostel, live music and samba shows at the bar, and the best trips and parties in Rio at the best prices. If you´re looking for culture we have capoeira shows, samba & forro lessons, portuguese classes, and provide more information on whats going on in Rio than any other hostel. If you just want to chill out, relax and save some cash then we offer great value for money, spacious secure dorms, 2 fully eqipped kitchens, a chillout lounge (with massage service), a spa, a PS2 and a tv room with a selection of over 200 dvds.

Rated 1 of the top 10 hostels in the world in October 2006 by customers of a leading hostel booking site.

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The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 18
  • Year built: 2004
  • Renovated: 2007
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: BRL 28 (Brazilian Real)

Double Female Dorm Mixed Dorm Standard Triple
  • Check-out: noon

Hostel amenities



What better place to chill, soak up some of the Brazilian sounds and savour the flavour of one of the choice cuts from our in-house menu (including chilli, indian & thai curries, lasagne, french crepes & tradtional brasilian cuisine). The quality is there for all to see. Fantastic chilled-out décor, cheap drinks & great specials, cool tunes playing through the night (including live music & capoeira shows) & most important of all, the friendly folk tending to your every need. It´s also air conditioned so you don´t need to suffer on those hot summer nights. Nowhere else in Rio comes close to competing with this.


When we say spa - we mean spa!! This one caters for 7. After a leisurely soak in the tub, make use of one of our sun loungers on the terrace, crack open a beer while the chef gets busy with the BBQ (twice weekly). We´ve also got a ping pong table if you fancy a game.


Our personal favourite! Having spent just a few days tackling Rio's nightlife we can assure you this will be a godsend.

Chilled out décor & lighting, hammocks, beanbags, all combining to make this the most relaxing experience you'll have in Rio. (Check out the photo)


Recover from Rio's nightlife while taking in a movie from the hostels extensive & varied selection. Over 250 DVDs.

We're also hooked up to Rio's cable network so no need to miss all your favourite t. v from home. We also have a big screen that is set up in the bar for all major european football games.


A PS2 for you to enjoy for free.


Free Pool table for you to enjoy. Also fully air conditioned.


We know what it's like hanging around, waiting for the shower at hostels, so we've put in plenty of bathrooms with hot powerful showers to make things more comfortable. We even got clean fresh towels for everybody.


2 fully equipped kitchens with plenty of space to create your own culinary delights.


Anything you need to know, our friendly, multi-lingual staff will be happy to help. We pride ourself on having friendlier, better informed, more experienced staff than any other. They will always be there with the best suggestions for days or nights out here in Rio.


Whenever you feel like chilling out or just taking in some fresh air, then step out back into our delightful little herb garden.



Free broadband internet available 24 hours a day.


Mellow Yellow Miles: ´The Longer You Stay, The Less You Pay´. Earn Mellow Yellow Miles for each and every night you stay and trade them in for free drinks (2 nights), free meals (5 nights) and a variety of free trips and parties (7-17 nights). (Full details given on request)


Stay at Mellow Yellow for 6 nights and you will receive the next night for free. Most of you will be taking advantage of this offer because everyone ends up staying at Mellow Yellow for longer than planned.


Between tuesday and thursday all of our dorm beds are offered at a R$5 discount.


The best breakfast in Rio without question... Great selection including freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, bread, ham, cheese, jams, brasilian fruits & cakes as well. Served until 1PM!! (Check out up until midday as well)


On your 1st night receive your free cocktail at the bar.


Let us know your flight number and one of our staff will get back to you with the details.


State of the art entry card system, safety deposit boxes for all & 24/7 security guards, both inside and outside the hostel, in what is one of the safest neighbourhoods in Rio.


We offer Portuguese classes.


More of Rio´s best tours available at lower prices than any other hostel. This we can guarantee! Includes football trips, samba parties, favela parties, city tours, boat parties, inter-hostel paintball battles, christ statue tours, surf trips & a number of other great options that other hostels do not provide.


Well your in Brasil so why not learn to dance like a Brasilan. Speak with reception to organise lessons.

24-hr front desk Airport pickup BBQ area Bar/lounge Bicycle rental Breakfast included Elevator/lift Gameroom Gardens Hot tub Linen included Live music Multi-lingual staff No curfew Open 24 Hours Restaurant on site Smoking permitted Spa Taxi service Tour/sightseeing assistance

Room amenities

With attention to detail, we've made every bunk spacious, built in shelves and given each one its own spotlight.

The Brazilian themed dorms are unique, with wardrobes, lockers and differing rates fitting every budget.

The double rooms are for those that want the socialbility of the hostel but the privacy and the comfort of a hotel.

We provide all this and everthing else you'd expect from a first class hostel

Lockers Shared bathroom Television (cable/satellite)


Copacabana is one of the safest areas in Rio. We are just 5 minutes from the beach and the metro station is a 2 minute walk from the hostel.

Points of interest
  • Copacabana Beach - 50 metres
  • Sugar Loaf -3km
  • Rio Sul shopping mall -1km
  • Maracana football stadium - 20km
  • Christ statue -10km
  • Metro station -100m

Food and drink
Eating in house
Twice weekly at the SPA
3 times a week, just R$9
Pick your own fillings
Thai Food
The best Thai cuisine in Rio
Indian Food
The only Chicken Tikka Massala in Rio
Eating out
Arabian food
Pay Per Kilo
Pay Per Kilo
Brasilian style steakhouses
La Trattoria
Cheap, good quality pasta

Price details

BRL 28 - 41 per night (Brazilian Real)

R$5 discounts on all dorm room from tuesday to thursday

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaAmerican Express

Available discounts

Stay for 6 nights and get the 7th night for free.

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

No payment is required in advance. However, in the event of a no show, the hostel reserves the right to charge the guests credit card for the equivalent of 1 nights stay.

Location - Hostel

Rua General Barbosa Lima, 51 , Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro
State of Rio de Janeiro (Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
Brazil  22011-060

Latitude: -22.96607, Longitude: -43.18058

How to get there

From the bus station

Best option is to take a radio taxi from just outside the bus station. You pay a fixed fee at the counter. Will cost about 25 Reais to get you here. Walk straight past the counters inside the bus station as these work out more expensive.
(Directions for taxi: Metro Cardeal Arcoverde. Pega a primeira esquerda na barata ribeiro (Rua Gal Azevedo Pimentel) depois da estacao arcoverde)

Another option is to take the ´Real´ Bus from in front of the bus station. It´s cheaper but takes much longer. It costs 4 Reais, & the drivers speak English. Walk past the taxi rank just outside the station & wait for the bus at the side of the road opposite. They run every 15 minutes and will stop on the main beach road (avendida atlantica). Ask the driver to stop at the ´Copacabana Palace´ hotel. Walk two blocks away from the beach on ´Rua Rodolfo Dantas´ onto ´Rua Barato Ribeira´. Take a left and then you´ll find us on the next street on the left (Rua Gal Azevedo Pimentel).

Alternatively, walk over to the other side of the station and walk across the road, past the taxis to the local bus station which is at the other side of the road. Catch any bus to copacabana, most of which run along ´rua barato ribeiro´. Look out for ´Arcoverde´ Metro station on your right. Take the next left, Rua Gal Azevedo Pimentel, the hostel is straight ahead.

From the Aiport

Again, the best option, particularly if you´re in a group, would be to take a taxi. Depending on the time and the driver, it should cost between 50-70 Reais if you are lucky as it could cost a lot more as the majority don´t think twice about trying to rip off gringos.
(Directions for taxi: Metro Cardeal Arcoverde. Pega a primeira esquerda (Rua Gal Azevedo Pimentel) na barata ribeiro depois da estacao arcoverde)

A cheaper option is the ´Real´ bus. Walk out of the arrivals lounge, take a right past the waiting taxis and look out for the aiport bus stop. At the time of writing this cost around 6 Reais. (See bus station info for instructions on where to get off the bus). However, be warned this takes a long time! Up to 3 times as long as a taxi.

An alternative is to take the express real bus to the domestic airport ´santos dunmont´, around R$4. This only takes around half an hour. From this aiport its about a R$15 taxi fare to copacabana.

We are just a two minute walk from the metro station, 20 minutes drive to the bus terminal & 40 minutes to the international airport

Nearest airport: National Airport -'Dumont' is 15 minutes drive.