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Ladeira Ari Barroso 21, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22010-060 Brazil
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Welcome to Aquarela do Leme! An authentic experience in Leme with one foot in the sparkling, colourful and pacified favela of Babilonia and one foot on the famous beach of Copacabana. Leme is a safe and charming neighbourhood with easy access to Rio's main sights. Aquarela do Leme is a brand new hostel / pousada designed by travellers for travellers ready to experience the happy and relaxed carioca life style. All rooms have a balcony with a stunning view over the city, jungle and ocean view. In the morning enjoy our delicious breakfast with hot coffee, bread from the bakery and fresh tropical fruits. In the evening chill out in our cosy lounge or take in the sunset from our amazing roof top terrace. ...this is what makes Aquarela do Leme and your stay with us unique!
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Rooftop bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and 1 more


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Dori Bischof wrote a review May 2021
Budapest, Hungary4 contributions
If you are ready to get stuck in a hostel, don't hesitate to stay here, in Aquarela. This is what happened to me. First you book only for few nights, then bumm, you've spent a month in the hostel and you didn't even notice. I don't think it's to much to expect from a hostel to be clean and well equipped. But the Aquarela hostel can provide much more than the basic expectations. Few things: quick internet, cool rooftop bar and dance night every week, small gym, the rooftop is the best spot to watch the sunrise and the sunset, walking tours with a tour guide, good location, fresh fruits plus homemade cakes and bread for the breakfast, quiet and seperated working space, laundry service, colorful and happy interior, comfy beds with your own privacy, etc. There is one thing that makes this hostel special: the owners and the people who work there. It's not just a job for them. From the beginning you can feel and experience this by their kindness, their smiles and their helpfulness. And why is it so easy to get stuck here? Because the staff is not just a few people working together, they are a team, a family together and you want to be part of that family ❤️💙
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Sam H wrote a review Feb 2021
Rio de Janeiro, RJ1 contribution
Tracing Brazil during the pandemic and a friend recommended this hostel. It’s beautiful, you can see so much from the roof. It’s definitely not a party hostel it’s got a low key vibe and the best shared dorm I’ve ever seen. Seriously they were built into the wall with little cubbies and hooks. The tours were great too. I did tour of Centro and Pedra de Gavea. David explained everything about the history. For Gavea I’m so glad I went with him. I seriously would have gotten lost and he was much cheaper than what a hotel would cost. Ask him anything about the area, the man knows everyone.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
sonam wrote a review Jan 2021
Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
The best hostel ever. I stayed at Aquarela for a month and I had the best experience. Everyone is very warm, welcoming and chill. You instantly feel at home. The breakfast is very diversified and very delicious. Overall an amazing place with amazing people around you definitely recommend to everyone. Thank you team Aquarela for everything love you guys !!! hope to see you soon
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Date of stay: November 2020
DouglasFresh wrote a review Dec 2020
Birmingham, Alabama10 contributions10 helpful votes
I searched for a long time when looking for a place to stay in Rio. So many choices, different locations, etc. Decided to give Aquarela do Leme a shot and could not be happier about my choice! Everything is first class and top shelf. Thibaut and Marielle are hands on owners and are always around to help with questions, suggestions, or give advice. They allow you to be part of their family while you are there and this feeling resonates throughout the establishment. The area is very safe, the locals are welcoming to tourists, the rooms are clean, the included breakfast is tasty, the staff and volunteers that help are great! A very short walk to the beaches as well. There is a tour guide on the premises named David that you will find there and he offers a tremendous hiking opportunity in Pedra de Gavea. A once in a lifetime experience! And there is also a chef onsite named Philip who creates some fabulous dishes and even made special vegan dishes for me. A definite highlight of my trip to Brazil!!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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guy b wrote a review Dec 2020
Ramat Gan, Israel2 contributions
Benn there for my first nights in Rio and the hosts and staff were amazing helped me with anything I needed. David the hiking guide in the hostel took me to a beautiful trek on a mountain and i we played some tennis (although he's not very good...)
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
US$20 - US$64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
BrazilState of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroZona Sul (South Zone) / Leme / Copacabana
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aquarela do Leme
Which popular attractions are close to Aquarela do Leme?
Nearby attractions include Leme (0.4 km), Praia do Leme (0.3 km), and Morro da Babilônia (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aquarela do Leme?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Aquarela do Leme?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Aquarela do Leme?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Marius Degustare, Estrelas da Babilonia, and Bar do David.
Does Aquarela do Leme have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Aquarela do Leme offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Aquarela do Leme?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aquarela do Leme?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Swedish.
Are there any historical sites close to Aquarela do Leme?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (4.7 km), São Luis Fortress (6.3 km), and Forte de Copacabana (3.4 km).
Does Aquarela do Leme have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Aquarela do Leme accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.