Mellow Yellow Backpackers Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Welcome to 'Mellow Yellow,' Rio's biggest and best backpackers! We provide everything you'd expect from a 1st class hostel´and much more besides...

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Rua Barbosa Lima, 51, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22011060

Welcome to Mellow Yellow, Rio's biggest and best backpackers.

Created by backpackers, we provide everything you'd expect from a first class hostel.

Best of all we offer a free airport pick up for all of our guests! *(terms apply - see below).

Our facilities include our famous bamboo bar, our 7 seater spa, a swipe card security system, the godsend that is our chillout lounge.

We also offer every guest a free happy hour caipirinha cocktail for each and every day of their stay. Also every night is ladies night at the mellow yellow bar with an additional free caipirinha for all the girls.

We´ve got a variety of special promotions and freebies over the WORLD CUP period including free 1st goalscorer sweepstake and a free prize if your team wins.

As well as this, being just one block from the most famous of all beaches, Copacabana, our location is great.

There is also a giant TV Screen on Copacabana Beach (right in front of Mellow Yellow) for the duration of the World Cup courtesy of FIFA!

We've also been rated the best hostel in Rio by the telegraph and the best hostel in South America by the guardian, two of the most popular english newspapers

We aren´t the cheapest hostel but we do offer better value for money than any other. We provide free WIFI internet, a free nights stay in dorms(for 6+days), R$5 midweek discounts, R$2 per night advance booking discounts & R$1 per night cash payment discounts on all our rooms, free drinks & also our mellow yellow miles reward scheme(see below).

We´re also recommended by the Lonely Planet, Footprint, Time Out and a number of other guides.

Whatever you look for in a hostel we fit the bill.

If you want to party we have the best hostel bar in Brasil, a pool room, weekly bbq parties, music playing throughout the hostel, live music 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, can organise 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. Reservations made more than 2 weeks in advance receive a R$2 discount off the standard price & cash payments receive a R$1 per day discount. We also provide spacious secure dorms, a fully equipped guest kitchen, a chill out lounge (with massage service,) a spa, a nintendo WII gaming room / massage room & also & sony play station room, and a TV room with a selection of over 300 DVD's!

Well, just in case you haven´t already made the decision to book, here´s everything in a little more detail;

>The hostel

*The Bamboo bar!

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 (& free) 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.

*Jacuzzi / Spa

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).

*Chillout Lounge

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)

*Tv Lounge

Recover from Rio's nightlife while taking in a movie from the hostels extensive & varied selection. Over 300 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.

*Nintendo WII Gaming Room

A Room dedicted to the WII. Various games including WII Sports, Sports Resorts, Mario Kart & PES. Up to 4 players.

*Massage Room

On site massage room. Book in advance.

*The Play Station Lounge

A PS2 for you to enjoy for free.

*The Pool Lounge

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

*Dorms and Doubles

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.

All of our dorms and the vast majority of our double rooms are equiped with air conditioning.


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


a fully equipped kitchen 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.

>Facilities & offers

*Free caipirinha cocktail every day

You'll receive a free happy hour (5-7pm) caipirinha cocktail for each and every day of your stay.

*Free airport pick-up

We offer a free airport pick-up for every guest.

**Please note that there is a minimum stay requirement of 5 nights to qualify for this. If you opt for the pick-up and then stay for less than then you'll be charged the normal pick up price of R$60 when you checkout of the hostel.

You need to send us your flight details in advance and we will get back to you with a confirmation. Make sure you look out for our driver with a board with your name on it in the arrivals lounge when you arrive.

*Free internet

Free broadband WIFI internet available 24 hours a day.

*Ladies night

Every night the ladies receive an additional free caipirinha at the bar.

*Free nights stay

Stay at Mellow Yellow for 6 nights in a dorm 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.

*Midweek discounts

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

*Advance booking discounts

Book a bed more than 2 weeks in advance and receive a r$2 discount off the regular room rate.

*Cash payment discounts

All cash payments receive a r$1 discount off the regular room rate.

*Free breakfast

A brilliant breakfast without question...Great selection including orange juice, tea, coffee, bread, ham, cheese, sausages, eggs, jams, brasilian fruits & cakes as well. Served until 1PM!! (Check out up until midday as well)

*Free meals, trips & parties

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, free meals and a variety of free trips and parties. (Full details given on request)


Entry card system, secure rucksack size lockers for all & 24/7 security guards, both inside and outside the hostel, in what is one of the safest neighbourhoods in Rio.

*Language classes

We can organise Portuguese classes.


More of Rio´s best tours available than any other hostel. Includes football trips, samba parties, favela parties, city tours, boat parties, christ statue tours, surf trips & a number of other great options that other hostels do not provide.

*Samba / forro lessons

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

*Surf / body board hire

And everything else you'd expect from a first class hostel………

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


Near the General Osório square and Hospital Ipanema

International airport - Colinas- 22kms approximately 30 minutes free traffic.
Bus station - Colinas- 9Kms approximately 20 minutes free traffic.

We are to 3 blocks on the beaches of Copacabana-Ipanema-Arpoardor

Reference, 2 blocks of the General Square Osório.


Breakfast Included, Restaurant, Internet Access, Airport Pick Up, Bar, Luggage Storage, 24 hour reception, Travel Desk/Travel Info, Bureau de Change, Lift / Elevator, Air Conditioning, Breakfast


Listing # RA-1034919

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USD $12.17 per night
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