South America, Where have I stayed

Rio – Travelling cheap versus comfort

I think we all like the idea of travelling on the cheap, around the world in 5-star accommodation, all inclusive, bells and whistles galore.  But we know that is just not realistic.  Therefore, my question is:  Should you compromise comfort for a cheap deal?

I have always wanted to see Rio so when planning our trip, I knew it was a must.  However, things started to get rather pricey when looking at the kind of accommodation we wanted.  We weren’t looking for top notch, but a kitchenette would be nice.  I was originally looking at staying in the main tourist area of Copacabana, but the prices started to creep up.  We did however find a cheap little place called ‘Hotel Ferreira Viana‘ located in Flamengo.

Is it worth it?
Veggie Travel Girl - Travelling Cheap in Rio
Fruity Breakfast

This was a small room with only a fridge which made things a little difficult for us.  However, they did provide an amazing fruity breakfast each morning and we had a view of Sugarloaf Mountain to wake up to everyday.  This meant we needed to find food which was vegan, didn’t need cooking and was (at least) remotely healthy.  Needless to say, I had a lot of fruit!

The size of the room got uncomfortable at times and we did venture to the shop to get some bug spray.  It was a little dirty but nothing that a little spring clean didn’t solve.  We, however, did get the room for considerably cheaper than the bigger places in Copacabana.  Hostels would have been a good option, although we did want some privacy.

If you are going for a holiday, then 100% I would suggest opting for a more comfortable experience.  Pay that little bit extra for nicer accommodation.  However, as we were just passing through and the fact that we wanted to save some money this was a good option for us.

You just have to weigh up the pros and cons of what accommodation you want:

Veggie Travel Girl - Travelling Cheap in Rio
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  • Considerably cheaper
  • Close to the beach for sunbathing – quieter than Copacabana
  • Shops, launderette and gym just around the corner
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Close to Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer


  • Small Room
  • Away from Copacabana/Ipanema Beaches – The only ones I would suggest swimming in.
  • No cooking facilities
  • Not sure it was the cleanest (we saw one too many little bugs)

If you are travelling, then you will know what I mean about keeping the costs to a minimum!!



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