My first country in South America is Brazil and my first city in Fortaleza – a place many first time goers to Brazil will head to, but I did. In the beginning, I’ve thought of moving here for my next home base for three months, however, I’ve decided to move to Colombia instead. I’ve already booked the flight, so, I said, why not stay and explore Fortaleza for two weeks. For one reason I stayed for a month.
Despite its bad image for its crime rate, Fortaleza receives a pretty good amount of tourists and backpackers from Europe and North America. If you are flying from Germany or Portugal, there are direct flights for affordable prices. Check this site I always use to book and find cheap flights to everywhere in the world.
In this article, you will find the hostels in Fortaleza I highly recommend, three of them that I personally stayed while the others are based on my reliable research and visits to the hostel itself. If you are heading to other party of Brazil, you may want to check out this Rio De Janeiro tourist attractions that you should not miss.
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Note: All prices are in US Dollars, prices may change without prior notice.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR A HOSTEL IN FORTALEZA BEFORE BOOKING
Before you book the hostel you want to stay, check out these things that you should look into beforehand. Fortaleza is a big city, the tourist area is not so much. To make sure that you will have a great time and a comfortable sleep, ask yourself these questions or tick these four things on your list.
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Fortaleza is a beach town which means, you want the hostel to be close to the best as much as possible. If you are only staying in this city while waiting for another flight, you might want to look into accommodations close to the airport instead.
The hostel should also not be too far from grocery or convenience store or ATM or bars and restaurants. It should also be easily accessible by public transportation. The location of the hostel is an important thing to consider.
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Type of Hostel
What kind of hostel do you prefer? A party hostel, chill vibe hostel, or a hostel that feels like it’s a homestay? These are the types you can look for and can be found in Fortaleza.
If you want to meet foreign travellers, you have to carefully look for a hostel that had many foreign travellers before. If you want a hostel where you can meet locals, there is one for that too.
Even for me, reviews are very necessary. I rely on what travellers who have stayed in this hostel experiences and what they have to say. Reviews also help you understand what type of hostel it is or if its exactly what you are looking for.
Many travellers just go for the cheapest one which is no problem of course, but many travellers also complain a lot about the place. A hostel is probably affordable for a reason. Check reviews both on Hostelworld and booking.com, sometimes, I also check reviews on Google Maps and Facebook pages. I’d rather be sure than have an awful holiday or trip.
Price is very important in every traveller. Not only because it can affect their budget but also because a cheap hostel might lead to problems while an expensive one might not meet all your needs.
On my early days of travelling, I was living on a budget. I stayed in very cheap hostels which I couldn’t complain even if there is no toilet paper in the bathroom or the breakfast is basically a bread of the bed is hard as a floor. It’s simply you get what you pay for.
BEST HOSTELS IN FORTALEZA – COMPARISON TABLE
PRICE PER DORM BED
DISTANCE FROM THE BEACH
WHICH ARE THE BEST HOSTELS IN FORTALEZA
Check out each hostel in Fortaleza below and see what are their best feature and find out their cons. I wrote a small description and I added how many reviews they have, their ratings, prices, distance from the beach, and type of hostel for you to decide which one is the best.
The total number of reviews are combined from Booking.com and Hostelworld while the ratings are added from these two platforms as well; B+H= X out of 20.0.
All hostels are equipped with a functioning kitchen for guests to use. It is often that hot shower is not available in the hostels in Fortaleza.
I personally stayed in Albergaria Hostel for 7 nights. I really like my stay, the dorm room beds are one of the best beds I’ve slept on in a hostel. Their common area is tidy and cleaned every day, they also let the air conditioner in the room run all day and night.
PRICE: $9 per dorm bed, can choose between with AC or non-AC
RATINGS: 17.1 out of 20.00
- it’s the most reviewed hostel in Fortaleza – 1,701
- it’s 400 m from the beach and 700 m from a big grocery store
- great place to meet foreign travellers
- breakfast included
- the receptionist speaks great English and very helpful at all times
- there is a pool and hammocks to relax
- there is a small bar area
- each bed in the dorm room has its own curtain and reading lamp
- massive lockers are inside the room
- there is only one fridge for all the guests
- the microwave oven and fridge needs an extensive cleaning
- some dorm rooms don’t have a window to air out
- the pool is tiny and needs a cleaning
Defining its name it means “a safe place to take refuge”. This hostel is loved for its buffet breakfast, affordable price, comfortable bed, the option between fan dorm room or air-conditioned room, and English speaking staffs. There are lockers available to use in the common area.
PRICE: $8 per dorm bed, can choose between with AC or non-AC
TOTAL RATINGS: 17.7 out of 20.0
TOTAL REVIEWS: 687 reviews
- buffet breakfast
- comfortable common areas; hammocks, sofas, garden chairs
- friendly and helpful staffs
- plenty of little convenient stores around
- 1.3 km from the beach
I’ve stayed in Iracema Hostel for six nights which I enjoyed. It is a family run hostel which gave me the impression that it was more like a homestay than a hostel. The sweet Brazilian family who manages it lives next door, despite the barrier language, I had a pleasant stay and will recommend it to those who prefer to meet locals. However, make sure that you don’t mind a non-English speaking hostel unless of course, you can speak or understand Portuguese.
PRICE: $6 per dorm bed, can choose between with AC or non-AC
TOTAL RATINGS: 15.2 out of 20.0
TOTAL REVIEWS: 436 reviews
- 400 m from the beach
- very affordable for its location
- feel like home
- fast internet/wifi
- 600m from a big grocery store
- simple breakfast included
- no English speaking staff
- mostly local stays here
- small beds and rooms
- the air conditioner is only turned on between 9pm-9am
- limited chances to meet foreign guests
This hostel is 900 m from the beach, a cosy hostel designed with hammocks. The rooms and common areas are well-cleaned throughout the day. All dorm rooms have air conditioner while there are plenty of stores around the area to shop. The lockers are inside the room.
PRICE: $10 per dorm bed
TOTAL RATINGS: 9.0 out of 20.00, for some reason, there has been no new reviews from the past 12 months on their Hostelworld page, hence, no Hostelworld rating available
TOTAL REVIEWS: 461 reviews
- buffet breakfast included
- comfortable beds
- clean and organised common area
- good location
- English speaking owners, however, the staffs do not speak English
- non-English speaking staffs
- the air conditioner is only turned on at night until mid-morning
- a bit of walk to the beach
If you are looking for a party hostel, Full Sail is just for you. They have an on-site bar that sells drinks and beers and plays music. They also give away free caipirinhas (a famous Brazilian cocktail), hold drinking games, and sometimes take their guest out for a pub crawl. They are 1 km from the beach and only a few minutes away from places to eat and markets to shop.
PRICE: $9 per dorm bed, you can choose between fan room or air-conditioned room
TOTAL RATINGS: 16.1 out of 20.0
TOTAL REVIEWS: 438 reviews
- great to meet local and foreign travellers
- English, French, and Portuguese speaking staffs
- host parties and games and happy hour
- breakfast included
- not recommended for those who prefer a quiet place to stay
- cleaning of the common area and rooms need more attention
- the air-conditioned rooms are timed
Good Hostel & Bar is the newest hostel in Fortaleza which opened at the end of July 2018. What I love about new hostels is how clean everything is and how comfortable the beds. More than these qualities, this hostel is loved for their impeccable service and great location. They also have a swimming pool!
PRICE: $7 per dorm bed, you can choose between fan room or air-conditioned room
TOTAL RATINGS: 19.3 out of 20.0
TOTAL REVIEWS: 38 reviews
- 800 m from the beach
- great breakfast included
- super friendly and helpful staffs; English speaking
- hot shower and fast internet
- plenty of places to eat and shop around the area
- everything is brand new
- no ventilation in rooms with AC
- only one fridge for all the guests to share
Aloha Hostel is the most affordable hostel in Fortaleza. It is also well located and all rooms are equipped with air conditioner – there is no better deal that you can find the city. On Booking.com, it states that a buffet breakfast is included, however, on Hostelworld, it says that breakfast is included. Make sure to ask about this before booking your room or bed.
PRICE: $7 per dorm bed, all rooms are with AC
TOTAL RATINGS: 15.9 out of 20.0
TOTAL REVIEWS: 143 reviews
- 200 m from the beach
- most affordable since all rooms are with AC
- enough shops around and restaurants to eat
- beds are with curtains and lockers under the bed
- well-designed and properly cleaned
- mostly local guests
- it is unclear if the staffs speaks English
- it is unclear if breakfast is included or not
I really hope that you found this article about best hostels in Fortaleza, Brazil useful. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.
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