Hostels in São Luís, Brazil

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Get to know São Luís (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in São Luís. To help you make friends with São Luís before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

São Luís, Brazil, is the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão, which is situated in the northeast of this huge country. More than six-and-a-half million people live in this state, while around one million people live in the capital São Luís. Historically, São Luís is the only state capital in Brazil, which originally was founded by the French in the seventeenth century. However, you cannot see any French influence in the architecture. In fact, the French reign lasted only for three years, when the Portuguese conquered the settlement. São Luís is well known for the best and largest preserved heritage of Colonial Portuguese architecture of all Latin America. Besides tourism, food production, aluminum processing, and the busy Port of Itaqui are very important for the local economy.

If you want to spend some time in São Luís, you can chose from a broad offering of hotels and hostels in São Luís, Brazil. Many accommodations are located in the centre or along the coastline. Free Wi-Fi is included in the room rate of most hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in São Luís, Brazil. Generally, the price level is comparatively low. Therefore, a stay in the capital of Maranhão is affordable and it can be really pleasant if you are interested in the culture and the local sights. The quality of São Luís, Brazil hostels varies, so check the online ratings in detail before you book.

The famous historic centre offers beautiful churches, mansions, and buildings, influenced by the Colonial Portuguese architecture. Most of these beautiful old buildings originate from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, a bit of refurbishment would be necessary. Architecture lovers should not miss the Teatro Arthur Azevedo. This lovely neoclassical theater was opened in the early nineteenth century.

The city attracts visitors with more than thirty kilometres of beaches where you can swim, go for a walk, or relax. But be careful with the current, as it can be extraordinarily strong. Ponta d'Areia is one of the most popular beaches in the area.

Written by local enthusiast for São Luís hostels

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FAQ about São Luís Hostels

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Your Packing List for São Luís

Your Packing List for São Luís

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São Luís Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in São Luís, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
11 Total number of hostels
$18 Average dorm price
$9 Cheapest hostel in São Luís
Casa Guarnicê Hostel is the cheapest
5 Party hostels in São Luís
Casa Guarnicê Hostel is the best rated
Most São Luís hostels are located in
2.3 Average rating of all hostels

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