World Football returns to the soulful cities of Brazil this summer after a hiatus spanning well over half a century. If there is one guarantee about the tournament, it can only be that it will prove a memorable event with sights and sounds worth relishing for generations to come. What a better way to enjoy the magic than to be in the mix as you watch the action from up close in the actual stadia? For most people the main reason for not flying to Brazil is the misconception that accommodation will be prohibitively expensive. We have therefore scoured the breadth and length of the tropical country to bring you these ten affordable, if little known, hotels with unbelievably cheap pricing even at these heady times.
10. Arthemis Hotel e Pousada, Salvador
Fans who will camp in Salvador during the World Cup are guaranteed to leave for home after a vastly satisfying experience. Whether the more remarkable memories will come from happenings on the football pitch or well off the stadium remains to be seen. Our best bet is that it will be a varying mix of both as Salvador has such a plethora of interesting sites and fun activities to take part in that it will be hard to blink as you move around in wonder. But to save yourself some bucks, it is advisable that you find budget accommodation facilities to begin with. We highly recommend the Arthemis Hotel in the Pelourinho neighborhood of Salvador.
Accommodation at the Arthemis Hotel is available starting from $34 and for such a pocket friendly price you get a room with free WiFi, cable TV on LCD display and a private bathroom with shower. The reception is manned 24 hours daily and all the staff are friendly and multilingual.
9. Hotel Itamaraty, Curitiba
Conveniently located in the center of Curitiba, Hotel Itamaraty is the perfect place to set up base during the World Cup. With rooms available from as low as $44 a night, they don’t come any cheaper than the Itamaraty. And when you are not busy cheering your favorite team on, you can take time to visit the over two dozen tourist attractions dotted in and around the city of Curitiba.
Guests enjoy free WifI internet and private bathrooms (shower only for standard rooms). There is a buffet breakfast served in the mornings (surcharged). All the rooms have cable TV, telephone and are cleaned and serviced on a daily basis. All the floors are serviced by an efficient elevator/ lift system for even greater convenience on your part.
8. Lido Hotel, Porto Alegre
Liddo Hotel is a Porto Alegre hotel located close to the Palace of the Azoreans. Considering the quality of service and the low pricing, you will scarcely find a hotel with more kick for your buck as Liddo. There are three varieties of suites to choose from: standard, deluxe and super deluxe. The standard variety are available from as low as $44 a night. The suites are equipped with cable TV service, free WiFi, a mini bar and a coffee maker. You also get excellent air conditioning as well as an iron and ironing board.
The hotel has a very helpful customer service desk that is manned round the clock. The bed and bathroom facilities may not be of the highest luxury, but they are tolerable. There are pleasing vistas looking over the cityscape and the bustling city streets beneath your eyes.
7. Hotel Ideal, Manaus
Located deep in the Equatorial jungle to the north of Brazil, Manaus has everything to offer both ardent footballing purists and discerning tourists. One of the most eagerly awaited preliminary round matches of this year’s World Cup pitting two former world champions: England Italy, will be played at the city’s Arena Amazonia stadium. Away from the hustle and bustle of Rio and Sao Paulo, hotels in Manaus are delightfully cheap. Hotel Ideal, conveniently located right in the city center offers rooms at rates as cheap as $28 a night.
The rooms in Hotel Ideal are simple and practical and are all served with telephone and a private bathroom. Pricier options come with cable TV and minibar. The hotel’s public facilities are served with free WiFi internet. For even greater convenience, the reception is manned 24 hours daily by very helpful hotel staff, all who are fluent in at least English and Portuguese.
6. Hotel Joamar, Sao Paulo
Your sojourn to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 will be incomplete if you do not get to tour Sao Paulo. Better still, why not make the city your base and enjoy the feisty local atmosphere, memorable sights and (hopefully) some of the best football action of the global tournament? Even in the teeming streets of Sao Paulo, it is not that hard to find a budget hotel. But if you need help, we recommend the Hotel Joamar on the Rua Dom Jose De Barros Street about fifteen minutes’ drive from the Sao Paulo city center.
Hotel Joamar has very tastefully furnished rooms and suites going for as low as $53. Owing to its central location, there are restaurants, shops and other amenities within close reach. The hotel is within easy reach of the Campo de Marte Airport and major attractions such as the world famous Interlagos Formula One racing circuit close at hand.
5. Paiaguas Palace Hotel, Cuiaba
Located right in the center of Cuiaba business district, Paiaguas Palace Hotel has excellent rooms all with air conditioning, safety deposit box and a mini bar. You also get to enjoy a private bathroom equipped with a hair dryer. All rooms are available at prices ranging from $55 to just above $100. There is a well equipped gym in the facilities as well as a gourmet restaurant for your dining and breakfast.
In the rooms and the hotel compound you have free access to ubiquitous WiFi internet. You might also find it worth your while to check out the hotel’s pool and barbeque facilities. The hotel is within easy reach of the city’s ultra modern stadium where four preliminary stage matches will take place. Other than the football you can take time to tour the scenic Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, a UNESCO designated world heritage site.
4. Brasilia Imperial Hotel e Eventos, Brasilia
Located close to the center of Brazil’s capital, the Brasilia Imperial Hotel e Eventos is a budget hotel well suited for a traveler who needs good value for money with all the usual frills. The hotel is a cheerful place complete with a bar/lounge and a high class restaurant. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning for the entire duration of their stay and this is served right in the rooms.
The hotel will prove of special interest to people looking for pocket friendly accommodation as they follow action at the National Stadium where the 2014 world champions will be crowned on July 13th. To make it even easier during your stay, the staff are largely multilingual and there’s little need to brush up on your Portuguese in order for you to get by. As you would expect, all the rooms have WiFi internet access (surcharged). Other features which may interest you include a 24-hour fitness center and laundry facilities.
3. Ibis Belo Horizonte Liberdade, Belo Horizonte
The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte will host six of this year’s 40 World Cup matches. These include two very important group matches, one featuring England and the other Argentina. There will also be one round-of-sixteen knockout match as well as a semifinal. What is more, Belo Horizonte is located at the midway point between all the 12 host cities and is therefore a convenient location for someone looking to travel around a lot during the course of the tournament. The Ibis Belo Horizonte Liberdade hotel is perfectly suited for a budget conscious football fan in more senses than one.
The hotel has spacious rooms and apartments, with prices starting at around $78 a night. The hotel is located within convenient distance from the stadium as well as all the city’s major attractions. In the rooms you enjoy free WiFi, cable TV with all the major international TV channels featured and unmatched room service.
2. Hotel Americano, Rio de Janeiro
To be honest, it will be hard to find very cheap hotels in the Rio de Janeiro during the entirety of the Football World Cup weeks, so high is the demand for accommodation in this sweltering metropolis. However, we have scoured the best tour guide databases in search of the most affordable accommodations for someone traveling to Rio de Janeiro on a tight budget and found the Hotel Americano quite fitting. Hotel rooms are available from as low $40 but guests are still able to enjoy a string of luxurious conveniences.
The hotel has very helpful staff from the reception to those who will tend to your every need in the rooms. The hotel has four floors housing 24 rooms and the reception is manned round the clock for all days of the week. There is free WiFi available in the public areas. Inside the rooms enjoy air conditioning, minibar and cable TV as well as a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
1. Hotel Des Arts Super Economico, Recife
Many football fans will choose to stay in Recife during the World Cup especially when you consider that it will host some of the highest profile matches of the preliminary group stages as well as a round of sixteen fixture. Moreover, Recife is conveniently located between two other major host cities: Fortaleza and Salvador. With rooms going for as low as $50 per night but guests still enjoying all the usual trappings such as free WiFi and complimentary breakfast, the Hotel des Arts in Recife is by far the cheapest option for anyone travelling to the 2014 World Cup on a budget.
The staff at the hotel are fluent in both Portuguese and English making your stay as convenient as possible. There is adequate parking within the hotel premises and the Recife International Airport is a stone throw away. All rooms are air conditioned and you enjoy news and entertainment over cable television.
Do not let the misconception that accommodation during the entirety of the 2014 Football World Cup will be wildly expensive deter you from enjoying this spectacle from up close. As the above detailed reviews show, it is not that hard to find pocket friendly hotel accommodation even in the most popular World Cup hosting cities as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Now all you have to do is jet in to the country and enjoy the ride.