Rio de Janeiro

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About Rio de Janeiro

Dramatic, teeming with life 24/7, Rio de Janeiro perches between ocean and jungle and is both a great one-stop destination as well as a perfect entry point into Latin America. Some of the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro can be found in the boutique city centre B&Bs, but if luxury is what you're after then the city does not disappoint, with plenty of stylish hangouts, either beachside or slightly further out of town.

Even with images from films such as City of God ingrained in the mind, the city’s truly breathtaking views do not disappoint. Rio really is quite something, with one of the world's most specular settings: a line of lights between high peaks, rainforests and white sandy beaches. From the bossa nova cafés of Santa Teresa to the caipirinha-soaked beaches of Ipanema and Copacobana, the city has so much to offer and a wide range of accommodation to match.

The locals have a reputation for good living and fun; this is an easy place to eat and drink very well then dance the night away. Or, to spend hours people watching. It's also a great place to surf or sail, plus the dense rainforests are just a short journey from the centre of the city.

For sightseeing, there is plenty on offer from the Cristo Redentor (aka Christ the Redeemer), one of Rio's most famous attractions, standing atop Corcovado. Then Rocky Pão de Açúcar is another of Rio's high points. For a good dose of culture the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), set in a glorious Art Deco building, houses a wide variety of cultural exhibits as well as three theatres, libraries and a cinema.

Where To Stay - which neighbourhood?

  • Botafogo is the best place for those who want to take advantage of the city's bustling nightlife.
  • If you're here for the museums and culture then staying in Lapa is probably your best bet.
  • Those visiting for business should try and find a room in Centro, or as close to as possible.
  • But if you fancy spending your days on the beach then Copacabana's the place to be.
  • Arpoador is where the hip surf crowd hang. It's situated inbetween Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and is the place to go to watch the sunset.
  • Ipanema and Leblon are both good options for the beach too. Both are wealthy residential areas and filled with high end restaurants and designer shops.
  • If you like a bohemian vibe then book a hotel in Santa Teresa. Its hilltop location means the views are to die for and the arty atmosphere is amplified by the charming squares filled with mansions of fading grandeur and little galleries.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro are ideally located if you're looking for art, history or culture, which you'll find everywhere - from street art to the formal museums. The same goes for architecture. But remember to book them well ahead especially if you plan to visit for the Carnival.

The best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro

For Luxury

  • Right on Ipanema Beach, Fasano is a Philippe Starck-designed retro-chic paradise, with fifties and sixties furniture, and spacious airy bedrooms - many with two double beds placed to maximise ocean views. The staff even wear vintage uniforms! What's more, there's a rooftop pool and bar to retreat to when you've had enough of the beach.
  • The Santa Teresa Hotel is hipness HQ in Santa Teresa, serving up luxury boho chic. The loft suite is the ultimate, but the verandah rooms are also excellent, and the restaurant serves acclaimed Brazilian-French gastronomy by French chef Damien Montecer.
  • Y002 is a super-trendy design spot, featuring stylish contemporary rooms with plenty of glass and muted tones. You'll love the magnificent views on offer, whilst you can also tuck into splendid Brazilian cuisine at the restaurant

For a Boutique

  • La Maison is in Alto Gavea, somewhat off the beaten track, and surrounded by lush hillsides, yet only only ten minutes north of Ipanema Beach. There are just five rooms, themed around travel. Stylish, romantic and unique.
  • Casa Cool Beans serves the breakfast part of its B&B promise poolside, and in its pleasant variety of outdoor terrace and garden spaces. This is a good place for market shoppers, and there are plenty of reasonably priced restaurants to choose from in the local area.
  • Casa Beleza has just two rooms and two suites, a small pool and a shady garden - with monkeys and a turtle, and fruit trees providing your breakfast fruit. There's wifi, but no television, whilst the English-speaking owners know and love Rio, and are happy to share with you their knowledge and tips.
  • Casa Amarelo is a French designed guesthouse in the heart of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood. Offering simple yet elegant individually designed rooms, you can come back after a day out sightseeing to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.
  • The eight room Les Jardins De Rio is a contemporary spot, with smart suites in white, located just a short distance outside the centre of town. What's more, it's adults only and there's a lovely pool to relax by - perfect for a romantic city break.
  • Guesthouse Maria Santa Teresa is a quirky intimate property, with six colourful and charming rooms as well as a rooftop terrace. Unwind in the pool, the bar or the cigar room, whilst there's also evening entertainment put on for the guests each night.
  • Casa 32 is an intimate three suite boutique stay brimming with neoclassical features - think baroque carvings, murals and rococo tiles. There's a lovely outdoor pool whilst breakfast, lunch and dinner are also available upon request.

For a City Break

  • Mama Ruisa is an elegant 19th Century boutique guesthouse in a prime location above the Lapa District overlooking the bay. Rooms are perfectly simple with stunning views.
  • The Ipanema Penthouse is a three bedroom apartment, with chic, all white bedrooms with private balconies, a rooftop pool and fantastic panoramic views of the city.
  • The Villa enjoys a dreamy location in the hills overlooking Rio. Featuring stylish contemporary rooms and balconies boasting splendid views all around... you won't believe the price!

For a Beach Break

  • Rio Atlantica is a large hotel on the beach at Copacabana. Rooms and suites are modern and luxurious, and some of them also have spectacular views.
  • On the coast, slightly out of town, La Suite's seven bedrooms have hazy views of the city's millions of lights. This cliff top luxury guesthouse has Warhol themed rooms, an infinity pool and a fabulous restaurant.
  • Just 5 minutes away from Ipanema Beach, Ipanema Inn is a stylish contemporary spot with minimalist rooms in muted tones. Located in the centre of town, you can head off sightseeing in the morning before hitting the beach in the afternoon.

For Something Special

  • Featured in songs, films and books, the Copacabana Palace is an iconic place to stay in Rio. There's all-out marble and chandelier bedecked grandeur in public areas, so the feeling is traditionally luxurious. The beachfront rooms are the best, with their terraces, and the pool, bar and restaurants are quite something.
  • Altos de Santa Teresa is a top spot for a romantic trip away. With smart, spacious suites and a pool offering views overlooking Rio's dramatic cityscape, it's truly delightful.
  • Nestled in the hills overlooking Rio, Casa Marques Santa Teresa boasts six swish contemporary rooms with gorgeous views. Ideally situated to make the most of both the city and its natural surroundings, you can come back after a long day to relax by the pool or treat yourself to a massage.
  • Tuakaza is an utterly spectacular hideaway, in a secluded setting and boasting stunning views. With six charming rooms as well as an infinity pool, you'll fall in love with the place.

For great value

  • Castelinho38 is a cheerful hotel in Rio's bohemian quarter, Santa Teresa. Rooms are large and colourful - some with sea views, and there's a lovely breakfast terrace and garden. This is also one of the best places to stay in Rio for families.
  • Set in the quiet hills of Santa Teresa, Quinta Azul is a good value boutique pousada. The house itself is over 120 years old, with thirteen comfortable rooms, and is close to restaurants, galleries and just ten minutes from the beach.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with out partner,

Travel Information

  • Rio is never exactly chilly, but if you want the best weather then visit from December to March - with the average daily temperature around 25-27°C and the sea also being wonderfully warm.
  • For a quieter and cheaper visit, plan to come in spring or autumn. The weather is still lovely but not overly hot, and you can be assured that the streets and beaches will be far less crowded than at other times of the year.
  • International visitors can fly into Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, located 12 miles north of the city centre. From the airport, take the bus into the centre of town.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

  • Castelinho38 Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 12 rooms from £55

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Santa Theresa is Rio's bohemian quarter, Carioca Aqueduct, Museu da Chácara do Céu.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A cheerful hotel in Rio's Bohemian Quarter, Santa Teresa. Large colourful rooms, suites, and triples, with sea views. Lovely breakfast terrace and garden. Excellent value, idea for families on a budget. See More

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  • The Villa Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 11 rooms from £48

    Local exploring  -  Just a short way from the centre of Rio, it's perfect for exploring the historic city.
    Value chic  -  Stylish accommodation at a very reasonable price.
    Surfing  -  The beaches surrounding Rio are hotspots for surfing.
    Sights nearby  -  Less than two miles from Christ the Redeemer.

    Excellent hotel in the hill-towns of Rio, overlooking the city and the Atlantic. The hotel's highlights include stylish rooms, a rooftop pool and stunning views of the Corcovado Christ Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay. Superb value for money. See More

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  • Casa Cool Beans Rio de Janeiro (136 Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Santa Teresa)) 10 rooms from £69

    Groups  -  An ideal spot for groups or families, most rooms have two double beds, and the garden is a great place to chill in the evenings.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 7 km from the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, plus the B&B runs a shuttle service to the main sights.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 13.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

    Inexpensive, super-friendly B&B in a cool boho neighbourhood. Clean and simple white washed rooms with splashes of colour - most with two double beds. Multiple gardens, open-air areas, pool and sun deck have wonderful views and are perfect to chill out in. A great choie for groups of friends. See More

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  • Casa Beleza Rio de Janeiro 5 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Set in the historic quarter, Santa Teresa, a tranquil bohemian area yet close to the Rio de Janerio's main sights.
    Great walks  -  Wander the cobblestone streets of Rio's charming and historic Santa Teresa, packed with restaurants, bars and museums.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a 15 minute drive from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool in Gardens

    A charming B&B nestled away in Santa Teresa. Just three rooms and two suites in modern retro styles by Brazilian designers. Lovely pool and a little garden of Eden with monkeys, butterflies, fruit trees and a pet turtle. Bohemian vibes make for a relaxing hideaway. See More

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  • Quinta Azul Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 13 rooms from £87

    Outstanding location  -  Santa Teresa is famous for its winding cobbled streets and a haunt for poets, artists and muscians
    Private Hot Tub  -  Deluxe bedrooms have private Jucuzzi
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Quirky  -  An experience!

    Good value, Quinta Azul is a boutique pousada, set in the quiet hills of bohemian Santa Teresa. With beautiful gardens the 120 year old colonial house has thirteen comfortable and well appointed rooms, close to the restaurants and galleries of the neighbourhood and just ten minutes from the beach. See More

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  • Mama Shelter Rio Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 55 rooms from £73

    Local exploring  -  Located in the exciting, artsy district of Santa Teresa, this hotel is in a great spot for local exploring
    City Style  -  With its chic interiors and fun terrace space, this hotel has lots of Rio style
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's down-to-earth atmosphere and attentive staff
    Great walks  -  Explore the neighbourhood on foot and discover boutique shops and cafés; wander down to Guinle Park for some green space
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This boutique hotel is located in the bohemian hilltop neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in Rio. Bright rooms feature king-size beds, homely soft furnishings and unique design pieces; book an XL suite for city views. Eat at the hotel restaurant before drinks on the terrace; a chic, stylish city stay. See More

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  • Altos de Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 8 rooms from £76

    Romantic Break  -  It's stunning situation overlooking Rio adds to the aura of the place, making it a great spot for a romantic break.
    Local exploring  -  Perfect launchpad for exploring the historic city of Rio.
    Sights nearby  -  Just over a mile from the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    Casting its eye over the dramatic cityscape of Rio, Altos de Santa Teresa is a delightful hotel. It's suites are smartly adorned with stylish furnishing and tasteful artwork. Relax in the pool and absorb in the breathtaking views over the city. Perfectly suited to couples visiting Rio. See More

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  • Casa Amarelo Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 7 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Walk to nearby sights such as Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and Passeio Público.
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling markets and streets of Santa Tereza.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    Charming French designed guesthouse nestled into the heart of Rio's historic Santa Tereza district. The individually designed rooms are characterful with simple, elegant furnishings. After a day exploring the city, relax by the pool and take in the views out over Rio. See More

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  • Casa Marques Jardim Botanico Rio de Janeiro (Humaitá) 7 rooms from £91

    Local exploring  -  Boasting an enviable spot wrapped within the forest yet very close to the city's centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Bordered by the lush botanical gardens and situated at the foot of Corcovado peak, famous for the statue of Christ the Redeemer
    Views  -  Located in Floresta da Tijuca, near Corcovado with an exceptional view of the Sugar Loaf and the Guanabara Bay
    Great walks  -  It is just 10 minutes from Ipanema beach and Copacaban, which offer lovely walks and swims

    An elegant haven in the urban landscape, bordered by botanical gardens and at the foot of the peak famous for the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Gorgeous suites feature tall sash windows, dark wooden floors and crisp white style and all overlook the central pool. Superb! See More

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  • La Maison Rio de Janeiro (Gávea) 5 rooms from £93

    Hideaway  -  Set in a unusually quiet part of town although actually only two miles from great beaches.
    Sights nearby  -  Don't miss admiring the view from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet

    Tranquil boutique retreat set in a lovely hillside mansion. Stunning views from the private terraces of equally stunning travel-inspired rooms. A fantastic pool with flamboyant cocktails to get you in the mood for the nightlife in nearby Ipanema. Stylish, romantic, unique. See More

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  • Guesthouse Maria Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 6 rooms from £122

    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    This homely, quirky property makes guest enjoyment its chief priority. Hotel comes with pool, bar, cigar room and evening entertainment to ensure a fun, but relaxed stay in Rio. Distinctive design features and a rooftop terrace with great views make this a hotel with heaps of character. See More

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  • Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro 143 rooms from £96

    City Style  -  Contemporary cool complete with rooftop pool, chic bar and excellent restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the magnificent 18th century San Clemente Palace.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A trendy design hotel boasting spectacular views from the rooftop pool. Rooms are contemporary through and through with sleek fixtures, plenty of glass and indulgent bathrooms. Feast on Brazilian cuisine in the restaurant and sip on superb cocktails in the hip bar. A stylish choice. See More

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  • Les Jardins de Rio Rio de Janeiro (Cosme Velho) 8 rooms from £130

    Views  -  Incredible views over Guanabara Bay and Christ the Redeemer from the rooftop terrace.
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Rio.
    Surfing  -  Some of the nearby Rio beaches are great for surfing.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Church São Judas Tadeu.

    Smart, modern boutique hotel just a short way out of the centre of Rio. The rooms are comfortable and appointed with modern furnishings. A great launchpad for exploring the city with a pool to retreat to if guests need a break. See More

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  • Ipanema Inn Rio de Janeiro (Ipanema) 56 rooms from £102

    Local markets  -  On the first Saturday of every month there is a gt market on Lavradio Street in Rio.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the deactivated aquaduct of Lapa.
    Surfing  -  Five minutes walk from Ipanema Beach.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.

    Contemporary and chic, Ipanema Inn reflects the modern sophistication of Rio de Janeiro. The minimalist rooms feature comfortable furnishings and muted tones. Right in the heart of the city, it's perfect for exploring Rio. In the evening relax at the bar with an exotic caipirinhas. See More

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  • Mama Ruisa Rio de Janeiro 7 rooms from £141

    Families  -  The laidbacked host and quiet setting makes this a great hideaway for families, with a pool and plenty of room to run around.
    City Style  -  A french chic hotel with light airy suites and fantastic views, set in a bohemian part of town close to Rio's hip nightlife.
    Great walks  -  Explore the colourful cobbled streets of Santa Teresa with its authentic Brazilian restaurants and vibrant atmosphere.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Christ the Redeemer for epic city views.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    Elegant 19th century boutique guesthouse in a prime location above the Lapa district and overlooking Guanabara bay. Simple, but beautifully decorated rooms in white with splashes of delicate colours and balconies with stunning views. A really charming spot. See More

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  • Rio Atlantica Rio de Janeiro 247 rooms from £176

    City Style
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Jardim Botânico.

    A large hotel on the beach front in the Copacabana area. Luxurious rooms and suites, all contemporary with all the mod cons and spectacular sea views. Fantastic roof top terrace has a pool and lounge area, excellent Portugese restaurant, and well equipped spa and gym. See More

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  • Casa Marques Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro (3780 Casa 01) 6 rooms from £140

    Sights nearby  -  Rio's legendary Christ the Redeemer statue is just over a mile away-an absolute must visit!
    Great walks  -  Go trekking all over the Corcovado mountain and enjoy some breathtaking views of the city
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Casa Marques Santa Teresa enjoys a hilltop location overlooking Rio de Janeiro. It features smart and contemporary accommodation with views. Completely unwind in this peaceful spot. See More

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  • La Suite by Dussol Rio de Janeiro (Joa) 7 rooms from £234

    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local exploring
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Out-of-town clifftop guesthouse with celestial ocean views. Super stylish contemporary rooms with panoramic views, classic furnishings, and modern art. Infinity pool, an excellent maison d'hotes, and within striking distance of one of Rio's best kept beaches. Romantic, also family friendly. See More

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  • Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa) 40 rooms from £272

    City Style  -  A neo-colonial former coffee finca in Rio's boho chic Santa Teresa, exuding ethnic Brazilian swag through interiors and art.
    Total relaxation  -  An indulgent getaway with glorious modern spa, fantastic cuisine, and unrivalled service, in an arty laid back part of town.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Selaron Steps, one of the most iconic attractions in Rio and the work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón.
    Local markets  -  Splugre in the trendy monthly Rio Antigo Market.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

    Bohemian chic at this luxury hotel in the enviable location of Santa Teresa. Brazilian designs combine with the utmost designer elegance - rich wooden furnishings, soft sandstone and unrivalled views from the fabulous loft suite. A very special place to stay with a wonderful restaurant. See More

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  • Copacabana Palace Hotel Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana) 241 rooms from £354

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Edmundo Bittencourt Square, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Pasmado Viewpoint.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    A landmark hotel of iconic status on the beach front. An Art Deco facade, luxurious creamy rooms and suites, health club, and fabulous beachfront brasserie. A Five Star hotel with the glamour of historic Rio. Chic, historic, and still hip. See More

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  • Janeiro Rio de Janeiro 53 rooms from £281

    Beach Life  -  Located on the beach in Leblon, this hotel makes a perfect choice for a luxury seaside getaway
    Local exploring  -  With a privileged beach location, this hotel makes a great base for local exploring in Rio
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the relaxed atmosphere at this chic, adults-only hotel
    Great walks  -  Go for a walk through the verdant Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens, where you can find a beautiful array of exotic plants

    This stylish seaside hotel is located on the beach in Leblon, Brazil. Apartments feature crisp white linens, designer furniture and natural accents, plus sea views; book the oceanfront suite for added luxury. Sample modern takes on classic Brazilian cuisine at the restaurant; a chic beach getaway. See More

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  • TuAkAzA Rio de Janeiro 6 rooms from £307

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil abode in a quiet corner of Rio.
    Sights nearby  -  Make the iconic trip up to Christ the Redeemer and enjoy the spectacular view.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk through the tropical Jardim Botanico.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A charming hideaway in a lush secluded setting. Just six rooms boast spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows and private terraces. Unwind next to the infinity pool or with a drink in the cosy lounge. The ideal spot for those looking for some tranquility amidst the bustling city. See More

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  • Casa 32 Rio de Janeiro from £390

    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Intimate 3 suite boutique hotel and neo-classical treasure trove. Previously enjoyed by the likes of Le Corbusier - testament to its splendour. Baroque carvings, murals, and hand painted rococo tiles. A truly magnificent spot in Rio with great facilities. See More

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  • Emiliano Rio Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana) 90 rooms from £361

    Families  -  With family-sized suites and activities available for children, this is a good option for parents travelling with kids
    Beach Life  -  Located on the seafront and offering beach access, this hotel is a great choice for your next seaside getaway
    Romantic Break  -  Book a luxury suite with a bathtub and hideout at this hotel on your next couples' getaway
    Great walks  -  Take a long walk through the beautiful Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens, which host a spectacular array of exotic plants

    This exclusive, five-star establishment combines a luxury hotel with a beach resort in Rio de Janeiro. Rooms are contemporary and bright with luxurious linens; book an ocean suite for sea views, living space and a bathtub. Have cocktails at the chic rooftop bar before dinner. A unique concept hotel. See More

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  • Fasano Rio de Janeiro 89 rooms from £499

    Honeymoons  -  The ideal indulgent honeymoon- ocean front suites offer spectacular views and the top-notch restaurants never fail to impress.
    City Style  -  Retro inspired contemporary design with epic coastal positioning, knockout spa, wonderful cuisine and suave rooftop pool.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado.
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning pool with sea view.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    Retro-chic designer hotel on the beach. Minimalist without being stark - rich wooden floors and neutral tones with splashes of beach yellow. Stunning sea views from private balconies and delicious Italian cuisine. A sophisticated beach resort for romantics and families. See More

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