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Where to stay in Rio De Janeiro
Where to stay in Rio De Janeiro
Rio’s South Zone is the best place to stay if you’re a first-time visitor or you want to make the most of the beach. It includes the famous neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema and many of the best hotels, bars and restaurants. Also recommended is Centro, the historic city centre with its museums and monuments, and the quieter, more upmarket beach neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca in the West Zone. Fortunately, there’s accommodation to suit every traveller and every pocket in Rio, from seaside resorts and boutique hotels to apartments, B&Bs and budget-friendly hostels. We’ve picked a few to help you out.
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The celeb stay
For the ultimate splurge, book a room at the famous five-star Copacabana Palace. This magnificent art deco luxury hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach, with its glamourous history of movies and film stars, will make you feel like a celebrity too! Enjoy sundowners on your private terrace with a view of the ocean, get pampered at the botanical spa, and enjoy fine dining at the Michelin-star restaurant.
Cool and trendy
Prefer accommodation that’s modern and edgy? Then the four-star Hotel Arpoador in Ipanema is a winner, plus it’s the only hotel in Rio where you get to walk directly onto the beach. Tip: Ask for a sea-facing room with a hammock for lazy afternoon naps. Active travellers don’t fret – the hotel offers rooftop yoga classes, a swimming pool and a gym.
For an arty, romantic vibe, check into Hotel Santa Teresa RJ-MGallery. Located in the charming hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa but still close to the city’s main attractions, this boutique hotel features upscale dining, a spa and a pool with stunning views over Guanabara Bay.
On a budget
Watching your wallet? Ibis Rio De Janeiro Botafogo Hotel is a more affordable three-star hotel in the trendy neighbourhood of Botafogo. Features that get the thumbs up include Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet and easy access to the metro. Prefer self-catering? Then the stylish Sugar Loft Apartments in the Centro district make a good base. There are also several hostels to choose from, including the Hostel Maresias do Leme in Copacabana, known for its friendly hosts, fun atmosphere and resident pets!
Want to chill out with the family? The Grand Hyatt in Barra da Tijuca offers the perfect place with the bells and whistles plus the laid-back Pepe Beach on your doorstep. We also like Casa Gerario for its home-away-from-home feeling.
Frequently asked questions
If you’re heading to the mesmerising city of Rio de Janeiro, be sure to pack your swimsuit (the smaller the better in Rio), sunblock and a sense of adventure! When it comes to attire, throw in some fabulous beachwear to match the lively atmosphere of Copacabana and Ipanema. Pack light, comfortable clothing for exploring the bustling streets of the city, and of course, a taste for caipirinhas is a must.
Almost every Rio adventure starts (and ends) in one place – soaking up the sun on the world-famous Copacabana Beach. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, head to the towering Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain and soak in the breathtaking views. Then, once you’re back on regular terrain, spend time wandering the streets of Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood filled with charming cafes and colorful street art, and for lively nightlife, don't miss the pulsating rhythm of Lapa. No trip to Rio is complete without fully immersing oneself in the exhilarating carnival spirit by joining in the samba festivities at the Sambadrome.
Without a doubt, the best time to visit Rio is in February for Carnival! Join the samba frenzy and immerse yourself in the infectious energy when the city comes alive with vibrant parades and dazzling costumes every year. If you prefer milder temperatures and fewer crowds, aim for September and November, when spring blooms and the city is buzzing once more. The weather is perfect for beach-hopping, exploring the landmarks and eating yourself into a food coma.
When in Rio, you samba, baby! Rio de Janeiro is a playground of excitement and adventure so it’s best to just dive right in. When you need to catch your breath, head to Copacabana Beach to catch some rays, sip on caipirinhas and play a spot of beach volleyball. Those who are up for a little adventure can take a cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain or take a hike to visit the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Foodies, be sure to carve out some time for exploring the colourful streets of Santa Teresa and eating your way around the mouth-watering delights of Brazilian cuisine, from feijoada to churrasco.