There are plenty of hotels in Rio de Janeiro, most of them on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Although Rio is internationally known as a destination for a beach holiday, it also offers alternative holiday options. There is something for every budget, from exclusive designer hotels to hostels for backpackers. Anyone planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro during Carnival or New Year should book well in advance and know that room prices can be significantly higher during these times.
The following hotels in Rio de Janeiro are divided into three categories:
Luxurious (over BRL 500)
Moderate ( BRL 250 to 500)
Inexpensive (up to BRL 250).
These are minimum prices for a double room per night, including breakfast, unless otherwise stated.
The room rate does not include 5% VAT and a 10% service charge, which is usually added to the bill at the end.
Caesar Park Ipanema
This hotel’s location on Ipanema Beach is great, and the spacious rooms have Internet access. Many important personalities have already stayed here. The hotel facilities include the renowned restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool on the roof terrace, a fitness center with a fantastic view and a sauna. Meeting rooms, an office service and fax machines are available for business travelers. Laptops can be borrowed.
Address: Ipanema, Av. Vieira Souto 460, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 25 25 25 25
This elegant establishment is almost as famous as the place where it is located. Since its opening in 1923, celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles, Princess Diana and Robert de Niro have stayed here. The hotel is one of the most magnificent buildings in Rio and is a listed building. Perhaps even more impressive than its exterior is the interior of the house: the marble floors, chandeliers, the ballroom and the elegantly furnished rooms. Guests can use the tennis court, the largest hotel swimming pool in the city, the well-equipped fitness center and the business center. The two hotel restaurants, Cipriani and Pergula, offer fine dining.
Address: Copacabana, Av. Atlântica 1702, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 25 48 70 70
The newest luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Fasano Rio, is a place to see and be seen. Located above Ipanema Beach, this designer hotel pursues a modern concept of hospitality, elegance and elegant restraint. The interior design is the result of the collaboration of the renowned architect Philippe Stark and the restaurateur and hotelier Rogério Fasano. The three-star chef Luca Gozzani competently manages the Fasano Al Mare restaurant.
Address: Ipanema, Av. Vieira Souto 80, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 32 02 40 00
Portinari Design Hotel
Rio’s first design hotel is just a few minutes from Copacabana Beach. All 66 rooms have been designed by leading Brazilian artists, which gives the hotel an exclusive and modern atmosphere. The hotel, which opened in 2003, is particularly popular with travelers who are looking for a chic hotel. The rooms are comfortable and have flat screen televisions and broadband internet access. The hotel facilities include a business center, a fitness studio with wellness center and sauna as well as the rooftop restaurant.
Address: Copacabana, R. Francisco Sá, 17, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 32 22 88 00
This hotel in the center of the business district is a reliable and affordable option for the business traveler. Although the building itself is a glittering skyscraper, the more than 500 rooms are more functional than luxurious. There is a conference and business center and the leisure facilities include the swimming pool and the roof terrace, from where you have a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay. In the restaurant you can choose between extravagant buffets and Brazilian and international cuisine à la carte .
Address: Centro, Av. Pres. Vargas 392, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 21 95 60 00
Pestana Rio Atlântica
The main tourist attractions and the center of Rio are easily accessible from the hotel. The Pestana Rio Atlântica is popular because of its good combination of luxury rooms, distinguished service and reasonable prices.
More than half of the tastefully decorated guest rooms are luxury suites with sea views. If you can afford it, you should definitely book a room with a sea view and balcony. Upon request, guests can use the fax service, mobile phones, computers and office services.
There’s also a well-equipped business center, a great rooftop swimming pool overlooking Copacabana, a fitness center, sauna, beach service, bar, and restaurant.
Address: Copacabana, Av. Atlântica 2964, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 25 48 63 32
San Marco hotel
Located right in the heart of Ipanema, the San Marco Hotel is the perfect place for those on a budget who want to enjoy the sunny days on the beach as well as Rio’s exciting nightlife. Trendy bars, shops, restaurants and clubs are very close to the hotel.
The rooms are functional, the staff speaks Portuguese and English and there is wireless Internet access. A downright heavenly beach is just a few minutes away, and with its affordable rates, San Marco is one of the best budget hotels in all of Rio de Janeiro.
Address: Ipanema, R. Visc. de Pirajá, 524, Rio de Janeiro
Telephone: (21) 25 40 50 32
Hotel Santa Clara
Hotel Santa Clara is located on a quiet street in the Copacabana district and is an affordable and pleasant place to stay for travelers. The simple, comfortably furnished, somewhat old-fashioned rooms have air conditioning and televisions. The hotel owner seems to have a preference for modern art, which can be found everywhere in the hotel corridors. Copies of famous paintings by European artists hang in the rooms. Breakfast is continental. The bilingual hotel staff will be happy to help you book excursions to places of interest.
Address: Copacabana, R. Décio Vilares, 316, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 22 56 26 50
Ideally located in the heart of the historic Santa Teresa district, Pousada Pitanga is a trendy guest house. Since it opened in 2008, the Pousada has become a popular place to stay for travelers looking for an alternative to all-inclusive vacations or expensive luxury hotels in Rio.
Cobblestone streets surround the quiet, charming hotel, which is hidden by the forest. Lively bars and restaurants can be found a short walk away.
Address: Santa Teresa, R. Laurinda Santos Lobo, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 88 84 00 44