Best Hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is a list of the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro as recommended by the most popular travel experts around the world from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All the hotel recommendations on the list have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.
Rio de Janeiro or simply known as Rio is the second most populous municipality in Brazil. Rio is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and part of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. Called Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea” by UNESCO, the area is one of the most important places in the city.
Rio is a major city in the country, being the home to the headquarters to Brazilian oil, mining, and telecommunications companies. The city is the home of numerous universities and institutes accounting for the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil.
The city is popular for its natural setting such as the Carnival, samba, bossa nova, Balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon which generate millions of visitors annually. These beaches make for the perfect getaway for summer and romance.
Rio has several famous landmarks and monuments such as the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado Mountain, which is named on one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue has become a symbol of Rio to the world.
Through the recommended hotels listed below, you can easily find the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro.
If you like our list of design hotels in Rio de Janeiro, then you should also check out our selection of boutique hotels in Santiago de Chile or luxury hotels in Buenos Aires.


What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Rio de Janeiro?

This flamboyant capital of Brazil is famous for its beaches and the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer looking over its inhabitants.

A very colourful neighbourhood, Ipanema is an extremely inclusive place- a favourite among hippies, and tourists alike. Some of the best shopping opportunities are available here, with exclusive restaurants providing scrumptious meals. You can shake a leg to the tunes of bossa nova. Boutique hotels are located along the beach.

This crescent-shaped beach is famous among locals and tourists alike. It is alive throughout the day and night and is popular for surfing. Casual cafes and bars are found here. Prominent hotels and the Art Deco Copacabana Palace are located here.

This place has a relaxed feel with the largest park in Brazil and art deco architecture. Casual nightclubs are a popular haunt of a more sophisticated crowd. Several old hotels serving cold brews and traditional Brazilian fare are found here.

The beach provides a breathtaking view of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Movie theatres, exciting bistros, as well as happening enclave-featuring bars with fresh new concepts, and alternative nightclubs, call Botafogo their home. Such diverse hangout options make it a popular destination. Premier hotels, as well as budget inns, offer variety in accommodation.

This upscale neighbourhood has an amazing beach famed among surfers, there are several posh boutiques, cafes and breweries along the beach to sit and relax. Some of the best restaurants are located here.

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4.7 Copacabana Palace Rio

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

New York Times

“A piece of Old World elegance amid the allure — and menace — of Copacabana Beach, the Palace, with 232 rooms, completed an extensive renovation late 2012. It promotes itself as a modern property that still conjures the glamour of the days when Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles were guests.”

4.4 Santa Teresa Hotel Rio

Santa Teresa Hotel MGallery By Sofitel, Rio de Janeiro


“This five-star hotel, located in the historic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, is housed in a regenerated coffee plantation mansion that pays homage to Brazil’s cultures and traditions with folk art and handicrafts from across the nation.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Rio De Janeiro.

4.8 Casa Cool Beans Rio

Casa Cool Beans B&B Santa Teresa, Rio De Janeiro


“Casa Cool Beans is one groovy bed-and-breakfast with a great laid back vibe. Set on a quiet street in Santa Teresa, the lovely property boasts beautiful gardens, colorful walls, hip artwork, and a lovely sun deck with a small swimming pool overlooking Santa Teresa.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Rio De Janeiro.

4.7 Emiliano Hotel Rio

Hotel Emiliano, Rio De Janeiro

CN Traveler

“A welcome new opening and pace on Rio’s Zona Sul. It’s more subtle and modern to contrast the go-go party scene of the Fasano, yet without the sometimes stiffness of the Copacabana Palace. It feels young and sophisticated.”

Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List

4.0 Novotel Copacabana Rio

Novotel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro


“It’s a high-volume beach hotel two short blocks from Leme, the least-known beach of the Zona Sul. But the view from its rooftop pool rivals anything the five-stars have, and its complimentary breakfasts are well-stocked. Rooms are distinctly modest.”

4.1 Hotel Novo Mundo Rio

Hotel Novo Mundo, Rio de Janeiro


“Built in 1950, this three-star hotel has been a favorite of Brazilians over the years for its prices, views and proximity to Santos Dumont airport, the terminal for domestic flights.”