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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