How would you describe Rio de Janeiro? With about 80 km of beaches and an exemplary nightlife, Rio de Janeiro is everything you’ve imagined and so much more.
Situated amidst the Sugarloaf mountains, Rio receives the most visitors of any city in South America. Its annual carnival alone attracts about five million spectators in the span of just five days. Are you one of them? Do you know where to stay in Rio? We came up with a list of Rio’s top 8 hotels based on the trivago Rating Index.
So what are you still waiting for? Let’s check out the top hotels in Rio.
Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro | Rating: 91.01/100
The top rated 5-star hotel in Rio, Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro is the first hotel in the Hilton network to spring up in the city. The hotel is located in the financial district of the city called Barra da Tijuca. The design of the hotel allows it to consume 40% less water and 50% less energy than an ordinary building of similar dimensions. Operating sustainably to ensure waste reduction and lower environmental impact, it is the first luxury hotel in Rio to have a seal of the National Energy Conservation label.
The hotel has a total of 298 rooms and a presidential suite that’s 100 m2. Rooms are adorned with contemporary artwork and equipped with smart LCD TVs and Trousseau linen among other things. Personalised services include transport to neighbourhood beaches and malls. Pets are also welcome.
Belmond Copacabana Palace | Rating: 90.33/100
An iconic landmark in Rio, the Belmond Copacabana Palace continues to set the standard for luxury hotels ever since its inception in 1923. It has hosted many influential personalities of the 20th century like Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Bill Clinton.
The hotel offers many unique services like beach assistants, who look after your belongings while you enjoy the waves at the Copacabana beach and pool assistants, who cater to your every need at the pool. These exclusive services coupled with luxurious rooms are sure to make you want to visit it again and again. In addition, the hotel houses a Michelin star restaurant that serves delicious pan Asian delights.
Windsor Miramar | Rating: 90.25/100
Also located near the Copacabana beach, Windsor Miramar has many standout features and services that warrant your attention. An infinity edge pool on the terrace gives you the best views of the beach while on-call butler service makes sure your every wish comes true. On top of this, there is also a bar, a solarium and a fitness room on the terrace.
The hotel underwent extensive renovation in 2013 to incorporate these facilities. The other positive effect of this renovation is that pets (dogs and cats) can now accompany you. And when you are hungry, get breakfast served the way you want it. Do you want your Omelette served the Spanish or the Italian way? Let your preference be known and the hotel chef will make it possible.
Casa Verde | Rating: 89.34/100
View seems to be a critical factor in visitors’ choice of hotels and Casa Verde tops the list with a view of the mountains meeting the sea. Situated on top of a hill in the Tijuca forest, the hotel provides a stark contrast to the rest of the city’s environment. Here you can enjoy the sun rise and set against beautiful hills as opposed to concrete buildings. And wake up to the sounds of crickets and birds instead of car engines.
The two most famous neighbourhoods of Rio (Ipanema and Copacabana) are in the vicinity, so most tourist attractions are just a short cab-drive away. PS: Don’t be alarmed if monkeys and big blue butterflies decide to show up for a visit.
Windsor Atlantica | Rating: 89.19/100
Windsor Atlantica is the newest hotel on the list, opening its doors to guests in 2010. The hotel lies right across the Copacabana and Leme beaches and within strolling distance to the Ipanema beach. For those who prefer a pool to the beach the hotel has two; on the 4th and 39th floors.
Within a short distance are the Maracanã, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Historical Museum and the Copabacana and Leme forts. The hotel also provides services like a Spa and a fitness center in case you’d like to use your vacation to get rid of those love handles. Ristorante Alloro, one of the hotel’s two restaurants was awarded the best Italian restaurant in town. All-in-all, the hotel offers a complete luxury package, be it for a family vacation or for a business trip.
Fasano Rio de Janeiro | Rating: 88.89/100
Finally a hotel representing the neighbourhood of Ipanema! Ipanema has the Ipanema beach, considered one of the two most famous beaches in Rio. Spending just 5 mins on the beach you’ll realise why it’s so popular when you find gorgeous people as far your eyes can see.
Fasano Rio de Janeiro is an ode to the famous Bossa Nova movement which flourished in Ipanema in the 50s and 60s. The hotel successfully recaptures the vibrant atmosphere from the time of Bossa Nova with its 50s-inspired furniture and vintage uniforms.
The superior guest satisfaction and reviews correspond to the high quality of services offered by Fasano. All the rooms have a balcony and all the suites have panoramic views of the sea. Fasano Al Mare, the gastronomic legacy of the fasano family, provides the best seafood and mediterranean cuisine in Rio.
TuAkAzA exclusive boutique lodge | Rating: 88.73/100
São Conrado might not be among the popular neighbourhoods in Rio but TuAkAzA exclusive boutique lodge certainly makes a case against the popular belief. How many hotels can boast having an exclusive waterfall? TuAkAzA can and its point of location offers so much more for exploration.
It’s the perfect point for hiking through the woods or for paragliding and all sorts of outdoor activities. While at first glace it seems like a remote location you actually only need 10-15 minutes to reach either Ipanema, Copacabana or Barra da Tijuca. Not bad for a hotel situated in the heart of the forest!
Mama Ruisa | 87.99/100
If you’re an avid bird watcher, Mama Ruisa is the place to be. Watch hummingbirds and exotic Brazilian birds while you lay by the side of the swimming pool, the surrounding palm trees a source of shelter for the birds. Coincidentally, the hotel finds itself in the most artistic part of the city and comprises many 19th century colonial complexes.
Situated in Santa Teresa, the hotel feels very Brazilian yet possesses a delicate touch of French exquisiteness. After all, the hotel has a French owner and offers an A la carte service. The hotel also offers a sailboat if you feel that a mere stroll isn’t enough to discover the nearby Guanabara bay.