Budget travelers dead set on a beachfront base during their stay in Rio de Janeiro may be in for a nasty shock when they cast an eye over the prices for lodgings along the sands of Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon. But one hotel that just may be worth your buck because of the stunning views offered is Arpoador Inn.
Arpoador Inn has one of the most beautiful beachfront locations in Rio — Photo courtesy of Keetr
Already one of the world's most expensive cities for hotels, Rio de Janeiro saw accommodation prices skyrocket into the stratosphere when it was announced that Brazil would host two of the world's greatest sporting events. Those whose interest in Rio has been piqued by the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics now find themselves facing sky-high prices, even if they don't plan to visit during the tournaments themselves.
Rio de Janeiro beachfront hotels are, somewhat predictably, the most expensive in the city. And with few notable exceptions, visitors can expect fairly standard accommodations and boxy rooms in return for nightly prices that would buy a week's full-on luxury in many other major cities.
For those who are prepared to pay through the nose for the pleasure of staying right in front of the sands, Arpoador Inn should be a strong contender for your custom. Rooms are comfortable, if less than spectacular. But the prices are comparatively reasonable, given the enviable location right in front of the waves at Arpoador. This is the point at which Ipanema meets Copacabana. Guests who can afford ocean-view rooms here can catch some of the best sunset views to be found anywhere along the beachfront.
If the budget can only stretch to a street-facing room, guests still have the pleasure of taking breakfast served al fresco, right in front of the crashing waves. The fact that it's mere footsteps to the ocean should sugar the pill nicely.
This spot of the beach is a little less snooty than Ipanema and Leblon, a little hipper than Copacabana and generally less crowded than either of its more famous neighbors. An extension of Ipanema's beach, it attracts a young, surf-loving crowd, as well as courting couples who like to take in the sunset at Arpoador Rock. This giant granite slab juts right out into the sea and takes in panoramic vistas across the beaches and the towering mountains that frame them.
Arpoador is not a cheap hotel by any means, and nor is it a luxury one. But the hotel offers good service, great breakfast and an excellent location at prices that are reasonable by local standards. Free WiFi and helpful staff add to the feeling that you're getting your money's worth.