10 Rio Beachfront Lodgings That Put the 'Hot' in Hotel

As one of the world's most celebrated beach cities, it is no surprise that Rio de Janeiro offers plenty of beachfront hotels. What can take visitors to Rio by surprise, however, are the prices for hotels along the beaches. Soaring prices in the city have seen Rio become one of the world's most expensive cities for lodgings, with hotels along the waterfront commanding the most eye-watering prices of all. 

Rooms with sea views are always more expensive, but are worth it for those who can afford to dig a little deeper, while rooftop swimming pools offer sweeping vistas out to sea and over the jungle-clad mountains. 

While many Rio de Janeiro beach hotels offer little more than standard accommodation in return for their sky-high prices, those at the top end certainly deliver a memorable experience. 

Visitors with the budget for a luxury beachfront base will find truly awesome views from the beach-facing rooms at the enduringly beautiful Copacabana Palace, while sipping a cocktail in the rooftop infinity pool at the fabulously flashy Fasano Rio will have you feeling like an A-lister in an instant. 

Prices for beach hotels in Rio de Janeiro are at their highest during Carnival and New Year's, while visitors heading to Rio for the2016 Rio Olympics will also likely face sky high rates. Booking outside these times will make things a little more affordable. 

Sol Ipanema is one of several tall hotels along Ipanema beach front, and is a solid option that delivers a good quality of accommodation for prices that less eye-wateringly high than some of its neighbors. Sol Ipanema attracts a mixed crowd of...  Read More

Truly off the beaten tourist track, this hilltop hotel is located in Joatinga - a super-exclusive neighborhood known as the Beverley Hills of Rio. Each of the suites is unique,and all feature luxurious touches such as vast double showers and...  Read More

Hotel Praia Ipanema
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Walk-up prices can be expensive, but book well in advance and you can bag good bargains at this beachfront hotel. With a desirable location close to the point where upscale Ipanema meets even-more-exclusive Leblon, the hotel is not the last word...  Read More

For anyone looking for privacy and independence along with hotel services and a prime location, Leblon Flat Service is a good call. As well as being footsteps from the beach, guests have the use of the building's pool, and can take advantage...  Read More

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is one of several big name regulars at this chic hotel on Leblon beachfront, and it´s not hard to see what attracts the A-listers to the hotel. While most of Rio de Janeiro´s boutique lodging options...  Read More

Arpoador Inn
Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson

Okay, it's not bargain-basement cheap, but prices at Arpoador Inn are extremely favorable in comparison with other beachfront lodgings. The location - right on the sands at the point where Copacabana meets Ipanema - is unbeatable for sunseekers...  Read More

Sheraton Rio comes as close to having a private beach as is possible for any Rio de Janeiro hotel. The hotel is located to the west of Ipanema and Leblon, beneath the pacified favela of Vidigal, that clings to the mountainside. The hotel's...  Read More

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
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Anchoring one end of Copacabana Beach, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is a favorite among business travelers and politicians visiting Rio. Although less luxurious than it once was, the hotel still offers smart, modern facilities and...  Read More

The first hotel to rival Copacabana Palace in the glamour stakes, Fasano Rio's prime spot on Ipanema beachfront makes it an ideal base for those with cash to splash. The discreet facade masks a wealthy of quirky design details - crafted by...  Read More

The grande dame of Rio de Janeiro's hotels, the 1920s-built Copacabana Palace is still a byword for luxury and lavish living in the Cidade Maravilhosa. The hotel of choice for A-listers visiting Rio, Copacabana Palace had welcomed such...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.

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