Enjoy Stylish Stays at Rio de Janeiro's Best Boutique Hotels

The best Rio de Janeiro boutique hotels offer a chance to enjoy a stylish stay in this impossibly beautiful city.

Sometimes known as  boutique pousadas, these small-but-perfectly-formed lodgings are usually located some distance from the famous black-and-white-swirled boardwalks of Ipanema and Copacabana.

Most are found in leafy, inland neighborhoods,  where handsome colonial buildings have been painstakingly transformed into chic modern lodgings

Those looking for easy access to the beach may balk at the idea of having to take a cab or bus to Rio´s famous strands, but the pill is well and truly sweetened by swimming pools set in tropical gardens, chic decor, personalised service and proximity to Rio´s colorful flora and fauna.

Our top pick, the super-stylish La Suite Rio, is truly off the beaten track, in a gated, exclusive neighborhood known as Rio's Beverly Hills.

Santa Teresa is a particular hotspot for boutique lodgings, with many of the once-neglected historic mansions of this scenic neighborhood now serving as small, chic guest houses.

Mama Ruisa is our chic pick of the Santa Teresa bunch, with Casa Cool Beans being another classy option, with a vibrant decor, superior service and prices that won't blow the travel budget through the roof.

Rio de Janeiro may be synonymous with beaches, but savvy visitors to the city are increasingly venturing inland and up into the hills of Santa Teresa. This luxury hotel, complete with palm-fringed pool and acclaimed French restaurant, cemented...  Read More

Casa Amarelo by Robert le Heros
Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson

A 1904 colonial mansion home is the luxurious setting for this chic boutique spot in Santa Teresa - the go to neighborhood for anybody looking for lodgings that offer a little more charm and panache than your typical chain hotel. There are...  Read More

Visitors to Rio de Janeiro often overlook the well-to-do residential neighborhood of Gavea in favor of more famous locations such as Ipanema and Copacabana, but anyone who values space, tranquility and proximity to nature over a famous postcode...  Read More

Copacabana beachfront is not known for its good value lodgings or its personal service, which makes this welcoming guest house such a find. The English-speaking owner Marta Miller offers personal tips and advice to all her guests, and the vast...  Read More

A seriously stylish accommodation option in the well-heeled, largely residential neighborhood of Gavea, La Maison Boutique Guest House has featured in the pages of style magazines in Brazil and overseas. The setting - a fabulous colonial...  Read More

Another fine example of Santa Teresa's impressive guest house scene, Casa Cool Beans attracts a mix of young funseekers and older travelers keen to share stories of the road over a few caipirinhas in the leafy garden. Housed in a handsome...  Read More

Don't let the name put you off - this French-owned boutique hotel between Ipanema and Copacabana is seriously chic. Stylishly, but not stuffily, appointed, each of the suites is named for a famous Carioca (Rio local), with singer/actress...  Read More

Quinta Azul Boutique
Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson

A relatively new addition to the ever-increasing boutique hotel scene in the scenic, historic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Quina Azul Boutique enjoys a prime location just a few seconds´ easy stroll from the neighborhood´s main square...  Read More

Mama Ruisa
Photo courtesy of Aforondo/Flickr

French chic meets Brazilian cool at this super-stylish hillside hideaway in Santa Teresa. The vast colonial mansion sits in verdant gardens complete with large swimming pool, and the French owners have upped the wow factor still further with...  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


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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