Beaches, sunshine, mountains, parks and monkeys all help to make make Rio de Janeiro a wonderful destination for families. And while the city itself currently only has one resort hotel - the Sheraton Rio - who needs games rooms and entertainment when you've got beaches and city parks on your doorstep?
Most Rio hotels welcome children, and the city's relaxed vibe means that only the stuffiest of hotels will balk at sandy-flip flops or chattering voices at breakfast.
A well-located hotel is key to making the most of Rio's abundant family-friendly activities and, while prices are often eye-wateringly high at famous beachfront locations such as Ipanema and Copacabana, those who have the budget will find it is worth the extra cash for the privilege of easy access to the beaches and metro. Some hotels, such as Copacabana Palace, provide on-beach security for guests, too.
Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro is notoriously highly-priced, and unfortunately hotels here rarely offer the same price:quality ratio that one would find in other major cities, but rooftop pools and lavish buffet breakfasts are highlights of stays at many better (and not necessarily more expensive) Rio hotels.
Young children often stay for free at Rio hotels - although there is sometimes a charge for a cot or extra bed to be put in the room.