Best Hotels for Families Visiting Rio de Janeiro

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. 

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

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

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

Hotel Praia Ipanema
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This hotel might not be deluxe, but its location right opposite Ipanema beach and close to the upscale neighborhood of Leblon makes it a hit with family visitors to Rio. Along with a plum beachfront spot, the hotel offers spacious rooms with...  Read More

The hotel itself is less than spectacular, but the location right on the beachfront at Arpoador is unbeatable for surfers and sun worshipers. This strip of sand is the spot where Ipanema meets Copacabana, so guests have two of the world'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

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

Arpoador Inn
Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson

Beach-loving families will adore Arpoador Inn's location - on a traffic-free spot by the beach where Copacabana meets Ipanema. This is one of the less hectic stretches of sand in Rio, making it good for families with young children, and the...  Read More

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

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


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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