Catching a game at Rio de Janeiro´s iconic Maracana Stadium tops many a soccer fan's bucket list, and while the accommodations in the immediate vicinity are not the city´s finest, the stadium is just a quick Metro ride from downtown and only a little farther from the beaches.
Downtown, known as Centro, offers quick and easy public transport to the stadium, and visitors making their base here will be well-placed for visiting the historic center of the city as well as museums and the city´s liveliest nightlife in Lapa.
While Centro and Lapa themselves have some solid business hotels and lively hostels, surrounding neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Santa Teresa offer more illustrious options. Santa Teresa in particular has some elegant boutique hotels and some of the city´s most appealing guest houses in all price ranges.
Those keen to combine soccer matches with beach-going might want to head a little farther down the Metro line to Copacabana or Ipanema, where Copacabana Palace and Fasano Rio offer upscale accommodations and a lively hostel scene offers a lifeline to sports fans without sports star budgets.
Many hotels and hostels offer organised trips to games at the Maracana with transport and entrance included, which can be a huge help for time-pressed visitors.