Thanks largely to a currrency that has dramatically dropped in value since 2014, Rio de Janeiro is no longer the prohibitively expensive destination it was just a short time ago. And while luxury lodgings in the city are by no means cheap, you'll no longer need an A-lister budget to stay there, and those who want to splurge on luxury lodgings in Rio will be well rewarded at any of our cherry-picked spots.
From lavish beachfront hotels such as our number one pick, Fasano Rio to hilltop hideaways in boho-chic areas such as artsy Santa Teresa or leafy, laidback Gavea, there are ample options to choose from for those to whom price is no object.
Now owned by Orient Express, the Copacabana Palace remains a byword for glamor and glitz in Rio de Janeiro, and those who can stump up for a seafront view at New Year will find themselves with a prime spot for enjoying the midnight fireworks spectacular.
Rio de Janeiro is a favorite hangout for celebrities, so don´t be surprised to find yourself sharing hotel corridors with the likes of Madonna, Will Smith, the Obamas, the Rolling Stones or any number of Brazilian soccer stars.
Book ahead, and you may even be able to find a great bargain on a luxury Rio hotel room - although be warned that Rio de Janeiro has recently been named as the city with the most expensive hotels in the world and, at peak times such as New Year and February´s carnival, prices spiral higher still.