As one of the world's most celebrated beach cities, it is no surprise that Rio de Janeiro offers plenty of beachfront hotels. What can take visitors to Rio by surprise, however, are the prices for hotels along the beaches. Soaring prices in the city have seen Rio become one of the world's most expensive cities for lodgings, with hotels along the waterfront commanding the most eye-watering prices of all.
Rooms with sea views are always more expensive, but are worth it for those who can afford to dig a little deeper, while rooftop swimming pools offer sweeping vistas out to sea and over the jungle-clad mountains.
While many Rio de Janeiro beach hotels offer little more than standard accommodation in return for their sky-high prices, those at the top end certainly deliver a memorable experience.
Visitors with the budget for a luxury beachfront base will find truly awesome views from the beach-facing rooms at the enduringly beautiful Copacabana Palace, while sipping a cocktail in the rooftop infinity pool at the fabulously flashy Fasano Rio will have you feeling like an A-lister in an instant.
Prices for beach hotels in Rio de Janeiro are at their highest during Carnival and New Year's, while visitors heading to Rio for the2016 Rio Olympics will also likely face sky high rates. Booking outside these times will make things a little more affordable.