The best Rio de Janeiro boutique hotels offer a chance to enjoy a stylish stay in this impossibly beautiful city.
Sometimes known as boutique pousadas, these small-but-perfectly-formed lodgings are usually located some distance from the famous black-and-white-swirled boardwalks of Ipanema and Copacabana.
Most are found in leafy, inland neighborhoods, where handsome colonial buildings have been painstakingly transformed into chic modern lodgings
Those looking for easy access to the beach may balk at the idea of having to take a cab or bus to Rio´s famous strands, but the pill is well and truly sweetened by swimming pools set in tropical gardens, chic decor, personalised service and proximity to Rio´s colorful flora and fauna.
Our top pick, the super-stylish La Suite Rio, is truly off the beaten track, in a gated, exclusive neighborhood known as Rio's Beverly Hills.
Santa Teresa is a particular hotspot for boutique lodgings, with many of the once-neglected historic mansions of this scenic neighborhood now serving as small, chic guest houses.
Mama Ruisa is our chic pick of the Santa Teresa bunch, with Casa Cool Beans being another classy option, with a vibrant decor, superior service and prices that won't blow the travel budget through the roof.