A decent hotel by any standards, Linx Hotel International Airport Galeao has raised the bar for hotel accommodation in Rio, which has long been lacklustre. The style is minimalist-chic, but the infinity pool gives a touch of glamor to the proceedings. And the small bar is a pleasant place to while away an evening at the international airport, which is a long way from Rio´s tourist attractions and nightlife. Services are good, with a free shuttle service to and from the aiport itself - look for the Linx desk at Arrivals and use the free phoneline to book your shuttle. Staff speak English and are helpful.
The first hotel to rival Copacabana Palace in the glamour stakes, Fasano Rio's prime spot on Ipanema beachfront makes it an ideal base for those with cash to splash. The discreet facade masks a wealthy of quirky design details - crafted by French designer Phillipe Starck, the interior blends cool white minimalism with playful details such as candy-striped pod chairs on each corridor. The hotel's crowning glory is the rooftop infinity pool - order a cocktail at the poolside bar, sink into the warm waters and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views over Ipanema beach, out to sea and up into the twinkling lights of the hillside favelas.
Located close to Rio´s domestic airport and facing Sugar Loaf mountain, this historic hotel is one of the oldest in the city, which is a plus point for some guests and a negative point for others. The antique, manually-operated elevator is an opinion-dividing point of attention, as are the aged fixtures and fittings. The location is handy for the metro and downtown sightseeing as well as the airport, and the hotel is also within a short walk or bus ride of the lively Lapa nightlife district. Cabs are advisable late at night). It´s not luxurious, but it does have some historic charm.
Affordably-priced by Rio standards, this recently-renovated hotel is located in the middle-class residential neighborhood of Flamengo. Close to Flamengo beach and Sugar Loaf mountain, the hotel is within easy reach of all Rio´s attractions. The beaches of the Zona Sul, party district of Lapa and historic centre of downtown are all just a few minutes´away by bus or Metro, while Maracana stadium is also within easy reach. Flamengo itself is well-equipped with bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, while attractions such as Palacio de Catete and Flamengo Park are very close to the hotel. A solid mid-range option at the heart of Rio.
If you want to be right at the heart of Rio de Janeiro's nightlife action, Lapa is the place to be. Even if you decide to make your base at the beach in Ipanema or Copacabana, booking a bed at Lapa Hostel can work out cheaper than taking a cab ride home. Funky furnishings, decent air conditioning and comfortable beds make this a good option for anyone on a really tight budget, and the hostel is close to the many museums, galleries and historic buildings of down town Rio as well as to the hedonistic pleasures of Lapa's nightlife scene.
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 Santa Teresa's reputation as a major tourist destination when it opened in 2009, and gained worldwide attention when Amy Winehouse made her base here during her 2011 tour of Brazil. It's now managed by Sofitel, but maintains a boutique feel. The artsy neighborhood is chock full of handicrafts stores and vintage clothing outlets, and its drinking and dining scene is one of the most celebrated in the city.
Another fine example of Santa Teresa's impressive guest house scene, Casa Cool Beans attracts a mix of young funseekers and older travelers keen to share stories of the road over a few caipirinhas in the leafy garden. Housed in a handsome colonial-era buildings that has been given a funky reworking with colorful paintwork and imaginative decor, Casa Cool Beans is a refreshing alternative to impersonal chain hotels. Ex-pat owners Lance and David pride themselves on their customer service, and the guesthouse is always pristine. The many bars, restaurants and artsy shops of Santa Teresa are close at hand, while the lively Lapa nightlife is just a five minute cab ride away.
Ibis provides a handy base in downtown Rio, being close to the domestic airport and metro stations, as well as some grand theaters, museums and cultural centres and the city's liveliest nightlife in Lapa. Prices are fair by Rio standards, accommodations are comfortable if unspectacular, and it's an easy hop on the metro to attractions such as Maracana's Stadium and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The hotel is a solid base for business travelers, but also makes a good option for anybody visiting Rio for Carnival parades at the Sambodromo games at the Maracana stadium, as it's within close distance of both.
This smart downtown business hotel offers accommodations that are affordable by local standards. While rooms are small,they are modern and well-appointed. The hotel has a rooftop pool, fitness centre and offers a good buffet breakfast, and is close to downtown´s major sites such as the imposing Teatro Municipal and a host of museums, churches and galleries. The lively nightlife of Lapa is within a short walk or cab ride, while nearby Metro stations make it easy to reach the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as well as Maracana Soccer Stadium. The historic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa is a short bus ride away.