Best Hotels within Easy Reach of Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium


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. 



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Lapa Hostel
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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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More



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...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.