Hotels in Brazil

High in the mountains of Vale dos Mellos, 160 miles northwest of São Paulo, sits a stone-and-glass lodge conceived to showcase the best of the country.

Housed in a yellow Mediterranean-style mansion, the romantic hotel is just a block from the beach. All 12 rooms at this adults-only boutique hotel are awash in pastel hues, and several have private verandas overlooking the small pool and gardens.

With six floors, this 1970s-era budget hotel has just palm trees and a cobbled, local-traffic road between it and Arpoador Beach. Within walking-distance of Ipanema Beach as well as Copacabana and Leblon, the 50 basic-feel rooms have a refrigerator, air-conditioning, and a safe.

Opened in March 2008 by Jessy Greenhut and her husband Tsachi, the two named the property after the huge almond tree that shades its beachfront lounge. The hotel has a modest, earthy vibe, with a pumpkin patch and snall cabanas.

Entering the lobby from the famous Roberto Burle Marx-mosaic promenade, the Marina All Suites is a tall narrow building with 38 suites.

1923 landmark French Riviera-style palace with a modern, all-suite annex, on one of the world's most famous stretches of sand, the 2½-mile Copacabana Beach. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire once graced the halls of this 245-room Art Deco grande dame.

Songbird Gal Costa’s vacation house—designed by architect Ricardo Salem—became a hotel in 1998. Now a member of Relais & Châteaux, the 28-room beachfront resort retains a winningly informal vibe and friendly service.