Hotels in Brazil
The selection of places to stay in Brazil is wide, from 5-star resorts to major chains and smaller accommodations. The largest hotels in Brazil are in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but as you make your way further into the country’s interior, you’ll be faced with fewer upmarket choices.
One of the best Brazil hotels is the 5-star Copacabana Palace, which first opened in Rio in 1923. Located near the Southern Atlantic Ocean, this luxury hotel not only has beautiful views but is also in a convenient location for nightlife and shopping. Over in San Paulo, you’ll find that the world’s major chains have established themselves firmly in the greatest megalopolis in South America. The Sheraton, for instance, offers just what you’d expect: a great location, great service, and great food from its in-house restaurant. A little further off the beaten track, you’ll find the Golden Park in Poços de Caldas, 5 miles from the airport and 162 miles from San Paulo. This hotel offers a bar, restaurant, pool, gym, sauna, and a tennis court, as well as Internet access. It’s also wheelchair accessible.
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.
Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, one of the largest commercial treehouse hotels in the world, is located 35 miles from the Amazon gateway city of Manaus. Accommodations include the President Lula “Tarzan House,” built at canopy level with its own private balcony, plunge pool, and Jacuzzi.
Shaped like a slice of watermelon, this 95-room property created by renowned Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake is a design junkie’s dream; the interiors have features including curved hallways, sloped walls, and oversize round windows. Best for Architecture geeks.
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.
Restaurateur Rogério Fasano established himself as a tastemaker par excellence with his flagship Fasano hotel in São Paulo. And now, the opening of the second Fasano, in Rio’s perennially chic Ipanema, sees his talent for infusing environments with social cachet reach critical mass.
Brazilian innovators Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan designed this sexy retreat with clubby leather armchairs and Brazilian modern art. Downstairs, there’s the see-and-be-seen Italian restaurant, where São Paulo’s creative set gathers. Best for Sophisticates and fashion gurus.
This Japanese-like mini-hotel has train-size cabins with local TV and private bathrooms for grabbing some quick shut-eye or a much-needed jet-lag-jolting shower. Fees start at $32/hour (double); day-use, $75 (double).
This glass-and-marble tower has 57 white-on-white rooms accented with furniture designed by the Compana Brothers and Eames. Relax in the renovated spa or in your bathroom’s claw-foot tub. Best for Stylish travelers seeking easy access to the city’s top boutiques.
The two-story, secluded tree-house property is made entirely from Brazilian noble wood. Owner Ana Maria Pineiro decorated the 17 airy, rustic suites with four-poster canopy beds, Balinese accents, and—the big draw—hammocks on private balconies.