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.
Flávio Marelim, a former restaurateur from Rio, and Nana Salles, a fashion-business veteran, found this quiet stretch of coastline an hour south of Trancoso in 2000 and built their dream house here. Two years later they began taking paying guests at two bungalows they designed.
The nine thatched-roof bungalows are surrounded by private gardens of palms and red hibiscus. The stucco rooms are minimal, with polished cement floors and platform beds.
A 20-bungalow retreat spread over 20 acres of Brazilian beachfront, Ponta dos Ganchos is picturesque to the extreme: a rain forest looms just beyond the shore; three tiny islands, which encircle a sandy bay, are reachable by canoe or kayak.
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.
Etnia means “ethnicity,” and the stylish rooms (Moroccan, Goan, Japanese, African tribal) in this eight-villa resort underline the theme. Excellent breakfasts are served beside the swimming pool.
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.
Offering the possibility of short-term rental of the entire house, the villa is perfect for small groups of up to 13 people seeking privacy, tranquillity, extra living space and very customized services.
23-floor contemporary business hotel on stylish Ipanema Beach with spacious rooms; a renovation of public spaces began in 2009.
Room to Book: One of the 37 Deluxe City View rooms that offer a partial beach view.