Brazil

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.

Six of the nine guest cottages at this boutique hotel—pronounced oo-SHOO-ahh—in Trancoso, Brazil, are scattered around a garden shaded by towering jackfruit trees; the three best rooms face the square.

You’ll find one of the top wine lists in town at the Hyatt’s 2,000-plus bottle library lounge. If it’s views you’re after, all 466 spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the pastel-colored rooftops. Best for Pleasure-seeking business travelers.

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.

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.