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.
Entering the lobby from the famous Roberto Burle Marx-mosaic promenade, the Marina All Suites is a tall narrow building with 38 suites.
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.
Located on the 11th floor, the Flat in Rio has a rooftop pool and surrounding patio that overlooks Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. With its Italian-marble floors, the three-bedroom apartment (each with an en-suite bathroom) covers 240 square meters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a risky proposition for engineer Pedro Marques to quit his career to open a 23-room eco-retreat on a sleepy beach along Brazil’s Alagoan coast, north of Bahia. But the gamble has paid off in spades.
Formerly Portinari Design Hotel
Nilo Burgarelli opened the lodge in 2000. The 16-cabana garden retreat is set in a lush jungle garden (the sunrise bird chorus is impressive), guest rooms have marble and tile-mosaic bathrooms, ofuru tubs, and rough-hewn local woodwork.