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.
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.
A seven-room guesthouse clinging to the side of a cliff in Joá, a beachfront suburb just 20 minutes from Ipanema.
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.