Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Don't be turned off by the dim facade: Guests are greeted with Champagne in the plush marble lobby of this 200-room, beachfront gem. Keep going to fully admire the 2013 renovation that introduced sleek, contemporary furnishings and best-in-class amenities from around the world (Trussardi linens, L'Occitane en Provence in the bath, Brazilian paintings). A free breakfast buffet goes above and beyond with fresh, local juices and yes, more Champagne. And whether guests choose to sunbathe near the rooftop infinity pool or right on one of Rio's most famous beaches, Miramar's butler service and beach attendents keep everyone well-hydrated and taken care of.