Fast-approaching World Cup and Olympics is putting Rio’s development to a speedy-trial, the city does look almost ready except the fact that the choice in hotels (read: freshgrub worthy) aren’t enough. There are many many hi-rises along the ocean, but most of them have out-dated decor, stodgy lobbies and stuffy rooms, with a very expensive price-tag.
We have done the good deed in narrowing down the choices, so you don’t have to waste your time looking.
3 best-of-the-best hotels in Rio de Janeiro1. Fasano
If you are going to go all in, this is the place for the ultimate Rio experience. Located in Ipanema, steps away from wetting your feet at the Ipanema beach, and all that the beach promenade has to offer.
Designed by Phillippe Starck, the rooms and decor are exuberant – his signature style ear-shaped mirrors are peppered throughout the hotel. The entrance lobby carries a enormous piquiá tree stump as the desk – which is a quiet commendable piece of art in itself. Each room comes with a balcony that faces the ocean and mesmerizing view of the Rio’s landscape on either sides. Take your morning breakfast in the balcony while immersing yourself with everything that’s happening right under your nose.
Fasano’s roof-top, which is accessible only by the Hotel Guests, is worth all that extra money. You will end up spending a lot of time here; sipping champagne, lounging, snacking on Globos (a classic Brazilian beach snack) and people-watching. My favorite time to hang there was the sunset for an absolutely breathtaking view.
With a Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant Al Mare and a British pub-themed nightclub, the hotel kinda rounds off as the place to be in Rio.2. Hotel Santa Teresa
You have been to Rio a couple of times, or would rather spend your time in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa instead of the tourist-laden Copacabana stretch, then Hotel Sante Teresa fits the bill perfectly.
You will love the fact that Hotel Santa Teresa is up on a hill and the winding roads that take you up there is half the fun in itself. Enjoying fabulous panoramic view of the city, harbor and Guanabara Bay from every room and garden, The Relais & Châteaux property is a refuge of peace and an escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio.
Built on a historical colonial farm site on the most aristocratic area of Santa Teresa the Boutique Hotel was restored with elegance and refinement to mark its prominence as one of the top luxury hotels in Rio. The pool bar is THE place to have your sundowners – with a view of the bay and an entire city sparkling infront of you.3. La Maison By Dussol
If you want to further be removed from being a tourist and stay in Rio like a local, La Maison by Dussol is the place for you. It’s a luxury hotel that does not look like a hotel, there are no signs, or hotel driveways, its a guesthouse in the residential area of Gavea – an upscale part of town, where the local celebrities live. Imagine yourself as a privileged friend with a house to stay and pool to lounge with chefs to cook for you. Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly the kind of personal experience you get here.
La Maison is owned and run by the French, who fell in love with Brazil. With the Parisians, come the best baked goods – their croissants are to die for. Each rooms carry a theme, we have stayed at the Copacabana Room which has a spectacular view of the Corcovado Peak. The Lounge and the garden are quiet and restful — built for you to just relax.
Design, style, exclusiveness and charm, “La Maison” exhibits a character that is inspired by dreams and travels.