Rio De Janeiro Travel Guide

Sleep

In the Zona Sul, you will find Rio's fanciest and most popular hotels along the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, but there are lots of small, cheap, clean hotels around Flamengo and Catete. The street in front of the strip of tourist hotels in Copacabana can be seedy, due to both garishly-dressed tourists, and a few opportunistic locals ready to take advantage of them. The apart-hotels in Ipanema are a much more pleasant alternative, being both better appointed and in a nicer neighborhood with fewer tourists.

Accommodation in the lower Centro can be convenient for business travellers. The surrounding areas, however, are far from pleasant at night, being nearly deserted and lacking decent restaurants and leisure options. The central Santa Teresa neighbourhood, however, is quite departed from the city centre life and has plenty of pleasant bed and breakfasts and a significant nightlife.

Given Rio's rise as a fashionable destination with creative and fashion people, some hotels that cater to the design-conscious crowd have also been popping up at the most upscale neighborhoods. The city also has a large selection of apart-hotels, which provide apartment-style accommodations with kitchen facilities. Private condominium apartments can also be rented short-term at reasonable rates, and can be found on the internet. This is probably a preferable means of finding one of these than the notes that will be passed to you by anonymous persons on the street. These apartments generally have a one-week minimum, or two weeks during Carnaval or New Years holidays.

Accommodation in Rio is probably Brazil's most expensive. There is a relative shortage of hotel rooms on the cheaper range and booking in advance is recommended. Moreover, prices for most accommodation can more than triple during New Year's and Carnaval. Those are very busy periods and booking well in advance is recommended. Note that most hotels in tourist areas will only sell 4-day packages and charge in advance - even if you want to stay only for a couple of days during those events. Other than those, the busiest month is January - summer holidays in Brazil.

Motels, that you will see mainly on the outskirts of the city, are not motels in the North American sense. Rather, they are places you go with your lover for a few hours. One famous motel, overlooking the Sheraton in Leblon, was taken over by the US Secret Service when George Bush Sr stayed at the Sheraton. It is not recorded whether heart-shaped beds, mirrors on the ceiling and on-tap porno movies affected their work!

If hostel life is more your style, they are easy to find in Rio. The more expensive ones boast locations that are short walking distance to either Ipanema or Copacabana beach. However if you prefer to stay in Lapa, Glória, Catete, and Botafogo, there are many other choices available. Hostelling has become increasingly popular in Brazil, and many of them are located at walking distance from hot spots. Beware, however, not to be taken to any fraudulent scheme - you might end up being robbed. Look for accredited places with Youth Hostelling International and similar franchises.


source: Wikivoyage

Things To Do in Rio De Janeiro See All Things To Do in Rio De Janeiro

  • Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

    Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

    Rua Primeiro De Marco 66

    Attractions,Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Arts and Culture
  • Morro Da Urca

    Morro Da Urca

    Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca

    Fotos incríveis, novidades do ponto turístico mais famoso do Brasil e tudo sobre os eventos do Morro...

    Activities, Attractions,Tours, Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Outdoors
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain

    Sugar Loaf Mountain

    Av. Pasteur, 520

    The mountain is only one of several monolithic granite and quartz hills that rise straight from the ...

    Attractions, Activities,Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Outdoors
  • Corcovado

    Corcovado

    Parque Nacional Da Tijuca

    Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The g...

    Attractions, Activities,Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Outdoors

Hotels in Rio De Janeiro (281 Hotels) See All Rio De Janeiro Hotels

  • Ipanema Inn

    Spotted in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Inn is opportunely placed alongside Brasil & Cia, Amaderm and Ipanema Farmer's Market. Many other recommended points of interest close-...

  • JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro

    Seen within Rio de Janeiro, JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro is a premium hotel conveniently placed near Rocinha Favela Private Tour, Espaco SESC Sala Multiuso Copacabana...

  • Windsor Atlântica

    Seen in Rio de Janeiro, Windsor Atlântica is a premium hotel comfortably situated alongside Copacabana Fair, Portuguese for Foreigners - Day Classes and Tour Guide Vicent...

  • Arena Copacabana Hotel

    Arena Copacabana Hotel is one of the best, finest places to remain in Rio de Janeiro. Perfectly positioned nearby Favela Adventures, Praca Serzedelo Correia and Bravietou...

Top Destinations in Brazil