The 7 Most Luxurious Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

A swimmer looks over the edge of the pool at the Porto Bay Rio Internacional

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Rio de Janeiro is about to become the focus of the world's attention with the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Several hundred thousand visitors are expected to arrive in Rio later this summer, and travelers are busy making plans for their stays. The following seven luxurious hotels in Rio de Janeiro offer something for everyone, from waterfront views to Michelin-starred restaurants and infinity pools. 

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Sofitel Rio de Janeiro

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One of the areas where the Olympic Games will take place is the famous neighborhood of Copacabana. Fortunately, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, is located in the heart of this chic district.

What does this hotel offer?

Atmosphere: French-inspired charm plus beautiful balcony views of the famous Copacabana Beach and of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Rooms: 388 beautifully-appointed rooms, including 52 suites and two pools

Food: award-winning cuisine at the hotel's four restaurants. 

Convenience: Conveniently located on a stretch of Copacabana Beach, so guests can just walk to the beach, where umbrellas, beach chairs and towels are available.

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Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro

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Another neighborhood hosting the Olympic Games is Barra da Tijuca. The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is an upscale beachfront hotel located three kilometers from the shops and restaurants of the Barra da Tijuca area.

What does this hotel offer?

Rooms: 436 guestrooms including 42 suites and a Presidential suite with plunge pool. Rooms come with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, some with lagoon or ocean views. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, soaking tubs and Nespresso machines. Suites have a separate sitting room.

Restaurants: The hotel has three signature restaurants including an elegant Italian restaurant and casual sushi bar.

Amenities: A full-service spa offering 9 treatment rooms and an extensive range of body and facial treatments; 24-hour fitness center and Yoga/Movement studio, beach services, lagoon and beachfront sports activities, outdoor pool with deck, and 24-hour business center

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

A restaurant at Belmond Copacabana Palace
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Beach Hotels

A reflection of the glamour and romance of Rio de Janeiro's past, the Belmond Copacabana Palace was voted one of the top 30 luxury hotels in the world by Five Star Alliance readers. Often considered the nicest hotel in Rio de Janeiro, it's also where the rich and famous stay. It's located in Copacabana.

What does this hotel offer?

Architecture: Opened in 1923, this landmark building's Art Deco exterior was designed by the French architect Joseph Gire. 

Service: The Belmond Copacabana Palace's beach service includes sun loungers, umbrellas, water and even beach assistants who can keep an eye on your belongings while you enjoy Copacabana Beach.

Amenities: A half-Olympic-sized swimming pool, two boutiques, a rooftop tennis court, a fitness center and spa, and the Michelin-starred Pan-Asian restaurant, Mee Restaurant

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Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro

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One of Rio's iconic neighborhoods is Ipanema, the beachfront area made famous by the Bossa Nova tune "Girl from Ipanema" It's located between two areas where the Olympic Games will take place--Copacabana and Barra da Tijuca--but is far enough away from the sports action that you'll feel the real pulse of Rio during the day and night.

The Fasano Hotel Rio is the best place to stay in Ipanema

What does this hotel offer?

Design: The Fasano Hotel Rio was designed by the famous designer/architect Philippe Starck.

Atmosphere: Relax in the hotel's modern sophistication with live music in the hotel lobby lounge Londra, or enjoy the spectacular views over Ipanema Beach from the rooftop infinity pool.

Restaurant: The Fasano Hotel is best known for the Fasano Al Mare, Rogerio Fasano's restaurant, dedicated to traditional Italian seafood. There is also a pool bar for a casual meal or light snack.

Location: Across from Ipanema Beach in Rio's most exclusive neighborhood, the location doesn't get much better than this.

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Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel

The swimming pool at Porto Bay Rio Internacional
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Another luxury hotel located in Copacabana, where some of the Olympics events will take place, is the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel. This hotel's waterfront location and spectacular views are sure to please. 

What does this hotel offer?

Convenience: Direct access to Copacabana Beach and the hotel's private beach service.

Views: The hotel's roof-top terrace gives guests a panoramic view of the water with Copacabana Beach in the foreground and Christ the Redeemer in the background. 

Services: Multi-lingual staff and high levels of security and comfort, sophisticated communication technology including high-speed Internet connection in every room and WI-FI in all public areas, a pool, pool bar, massage room, two saunas, and fitness center.

Rooms: There are 117 rooms with private verandas or panoramic window views. 

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Miramar Hotel by Windsor

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Beach Hotels

Another comfortable luxury option in the Copacabana area is Miramar Hotel by Windsor. The hotel is located near the beach but maintains a peaceful atmosphere inside.

What does this hotel offer?

Rooms: Each of the two hundred rooms are tastefully decorated in calming, contemporary tones of gray and beige and include Brazilian paintings and elegantly designed guest bathrooms. Rooms range from standard to executive and master suites, some with ocean views and spacious apartment-like interiors. Guestrooms feature updated amenities such as complimentary WiFi, minibar, electrical adapters, and iPod docks.

Relaxation: The combination of services (including an on-call butler) and atmosphere provide a feeling of relaxation.

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Hotel Santa Teresa

A room at the Santa Teresa Hotel
Photo Courtesy of Santa Teresa Hotel RJ MGallery by Sofitel
Luxury Hotels

If you're up for something a little farther out, try the Hotel Santa Teresa. This award-winning boutique hotel offers a tranquil yet stylish setting.

What does this hotel offer?

Atmosphere: Called "a refuge of peace, luxury, and refinement," this unique hotel was built on the site of a historic farm. It now includes beautiful tropical gardens and luxurious, art-filled rooms. One suite offers a wrap-around porch.

Location: The hotel's location in the artsy, up-and-coming area of Santa Teresa gives visitors the chance to get to know an authentic side of the city of Rio de Janeiro.