There are countless reasons to visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is one of the most beautiful places in the world, it has some fantastic beaches, the most famous Carnival on Earth, and the iconic Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is no surprise it became one of the most popular destinations in South America.
It is also an excellent place for tourists who are looking for luxury hotels. Most of the places on this list are in front of the beach. They all are prepared to make your stay in Rio de Janeiro unforgettable.
10 Hilton Barra Hotel
Hilton Barra Hotel belongs to one of the most famous hotel chains in the world. Here the guests can expect the quality of services offered by Hilton hotels around the globe. The most impressive feature here is the infinity pool with a view to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, one of the most beautiful landmarks in Rio de Janeiro.
The location is also great and is very strategic. It is close to the beach, malls, commercial areas, airports and other facilities.
9 LSH Hotel
LSH Hotel is in Rio de Janeiro since 2016, and it is one of the most luxurious places in the city. It is in the Barra da Tijuca beach, and they have invested a lot on details. According to their website, guests will find "Turkish marble, Italian woods and imported taps, invigorating ̈rain shower¨ showerheads and special designed furniture of the hotel."
This place is perfect for people who enjoy the combination of modern architecture and luxurious details. Guests can also enjoy an infinity swimming pool with a view of the city.
8 Santa Teresa Hotel
Santa Teresa Hotel is the perfect place for people who want an exclusive retreat. The building dates from 1880, and it used to be a colonial farm. The decoration brings the classic atmosphere from those years, with a modern touch and several art pieces created by Brazilian artists. There is also a spa available for the guests.
The hotel has a magnificent swimming pool, and it is not far from the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. The district also has a vibrant nightlife and is entirely different vibe from Copacabana and Ipanema.
7 Miramar Hotel
Miramar Hotel by Windsor is considered the best luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro, according to TripAdvisor reviews. Like many hotels in this list, it faces the famous Copacabana beach. Guests can have some facilities, like a butler, to assist them during their stay. The hotel also provides beach chairs for the clients. It is not far from some of the most famous landmarks, and they have an intimate lobby bar, perfect for enjoying some drinks.
For people who love to travel with their pets, the Miramar Hotel is also prepared to spoil them with special meals.
6 Vila Santa Teresa Hotel & Spa
Vila Santa Teresa Hotel & Spa is a private villa in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The area is famous for its bohemian atmosphere, and it is one of the best places to enjoy the nightlife.
In the past, this hotel was a private home. Now it is one luxurious hotel that aims to offer the guests a relaxing oasis in one of the most vibrant areas in Rio. It is in the middle of a forest and guests van relax and few connected to nature. It had a fantastic swimming pool and an exclusive view of the Sugarloaf, one of the most famous landmarks in Rio.
5 Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro is in Barra da Tijuca, a quieter neighborhood if compared to Copacabana and Ipanema. It is by the beach and surrounded by nature, perfect for guests who want to have a luxury experience and relax. There is also a forest nearby, for guests who wish to explore nature or do some exercise. The hotel is also famous the Spa, which has many beauty and relaxing treatments. There is also an option to book a day use, to enjoy the hotel facilities during the day.
The hotel also has two restaurants. The award-wining Shiso specialized in Japanese gastronomy, and the Cantô, specialized in Brazilian dishes.
4 Hotel Emiliano
Hotel Emiliano was already a famous brand in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, when it decided to expand its business to Rio. It brought a new concept of sophistication to the city. They chose the Copacabana beach, one of the most prestigious addresses in Rio. Most of the rooms have an ocean view and the hotel goes the extra mile to spoil their clients.
They have the exclusive Spa Santa Pele, where guests can relax with a massage and they also have a restaurant where the menu is often updated.
3 JW Marriott
JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro belongs to the famous hotel chain that has a strong presence in South America. It is located in front of the Copacabana beach and offers sophisticated rooms to the guests. The restaurant prepares one of the best breakfasts in the city, with typical Brazilian dishes, and the staff is prepared to organize all the day trips. They also have the Mirante Health Club, which offers services like massage and other spa amenities.
during the evening, the guests can enjoy the Moonlounge Rooftop Bar, which has a privileged view of Copacabana beach.
2 Fasano Hotel
The Fasano Hotel is the first project of the architect Philippe Starck in Brazil. It is located on Ipanema beach, one of the most famous in the city, and has a rooftop with a unique view of Rio de Janeiro. Guests can enjoy it while having a drink in the swimming pool. Most of the rooms also offer a view of the ocean.
Fasano al Mare, The hotel's restaurant, is also one of the best places to have dinner in Rio. It is no surprise Fasano Hotel became the favorite hotel among international stars when they are visiting Rio de Janeiro.
1 Copacabana Palace
Copacabana Palace is the most iconic hotel in Rio de Janeiro and has a privileged location, facing the Copacabana beach. The luxurious hotel is also part of the history of the country and every year hosts a famous Carnival ball, that puts together the Rio's high-society.
The legendary French architect Joseph Gire designed this luxury hotel in 1923, and it has received several celebrities like Paul McCartney, Princess Diana, and Madonna. The hotel became a landmark in Rio de Janeiro, and many tourists stop by just to take a picture or have breakfast.