Rio 2016 Olympics: Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Rio 2016 Olympics: Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Summer calling

Text: Jessica Zheng

Take in Rio's most spectacular views and beaches with our hand-picked stable of luxe digs

1. Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro 


Situated on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Rio’s legendary Ipanema beach, Fasano is not only a luxurious beachfront hotel with sweeping sea views, but also an architectural gem bearing the name of designer Philippe Starck. Elegantly decked with precious materials, each guest room also comes with a private terrace affording stunning views. Soak up the views of the Arpoador, Two Brothers mountains, and the Corcovado while nursing a cool cocktail in hand. The rooftop infinity pool sets the perfect stage for sunset or sunrise.


2. Clubhouse Rio 


Clubhouse Rio is the first urban member's club in Rio de Janeiro and has successfully attracted celebrities like Alessandra Ambrosio and Alice Dellal as their founding members. If you are looking for a more social experience at this vibrant Brazilian city, Clubhouse Rio is located in a vibrant area between Ipanema and Cantagalo — where the nightlife is second to none. The hotel itself also hosts diverse and exclusive social events for its guests and members. Five exclusive guest rooms feature a three-tiered front deck, indoor lounge bar, back garden, and pool. Backed with stunning views of Ipanema, Clubhouse Rio is an ideal retreat for the urban explorer.


3. Santa Teresa Hotel RJ MGallery by Sofitel


Opting for a more relaxing and peaceful time away from the city center and tourist-filled beaches? This boutique hotel located in the bohemian neighbourhood on top of a cobbled hill will show you the more rustic side of Rio de Janeiro. The rooms are elegantly styled in natural color tones and wooden furniture. With its outdoor terrace pool surrounded by palm trees and green gardens, Hotel Santa Teresa offers the ultimate rustic Rio experience with a tropical touch.


4. Belmond Copacabana Palace 


Dating from 1923, this Art Deco style palace hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach exemplifies Rio glamour of yore. From a half-Olympic-sized swimming pool to Michelin-starred dining experiences, everything about this iconic hotel is built to impress. Each spacious room features fine period furniture and original works of art. With the Copacabana Beach located just a heartbeat away, it is the ideal place for travellers interested in beach walks, sandy beaches, and a Rio good old time.

5. Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro


Like most of the international chain hotels, Hilton Barra is conveniently located in the heart of Rio’s lively business district, Barra de Tijuca. Sited near shopping malls, popular beaches, and the Olympic Park, Hilton Barra is the ideal spot for ambitious travellers hungry to take in everything Rio has to offer. Not only does it offer complimentary shuttle services to the beaches and downtown area, the five-star hotel also comes with a picturesque rooftop pool overlooking stunning lake views.