Hotels in Rio de Janeiro: the best places to stay in

Today in our blog we’re going to talk about the best hotels for those planning to visit our wonderful city. If you’re looking for a place that offers comfort as well as experiences that will make your trip even more enjoyable, just keep reading and start planning your trip.

Rio de Janeiro

Known for its natural beauty, cultural wealth and historic buildings and monuments, our “errejota” really knows how to attract tourists from all over the world.

There are attractions for all tastes! Below we’ll get to know a little bit more about tourists’ main choices and help you choose the best place to stay based on your tastes and preferences.

How to choose the best place to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a place with many different vibes. This gives us the chance to go for the one that suits us best. Whether you’re a fan of history, the arts, sports or buzzing nightlife, here you’ll find a spot to call your own.

Now, get to know a little bit more about some of Rio’s neighborhoods and see which one matches you!

Southern Zone

Being one of the most popular destinations for tourists, especially first-time visitors, the Southern Zone is considered the touristic heart of Rio. Its proximity to the beach is one of its main attractions, as well as the easy access to numerous hotel options, that vary from the most luxurious hotels to the most modest inns.

The place is surrounded by trees and offers safety, calm and comfort to visitors. There are also great bars and restaurants, theaters, cafés with outdoor areas and art exhibitions such as:

Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Downtown Rio de Janeiro

A place where modern buildings blend in with colonial constructions, the central zone has a wealth of history and culture, since it was the scene of important events for the city’s history. There you can spot ancient buildings with a European aesthetic, due to their influence on the city’s architecture during the colonization period.

With its busy streets, the sizzle of popular commerce in the Saara and the public gardens such as Campo de Santana, downtown Rio becomes the ideal choice of accommodation for those who want to feel closer to the urban and cultural diversity typical of the city. 

Numerous museums and free exhibitions, historical buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and many other attractions will delight your stay there.

Besides, downtown makes it easy to move around the city. Some public mobility options are the subways, trains and VLTs, which offer transportation free of the typical traffic of big cities. This means the area connects with other parts of Rio de Janeiro, such as the very north of the city, the Southern Zone and Barra da Tijuca. If you stay there, you’ll also be close to bus terminals and airports.

Barra da Tijuca

Barra da Tijuca

You’ve probably noticed that mixing the simplicity of nature with the sophistication of urban life is really our thing, right? And Barra, located in Rio’s Western Zone, is yet another region that radiates this typical Carioca energy.

There’s an attraction for all tastes here too! Beach lovers will find plenty of paradisiac beaches with breathtaking landscapes. Some of them have trails that lead to hidden destinations and make the trip even better. 

Relax and enjoy a simple walk along the beach and in natural parks, such as Marapendi Municipal Natural Park, or explore the range of commercial buildings with the most modern and sophisticated aesthetics, such as Barra Shopping, one of the largest malls in Latin America.

Also, the neighborhood contains great hotels and hosts great events, such as Rock in Rio

Well, whatever type of getaway you prefer, Barra da Tijuca is an excellent choice of accommodation for those who want to get to know the carioca soul!

Now you know which spots in Rio are the tourist’s favorite when looking for a place to stay. But among so many options, which hotel to choose? We’ve listed the best hotels to stay in Rio de Janeiro! Take a look.

Ipanema Inn

Ipanema Inn

Speaking of where the city meets the sea, the Ipanema Inn is in Trip Advisor’s top 10 best hotels in Rio. Perfect for those who want to enjoy the beach and also get to know the bohemian Ipanema neighborhood, the hotel is close to the main points of the area.

Whether on a business trip or just looking for a moment to relax and enjoy vacation, at the Ipanema Inn you’ll find the ideal structure for your stay.

The hotel offers its guests a cozy experience, since it is close to the beach and to bars and restaurants that are the very essence of Rio, such as Quitéria, on the hotel’s first floor. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to feel close to the cultural life of the neighborhood.

So if you’re hoping to be only a few steps away from the most famous beaches, the city’s main tourist attractions and plenty of outdoor attractions, neighborhoods like Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Botafogo are your ideal choice.

Arpoador Hotel

Arpoador Hotel

The sophisticated simplicity of the Arpoador Hotel offers guests the experience of feeling welcome at all times. Everything is made for you to have the complete experience of a carioca inside and outside the hotel.

There, you can enjoy the view of one of the neighborhood’s most popular beaches, as well as the background view of Morro Dois Irmãos.

Comfort, proximity to the beach, delicious food and incredible views – these are just some of the privileges you get from staying at the hotel and that will turn your stay into a memorable one.



With its cool and cozy atmosphere, Selina is a balance between a boutique hotel and a hostel and has two units. It is located in Lapa, in central Rio, and in Copacabana, by the sea.

The vibe of the hotel reflects the carioca lifestyle very well and the charming rooftop bar turns the place into an even greater attraction for the young ones.

If you like meeting people from all over the world and exchanging experiences, Selina is the place for you. It also offers a range of programs, both for the guests and the general public.

Grand Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt provides sophisticated rooms and suites designed to offer comfort, tranquility and modernity, combined with the typical relaxed vibe of Rio de Janeiro.

The resort-style hotel offers views overlooking a nature reserve, easy access to the beach, a swimming pool and many other commodities that will make your experience even more special!

Well, now you know that whatever you are into, here you will find a place to stay that suits you.

One thing is certain: Christ the Redeemer is always waiting for you with open arms!

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