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Most people still think of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital city although that title was lost to Brasilia in 1960. But there’s one title that Rio is in no risk of losing: its nickname, Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvellous City). Rio’s harbour is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches have been immortalised in song.

As well as being a pop culture favourite, Rio is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. People are drawn to Rio de Janeiro for its famous Carnival, chilled out beach life, and the stunning cityscape presided over by Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

The city can be split up into four distinct zones: Centro, Zona Sul, Zona Norte, and Zona Oeste. Wherever you choose to stay in Rio you’re sure to be right in the middle of the action, with plenty of noise and nightlife to go around.

Centro

Head to the bustling downtown district for cultural sightseeing in Rio’s many museums, art galleries, and churches. There’s no shortage of hotels in the city centre, either. Wander through the Passeio Publico with its rococo gates and ironwork fountains, and admire the elaborate interior of Candelaria Church. Check out the Carnaval Museum and take a boat out to Ilha Fiscal Palace. Party animals should make their way to the Lapa neighbourhood after dark, as it’s the centre of Rio’s vibrant nightlife. Samba music pours out of the 18th Century buildings as the in-crowd sip caipirinha cocktails.

Zona Sul

The South Zone is a major tourist area, and it’s where you’ll find Rio de Janiero’s most famous landmarks. There are a lot of big hotels in the South neighbourhoods, perfect for visitors who plan on spending a lot of time soaking up the beach culture. Take a tram to Corcovado where you’ll get a great view of Rio, and see Christ the Redeemer up close.  Pick up some souvenirs at the arts and craft fair at Ipanema, or pick up a designer bargain at Hype Babalonia.

Zona Norte

The North Zone is Rio’s football district, and is famous for being the home of Maracana Stadium and Engenhao Stadium. Make time to catch a football match between local teams like Flamengo and Fluminese. Don’t forget to look down in Vila Isabel where twenty musical works can be seen carved into the concrete. The 19th Century Quinta da Boa Vista is home to Rio’s Zoo and National Museum, making it a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Zona Oeste

The West Zone of Rio is becoming more popular with tourists, and big name hotels have recently moved into the area. There’s lots to see and do, particularly in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood which is home to one of the best beaches in Rio and some of the city’s best nightclubs. The West side is also home to Pedra Branca State Park, where you can spot animals like sloths and toucans.

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  • Belmond Copacabana Palace
    Ranked #1 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.9
    Wonderful!
    31 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryHistoryArtsy

    Historic and legendary hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach. There are cheaper and comparable places to stay in town but this one is right on the beach and in striking distance to ...

    • Free WiFi
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    • Free Breakfast
    • Airport Transfer
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  • Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
    Ranked #2 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.2
    Wonderful!
    12 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesFoodiesLuxury

    Although the Sheraton Rio is quite far away from EVERYTHING, it does offer a private beach (yes when you think Ipanema or Copacabana are too "touristy") and the vistas from ...

    • Free WiFi
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  • Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
    Ranked #3 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.7
    Wonderful!
    9 reviews
    Popular withHipstersLuxuryArtsy

    The Fasano is ideally located on the beach in Ipanmea, one of the most popular areas of Rio. This well-known Brazilian brand does a fantastic job carrying the same Italian ...

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  • Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
    Ranked #4 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.8
    Wonderful!
    8 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryFamiliesOutdoorsy

    Fantastic beds, amazing breakfast and super friendly staff. If you can justify the extra dollars to stay there, it is well worth it.

    • Fitness Center
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  • Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais & Chateaux
    Ranked #5 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.7
    Wonderful!
    6 reviews
    Popular withLuxury

    A secret oasis located in Santa Teresa, the bohemian neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa Hotel is the only Relais & Chateaux property in town. Since the hotel is ...

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  • JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
    Ranked #6 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    9.6
    Wonderful!
    5 reviews
    Popular withBusiness

    This is a world class hotel worthy of its stars. Many of the rooms offer great beach views, the service is continually outstanding, and location is arguably the best in ...

    • Swimming Pool
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  • Marina Palace Rio Leblon
    Ranked #7 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.0
    Wonderful!
    5 reviews
    Popular withOutdoorsyHipstersNightlife

    Marina Palace Hotel is fantastically positioned right on the beach front in Leblon, one of the safest and more affluent districts of Rio. The reception staff are also keen to ...

    • Free WiFi
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    • Fitness Center
    • Free Breakfast
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  • Ipanema Inn
    Ranked #8 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    8.5
    Wonderful!
    4 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesFoodies

    best location in rio good friendly staff

    • Free WiFi
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  • Casa Beleza
    Ranked #9 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
    10.0
    Exceptional!
    3 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryHistory

    Casa Beleza is a beautiful B&B hidden away on Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo in Santa Teresa. It´s air of exclusivity is enhanced as you wont find any signs outside or ...

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    • Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel
      Ranked #10 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
      8.7
      Wonderful!
      3 reviews
      Popular withBackpackers

      Pousada Bonita is almost unmissable due to it's bright pink wall about one minutes walk away from Ipanema Metro station. The catchphrase of the hostel is "close to everything, but ...

      • Free WiFi
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      • Free Breakfast
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    • The Mango Tree
      Ranked #11 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
      8.0
      Wonderful!
      3 reviews
      Popular withOutdoorsyAdventure

      The Mango Tree may have the best location for a beach hostel in Rio De Janeiro! Think sun, sea, waves, bikinis, beach volleyball.... you are literally two minutes walk away ...

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      • Che Lagarto Hostel Copacabana
        Ranked #12 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
        8.0
        Wonderful!
        3 reviews
        Popular withBackpackers

        cheap, clean, nice people, easy to go to all points of rio

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        • Orla Copacabana Hotel
          Ranked #13 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
          10.0
          Exceptional!
          2 reviews

          This is a great hotel. They have a wonderful breakfast buffet which goes until 10:30 each day. They are great about cleaning your room each day. It is right across ...

          • Free WiFi
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          • Free Breakfast
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        • Ipanema Beach House
          Ranked #14 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
          10.0
          Exceptional!
          2 reviews
          Popular withBackpackersStudents

          Walking into this vibrant and well known hostel is an absolute pleasure. It is easy to tell straight away that chilling out and taking in the relaxing vibes of Ipanema ...

          • Free WiFi
          • Swimming Pool
          • Free Breakfast
          • Airport Transfer
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        • Sol Ipanema Hotel
          Ranked #15 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
          10.0
          Exceptional!
          2 reviews

          Decent hotel in amazing location right next to the beach- and reasonable rates

          • Free WiFi
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          • Free Breakfast
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        • Marina All Suites
          Ranked #16 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
          9.0
          Wonderful!
          2 reviews
          Popular withLuxury

          Marina All Suites as the name would suggest is made up solely of different suites each catered for a slightly different taste. Upon walking into this boutique 5-star hotel you ...

          • Free WiFi
          • Swimming Pool
          • Fitness Center
          • Free Breakfast
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        • Z.Bra Hostel
          Ranked #17 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
          9.0
          Wonderful!
          2 reviews
          Popular withBackpackers

          ambiente incrivel

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          • Tulip Inn Rio Copacabana
            Ranked #18 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
            9.0
            Wonderful!
            2 reviews
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            • Free WiFi
            • Restaurant
            • Free Breakfast
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          • Che Lagarto Hostel Ipanema
            Ranked #19 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
            9.0
            Wonderful!
            2 reviews
            Popular withBackpackersHipsters

            Great staff, from here it's easy to get anywhere, good prices :)

            • Free WiFi
            • Free Breakfast
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          • Mar Ipanema Hotel
            Ranked #20 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
            6.5
            Pretty good
            4 reviews
            Popular withOutdoorsyAdventureLuxury

            I would rate this as 4 star for location and price but rooms are more of an American 3 star. The prices have actually doubled to tripled in 10 years. ...

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            • Free Breakfast
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          • Caesar Park Rio De Janeiro Ipanema Managed by Sofitel
            Ranked #21 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
            8.0
            Wonderful!
            2 reviews
            Popular withBusinessNightlife

            This is one of THE best hotels located right 'on' Ipanema beach. The location could not be better. Hotel itself is very nice, rooms are of a high-standard but expect ...

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          • Gran Melia Nacional
            Ranked #22 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
            10.0
            Exceptional!
            1 review
            Popular withLuxuryArtsy

            Legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's legacy can be see all over Rio, his home town. This striking cylindrical tower, designed by Niemeyer in the late 1960s and completed in 1972, ...

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            • Copa Sul Hotel
              Ranked #23 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
              8.0
              Wonderful!
              2 reviews

              If you are looking for good quality and location at a special price Copa Sul might just be the hotel for you. Situated one block away from Copacabana beach you ...

              • Free WiFi
              • Restaurant
              • Free Breakfast
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            • Heidelberg Agency
              Ranked #24 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
              10.0
              Exceptional!
              1 review
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              • Rio Othon Palace
                Ranked #25 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                8.0
                Wonderful!
                2 reviews
                Popular withHistoryFamiliesLuxury

                Mediocre hotel given price and location. Great view from the pool on the 30th floor, but if you are not bothered about see view, I would recommend staying at the ...

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                • Swimming Pool
                • Fitness Center
                • Free Breakfast
                • Airport Transfer
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              • PortoBay Rio Internacional
                Ranked #26 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                8.0
                Wonderful!
                2 reviews
                Popular withLuxury
                • Free WiFi
                • Restaurant
                • Swimming Pool
                • Fitness Center
                • Airport Transfer
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              • Hotel Novotel Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
                Ranked #27 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                9.0
                Wonderful!
                2 reviews
                Popular withFoodiesFamiliesBusiness

                For about $130 - $150 these days, you can get a good 4 star hotel. This is close to the old airport Santos Dumont.

                • Free WiFi
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                • Fitness Center
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              • Hotel Praia Ipanema
                Ranked #28 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                7.0
                Pretty good
                2 reviews
                • Free WiFi
                • Swimming Pool
                • Fitness Center
                • Free Breakfast
                • Pets Allowed
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              • Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza
                Ranked #30 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                7.0
                Pretty good
                2 reviews
                • Free WiFi
                • Restaurant
                • Swimming Pool
                • Fitness Center
                • Free Breakfast
                • Airport Transfer
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              • Hostel New Ipanema
                Ranked #29 overall in Rio de Janeiro hotels
                7.0
                Pretty good
                2 reviews
                Popular withBackpackers

                This is probably the best backpacker option in Rio. In the heart of Ipanema, offering aircon (a biiig plus), wifi, and super friendly staff.

                • Free WiFi
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