Best Hotels, B&Bs, Guesthouses and Hostels in Rio de Janeiro

Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Rio de Janeiro

This is a list of the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Rio de Janeiro as recommended by the most popular travel experts around the world from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All the hotel recommendations on the list have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.

Rio de Janeiro or simply known as Rio is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil. Rio is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and part of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. Called Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea” by UNESCO, the area is one of the most important places in the city.

Rio is a major city in the country, being the home to the headquarters to Brazilian oil, mining, and telecommunications companies. The city is the home of numerous universities and institutes accounting for the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil.

The city is popular for its natural setting such as the Carnival, samba, bossa nova, Balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon which generate millions of visitors annually. These beaches make for the perfect getaway for summer and romance.

Rio has several famous landmarks and monuments such as the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado Mountain, which is named on one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue has become a symbol of Rio to the world.

Through the recommended hotels listed below, you can easily find the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro. If you like our list of hostels, B&Bs and hotels in Rio de Janeiro, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Santiago de Chile or the best hotels in Buenos Aires.

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Hostel Selina Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Hostel Selina Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Telegraph + 1 more

“The first of many planned forays in Brazil by hotel start-up Selina. Lapa Rio de Janeiro resuscitates a classic spot in the city’s nightlife region with a design-led boutique hostel concept that combines stylish individual suites, dorms and co-working, as well as its very own in-house radio station, Lapa 55.”

Check availability $14
Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

New York Times + 2 more

“Seven rooms in a 19th-century mansion in the hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa give Mama Ruisa a more intimate feel than its bigger neighbor, the Santa Teresa Hotel. Mama Ruisa’s draws include eclectic décor, an elegant outdoor breakfast (around 50 reais), a garden pool and views of Guanabara Bay.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Rio de Janeiro.

Check availability $139
Miramar Hotel by Windsor, Rio de Janeiro

Miramar Hotel by Windsor, Rio de Janeiro

New York Times + 2 more

“Winner of a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2015, the Miramar has a prime Copacabana beachfront location, walking distance from Ipanema Beach and the subway to get downtown. Though the less expensive rooms don’t face the beach, anyone can take in a panoramic view of Copacabana, including a glimpse of Sugarloaf Mountain, from the rooftop pool and bar.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Rio de Janeiro.

Check availability $193
Novotel Leme, Rio de Janeiro

Novotel Leme, Rio de Janeiro

CNN + 1 more

“It’s a high-volume beach hotel two short blocks from Leme, the least-known beach of the Zona Sul. But the view from its rooftop pool rivals anything the five-stars have, and its complimentary breakfasts are well-stocked. Rooms are distinctly modest.”

Check availability $91
Mar Ipanema Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Mar Ipanema Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

CNN + 1 more

“This stylish boutique hotel has a primo locale, just five minutes from Ipanema Beach and a few blocks from the Rodrigo Freitas Lagoon. The hippest beach hangouts are minutes away, as are a host of the city’s most happening boutiques, restaurants and bars in one of the safest neighborhoods in Rio.”

Check availability $133


What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Rio de Janeiro?
This flamboyant capital of Brazil is famous for its beaches and the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer looking over its inhabitants.

A very colourful neighbourhood, Ipanema is an extremely inclusive place- a favourite among hippies, and tourists alike. Some of the best shopping opportunities are available here, with exclusive restaurants providing scrumptious meals. You can shake a leg to the tunes of bossa nova. Boutique hotels are located along the beach.

This crescent-shaped beach is famous among locals and tourists alike. It is alive throughout the day and night and is popular for surfing. Casual cafes and bars are found here. Prominent hotels and the Art Deco Copacabana Palace are located here.

This place has a relaxed feel with the largest park in Brazil and art deco architecture. Casual nightclubs are a popular haunt of a more sophisticated crowd. Several old hotels serving cold brews and traditional Brazilian fare are found here.

The beach provides a breathtaking view of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Movie theatres, exciting bistros, as well as happening enclave-featuring bars with fresh new concepts, and alternative nightclubs, call Botafogo their home. Such diverse hangout options make it a popular destination. Premier hotels, as well as budget inns, offer variety in accommodation.

This upscale neighbourhood has an amazing beach famed among surfers, there are several posh boutiques, cafes and breweries along the beach to sit and relax. Some of the best restaurants are located here.
How much does it cost to stay in a Rio de Janeiro hotel?
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $60 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $80 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Rio de Janeiro hotel then you can expect to pay around $220 per night.
Which Rio de Janeiro hotel serves great breakfast?
Try the Casa Cool Beans B&B Santa Teresa or Mar Ipanema Hotel if you're looking for a delicious breakfast at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Both hotels have excellent customer review ratings for breakfast.
Which Rio de Janeiro hotels are the best for families?
If you're looking to stay in Rio de Janeiro with your family, then try Miramar Hotel by Windsor. The hotel has excellent review ratings by families.
Which Rio de Janeiro hotel is the best for couples?
Try Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel if you're looking for a romantic getaway in Rio de Janeiro, it has some excellent recent customer reviews by couples.
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