Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Where is the best area to stay in Rio de Janeiro?

The best area to stay in Rio de Janeiro is by far the district of Copacabana as this area is home to many luxury hotels as well as less expensive places to stay at. The magical five-star Hotel Copacabana Palace is found alongside the beach, which has excellent views of the ocean. Also, there are numerous restaurants, bars and shops that pop up all over the district and all-in-all, Copacabana gives you that authentic Brazilian experience.


Rio de Janeiro is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world and is perfectly located on dramatic and lush green mountains, which hit the heights of 704 metres (2,310 feet) that seep into the south Atlantic coast, which offer photographers some of the best city shots in the world. This is Brazil’s second largest city and is well known for its laid back style and beach culture as well as its hugely popular and wild annual carnival.


Rio de Janeiro is absolutely blessed with some of the best scenery and therefore is one of the prettiest cities on earth. Some of the world’s most famous sites are found here like Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Maracana Stadium and some of the world’s most famous beaches like Copacabana. But it’s not just the sights that make this place so special, it is certainly the people that welcome you with open arms and are always in that positive and party mood.



Other places to stay in Rio


This neighbourhood is the next beach south along from Copacabana and is relatively identical to it, which has first class shopping malls, hotels restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Here you will also find Arpoador, which is a huge rock that separates Ipanema and Copacabana and is said to be one of the most romantic parts of the city. There are also country parks, museums and art galleries and after your sightseeing, you can head down to the beach which is just as famous as Copacabana, though isn’t as good for swimming due to the waves and currents.



The downtown area of Rio de Janeiro is full of historic sites and is a good place to hang out in at nights with many things to see and do. Tourist attraction include: Cultural Centre, City Hall, Municipal Theatre, Benedictine Monastery, Carnaval Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National History Museum and palaces like Gustavo Capanem and Ilha Fiscal.


At night, there are millions of places to check out including various bars that play live traditional Brazilian samba music along with traditional dancing and is one of the best areas to try authentic Brazilian food and drinks such as fish dishes and cocktails like Caipirinhas. There are also many nightclubs, where international DJs come to play and you can dance the night away but the only thing the area lacks is the amount of hotels as they are few and far between and rooms can be scarce, especially if there is a concert, festival or carnival on.

Hotel   Price per night
Windsor Martinique
Rua Sá Ferreira, 30
156€ - 190$
Hotel   Price per night
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Avenida Atlântica, 1800,
160€ - 195$
Promenade Princess Copacabana
Rua Xavier da Silveira, 58
161€ - 196$
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Avenida Atlantica, 2064
186€ - 227$
Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Avenida Atlântica,1500,
225€ - 275$
Hotel   Price per night
Pestana Rio Atlantica
Avenida Atlântica, 2964,
253€ - 309$
JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Atlântica, 2600
407€ - 497$
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Avenida Atlantica 1702
483€ - 589$


If you are interested in where to stay in Rio de Janeiro, you may also be interested in where to stay in Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahía or Buenos Aires.

Copacabana, the best area to stay in Rio de Janeiro

When you think of Rio, one of the first images that pop into your head is the white sandy beach of Copacabana and its gorgeous, blue and clear sea. Located in the south of the city, Foreigners and locals alike pack this 4km long beach that can sometimes be exceptionally busy and don’t be surprised if you pass an A-list celebrity sunbathing on the beach.


The beach has many vendors that sell drinks, food and souvenirs and the beach is regularly used for free concerts and festivals throughout the year. Hotels line the beach as well as the streets and alleyways behind, which tend to be cheaper than those on the waterfront but above all, the neighbourhood has so many amazing and top quality hotels.


The beach is also perfect for surfing and has world-class waves and there are many surf companies that can take you surfing or just hire your own equipment. The beach doesn’t just have surfing as it has many water sport opportunities including swimming, windsurfing, parasailing and banana boating. The beach is also home to two historic forts, which are found at either end of Copacabana with the one at the north end built in 1779 and the other was built in 1914. Along the promenade, you will find many excellent restaurants, which offer a wide range of cuisine including traditional Brazilian food, Japanese, Chinese, European as well as other South American cuisine.


If you are lucky enough to be here for New Year’s Eve, then you are in the best place to celebrate it as the fireworks display at the beach is one of the biggest in the world. It lasts for 20 minutes and attracts around 2 million people and therefore the hotels get booked up early so keep this in mind. This neighbourhood is also one of the safest areas in the city and has lots going on in the night with many samba musical performances at bars and clubs along the promenade.


Another reason to stay in the Copacabana neighbourhood is that you are not too far away from other major attractions in the city. The famous beach area is well connected too and a short bus ride can get you to the mountain of Corcovado, where the 38 metre statue of Jesus Christ, Christ the Redeemer, can be seen. Sugar Loaf Mountain is close by, which is one of the most fascinating places in Rio and it’s where cable cars take you up to the mountain and provide some of the most iconic views Guanabara Bay and the city. Copacabana is also very close to another famous beach, Ipanema Beach, which is great for swimming and surfing as well as being one of the best to see the sun go down.