Rio de Janeiro

It's impossible to think of Rio de Janeiro without dreaming of its gorgeous white-sand beaches, dramatic rainforest peaks, decadent Carnival celebrations and sensuous samba rhythms. Add to the mix one of the sexiest and most fun-loving populations on the planet and you've got paradise. That's not to imply that the city lacks a sophisticated cultural side; indeed, it is home to historic neighborhoods with impressive architecture, great museums, fabulous dining and vibrant nightlife. No wonder it's known as A Cidade Maravilhosa or "The Marvelous City".

Rio is Brazil's primary tourist attraction and second-largest city with over six million inhabitants. It lies on an inlet of Guanabara Bay on the Atlantic coast near the Tropic of Capricorn and enjoys a tropical savanna climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Portuguese explorers first arrived here on January 1, 1502 (hence the city's name, meaning "January River") but it wasn't until March 1, 1565 that the city was officially founded. During the colonial period it became the capital of Portuguese America due to its prominence as a port for the exportation of sugar, gold and precious stones and in 1808 Portugal's capital was transferred to Rio temporarily upon the invasion of Napoleon. It remained the capital of Brazil for nearly 200 years until 1960 when Brasília was built to take its place. Today the city is divided into four zones, of which the historic Downtown area is the oldest and the touristy South Zone is full of hotels and beaches.

And speaking of tourism, there's certainly no dearth of things to see or do in the city. People-watch at the busy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, get a panoramic view of the city from Sugar Loaf hill or Mount Corcovado (with the giant Christ the Redeemer statue on top), or check out some of Rio's fascinating history and art museums. Plan a visit during Carnival and you'll witness one of the glitziest and wildest celebrations the world over, consisting of extravagant samba school parades and boisterous street parties. If all that excitement has your head spinning then there's no better antidote than the peaceful verdant environs of Rio's Tijuca National Park, Botanical Garden, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Paquetá Island and other natural areas.

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Ladeira Ari Barroso 35, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Score 7.0
Nestled in a hillside favela overlooking the beachside district of Copacabana, the Chill Hostel Rio offers budget travelers safe lodging...
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Arena Copacabana Hotel 

Av. Atlantica 2064, Rio de Janeiro
Ideally located just off Copacabana beach, its beachfront boulevard and close to popular Rio spots like the Edmundo Bittencourt Square and the Rio Sul shopping mall, the Arena Copacabana is a contemporary, upscale hotel offering guest rooms with ocean views, air ...
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Windsor Copa Hotel 

Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 335, Rio de Janeiro
The Windsor Copa is just 300 yards from Rio's most famous beach, Copacabana, and close to local attractions such as Arpoador Beach, considered by many to be the city's best surf spot, and the oceanfront avenue known as Avenida Atlantica. The hotel is within easy reach ...
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Windsor Excelsior Hotel 

Avenida Atlântica 1800, Rio de Janeiro
Situated on the waterfront of Copacabana, Windsor Excelsior offers spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sugar Loaf Mountain. The 233 tastefully appointed guest rooms with contemporary décor are spacious, bright and equipped with air conditioning, TV with ...
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Windsor Plaza Hotel 

Avenida Princesa Isabel 263, Rio de Janeiro
With a location just two blocks from the beach, the deluxe four-star Windsor Plaza Hotel offers its guests a full range of comforts and amenities like a rooftop outdoor pool with adjacent bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. All 237 spacious guest rooms have 24-hour room ...
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Transamerica Prime Barra 

Avenida Gastão Senges 395, Rio de Janeiro
Featuring modern architecture and luxurious amenities throughout, the Transamerica Prime Barra welcomes guests in the Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro with panoramic great views over the ocean and of the 2700-feet Gávea rock. This property offers 2 palm-fringed ...
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Rio 180º Suites & Cuisine 

Rua Dr Júlio Otoni 254, Rio de Janeiro
With eight intimate suites featuring whirlpools, DVD and CD players and views of the Sugar Loaf mountain and the bay of Guanabara, Rio 180° Suites is ideally suited for a romantic getaway. Located in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, guests have easy access to ...
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Mirasol Copacabana Hotel 

Rua Rodolfo Dantas 86, Rio de Janeiro
Located in the trendy Copacabana neighborhood, full of stores, restaurants and bar, the Mirasol features a signature rooftop oasis with a large swimming pool plus sun terrace offering breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. Other amenities and services include a ...
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Arpoador Inn 

Rua Francisco Otaviano 177, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
The Arpoador Inn is housed in a charming 6-story building situated right in front of Ipanema's coconut tree-fringed beach, only steps away from the Girl of Ipanema Park and Fort Copacabana. Guest rooms are air conditioned and have white tiled floors and all-granite ...
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B&B Copacabana Marcia 

Rua Raimundo Correa 65, Rio de Janeiro
Nestled in a safe Copacabana neighborhood in between the beach and a huge urban park, the Copacabana Marcia offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation, along with a range of facilities for guest use. The property's common area is fully air-conditioned and includes a ...
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Augusto's Copacabana Hotel 

Rua Bolivar 119, Rio de Janeiro
The ancient Greek-themed Augusto's Copacabana Hotel comes with a 4 star rating and is located only 2 blocks from Copacabana's beachfront avenue. Other must-see Rio attractions, such as the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the Rio Sul shopping mall ...
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Hotel Santa Clara 

Rua Décio Vilares 316, Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Santa Clara is placed in the Peixoto neighborhood, ideally situated between Rio's most famous beach and the spectacular tree-covered hills west of the Copacabana district, while the immediate surroundings offer numerous boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, bars ...
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Grande Hotel Canadá 

Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 687, Rio de Janeiro
Grande Hotel Canadá's luxury high-rise building is ideally situated only 50 yards from Copacabana Beach and two minutes walk to the nearest subway station, from which guests can get to just about anywhere in Rio. The in-house bar in the lobby boasts elegant seating and ...
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Arcos Rio Palace Hotel 

Av. Mem de Sá 117, Rio de Janeiro
Situated at a stone's throw from the historical Lapa arches, the Arcos Rio Palace Hotel is set in a bustling and safe neighborhood full of shops, cafes, restaurants and clubs. The Municipal Theater and the Modern Art Museum can both be reached within a 5-minute walk. ...
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Aeroporto Othon Travel 

Avenida Beira Mar 280, Rio de Janeiro
The Aeroporto Othon Travel is a Santos Dumont airport-based hotel offering 80 modernly decorated guest rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and wireless Internet access, while some also feature stunning views of the Guanabara Bay and the Sugar ...
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B&B Iva 

Ladeira Santa Teresa 142, Rio de Janeiro
Set in a stately sand-colored mansion with white trim, right in the heart of the lively Santa Teresa neighborhood and with an array of restaurants, nightlife venues and attractions nearby, the Iva bed and breakfast offers affordable accommodation to visitors of Rio de ...
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Apa Hotel 

Rua Republica do Peru 305, Rio de Janeiro
The Apa Hotel is located in the Copacabana neighborhood just 200 yards from the beachfront and two blocks from the Cardeal Arcoverde subway station. It is also close to the popular Edmundo Bittencourt plaza and the Rio Sul shopping mall. The hostel features 52 simple ...
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Real Palace Hotel 

Rua Duvivier 70, Rio de Janeiro
The 4-star Real Palace Hotel features modern interiors and views of Copacabana beach. Its contemporary en suite guest rooms come with blond-wood fixtures, warm lighting, and paintings by local artists. In-room equipment includes air conditioning, LCD televisions with ...
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Lilian B&B 

Rua General Severiano s/n, Rio de Janeiro
The family-run Lilian B&B is a small budget bed and breakfast hotel in Rio's Botafogo neighborhood. It has a common living space with parquet floors, television with international cable channels, dining nook, self-catering kitchen, and touches of contemporary artwork. ...
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Angrense Hotel 

Travessa Angrense 25, Rio de Janeiro
Situated down a palm tree-lined lane in a quiet corner of the Copacabana district, the 2-star Angrense Hotel offers standard accommodation in 24 air-conditioned guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 7 rooms with shared facilities, each equipped with cable television ...
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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