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Hotels for all pockets in the best areas of Rio de Janeiro

As our trip to Rio was getting closer, we started looking at what accommodation options we had and their prices. You will find that Rio de Janeiro is a huge city and it may be overwhelming to choose where to stay. Therefore, we compiled a list of areas and accommodations for you based on our experience.

Which area to choose in Rio?

The advice that we found and followed was to stay near the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. Now we want to pass on the same advice as we found it very useful. We stayed in Favela Cantagalo, which is 15 minutes away from Copacabana beach and 10 minutes away from Ipanema on foot.

However, we found the Ipanema area to be friendlier so we spent more time there. We didn’t get to Leblon as we knew it was more expensive than the other two. Copacabana beach boulevard is beautiful as well, but the streets leading to the favela were darker.

Find out which are the best areas and accommodations in Rio de Janeiro. Check out places for every traveler preference, from budget to high-end.

Either way, in any of the three areas you choose to stay, you will have public transportation close-by. We used buses and the metro when we visited the city center, Christ the Redeemer Statue, when we went to the Carnival.

Metro stops near the beach:

  • Cantagalo station (close to Copacabana) – underground
  • General Osorio station (close to Ipanema) – underground
  • Nossa Senhora da Paz station (close to Ipanema) – overground
  • Garcia D’Avila station (between Ipanema and Leblon) – overground
  • Jardim De Alah station (close to Leblon) – overground

Accommodation for any taste

Of course, choosing your accommodation depends on personal preference and budget. Scroll down to find options for every taste.

We searched for a room with an en-suite bathroom and breakfast included, that was close to Ipanema/Copacabana, was clean and had great reviews on Therefore we chose Pousada Favela Cantagalo, and it was a great experience. We had a fantastic view of the favela and the sea and the staff was great.

Budget accommodation

  • Bella Ciao is one of the best-rated accommodations for budget travelers in Rio and the only one worth mentioning. The place features a terrace and barbeque and offers shared accommodation in 6, or 10-bed dormitories. Prices start at $8 per person per night. You can also add breakfast for a small sum.

Mid-range accommodation

  • A great 3-star hotel you can look at is the Atlantis Copacabana. The hotel offers breakfast, Wi-Fi, a bar and a swimming pool. Prices start at $97 for a double room.
  • Another great 3-star hotel is the Apa Hotel Copacabana, situated only 200 meters away from the beach. Prices start at $23 for a double room.
  • Hotel Bandeirantes is another option close to the beach that features a swimming pool and fitness center. Breakfast is also included. Prices start at $39 for two.

High-end accommodation

  • A 5-star hotel by the beach that features breathtaking views is the Fasano Rio de Janeiro. The hotel features a fitness center and swimming pool, as well as a restaurant. Prices start at $475 for a superior double room.
  • Another hotel with amazing views is the JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro. Apart from the fitness center and pool you can also enjoy the spa. Rates start at $218 for a double room.

Find out which are the best areas and accommodations in Rio de Janeiro. Check out places for every traveler preference, from budget to high-end.

Studios and apartments

  • Kitinete Ipanema is a one-bedroom apartment fit for two people, in close proximity to Ipanema Beach. It features a 24-hour front desk, kitchen, Wi-Fi, and A/C. Prices start at $64.5 per night.
  • Gomes Carneiro 137 is another apartment in Ipanema. The apartment fits four people, and it features a balcony, a washing machine, as well as Wi-Fi and A/C. Visitors also have access to the swimming pool. Prices start as low as $92 per night.
  • BeM Ipanema apartment in Ipanema has a score of 9.8 out of 10. The flat fits four people and features a washing machine, kitchen, Wi-Fi, and A/C. The building has a 24-hour front desk. Prices start at $71 per night.

Are you planning a trip to Rio? Read more about the top things to see, eat, and drink in Rio de Janeiro.

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