Where to Stay in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, also known as the ‘marvelous city’,  is one of those picturesque places that dominates the imagination of travelers: carnival, sandy beaches and beautiful people… Everyone has an idea of what Rio is meant to be like.  They are right to think that way, as Rio is indeed marvelous!


With neighborhoods so interesting and different from each other, there is plenty of space to create wonderful boutique experiences. We selected the most charming small hotels in town, the ones that are the fruition of the entrepreneurship of creative professionals with a common passion for Rio. And just to give even more to the nomadic world traveler to dream about they are located in beautiful restored mansions, in magical adventurous places in town. From views of endless blue hues of the Atlantic sea to places in the midst of the action, Rio has it all.

Overlooking the Guanabara Bay and downtown Rio, Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel watches over the beautiful city from the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro- Santa Teresa.


In one of the many old mansions that have been loved and cared for by the new wave of entrepreneurial hoteliers that are creating a scene in Rio, the hotel is a charming, carefully designed space.


The house is adorned with objects of art from the owner’s own collection, beautifully displayed on the open floor plan of the hotel.


Rooms are spacious and the views to die for. Flirt with the views of Sugar Loaf Mountains and watch your soul be blessed by Imenjá, goddess of the sea and protector of Mama Ruisa.

Casa Mosquito is the fruit of a love affair with Rio de Janeiro. The dream space is the work of French couple Benjamin and Louis Planes and their long lasting and enduring passion with Rio.


The interiors of Casa Mosquito draw from a strong vintage look, from antique wooden furniture to big windows and tropical gardens. Rooms are spacious and cleverly decorated – the draw here is not only the luxurious service, expect private concierge attention, and ambience but the ‘by the sea’ vibe and views from the hilltop in Ipanema. The view from the pool terrace is spectacular!


The hotel also hosts the coolest parties in town. A Latin American paradise in the urban jungle: wonderful to arrive, difficult to leave.

In the exuberant hilltop setting of Joá in Rio de Janeiro lies La Suite by Dussol. Here, you can gaze into the blue hues of the Atlantic sea from your private balcony in a converted mansion with 180° of breathtaking views.


With only 7 carefully designed suites, the motto here is exclusivity. From the neighborhood to the at home feel you get upon arrival, the hotel primes for privacy.


Although La Suite is not in the most sought after neighborhood of Ipanema and Leblon, you are close enough to enjoy the different areas in town and retreat to your private cocoon of designed luxury once you have had your share of caipirinhas. By the way, the hotel has one of the most secluded beaches in Rio at walking distance, should you wish to remain incognito.

Oztel is a new concept in Rio’s hotel scene. The city has long lacked a charming and well  designed hostel, but Oztel is here to change that.


The labor of love from a group of entrepreneurs that includes Andrea Franco, Caetano Velosos’s artistic producer, Oztel is just what the city needed. And the hostel is Brazilian all the way – from the furniture, design, artwork displayed, friendly service and happy atmosphere.


There are 50 rooms and 6 suites, which have been decorated with simplicity and attention to design. The location couldn’t be better; the up-and-coming neighborhood of Botafogo, Rio’s gastronomical prime spot.


The space is in a way what creatively translates what the city is: a multicultural ever-changing place. The hostel has also a popular bar, gallery space, live shows and  Brazilian cooking classes. The place in all its honesty has that wonderful quality that travelers love: a feel-good environment for a feel-good city.

Casa Amarelo, or the Yellow House, is a charming boutique hotel housed in an old mansion from 1904 that provides a slice of French ‘savoir faire’ in the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio, Santa Teresa.


With design created by renowned Parisian studio Robert le Héros, the bohemian chic feel is seen throughout. With large, spacious rooms that draw from the graphic patterns and geometry of the original tiles and parquet floors, each has its own ‘personality’. The large windows are the perfect frames for the marvelous views of Rio.


Laurent Gelis, the creative director, bought the house in 2006, and injected his passion for Rio into every single detail in the mansion – loved at first sight by the French entrepreneur. This passion translates into a place that inspires the lucky guests to adventure, partying and exploring the fantastic local life of the Santa Teresa neighborhood.

By Published on Sep 30 2015