Fathom Favorites : Rio de Janeiro Hotels

1. Arena Hotel Ipanema

A new reasonably priced eco-friendly resort with great views of Ipanema Beach. The modern hotel has a green agenda, and was involved in the restoration of Rio's landmark park, Garota de Ipanema.

Avenida Atlântica, 2064
, 22021-001

2. Copacabana Palace

Rio's grand classic hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation. Everything is shiny and new, if a little fusty, which befits the clientele, which has more money than taste. The weekend brunch, however, is worth a stop. Ditto the people-watching by the pool.

1702 Avenida Atlântica
Rio de Janeiro, 22021

3. Maria Santa Teresa

A funky, six-room pop-up guest house will only be open for 2014. The décor is Berlin-edgy (a motorcycle hangs on the lobby wall) in an old colonial mansion (the peeling paint on the cornices was left untouched). Antique nautical binoculars help you take in the sweeping city views below.

163 Rua Aprazivel
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

4. Mama Ruisa

An absolutley delightful seven-bedroom home steps from Santa Teresa's main street. The staff is homey and attentive; the decor is cozy and sophisticated. Prepare to be wowed with views of Sugar Loaf Mountian and the bay. It's going to be hard to leave the swimming pool in the garden.

Rua Santa Cristina, 132
Rio de Janeiro, 20241

5. La Suite by Dussol

La Suite by Dussol

Located in a former home in a residential neighborhood some 20 minutes by car from Leblon, the seven-room hilltop retreat is romantic, secluded, and beautifully appointed with Baccarat chandeliers and pieces by artists like Andy Warhol and Camille Claudel. The décor is sumptuous, with rooms arranged by colors, including the matching bathroom marble. (The black room is the one to ask for.) Meals are customized for every guest using local ingredients at the hand of chef Ricardo Hiltz. A welcome break from the busy city, privacy is paramount, making this great for honeymoons and hideaways.

Rua Jackson de Figueiredo, 501 - Joá
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22611-000

6. Hotel Fasano

Easily the nicest and most elegant hotel in town, located across the street from Ipanema Beach. The lobby has framed love letters from celebs like Gisele and Sting gushing about their stays. Rooms are spacious and quiet, with mid-century modern decor. Fasano al Mare, the elegant, bright, and airy Italian seafood restaurant on the ground floor, is also where the hotel serves breakfast. Baretto-Londra, the English-styled nightclub and bar, is open to the public and can get rowdy. The rooftop pool and bar are quite a scene, but it doesn't get too out of hand because it's for guests only.

80 Avenida Vieria Souto
Rio de Janeiro, 22420