Rio’s Five Star Hotels – Directors Choice

 By Brazil Nuts Director ADAM CARTER

“Which hotel should I choose?” is the most often heard question at Brazil Nuts.
Of course it depends so much on your style, expectations and budget, but in this posting we are going to give you our short list of preferred hotels by different price categories, all of which we have personally inspected this year. They all offer value for money and are stand-outs in their class, delivering the experience most “Brazil Nuts” are looking for in their Rio vacation.
(All “From” prices are per room, based on least expensive room type in low season).

5 Star Deluxe Hotels There are only two true 5* deluxe properties in Rio, one on each beach. 
At the top of the list is the Copacabana Palace, still the grande dame of South American hotels and an icon the world over. If budget permits this is the pace for a total experience. The pool area alone is right out of a 1940’s Hollywood movie and you will feel like the star. Not to be missed

On the other beach (Ipanema) we find the Fasano… Very new, very cool, very sleek, it is the favorite of rich Paulistas who come to Rio to catch up on their tan. Very boutique style, and well located at the end of Ipanema near Aporador. Personally, its a little too cool for me – and I am not convinced the price/ value ration is right – but its very nicely done. (PS: The Caesar Park was once at this level of “deluxeness”; sorry to say that is no longer the case, but plans are afoot to reinstate it to is previous condition)

PS: There is one other deluxe property worth mentioning the Santa Teresa Hotel in the neighborhood of the same name. Totally renovated and super elegant colonial style property wit a killer view over the Bay. This is the top choice there.

5 Star Hotels Moving down to earth, we have the “good” 5* hotels, and our recommendations are both in Copacabana. 
One of my favorites for overall value/ location is the Sofitel, right at the end of Copacabana where the beach is small, rather exclusive and just 5 minute walk to Ipanema. Ocean View (Deluxe) rooms are a must here (same layout as Street View, but the view is a knockout). You cannot go wrong here.
The other options is a 10 minute stroll further down Copacabana, the JW Marriott. Yes this is a chain hotel, and yes the inside Atrium rooms have an inside view, but for style, service and comfort –  not to mention location – it is a god value in its class.

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Brazil Nuts Tours was started in 1985 on the proposition that travelers needed a travel company that combined the highest level of customer service, unmatched product expertise and competitive rates. Over the years, we have succeeded in our mission, and have developed a reputation as the experts in travel to Brazil and South America. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff has helped thousands of travelers discover the Brazil they really wanted to see, from Rio’s beaches and samba clubs through the pristine wilderness of the Amazon to the sun-drenched shores of Bahia and everywhere in between. Customer Service Our knowledgeable staff will customize your perfect itinerary free of charge; simply fill out our Trip Planning Sheet, send it to us and you’ll have an answer, generally within 24 hours Innovative Programs We were the first travel company in North America to develop and promote Pantanal programs. We were also the first to design culture tours focusing on African-Brazilian culture. And, our "Rio Like A Native", "Salvador Like A Native" and "Manaus Like A Native" programs are unequalled for the inside look they provide into the Brazilian experience. Nobody offers more interesting programs to more of Brazil than us. Support & Price We have our own office in Brazil responsible for negotiating the very best hotel and service rates possible, and then handling all our clients' needs once they arrive in Brazil. Proven Success We are the company of choice for any kind of travel needs to Brazil: Leisure Travel: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts.: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts. Corporate Meetings & Incentives: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right.: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right. Congresses & Trade Shows: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world.: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world. Products We pride ourselves in providing the most authentic and innovated programs to our clients. Although we specialize in travel to every corner of Brazil, our most popular destinations are: Rio De Janeiro Salvador da Bahia Amazon Iguassu Falls Pantanal Fortaleza
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