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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

If you're a first time visitor to Rio de Janeiro, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Rio de Janeiro.

What's the best area of Rio de Janeiro to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Rio de Janeiro are: Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana, Lagoa, Botafogo, Lapa, Tijuca, Centro, Leme, and Niteroi.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Most tourists stay in Ipanema or Copacabana their first visit, with the former being a bit more expensive (aside from begin nicer)."  See More

"it is a much Carioca hood that Ipanema and Copacabana, so fewer hotels are available but you do everything by foot."  See More

"Ipanema - similar to Copacabana, but this is more trendy, so a bit more expensive than Copacabana (in everything - accomodation, restaurants, shops, etc)."  See More

"The best places to stay are Leblon and Ipanema."  See More

"Choose Leblon or Ipanema."  See More

"This is the perfect spot to stay in Rio, because it is a 10 min walk to the Lagoa and a 15 min bus ride to the beach."  See More

"There are many hotels, options for transportation, restaurants and their neighborhood is amazing, like Lagoa, Ipanema and Leblon."  See More

"We live and love Botafogo, near Cobal do Humaitá (we live at Conde de Irajá street)."  See More

"Going on on that there's Botafogo which has a night life and a few restaurants to try:"  See More

"For drinks, I highly recommend the Lapa neighborhood at night."  See More

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Ipanema
  2. Leblon
  3. Copacabana
  4. Lagoa
  5. Botafogo
  6. Lapa
  7. Tijuca
  8. Centro
  9. Leme
  10. Niteroi
What are some good hotels in Rio de Janeiro?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Rio de Janeiro, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais & Chateaux http://www."  See More

"Another hotel with great view is Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza Hotel."  See More

"If you want glamor there is indeed no other place in Rio than the 8th floor pool of the Fasano Hotel."  See More

Want to research more popular hotels in Rio de Janeiro? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Hotel Santa Teresa
  2. Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza Hotel
  3. Fasano Hotel
  4. Marina Palace Hotel
  5. Pestana Rio Atlantica
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

profile  Philip Morris from London asked:
Tips for visiting Rio and weather conditions in December/January?  (6 answers)

profile  Marina Saunders from Fort Lauderdale asked:
Tips for a first time visitor to Rio?  (3 answers)

profile  Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro for a first time visitor?  (8 answers)

profile  giulia zonca from Turin asked:
What to do and see in Laranjeiras and Gloria districts  (3 answers)

profile  Ellen Rowland from Bristol asked:
Good value language homestay in Rio?  (1 answer)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Rio de Janeiro.

Want to research more popular restaurants in Rio de Janeiro? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Nova Capela
  2. Aprazível
  3. Miam Miam
  4. Confeitaria Colombo
  5. Tarantino Restaurante
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Santa Teresa
  2. Cristo Redentor
  3. Copacabana Beach
  4. Selaron Steps
  5. Pão de Açúcar
Where can I find out more about Rio de Janeiro?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Rio de Janeiro locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Rio de Janeiro.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Rio de Janeiro? There are 2 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Rio de Janeiro.

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