Brazil is one of the few economies that's grown during our global economic recession. By 2016 expect a completely reinvented Summer Games-ready Rio. Rio scored a $14.2 billion Olympic budget and has reportedly $60.3 billion in public and private investments. The city plans to develop an additional 14,000 hotel rooms to the currently 28,000 hotel rooms already lining the 50 miles of beaches. Yes, that's a lot of housekeeping.
As of now, those gunning for Carioca-style joie de vivre, can have their pick of our favorite fancypants hotels in Rio. Yes, they will cost you a pretty Brazilian Real whether your visit is for an overnight stay, a dip in the pool, or, a few caipirinhas.
The view from the Copacabana Palace the day that Rio was selected as Summer Olympics city.
The classic Copacabana Palace Hotel is famous for hosting guests like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The 86-year-old hotel felt the pressure to amp things up a bit and this year added the swanky Bar do Copa. We also dug the Copacabana's buffet and large swimming pool. (Which was good for lap swimming after far too much feijoada and all those exotic fruits.)
Rates start at $375 a night.
Philippe Starck’s tres-tres-tres-chic Hotel Fasano is right on Ipanema Beach and super tough to get into if you aren't a guest. We watched embarrassment after embarrassment of people getting the big N.O. who tried to stop by for drink or dip in the roof top super sexy pool. Those who make it in, should grab an overpriced drink at Barretto-Londra Bar just to say they did.
Rates start at $8,110 for a five-day package or roughly $1,622 a night.
Those who want to stay a bit outside of the hustle and bustle of the beachy city can go ten minutes away to the tranquil Hotel de Santa Teresa. The one-year-old, 44-room, 4,000 square meter resort is located on a mountain hilltop in the artsy transitioned hood. Santa Teresa is a converted “love hotel” or descasado for which their terraced bar is named, so watch out for wedding ring tan lines!
Rates start at $435 for a superior room.
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