Hotel seems like a more logical choice to me as security for an AirBnB is harder to predict. But by reading reviews you can often get a reasonable feeling for the access situation and other relevant considerations. At least the neighborhood you’re planning to stay in is considered among the safest in Rio.
I, too, would suggest a hotel. Be sure to include Ipanema in your plans.
Copacabana: The center of Rio’s beach neighborhoods:
With its eponymous beach, wide range of hotels, and diverse bars and restaurants, Copacabana is often the first stay for many people visiting Rio de Janeiro.
Copacabana—Princess of the Sea:
Ipanema: Rio’s Iconic Beach Neighborhood:
Leblon: Living the Rio High-Life:
Leblon Restaurants: Rua Dias Ferreira is Rio’s top restaurant destination.
Note: Since you're interested in the city of Rio, you should be posting on the city forum, not the state forum:
And don’t forget to get a Yellow Fever shot at least ten days before you leave home.
Yellow Fever in Brazil — Here's What Travelers Should Know:
Everything You Need to Know About the Yellow Fever Vaccine:
Thanks,i got my vaccin 2 weeks ago.
I booked an hostel CLH Suites Copacabana Santa Clara.
Now im ready for holidays with your recommandations.Gracias.
I am woman and use to travel alone as well. I've been travelling all around the world (Rio as well, a lot) using hotels and airbnb's and had no problem so far.
You can book a room or apartment at airbnb. But if you choose to stay at a hotel, go for "Hotel San Marco", the cheapest one and in the best location ever.
It is a simple hotel: sanmarcohotelipanema.com.br/en/index.asp. I stayed here many times in my life, before starting using airbnb.
My second hotel choice is Vermont Hotel.
About safety, there is no safe place here in Brazil. I can say that these places are better than others, but never safe.
Just be smart and don't walk at night on the beach and on Lake Rodrigo de Freitas.Edited: 10 April 2018, 18:09