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Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

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Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

We are flying into Rio early afternoon and will need to fly out the next morning from the domestic airport (heading to Campo Grande). When we return, we will have 2-3 nights in Rio to visit Sugarloaf, Christ Redeemer, etc. While there, we would like to partake in the nightlife, see the beachs, dancing clubs, etc. But we do prefer smaller, intimate (boutique style) hotels versus high rises and chains.

Should we divide up our stay at two different properties and two different areas? What neighborhoods are great for strolling, dining, cocktailing etc. but also convenient to the tourist sites. This is our first time so we are clueless.

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1. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

Most of what you would probably want to see and do you can achieve more easily by staying all three nights in Ipanema or Copacabana.

Corcovado Information:

http://bit.ly/qjj3lp

Sugar Loaf Information:

http://bit.ly/p1EVRE

http://bit.ly/AhvOtS

Lagoa is the neighborhood around the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. It is one of Rio's nicer areas for walking or biking.

http://bit.ly/HcCoz7

Video of Lagoa:

http://bit.ly/HKJGqS

Rio’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is a nature park containing more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees and 140 species of birds.

http://bit.ly/HBHuFs

http://bit.ly/HBFNb5

Think about visiting Santa Teresa, in the Lapa/Centro area. This famous neighborhood on the hill is celebrated for its beautiful colonial houses, little shops, fruit and vegetable markets, galleries, and restaurants.

If you do go to Santa Teresa, take the Metro from Copacabana or Ipanema.

http://ipanema.com/rio/basics/e/transport.htm

http://www.metrorio.com.br/mapas.htm

Get off at Carioca Station, walk to a nearby bus stop for a bus that will take you to to Santa Teresa in ten minutes.

After Santa Teresa you might want to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral

http://bit.ly/H5n5Wb

and the Confeitaria Colombo in nearby Centro.

http://www.confeitariacolombo.com.br/siteen/

This elegant Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894 and is a good example of Rio’s café culture reminiscent of 19th Century Europe.

Confeitaria Colombo now has a location in Copacabana, Café do Forte, located at Copacabana Fort, facing Copacabana Beach.

http://bit.ly/H6zTvi

Check out the Hippie Fair in Praça General Osório in Ipanema on Sundays:

http://bit.ly/cKCR0J

Video:

http://bit.ly/pRXHUb

Video:

Sea, Lagoon, Forest:

http://bit.ly/Al5Mb

Edited: 05 April 2012, 19:28
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2. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

Hi...great advice for our touring, but no hotel suggestions? I did see some small properties in Santa Teresa -- would that be good for a 1 night stay or too far from domestic airport?

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3. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

How much is your per night budget for a hotel room?

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4. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

Santa Teresa is a bit isolated at the best of times, and as long as the bonde (trolley) is not running, even more inconvenient. There are buses, but many taxi drivers do not like climbing the hill. Nice trip for part of a day though.

On the first night, just before departing from the domestic airport, you could stay at the (basic, relatively inexpensive) Ibis nearby. It is a reasonable taxi ride to Copacabana to walk around a bit in the evening should you desire, and from the downtown if you have time to walk there on the afternoon you arrive (not evening when it is deserted and less safe)

ibishotel.com/gb/…index.shtml

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5. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

For the first night of your stay, that one just before goingo to Campo Grande-MS, I would recommend you the excellent value for money Ibis Santos Dumont or the finer Novotel Santos Dumont, both of them at foot distance to that airport.

I think it could be a good idea to divide your 5 days stay into 2 hotel experiences, specially if we consider that you are the kind of person, like me, that understand that the accommodation experience is part of the trip experience too.

I would not stay for more than 2 nights in Santa Teresa (and them would take the opportunity to do Lapa by night in one of them and Santa Teresa (the surroundings of its lively Largo dos Neves or Largo dos Guimaraes) bar scene the other. By the way, that neighborhood is specialized in the kind of accommodation experience you seem to be looking for. Take a look at the Rio B&B area of TA. The majority of the best ranked ones are situated in Santa Teresa. Choose any of the 7 charming ones that are among the first 10 in this ranking like Um Meia Tres, Casa Veleiro, Casa da Guedes, Bianca, Quinta Rosa, Casa Cool Beans...

But my favorite neighborhoods for strolling, dining and cocktelling enjoying the night are Leblon and Ipanema (Copacabana so far away in the third place).

And your best options according to the preliminar knowledge i have of your profile are;

Casa Mosquito, at foot distance from both Copacabana most pleasant area, the Posto 6 and to Ipanema.

Rio Guest House (former Marta's Guest House), in Copacabana, a few steps to the beach.

Arpoador Bed and Breakfast (excellent location, close to the left corner of Ipanema, with a cute refreshing poll).

Leblon Bed and Breakfast is simple but very clean and personal, with a nice attention at my favorite neighborhood.

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6. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

Thanks for all the suggestions but find that we will actually be flying to Campo Grande out of the International Airport. What would be a good location for us to stay, tour a little (we have a full day when we arrive) and then get to the airport for a very early morning flight. We don't want to take a chance at missing our morning flight as our trip itinerary is very tight.

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7. Re: Split Time in Rio....where to stay?

I keep recommending the same hotels above, just on the way to the international, about 20´by taxi without traffic, as I assume it will be early in the morning.

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