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Rio de Janeiro Hotels

The majority of Rio de Janeiro hotels are located in the South Zone (Zona Sul) of the city, around the beaches - and that is exactly where you want to be, right?
Near the action, to feel the buzz of The Marvelous City!

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Room Rates at Rio de Janeiro Hotels

However, not all Rio beaches are created equal and the difference is reflected in the hotel rates too.

Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana are the most tourist-friendly areas with lots of hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping centers.

From these three, Ipanema and Leblon tends to be a bit more upmarket than Copacabana.

There are numerous factors that effect the price level of the hotels in Rio but as a rule of thumb, you can expect that

  • the closer to the beachfront they are, the more pricey the hotels get,
  • room rates go up by 30% during the summer (from December till March),
  • hotel prices double or even triple during the Carnival (February) and New Year's - and get sold out quickly too, so make sure you book well in advance!

If you are not keen on watching the ocean directly from your hotel room window, you can save quite a few bucks by choosing a hotel one or two streets away from the beach.

Those hotels usually have a roof-top pool with excellent view of the ocean so you can still take great photos to boast with!

Other beaches like Botafogo and Flamengo have cheaper hotels nearby and districts further away from the beach, like Lapa and Centro, too.

Mind you, Centro, the business district, is not the safest area to be in once the work day ends so you'd better stick to the Copacabana-Ipanema area.

Why We Like Booking.com

With so many online hotel reservations website available why is Booking.com the most popular?

Great user experience, very easy to use.

You are NOT required to sign up, click on confirmation links and create a profile in order to be able to make a reservation.

Just choose the hotel, enter your details and Booking.com will automatically generate an account for that particular reservation. You will receive a very detailed confirmation email that includes the link where you can modify or cancel your reservation.

The site is available in 41 languages and the content is translated by human editors and not robots. So you are very likely to find accurate information in your mother tongue.

Wide selection.

At the time of writing (December 2011), Booking.com offers over 170,000 hotels in 150 countries and these numbers keep growing month by month. Accomodations range from cheap motels and individual B&Bs to international luxury hotel chains.

Genuine guest reviews - Guaranteed!

Booking.com only publishes reviews by guest who actually stayed at the particular hotel. Outsiders are not able to enter the site and post fake hotel reviews (unlike on Tripadvisor, for example).

No booking fees or advance downpayment.

You are required to enter your credit card details when you make a reservation but it only serves as a security for the hotel in case you don't show up or leave without paying.

Booking.com does not charge your credit card, you will pay the full amount at the hotel.

Best prices - Guaranteed!

It is included in their contract that hotels must display their best available rates on Booking.com.

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What About Tripadvisor?

Tripadvisor is an awesome travel community website where you can find lots of information not only about Rio de Janeiro hotels but also restaurants, vacation rentals, activities, etc.

You can also ask specific questions at the Forums, connect with other members, share your own opinion, write hotel reviews and travel tips that help others.

But Tripadvisor is NOT a hotel booking site. What you can do on TA is start a price search simultaneously on various online hotel reservations website and after picking the best deal you will have to go the actual reservation site to make your hotel booking.

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