Price From $139
'Hood Flamengo, one of Rio's oldest residential neighborhoods, dotted with 19th century mansions and modern high-rises. The hotel sits on a quiet side street near good restaurants and shops, about two blocks from the handsomely restored former presidential palace, Museu da República.
The Vibe The 10-story Windsor Florida has checkered floors, tropical plants, and marble-lined corridors graced with mid-20th-century sofas and armchairs. A swimming pool on the small rooftop deck has lovely views of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Rooms The 225 rooms vary in size, from standard (spacious enough for twin beds and a wall-mounted desk) to luxurious (with king-size beds, whirlpool baths, and recessed lighting). Rooms are painted in cheery colors like marigold and are decorated with tasteful prints of beach scenes or cityscapes.
Plus The huge included breakfast buffet includes fresh tropical fruit (such as papaya and mango) plus eggs, bacon, toast, and juices.
Minus Nearby Flamengo Beach looks inviting but is good for strolling only, as its waters are too polluted for swimming. Hop a half-hour cab ride to the city's most famous beaches.
Free Wi-Fi? No. Wi-Fi costs $13 for 24 hours.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa.
Details Singles, from $129. Doubles: standards, from $139; luxury rooms, from $173.