Orla Copacabana Hotel

A top pick in Copacabana with a rooftop pool and sweeping views of the beach and Sugarloaf Mountain.

By Regis St. Louis, Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 2:30 PM

Orla Copacabana Hotel

About this Hotel

Price From $139

'Hood Copacabana, a bustling, high-rise neighborhood that's famous for its long, scalloped beachfront. The hotel is at Copacabana's southern end—a 15-minute walk from Ipanema, the neighborhood of choice for Rio's young fashionistas.

The Vibe Look beyond the nondescript 13-story exterior: The Orla Copacabana's narrow lobby is a graceful meeting of the manufactured and natural, with stylish wooden lounge chairs, oversize paintings, and artfully lit bouquets of fresh flowers. Guests can lounge by the pool on the equally appealing rooftop patio.

Rooms The 115 rooms are attractively designed, if predictable: tasteful abstract prints, walls painted in subdued tones of gray and cream, and simple bathrooms with granite floors. Rooms with ocean views merit their higher prices, as they're considerably more spacious.

Plus A terrific location right across the street from the beach and close to the café at the Forte de Copacabana, which serves up some of the city's finest ocean views.

Minus The standard rooms are cramped and lack natural light.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $139, rooms with ocean views from $199. Rates include breakfast.