Jan 1, 2009

The best hotels in Barra da Tijuca, Rio

Be warned: Barra da Tijuca, or Barra, as it's known, is quite far from the other Rio neighbourhoods like Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana and has a much different feel, glitzier and a tad commercial feeling. Some Brazilians like to call it the Miami Beach of Rio, which Barra fans find very insulting, of course. It must be said that it’s not all that pedestrian-friendly, as the beach stretches for kilometers on end. Here's a video that shows the beach well:

Here are the best hotels in Barra:

Sheraton Barra
Avenida Lúcio Costa, 3150 (Sernambetiba)
Tel. (55-21)3139-8000
It's got one of the best spas in town. To read more, click here.

Windsor Barra
Avenida Lúcio Costa, 2630 (Sernambetiba)
Tel. (55-21)2195-5000

Transamérica Flat Barra
Avenida Gastão Senges, 395
Tel. (55-21)2123-7000

hotel Barra First Class
Avenida das Américas, 7897
Tel. (55-21)2438-8800

hotel Royalty Barra
Avenida do Pepê, 690 (at Pepê beach, the best spot in Barra)
Tel. (55-21)2483-5373

Index of all the best Rio hotels, by neighbourhood

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