With a skyrocketing economy, Brazil is an increasingly pivotal player on the world business stage, and business travel in Rio de Janeiro is at an all time high.
There are plenty of good quality hotel options for business travelers in Rio, ranging from relatively basic cost effective accommodations to flashy lodgings favoured by such luminaries as outgoing Brazilian president Lula. Our number one pick, Sofitel Rio, is an excellent case in point.
The beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are home to some of the plushest hotel accommodations, while more affordable options can be found in Centro, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Flamengo, Botafogo and Gloria. The IBIS is a decent mid-range option close to the domestic airport.
Meanwhile, the modern suburb of Barra da Tijuca has some of the city's most impressive convention spaces, and some very good hotels, such as the
Business visitors to Rio de Janeiro can expect to find conference facilties and internet connections in all hotels aimed at business travelers, with gyms and - crucially in the Rio summer - swimming pools usually included in the package too.
Business travelers coming to Rio de Janeiro should note that the downtown district of Centro is teeming from Monday to Friday but virtually deserted at weekends, so it may be worth booking a couple of nights closer to the beach if you plan to be here over a weekend.
Avenida Atlântica, 4240 - Copacabana
Avenida Lucio Costa 3150
Barra da Tijuca
Avenida Vieira Souto 460
Praia Do Flamengo 20
Avenida Atlantica 1702
RUA DO RUSSEL 632
Avenida Atlântica, 1500
Avenida Atlantica, 2600
RUA MARECHAL CAMARA 280