RIO DE JANEIRO

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COPACABANA PALACE
Av. Atlântica, 1702
Tel: 55-21-2548-7070
Fax: 55-21-2235-7330
copacabanapalace.orient-express.com

A glamour-puss again—since its 1990s rebirth and with further improvements in progress through fall 2006—this Copa classic modeled on the Negresco and the Carlton in the Côte d'Azur is great for the megapool, rooftop tennis court, the excellent (pricey) Cipriani restaurant, and beach-view rooms. Don't even think about the rooms at the back.

CAESAR PARK
Av. Vieira Souto, 460
Tel: 55-21-2525-2525
caesarpark-rio.com

Frequently top-rated, this high-rise has somewhat dowdy Louis XVI-style decor and a penchant for the business guest. On the other hand, it's on the beach in the best part of Ipanema, most front rooms have balconies, and there's a great pool and bar on the roof.

HOTEL MARINA ALL SUITES
Av. Delfim Moreira, 696
Praia do Leblon
Tel: 55-21-2172 1100
Fax: 55-21-2172-1110
hotelmarina.com.br

This 38-suite, family-owned hot spot is the hipster-model favorite— as is its restaurant, Bar d'Hotel. Do splurge on one of the eight special gemstone suites with their funky-chic modern style and beach views. The rooftop "Health Floor" has a small pool, a coed steam/sauna, a gym, and massage tables.

PORTINARI DESIGN HOTEL
Rua Francisco Sá 17 - Posto 6
Tel: 55-21-3222-8800
hotelportinari.com.br

Design's important to these folks (gee, you think?), so they got well-known Brazilians to do up different floors. The sexiest rooms are Hélio Fraga's tropical style (floors five and six) and the most romantic are Luis Fernando Redó's candy colors and carved wood (floors nine and ten). The rooftop restaurant (with hot tub) is lovely. It's one block from Copa Beach.

SHERATON BARRA HOTEL E SUITES
Av. Lúcio Costa, 3150
Tel: 55-21-3139-8000
Fax: 55-21-3139-8085
sheraton.com/barra

To free up more of your budget for nightlife, this new (2003) pair of towers is worth considering. The 293 bright, modern, well-equipped rooms all have ocean-view balconies, and the pools and ten-mile beach are great. On the downside, it's not the right beach. Far from downtown, it's in a fast-growing neighborhood consisting largely of malls.

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