Downtown Rio de Janeiro - Historical Centro, Lapa and Guanabara Bay

Centro, Lapa, Santa Teresa

Historical Rio includes the areas of Centro and Lapa, plus the uphill neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Downtown Rio is divided into many areas, using parks and landmarks as reference. The best lodging options are clustered near the spots where you find most of the action.

There are many lovely museums and wonderful cultural centers Downtown. Historical chuches, the first public park in Rio, the iconic Theatro Municipal. The tram line to Santa Teresa is operational again. The renovated Praça Mauá, with a plaza overlooking the bay surrounded by two new museums, is the new darling.

Window-shopping in Centro is always fun - there is an open mall named Saara with discounted specialty shops. Night life is a forté. Lapa keeps up to its bohemian tradition, with lively cafés and samba halls. Circo Voador and Fundição Progresso are home to big parties, live music shows and specials. There's another hub centered around Rua Sacadura Cabral.

The lodging scene is diverse. The only Relais & Chateaux in Rio is in Santa Teresa. Vila Galé is based on this lovely renovated historical building. There are great business hotels, and good options in the three and two-star range. Find your personal favorites! These areas are served by the subway system, so you have quick transportation to Flamengo and the beaches. More alternatives include private-owned apartments, and even youth hostels.

Map of Suggested Hotels & Flats

Interactive Hotel Map

Our maps are numbered and color coded with the star rating for quick reference. Visit hotels to check facilities, services, and reviews from guests. Choose the dates of your stay for the lowest rates available.

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 Name  Area  Stars  Address  Rates
 01Sao Francisco  Centro    four    Rua Visconde de Inhauma, 95     Rates  
 02Windsor Guanabara  Centro    four    Av. Presidente Vargas, 392     Rates  
 03Novotel Santos Dumont  Centro    four    Rua Marechal Camara, 300     Rates  
 04Ibis Santos Dumont  Centro    three    Rua Marechal Camera, 280     Rates  
 05Aeroporto Othon  Centro    two    Av. Beira Mar, 280     Rates  
 06Prodigy Santos Dumont  Centro    four    Ave. Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365     Rates  
 07Windsor Asturias  Centro    three    Rua Senador Dantas, 14     Rates  
 08Itajuba Centro  Centro    two    Rua Alvaro Alvim, 23     Rates  
 09OK Centro  Centro    four    Rua Senador Dantas, 24     Rates  
 10Atlantico Business  Centro    four    Rua Senador Dantas, 25     Rates  
 11Vina del Mar  Centro    three    Rua Joaquim Silva, 57     Rates  
 12Ibis Centro  Centro    three    Rua Silva Jardim, 32     Rates  
 13Rios Presidente  Centro    three    Rua Pedro I, 19     Rates  
 14Castelo Centro  Centro    two    Rua do Lavradio, 62     Rates  
 15Carioca Centro  Centro    two    Ave. Gomes Freire, 430     Rates  
 16Granada Centro  Centro    four    Rua Gomes Freire, 530     Rates  
 17Pouso Real  Centro    three    Rua do Resende, 35     Rates  
 18Arcos Rio Palace  Centro    two    Ave. Mem de Sa, 117     Rates  
 19Fluminense  Centro    three    Rua dos Invalidos, 176     Rates  
 20Vila Gale  Centro    four    Rua do Riachuelo, 124     Rates  
 21Soft Inn Lapa  Centro    two    Rua do Resende, 107     Rates  
 22Monte Alegre  Centro    three    Rua Riachuelo, 213     Rates  
 23Bristol Easy Plus  Centro    three    Rua Riachuelo, 242     Rates  
 24Arosa Rio  Centro    four    Ave. Henrique Valadares, 150     Rates  
 25Santa Teresa Sofitel  Centro    five    Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660     Rates  

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More Options

A luxury apartment overlooking the bay, or a dormitory in a youth hostel. These areas provide a lively combination of culture, nightlife, and great views. You are a few subway stations from Centro and ocean beaches