Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
This destination resort boasts landscaped grounds and plenty for couples, families and business travelers.
As large-scale urban resorts go, this is arguably Rio's best. This beachfront destination has two pools (one especially for kids), a kids' club with dedicated activities, an outdoor Jacuzzi, tennis courts, a fitness center offering classes from bilingual trainers and Shine Spa for Sheraton, with treatment rooms overlooking the ocean. Accommodations are done in a clean, simple and comfortable style, and all of the 538 guest rooms and 61 suites come with Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds, work desks and flat-screen TVs. Upper floors have especially good views of Leblon and Ipanema beaches out to the islands of Cagarra.
Numerous on-site restaurants include Bene (casual Italian), L'Etoile (upscale French), Casa da Cachaça (classic Brazilian on a terrace) and Casarão (Brazilian steakhouse). In addition, Dry Martini Bar by Javier de las Muela is a hot spot for craft cocktails. Because of its size and variety of activities, the resort is popular for group events, with 47,566 square feet of function space for conventions and weddings.