What are the five best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro?

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As Rio has become increasingly popular as a playground for the rich and famous, the city has developed a crop of world-class accommodations. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for a few of the best.
1. The ultra-trendy Hotel Fasano, sits on prime real estate at the edge of Arpoador and Ipanema beaches, which makes a lively and stylish scene. Designed by Philippe Starck, the sleek hotel's 91 rooms are outfitted with rich, sensuous leathers, lustrous hardwood fixtures and private balconies that look out to Ipanema. Visiting celebrities like to call this their home away from while in Rio, and it's no wonder, when the staff seems so genuinely eager to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
2. The storied Copacabana Palace sits on Copacabana's beachfront like a monolithic testament to Rio's grandeur in bygone times. Built in 1923, with several renovations since, the impressive building was modeled after ones in Nice and Cannes, and it does have an air of European glamor to it. The ground-level pool is a chic place to spend time, especially while sipping a cocktail as the live band plays. There is simply no other place in Rio like it, and the Palace maintains an air of glamour despite the surrounding neighborhood not being what it once was.
3. For a stay in a more intimate setting, away from the bustle of Rio's beaches, Hotel Santa Teresa is an excellent choice. A colonial mansion perched atop an overlook in Santa Teresa, Rio's hilly neighborhood of artisans, hipsters and cool cafes and restaurants, the hotel is one of the city's most elegant. Lounge poolside and enjoy the views of the surrounding hillside villas by day, and at night, dine at the top-rated Térèze, which serves elevated cuisine with African, Asian and Mediterranean influences.
4. Convenience is king at Ceasar Park, which claims a cushy spot fronting the most stylish stretch of Ipanema beach. Walk outside and you can find a spot under one of the hotel's umbrellas to enjoy the vista of the Dois Irmaos mountains flanking the beach, or for more privacy, claim a spot at the rooftop pool. This hotel is business oriented — the staff speak very good English, and service is prompt and attentive.
5. If you didn't come to Rio to spend all your money on where you'll sleep at night, and prefer to take advantage of what's outside the hotel walls, the Orla Copacabana Hotel is a great option. The hotel and rooms are without many frills, but also offer superb value for the price. Located steps away from the beach, the hotel’s rooftop pool provides another spot for sun worshippers.

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