Whether you want a hotel with luxury and glamour or somewhere more moderate to suit your budget, picking the right part of Rio is key.
As a city with an edgy reputation, it's important to choose a safe part of Rio to stay in - follow local police advice for safety. Pickpocketing targeting foreigners is rife, and you should always keep an eye on your personal belongings.
Ipanema and Copacabana, in Zona Sul, are the main tourist areas to stay in, and both are lined with big hotels along the beach front. Rooms facing the bay have tremendous views, and you'll be well located in this upmarket area for the beach action on the famous strip, as well as for eating out, shopping and sightseeing on Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains. Renting an apartment is another option in this lively area.
The Centro district also has a good stock of hotels, although they tend to be more business-oriented. This part of town is also close to the city's museums and theatres, as well as the Cathedral of St Sebastian. It can be very quiet at night, except for the Santa Teresa district, but you may feel safer than in the beach areas.
As building work for the 2016 Olympics continues, many hotels will be popping up in the Zona Oeste area close to the sporting venues and many beaches. Transport links, including the metro, easily get you into town from here.