Brazilians seem to swoon over children. Upset youngsters on public transport tend to bring smiles and looks of kind concern rather than glares of annoyance. This tolerance and genuine adoration makes traveling in Brazil with children that little bit easier. If your itinerary includes Rio de Janeiro, here are some family-friendly hotels in the city that cater for younger guests as well as adults.
The Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel impresses with its gleaming marble floors, high ceilings, pristine rooms, complete spa and on-site golf and tennis courts. It has every whim and desire catered for, including those of its younger guests. The three pools outside include a children’s pool area, and the hotel also provides the SheraTOON’s Kids’ Club that provides an endless source of entertainment for young children. The semi-private beach opens out in front of the hotel, so there is no busy road to cross over. Be sure to check the recreation schedules at the hotel as family activities are offered daily.
Hotel Sofitel is tucked in at the corner of Copacabana, yet stands out for its immaculate interior, unbeatable service and enviable views across Copacabana beach all the way over to Leme. In-room video games and an outdoor pool will provide simple yet entertaining fun for kids for hours, and the reserved section on the Copacabana beach brings a quieter spot for hotel guests. Hotel services also include a babysitting service that can give parents an extra hand in looking after children.
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Miramar Hotel provides all the glitz and glam that you could ask for from a hotel, especially with its rooftop infinity pool that makes the view of Copacabana beach visible from any angle. While adults will appreciate the sophistication, kids will love splashing in rooftop waters and the wide range of breakfast options for all tastes. The self-service laundry is a relief for families and the reserved spot on the beach for hotel guests provides privacy and safety.
Contemporary rooms, a rooftop pool and beautiful views are some of the key appeals of the Royalty Barra Hotel, in addition to the family-friendly options. The quieter beach out in front doesn’t fill up with big crowds like the beaches in the south zone of the city, so it’s easier to keep an eye on kids. Other hotel services that make family travel easier include a small playground, and the possibility of booking connecting rooms and roll-away beds.
Located in the south zone’s star neighborhood, Ipanema, which is overtaking Copacabana in the glamor stakes, the Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza is ideally located for easy access to restaurants and public transport routes. The rooftop provides a safe place to enjoy the sun and pool, with umbrellas to provide much-needed shelter against the sun’s strong rays. When taking a trip to the beach, the hotel provides a complimentary beach service with umbrellas and chairs. Babysitting service and self-service laundry will also give parents an extra hand with their children.
The abundance of mirror-like marble hints at the quality and prestige of this wonderfully-located hotel that sits in prime spot Ipanema near to posto 9 of the beach. Each of the 222 rooms are air-conditioned, which is a must in Rio’s summer, and include extras such as free, speedy internet and safes. The outdoor pool, sauna and fitness center provide a healthy retreat for adults, and the babysitting and childcare services are on hand to help with kids. A 24-hour room service makes life that bit easier, as does the shuttle bus that runs to the popular tourist destinations and the airport shuttle bus that does airport-hotel-airport pick ups and drop offs.
The Savoy Othon is just one block from Copacabana beach and provides clean, modern rooms and a complimentary breakfast that both adults and children will like. Some key appeals to this family-friendly hotel include an all-round airport shuttle bus, 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, laundry services and blackout drapes and curtains to help ensure a good night’s sleep.