The Best Hotels to Book in Manaus, Brazil

Dive into the exciting culture on offer in Manaus, before taking a well-earned dip in your hotel's pool
Dive into the exciting culture on offer in Manaus, before taking a well-earned dip in your hotel's pool | Courtesy of Hotel Novotel Manaus / Expedia
Photo of Alex Robinson
9 December 2021

Manaus unravels beside the banks of the Amazon and Negro Rivers, separated from the rest of Brazil by hundreds of miles of wild rainforest. It’s an extraordinary place – a 20-minute boat-ride takes you from skyscraper urbanity to creeks brimming with toothy caiman, where bubblegum-pink river dolphins chase piranhas through lattices of tree roots and fallen vines. Hotels in Manaus range from cookie-cutter corporate inns next to shopping malls, to ecolodges on the city’s edge, where you’ll see more parrots than people. Want to find the best one(s) for you? Look at the following, and book yours with Culture Trip.

Saint Paul, for views of the opera house and beyond

A circular outdoor swimming pool and brown sunbeds at Hotel Saint Paul
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A World Cup refurbishment in 2018 took this tower from tawdry to tidy – with the compact rooms repainted in crisp whites, furnished with soft sofas and lounge chairs and given fresh mirror-walled bathrooms in polished stone. They still feel simple but in a good way. Book an upper-floor suite facing south and your reward is a balcony with one of the best views of any hotel in Manaus: over the dome of the adjacent Edwardian-era opera house, to the vast river and the forest beyond.

Blue Tree, for an ideal Adrianópolis stay

An L-shaped outdoor swimming pool with a water fountain and blue sunbeds at Blue Tree Premium Manaus
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The Blue Tree is a 15-minute cab ride from both the historic center and the Rio Negro beaches, but it’s well positioned for stays in the new commercial district of Adrianópolis – don’t worry if you’re a leisure visitor, as you’ll get superb levels of comfort. Manauara Shopping Mall (the city’s biggest mall, bursting with stores and restaurants) is 10 minutes away on foot. Rooms are simple but perfectly comfortable – peaceful, too, in muted creams, browns and pistachios, with chintzy bed covers and fitted workstations. There are fine skyline and forest views if you head up to the rooftop pool and deck or a lazy afternoon.

Hotel Novotel Manaus, for the city’s best feijoada

A bar and seating area at Hotel Novotel Manaus with red patterned seating and dark-wood tables
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This hotel may be corporate but it’s perfect for holidaymakers, overlooking a leafy park next to Manaus’ huge industrial and warehouse district, opposite the Amazon indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Center. There’s a big pool and sun deck. Rooms are calm and inoffensive, such as you’d find in an airport hotel – cream tones with laminate floors, large desks and twin beds or doubles. If you want to hit the river, Opera House and historic sights it’ll take you about 15 minutes by cab. Note that, while there are no restaurants close by, the hotel restaurant serves Manaus’ best feijoada (the meaty national dish) on Sundays.

Quality Hotel, for proximity to Manauara Shopping Mall

The exterior entrance to Quality Hotel with a curved roof featuring the hotel's name
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You’ll find this tower block hotel in the modern business center of Adrianópolis: the location is good, next to the huge Manauara Shopping Mall (with a choice of restaurants, shops and a cinema). Rooms are simple cubes in bright turquoises, faced with light woods and with hospital-white floor tiles. En suites have walk-in showers and there’s a small gym and restaurant. But the real reason to stay is for the view from the upper rooms as well as the rooftop swimming pool, out over the city skyline and Amazon river.

Millennium, for contemporary comfort

One rectangular outdoor swimming pool and one circular outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and sunbeds at Millennium hotel
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This high-rise overlooks a creek next to the Millennium Shopping Mall in residential Shangrillá, a lively district packed with restaurants and bars. Staying here is an upbeat experience, with corporate-cool rooms in contemporary creams and whites, lent dashes of tropical color by local art and bright scatter cushions. The hotel’s real standout features are the views over the city and surrounding forests from the upper-floor balconies as well as the rooftop pool and sundeck. Add to that the breakfasts, which feature Amazonian fruits and juices.

Amazon Ecopark, for wildlife wonderment

A lodge made of brown wood with red painted concrete foundations and steps at Amazon Ecopark
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In the Ecopark you are both in the city and the Amazon rainforest. The lodge sits in lush vegetation overlooking a wide blackwater creek, a 10-minute boat hop and 20-minute cab ride from downtown; this makes it the wildest of all hotels in Manaus to be within easy reach of the center. Accommodation is in wood-walled huts set on low-lit paths that connect to a bar-restaurant and a white-sand river beach. There’s wildlife all around – from small marmoset monkeys to electric-blue morpho butterflies and clouds of whirring hummingbirds.

Adrianópolis, for rooftop pool pleasure

Two brown sunbeds next to an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by white railings at Hotel Adrianópolis All Suites
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This tall tower rises over the heart of Adrianópolis district, close to restaurants, bars and the upmarket Manauara Shopping Mall. If you want the Opera House and/or the Rio Negro beaches you’ll be there in 15 minutes max. Suites work a cool, corporate look in muted olives and taupes, with windows that deliver skyline and river views. There’s a small spa with a sauna and a restaurant, but the hotel’s outstanding feature is the rooftop pool, where the city stretches to rainforest horizons beyond your sunlounger.

Vieiralves, for sunrise views

Reception area at Hotel Express Vieiralves featuring large colourful artwork on the walls and an indoor plant
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This modest hotel sits on a quiet street in the commercial Vieiralves district, a short cab ride from the historical center and the Amazon and Negro rivers. If you fancy shopping, dining and drinking, you’ll find restaurants and bars as well as the Multiloja department store an easy stroll away. Rooms are simple cubes in shades of light peppermint and beige, offset by colorful bedspreads and warm woods. Book a room above the 7th floor – and ask for one facing east, for views of sunrise over the forest and city through small picture windows.

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