Barra's hotels

The demographic explosion which brought Barra da Tijuca, one of the top beaches in Rio de Janeiro, from an empty stretch of coast in the 1960s to a city-sized district has never meant an abundance of excellent hotels.

Though not near some of Rio's most popular attractions, such as the Corcovado, Barra has great assets - the beauty of the 11-plus-mile beach, good restaurants and the proximity to other fine beaches, such as Prainha, Recreio and quaint Barra de Guaratiba with its seafood eateries - which justify a stay.

The area's potential will be better explored with the opening of new hotels in time for World Cup 2014.

4 Stars

Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro

$269 Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro

Av. Aquarela, 75, Rio de Janeiro

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Hotel Novo Mundo

$172 Hotel Novo Mundo

Praia do Flamengo, 20, Flamengo

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Caesar Park Ipanema

$456 Caesar Park Ipanema

Avenida Vieira Souto 460 , Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro

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Promenade Paradiso All Suites Hotel

$164 Promenade Paradiso All Suites Hotel

Avenida Das Amaricas, 487

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Hotel groups

Barra's Hotels