The grit… the glory… the infinity pools, dance parties, and multi-course French meals. Not everyone who’s headed to Rio will be bunking in the Olympic Village’s modest dorms (though we do hear a certain basketball team has scored a cruise ship for their accommodations). For the spectators, Rio is ripe with luxury boutique hotels that have pulled out all the stops for their guests, including bringing in guest chefs, DJs and cachaça-fueled pop-ups. Here’s a look at where Rio’s most savvy travellers will be staying during the Olympic Games.
Where the celebratory caipirinhas will flow Viewing parties for the games will take place in the Clubhouse’s lounge, where there’s a full caipirinha menu. Additionally, the hotel will host a daily pop-up by the pool with Florería Atlántico – a Buenos Aires-based bar that’s been touted as one of the best cocktail spots in all of Latin America.
Other hotel happenings Guest DJs (including Mark Royko), carioca beats and an intimate dinner party with chef Yann Kamps are in the works.
Full house? Amazingly, rooms are still available. Badminton, judo and diving fans (or anyone, really): come one, come all.
La Maison by Dussol
Where the celebratory caipirinhas will flow An international crowd of journalists and sports aficionados will gather for late-night revelry and gold-medal festas at La Maison’s in-house bar. Also, guests are sure to reflect on every feat of superhuman athleticism as they sun themselves (unapologetically) by the pool.
Other hotel happenings These digs have been renovated specifically for the Olympics, plus the hotel brought in additional staff to make sure everyone who stays at La Maison can cheer VAMOS! for their home team with utmost ease.
Full house? Pack your sunga (that’s Brazilian for itty-bitty swim briefs) because there are still a few rooms available the second week of the Games.
La Suite by Dussol
Where the celebratory caipirinhas will flow Parties will take place around the hotel’s infinity pool, potentially prompting inspired fans to show off their freestyle skills à la Bruno Fratus – a top Brazilian swimmer.
Other hotel happenings Like La Maison, La Suite got a pre-Olympics makeover. They’ll also host festive dinners with guest chefs from France.
Full house? Yep, this cliffside retreat is booked to capacity.
Hotel Santa Teresa
Where the celebratory caipirinhas will flow La Térèz, Santa Teresa’s onsite restaurant, will feature a special tropical Brazilian menu.
Other hotel happenings Anyone lucky enough to snag the hotel’s Loft Suite will likely find their room to be the main event (gymnastics and pole vault be damned). There’s a private terrace with sprawling views of the city, an ensuite decked out in grey marble, hardwood floors, a soaking tub, rainfall shower, telescope and even complimentary Havaiana flip-flops to boot.
Full house? During the Games, every last art-accented room in this former coffee plantation is taken.
Featured image is a Deluxe Room at Hotel Santa Teresa