Belmond Copacabana Palace

Hotel in Copacabana & Leme

Rio's most famous hotel has hosted heads of state, rock stars and other prominent personalities – Queen Elizabeth once stayed here, as did the Rolling Stones. The dazzling white facade dates from the 1920s, when it became a symbol of the city. Today accommodations range from deluxe rooms to spacious suites with balconies.

The pool is the loveliest in Rio, and the restaurants are top-notch.