A guide for accommodation at the 2016 Olympics: where to stay in Rio?

South Zone neighborhoods in Rio.The 2016 Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro for 19 days from 5 to August 21 at the Olympic Parks being built in Barra da Tijuca, west of Rio, and other Olympic centers in Deodoro (Northwest River), Maracanã ( northern zone of Rio) and Copacabana, including the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and the Guanabara Bay.

To see where each sport will take place, visit the official website: www.rio2016.com/os-jogos/locais-de-competicao/mapa-de-instalacoes.

The best part of Rio to stay if you also want to do some sightseeing, would normally be the South Zone which encompasses neighborhoods such as Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo, Flamengo, Gloria, Botanical Garden and Lagoon.

Best neighborhoods to stay during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Map Olympic Game sites in Rio

If you come to the Olympics looking to get close to a site-specific competition, you will find many accommodation options in Barra and Copacabana; few good quality near the Maracana and very few possibilities near Deodoro.

In Barra da Tijuca, you will also have the possibility to stay in Recreio, a little farther. To see competitions in Deodoro and Maracanã  it will be much better to stay in the South Zone (see above) and use public transportation or special buses for the event.

Copacabana is part of the South Zone, the region which has the city’s best beaches: Copacabana, Leme, Arpoador, Ipanema and Leblon.

Hotel, inn, hostel, Vacation rental or family home for the Rio Olympics?

Most of the accommodations are classified in the categories above as hotel, guest house, hostel, a seasonal rental or family home.

What is the best?

Hotel?

Virtually all hotels are listed with comments / testimonials on TripAdvisor and available for booking on Booking.com so you can check what other people think and evaluate them. Be aware that all put the price much higher during the Olympics.

Pousada?

There are more than 200 hotels in Rio de all kinds of price. Not necessarily you will pay less than staying in a hotel, but it sure will be a much more interesting experience. Most lodges are around or in Santa Teresa where many colonial houses have been renovated and transformed into lodging. The big drawback? There are very few hotels in the south so if you want to stay right near the beach, you need to book very quickly. You can make a reservation with hotels personally recommended by Hidden Pousadas Brazil or more options with Booking.com.

Hostel?

Read this and this for hostels in Rio during the Olympic Games.

An excellent alternative compared to a hostel and if you want to have its own facilities and stay in the south, but will have to rush to get a private room because the supply is low. Otherwise, you will have to share room with several others and sleep in bunk beds. It can be fun if you are young and hip and does not bother with inputs and outputs of the room all night, but will not be as cool if you value the comfort and privacy. The number of hostels in Rio has been growing exponentially, many of them are located in prime areas of the city. You will continue to pay more for your stay during the Olympics, but will be much better and cheaper for single travelers or groups of friends. Reservations by Hostelworld.

Vacation Rentals?

There are hundreds of apartments for rent in Rio in all areas of the city, from simple conjugated / studios to luxury penthouses. This is an excellent option if you wish to have your own space with the possibility to eat in the apartment or on the street. However, will still appear many opportunities to rent in the coming months and, no doubt, some owners will try to take advantage of honest people. Be wary if the offer is too good!

Read this for vacation rentals in Rio during the Olympic Games.

Home Family / Homestay?

The site AirBnB got the official agreement for alternative accommodation during the Olympics and will have to organize very quickly thousands of rooms in people’s homes in a short time. And there’s another problem. Many people will be doing it for the first time, not so with the least experience in dealing with guests at home. My advice is to book as soon as possible, stay with people who are already receiving guests for some time and they live in the south, Santa Teresa or bar. At least this way you will build on the comments of others. It’s definitely best to avoid anything in downtown Rio and the favelas and be prepared to find a simple accommodation outside the areas mentioned above.

When and where to book accommodation for the Olympics

Many hotels in Rio are already previously blocked for delegations and influential people; others have not yet put prices and rooms online.

With info from http://www.embarquenaviagem.com/2015/08/09/olimpiadas-um-guia-sobre-onde-encontrar-a-melhor-hospedagem-no-rio-feito-por-alguem-que-esta-por-dentro/

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.