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Top 5 urban design hotels in Brazil

An economic powerhouse with rich cultural diversity, stunning natural landscapes, and home to some of the world’s biggest cities, Brazil also boasts urban hotels that are renowned for their unique architecture and design, which makes them works of art in the metropolitan landscape and visual reference points for both visitors and locals.

Designed to reflect the local culture and history, their architectural richness is evident in every detail. In addition to the meticulously planned façade, the interior spaces, which stimulate imagination and are decorated with contemporary furniture and art pieces of different styles and influences, are designed to provide a unique sensory experience by combining elegance, comfort, and functionality. Discover hotels located in five different Brazilian cities that not only enchant but also provide the perfect settings for memorable moments.

B Hotel, Brasília

The country’s capital, Brasília, is a symbol of Brazilian modernity and a landmark of architecture and urban planning. The city was conceived under President Juscelino Kubitschek, popularly known as JK, in the late 1950s, with a characteristic layout of sinuous lines. The plan, developed by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, made the city a milestone in development an a reference in urban design.

B Hotel is located at Eixo Monumental, in the very heart of Brasília, which is like an open-air gallery. The hotel was designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld and features striking architecture, much like the city around it. The building includes free spans, pilotis, and breeze blocks (cobogó). The interior features Brazilian-designed furniture and indigenous art, one of the highlights of its décor.

On the rooftop, Bar 16 offers a beautiful view to enjoy the daily spectacle of the sun setting over the Cerrado while sipping signature drinks.

Hotel Unique, São Paulo

For 15 years, Hotel Unique has been an inspiring landmark in São Paulo. The economic engine of Latin America, the city is known for its cultural diversity, welcoming a wide variety of ethnicities, vibrant cultural life, and having some of the best gastronomic offerings in the Southern Hemisphere. A benchmark in luxury hospitality, Hotel Unique enchants with its service and attention to every detail: architecture, technology, comfort, art, design, fashion, food, and music create a memorable experience for those visiting São Paulo.

Designed by architect Ruy Ohtake, the hotel features 94 suites, with interiors by João Armentano and landscaping by Gilberto Elkis. Aside from the unusual façade for a hotel, its restaurant Skye has a red pool and a lounge with panoramic views of the city’s landmarks, such as Ibirapuera Park and the Paulista Avenue skyline.

Emiliano Rio, Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s postcard city, Emiliano Rio Hotel is located right in front of the famous Copacabana Beach. With contemporary design by Arthur Casas, the hotel offers 90 rooms that emphasize natural light and connect guests to the Marvelous City of Rio.

It also houses Santapele Spa, which is perfect for relaxing and restoring the energy necessary to balance body, mind, and soul. Its restaurant, Emile, is divided into two spaces, with a cozy atmosphere and a huge vertical garden.


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LK Design Hotel, Florianópolis

Nicknamed “Floripa” and the Magic Island, Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina. A perfect place to rest, connect with nature, explore trails, and encounter numerous beaches and lagoons. Influences of the Azorean culture of the early settlers are reflected in traditions, customs, folklore, and cuisine.

Located in the most elegant area of Florianópolis, LK Design Hotel was designed by architect Roberto Migoto and explores minimalism with modern suites that provide privileged views of various points of the city. It has 168 rooms, a rooftop bar and infinity pool, ideal for admiring the sunset.

Hotel Fasano, Salvador

This wish list would not be complete without Fasano Salvador, located in the historic heart of Bahia’s capital. On the cobblestone streets of Pelourinho, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, colorful century-old mansions share space with baroque churches and host countless cultural events and musical performances all year round.

Located in Castro Alves Square, Fasano Hotel has unparalleled views of the Bay of All Saints and is housed in a historic building designated as a Cultural Heritage Site of Bahia. At the entrance, the lobby was restored to preserve the original wall and floor coverings, faithfully reproduced in Carrara marble and Verde Alpi granite. The hotel has 70 rooms, a restaurant signed by Rogério Fasano, a business center, and a rooftop leisure area.

Simone Scorsato is Executive Director of Brazilian Luxury Travel Association. BLTA’s main objective is to promote and strengthen Brazil as a travel destination to the global luxury market.

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  1. There was a time when urban combined with hotel meant functional and boring.

    No longer. These designers show how much you can do in an urban setting.

    1. It probably says something about me … I’ll always go for an urban hotel right at the heart of the action. These 5 are right up my street. Literally.

    2. Another interesting fact is that in these hotels you can appreciate the design and creativity of Brazilian designers

  2. You’d never guess that you were in the city at the Emiliano Rio Hotel. There’s so much greenery in that picture you’d think that you were in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest. I can almost hear the squawking macaws.

  3. I like the look of the Hotel Unique. Dark wood flooring always does it for me, it’s just so sophisticated.

    What with the individually lit art work, like a gallery, the interior designers have done a great job.

    1. My pet theory is that we’re fortunate to be living through a Great Age of Design. And I think it’s come about become of the financial crises and logistic problems. As these hotels show, great designers do more with less.

    2. Exactly, and that’s how you can discover the creativity of Brazilian architects and designers

  4. These 5 hotels would make for a very stylish tour of Brazil with their design theme. You could stay in each for 2 or 3 nights.

    1. This comment is perfect, this is the purpose of presenting a creative and diverse Brazil

    1. This comment is perfect, this is the purpose of presenting a creative and diverse Brazil

    2. Yes, at the B Hotel the wooden furniture has a family history and legacy. They are profound connoisseurs of types of wood.

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