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Last updated: 23 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Sugarloaf out front, Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain framed in your bedroom window: the Yoo2 boasts wonderful views (from the bedrooms and the expansive rooftop bar and pool area) and elegant hipster fittings, at a great price.

Rooms are modern-minimalist, with splashes of colour from funky moulded chairs, and monochrome floor mosaics which echo Rio’s famous dragon’s tooth paving.

The cablecar up Sugarloaf is five-minutes’ cab ride away and upcoming Botafogo neighbourhood has some of Rio’s coolest alternative restaurants and bars.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Walk the Pista Claudio Coutinho

Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Region, Brazil[2.1 miles]

A wonderful rainforest and beach walk that winds around Morro da Urca hill next to Sugar Loaf mountain, offering myriad beautiful mountain and ocean views.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free | 45 mins (one way)

Sandy beach with tourists and city in backgound

Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Region, Brazil[2.9 miles]

This world-famous 4km crescent is the epicentre of Rio’s beach scene and the perfect place for beach sports and people-watching. It;’s not great for swimming – water quality is especially poor when the tide comes in.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Brightly painted cobbled stairs in street

Selaron Steps

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[3.1 miles]

An Instagram favourite, these colourful mosaic steps were created by Chilean immigrant Jorge Selaron. Visit the bottom end in Lapa (off Rua Joaquim Silva) – the upper reaches in Santa Teresa lie close to a favela and are unsafe.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Pyramidal high-rise tower

Metropolitan Cathedral

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[3.6 miles]

Even if you’re not religious, this landmark cathedral is worth a stop to admire the building alone. A towering brutalist cone, its dark, cavernous interior is lit with long strips of iridescent modernist stained glass.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Large hall with yellow ceiling lights

Confeitaria Colombo

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[4.2 miles]

Glittering with mirrors, and with gorgeous art deco galleries illuminated by a vast ceiling skylight, this traditional Portuguese coffee house in the city centre is the perfect coffee spot, and a must for lovers of architecture.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Fiscal Island

Fiscal Island

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[4.4 miles]

This neo-Gothic Verdigris-covered fantasy palace, built during the days of the Empire of Brazil, is Rio’s former customs house. It’s now a small naval museum that you can visit. Tours depart from the nearby Navy Cultural Centre.

Best for ages: 18+ | £15

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Rio de Janeiro

Southeastern Region, Brazil

Heaven for healthy hedonists – hang glide, surf or hike by day, relax on the beach and party all night. Then, of course, there’s that carnival…

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