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The 6 best pet-friendly hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Whisk your pet off on a trip to Rio and you’ll be running along Copacabana together and café-hopping in this cinematic city’s bohemian neighbourhoods.

These six pet-friendly properties are the best places to base yourself.*

Belmond Copacabana Palace

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is a hotel for pets with extravagant taste

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is a hotel for pets with extravagant taste

For pets with extravagant taste, a stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is in order. This historic, Art Deco hotel is located 50 metres from the sands of Rio’s most famous beach, so you can take your pet for a seaside stroll or surf after checking in. Expect potent caipirinhas on arrival (and pet bowls available for water, too), on stepping into the polished marble lobby, where bellboys in pristine uniforms will wait on you hand and foot. The suites are all about classic opulence, with crystal chandeliers suspended from the ceilings – do try to get a sea-facing room, as the views are quite something.

Mama Shelter Rio De Janeiro

Pets with a penchant for contemporary style should stay at Mama Shelter

Pets with a penchant for contemporary style should stay at Mama Shelter

At Mama Shelter Rio De Janeiro, the playful design will suit pets with a penchant for contemporary style. Slate grey walls are complemented by powder pink-painted ceilings and tropical potted plants, while striped, citrus-coloured sun loungers decorate the garden. The hotel is located in the bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood, and while Rio’s beaches may be a bit of a schlep from there, the surrounding tree-lined, cobbled streets (with murals decorating almost every crumbling mansion) provide ample opportunity for sunny walks. Snuggle up with your dog on a beanbag for the occasional film nights or weekend band performances hosted in the courtyard, or simply take them with you to the low-lit bar decorated with Portuguese tiles.

Casa Francisco

Let your pet play safely within the confines of Casa Francisco's coral-coloured walls

Let your pet play safely within the confines of Casa Francisco's coral-coloured walls

Start your day with a coffee in the tree-dappled shade of Casa Francisco’s mosaiced courtyard, while your pet plays within the safe confines of the coral-coloured walls. The hotel even has its own resident dog for yours to play with if he or she gets lonely. Once you’re ready to explore the area, your first port of call should be the Parque das Ruínas, verdant gardens that contain the ruins of a mansion belonging to Brazilian heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo – the mansion was a salon for Rio’s artists and intellectuals during the 1920s and 30s. The park contains a small gallery but the main reason to visit is the viewing platform, providing a panorama of downtown Rio and the Santa Teresa neighbourhood.

JANEIRO Hotel

This upmarket, Scandi-style hotel is perfect for upmarket pets

This upmarket, Scandi-style hotel is perfect for upmarket pets

Located in Leblon – an area that’s notoriously exclusive – JANEIRO Hotel is for upmarket pets. The sea-facing suites are minimalist in a Scandi style, with huge windows, light oak furniture, concrete features and cream and white tones, broken up with a dash of green Monstera deliciosa. Head upstairs to the infinity rooftop pool, where grey marble and glass create a serene aesthetic for lazy quality time with your pet, and portholes in the walls frame Rio’s Dois Irmãos peaks perfectly.

Casa Vermelha

Spend hours relaxing by the outdoor pool with your pet at Casa Vermelha

Spend hours relaxing by the outdoor pool with your pet at Casa Vermelha

From quilt- and cushion-covered futons and bean bags, to hammocks hanging in a garden overflowing with palms, ferns and vibrant flowers, there are plenty of prime pet sleeping spots in Casa Vermelha. Parquet wooden floors, wooden shutters, heaving bookcases and fuschia-painted walls lend this property a warm and authentic feel, while its location in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and views of the Christ the Redeemer statue make it a fantastic base to explore Rio. Start your day with a breakfast spread of fresh watermelon, papaya and tropical smoothies, and either spend hours relaxing by the outdoor pool with your pet, or set off to explore the lively surrounds.

**These pet-friendly properties were selected for meeting or exceeding a data benchmark of review scores and bookings.