- Style Club tropicana
- Setting Sultry Station 8
RUNNER-UP: HOTTEST HOTEL BAR – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
This Starck-styled boutique hotel sits on the sexiest stretch of Rio de Janeiro. Fasano Rio is brought to you by a hospitality family who’ve been in the restaurant and hotel game for more than 100 years. With a glass exterior, a white marble pool on the roof, and a section of private beach, it’s all about the glitz and glam of the supermodel's seafront.
Need to know
- Rooms 89, including 10 suites.
- Rates For Smith's exclusive rates, ring our 24-hour Travel Team on 1 800 464 2040
- More details Rates include a 15-minute welcome massage, personal trainer and use of the rooftop pool, but exclude breakfast (R$58 each).
- Facilities Spa, gardens, gym and WiFi (R$50 a day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free bottled water and Affinity bath products.
- Poolside There’s a heated marble infinity pool on the roof overlooking Ipanema Beach.
- Check–out 12pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Extra beds and cots can be added to Deluxe rooms, Suites and Deluxe Suites, free. There’s a lifeguard at the pool from 9am until 8pm. Babysitting can be arranged with 24 hours’ notice. Toys and DVDs can be borrowed, and cookies and milk are provided
- Also Small pets are allowed, as is smoking (in bedrooms only). Two bedrooms have wheelchair access.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For lots of space and a view, opt for a Deluxe, where ocean visions and Sergio Rodrigues wooden chairs are offered out on the prime balcony spots. The street can be noisy, so for peace and quiet, ask for a room higher up. And if a leather-upholstered day-bed strikes your fancy, you’ll need a Suite.
- Packing tips A bikini for every day of your stay, but don’t bother with flip flops – the hotel will give you a pair for free.
- Also There’s a spa specialising in jet-lag-relieving treatments, as well as a Vichy shower room up on the roof.
Food and drink at Fasano Rio
- Hotel restaurant Al Mare restaurant is named after the sea; look out for Italian-inspired seafood suppers, such as seared tuna with baked endive and a fish-based lasagne. Expect great things from this restaurant superpower (Vittorio Fasano opened the first outpost in São Paulo in 1902).
- Dress code Skimpy supermodel chic – this is the land of Alessandra Ambrosios and Giseles (don’t let that put you off your three courses).
- Top table For privacy, one of the spread-out tables with deep wooden seats and big white cushions on the terrace. For people-watching, ask for a table inside, close to the window for a full view of the restaurant.
- Last orders Breakfast starts at 6.30am and is available until 10.30am; lunch is 12pm–3.30pm; dinner is from 7pm until the last guest is ready to leave.
- Room service Breakfast and an abridged version of the menu is on offer 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Baretto Londra is named after the owner’s favourite city (London, if you’re still guessing). It’s small and intimate, with leather chairs, aged Argentine red brick, low-lighting and Union Flags. The cocktails aren’t bad, either – try the yellow-fruits caipirinha.