Need to know
Five, including one suite.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Check-outs until 3pm can be arranged for half the cost of a night’s stay.
Double rooms from $97.03, excluding tax at 1 per cent.
Rates include a Continental breakfast of breads, jams, cold cuts, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices, and eggs boiled to order.
The Clubhouse’s programme of events attracts local and international creatives: every Friday night a DJ keeps things loud and louche in the lounge from 9pm to 4am, and once a month a poolside Sunset Party draws revellers; at other times expect one-off exhibitions, live music, private dinners with up-and-coming chefs and see-and-be-seen pool parties.
At the hotel
Lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water, Granado toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
It seems callous to play favourites when there are just five rooms at this intimate hideaway – all are pared-down and elegant, with plump beds, striking quilted headboards and bold splashes of colour. The romantic Terrace Bungalow has its own terrace. There’s plenty of sprawling space in the Master Suite, which has a private balcony that looks out to Ipanema beach. The Pool Bungalow makes up for its pocket size with high ceilings and direct access to to the pool.
Flanked by terraced decking, the hotel’s small pool has spectacular views. By day, tropical trees provide welcome shade for stylish loungers; at night, overhead strings of festoon lighting lend this chill-out corner a whimsical air.
The Clubhouse is a lively home-from-home for socialites and barflies; bring ear plugs for when you’re ready to hit the sack.
The hotel’s stepped layout make it unsuitable for wheelchair users. Staff can arrange day passes for a local gym.
Clubhouse Rio is a very grown-up retreat for over-23s only.