Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Clubhouse Rio

Rates from (inc tax)$97.03

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Carefree Carioca


Cantagalo perch

Modish, intimate and irrefutaby hip, Clubhouse Rio hotel doubles up as the city’s first members-only club and a welcoming bolthole for wandering creatives. Housed in a renovated 1940s residence, its five rooms are cosy crash pads from which to explore Rio de Janeiro – if, that is, guests can tear themselves away from the hotel pool's views and exclusive programme of exhibitions, concerts and screenings.

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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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD98.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For the best views, grab a Atlantic-facing table on the terrace.

Dress Code

This is Rio: from frayed cut-offs to silken designer maxis, anything goes.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but the Clubhouse’s informal all-day menu can be enjoyed on the front terrace or by the pool. French chef Yann Kamps’ seasonal fare is inspired by South American flavours: expect zingy ceviches, wholesome salads and a scrumptious house burger.

Hotel bar

Decked out with floor lanterns, bold modern art and a long midnight-blue sofa, the indoor bar is dark and moody. Cardamom, pisco and cachaça make appearances on the tantalising cocktail list. Built around an imposing tree trunk, the pool bar is only open during the weekends. Snack on moreish pastels and work your way through the Clubhouse’s fruity, zesty caipirinha menu.

Last orders

The kitchen is open from noon to 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) and closed on Mondays. Drinks are poured until 1am Tuesday–Thursday, 3am on Fridays and 10pm on Saturdays.

Room service



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Clubhouse Rio
R. Saint Roman, 184 - Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro


A 50-minute drive away, Galeão Airport is the main hub for international flights. Santos Dumont Airport, a 20-minute drive away, serves domestic flights.


The nearest metro station is General Osório on Line One of Rio’s underground, a five-minute walk away.


Driving around Rio de Janeiro can be more hassle than it’s worth. The surrounding neighbourhood is best explored on foot and the city centre can easily be reached by public transport.

Worth getting out of bed for

It may be tempting to just lounge by the pool with a caipi and a good book, but, a 10-minute stroll down the hill, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches await. Rental bikes are on offer to explore the two neighbourhoods; the saltwater Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon is also within reach. If you want to visit Cantagalo favela, to the east of the hotel, it's advised to hire a guide, and while you're there abstain from taking pictures. Rent a paddle board, canoe or surf board to take on the waves, then make a pit-stop at one of the many seaside restaurants and kiosks. At the end of the day, join the sunset-watching throngs at picturesque Arpoadaor Rock. Closer to the Clubhouse, Praça General Osório hosts an arts-and-crafts market on Sundays and a fruit market on Tuesdays: browse the stalls, feast on fresh street food and taste some of Brazil’s most exotic produce.

Local restaurants

It would be a shame to leave without a taste of Brazil’s fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Antiquarius (+55 21 2294 1049) serves some of the best Portuguese food in town, such as classic codfish and seafood stew. A sleek eatery where diners can sit around the central bar to watch the chefs at work, Sushi Leblon (+55 21 2512 7830) serves the best rolls in town. Boho, laid-back Zazá Bistro (+55 21 2247 9101) serves colourful Moroccan and Asian fare. Book ahead at Quadrucci (+55 21 2512 4551) for a contemporary take on Italian cuisine – order the shrimp risotto laced with mango and mascarpone.


Local cafés

Head over to upmarket Leblon for a spot of people-watching while sipping on a glass of frozen acai on the terrace of Big Polis (+55 21 2259 2597), a local hang-out for the well-heeled and health-conscious.


Local bars

It’s worth the journey to Bar Urca (+55 21 2295 8744): right on the seafront, it has fabulous views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the fried-prawn pasties and crab empanadas aren’t bad either. In Leblon, buzzy and messy Jobi (+55 21 2274 0547) is a must-visit joint for a refreshing chopp, the local draught beer.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the hills over Ipanema and unpacked their bikinis and Havaianas, a full account of their city beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Clubhouse Rio in Brazil…

With its moodly lighting, Chesterfield armchairs and monochrome façade, Clubhouse Rio has the vague air of an English gentleman’s club, albeit one transplanted to the southern hemisphere and livened up with playful Carioca style. From its hill-perch overlooking Ipanema, it commands impressive favela views, best admired from the blissful little pool and its terraced decking. Bijou and cosy, the five elegant rooms are an inviting space to rest weary feet after days spent beach-hopping and wandering the city’s atmospheric streets. But this is no place for contemplative rest: the club’s lounges and gardens are designed for mingling, partying and savouring the life of a Brazilian socialite, thanks to an exciting programme of concerts, exhibitions and pop-up dinners with international chefs to complement the kitchen’s casual menu. Make sure to put some time aside to lounge by the pool, so you can slowly sip your way through the bar’s menu of exotic caipirinhas.

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