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Marina All Suites, Leblon

Editor's Pick
696 Avenida Delfim Moreira
Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 55 21 2172 1100
Fax: 55 21 2172 1110's insider take:

Leblon neighbors Ipanema, and it's a fun, well-off neighborhood bristling with sushi restaurants and upscale coffeehouses. This 38-suite family-owned hotel is located across from the beach and is one of Rio's best bets. A friendly staff, the celeb-magnet restaurant Bar d'Hotel (soccer god Ronaldinho is a regular), and a wide selection of suite options make for an enjoyable stay. The regular suites are fine, with their blond wood, tiled floors, and (often) kitchenettes, but it's the eight high-end suites named for gemstones that bring in the supermodels (Gisele and Naomi prefer the sunny Diamante). Its sister property down the street, Hotel Marina Palace, is a lot less charming, but its alfresco bar, Bar da Praia, makes for a great post-beach caipirinha, and an even better place to watch and meet locals.

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