Orla Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
If you plan to spend most of your time on the beach or playing at night, rather than inside a hotel, this property on the edge of Copa (closer to Ipanema) is attractive for its access to restaurants and shopping. The 115 boxy rooms aren't exactly no-frills, but they're minimum-frills, with free Internet, refrigerator, and cable TV but very little space. Get a deluxe for the ocean view or risk a vista of a neighboring wall. Extra-nice for the low rates is the mini rooftop resort with its petite pool, sauna, tiny gym, and sun-soaked tables. The restaurant serves a good buffet breakfast and morebut you'll be out the rest of the time.