In front of Leblon Beach and surrounded by designer stores and upmarket restaurants, this hotel is a favorite with chic vacationers (Gisele Bundchen and Calvin Klein are regulars). The lofty building holds 37 spacious suites; the ones on the upper floor have each been signed by a different designer. Each suite is equipped with a stereo system, and many suites have ocean views. The service is superb, and there's a shared "living room," with lounge and bar, where you can
receive friends. The gym and pool have views over Ipanema and Leblon beaches, and the top-floor bar, Bar D'Hotel is considered one of the area's best nightlife spots.