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There are hotels for all budgets and all tastes, from pousadas lining the beaches along the Blue and Green coasts that offer simple rooms—with barely more than a bed and a ceiling fan—to boutique hotels with luxurious amenities and on-site spas. Paraty and Petrópolis have gorgeous 18th-century inns, some of which can be a bit drafty. Staffers at the region's smaller hotels speak very
Staffers at the region's smaller hotels speak very little English, so bring along a phrase book. It also helps to arrange as much as your trip as possible while you're still in Rio de Janeiro.