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Caesar Park, Rio de Janeiro
In the heart of Ipanema, close to high-class shops and gourmet restaurants, this beachfront hotel has established itself as a favorite of business travelers, celebrities, and heads of state, who appreciate its impeccable service. The hotel has a business center including secretarial services and fax machines. Among other comforts, the hotel has a bar and pool with a breathtaking view on the top floor, where there is also a restaurant. $$$$

Casas Brancas, Buzios
If you’re looking for complete relaxation, and you’ve got the wallet for it, this is the place to stay when in town. The quirky building was constructed on several levels facing the beach, which makes for interestingly shaped rooms. Each is decorated with great care, but simple cottage style and zenlike peace and quiet are the hallmarks here. Alto do Humaita 10, off Orla Bardot, Centro 28950-000. 29 rooms, 3 suites, restaurant, spa, Internet. 022/2623-1458. AE, V. $$$$

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro
Built in 1923 for the visiting king of Belgium and inspired by Nice’s Negresco and Cannes’s Carlton, the Copacabana was the first luxury hotel in South America, and it is still one of the top hotels on the continent. It has a neoclassical facade and one of the city’s largest and most attractive swimming pools. $$$$

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Pousada do Principe, Paraty
A prince (the great-grandson of Emperor Pedro II) owns this aptly named inn at the edge of the colonial city. The hotel is painted in the yellow and green of the imperial flag, and its quiet, colorful public areas are graced by photos of the royal family. Rooms are small, decorated in a colonial style, and face either the internal garden or the swimming pool, which is in the plant-filled patio. The kitchen is impressive, too; its chef turns out an exceptional feijoada. Avenue Roberto Silveira 289, 23970-00. 024/3371-2266. 31 rooms, 3 suites, restaurant, room service, AE, DC, MC, V. $

Gran Meliá São Paulo
This all-suites luxury hotel is in the same building as São Paulo’s World Trade Center. Suites have king-size beds, two phone lines, living rooms with sofas, and small tables that are the perfect places to set up your laptop. Stay on one of the apartment floors and get special amenities like pass-key access and bathroom faucets that can be programmed to maintain your preferred water temperature. $$$-$$$$

Hotel Unique, São Paulo
Don’t let the watermelon shape scare you. The design by Ruy Ohtake is one of the attractions of this boutique hotel, where technology rules. Apartments have plasma TVs with DVD players, mobile phones, king-size beds, and whirlpool baths with remote control. Steps from Ibirapuera Park, the hotel is the home away from home for models and wealthy Brazilian jet-setters. $$$$

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