Set in a refurbished 50s high-rise, the Emiliano Rio is a design hotel situated right on the Copacabana. Its dynamic perforated façade has quickly become an architectural icon, made all the more dramatic with cleaver balconied panels that fold back accordion-style to reveal unobstructed ocean views. Interiors are a throwback to Copacabana’s bohemian golden years, and revive the best of Brazilian modernism. The lobby – clad in concrete and stone, and anchored by an original Burle Marx panel – leads into a succession of quietly plush set-pieces including a huge vertical green garden in the restaurant, and a rooftop infinity pool and wellness zone overlooking the sea on the 11th and 12th floors.
• 62 rooms
• Hotel opened: December 2016
• Architecture: & Interiors: Arthur Casas