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The Arena Leme’s modern touches and impeccable service make it part of one of the best-value brands in Rio, while its location on the small slice of beach known as Leme offers a more peaceful setting than Copacabana Beach. Guests can expect high-quality hospitality and exceptional comfort during a stay here. 

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Some rooms enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Leme Beach, and all rooms contain flatscreen TVs, digital safes, soundproof windows (which can be opened) and air conditioning. 

Location

This hotel is tucked away on the quietest stretch of Copacabana Beach, Leme. Both sections of beach share the same tiled boardwalk, so the heart of Rio is well within reach, but the tranquil ambience, artisan shops, and sidewalk cafes of Leme draws a more laid-back crowd compared to Copacabana. 

Food and Drink

The buffet breakfasts at Sampaio, the in-house restaurant, are a step above the rest with a sprawling selection of fresh fruit and pastries. Sampaio's lunch and dinner menus focus on traditional Brazilian cuisine, while the rooftop bar serves salads, sandwiches, and grilled snacks along with refreshing drinks.

Families

Families might enjoy spending time in the small rooftop pool. The quieter, more low-key district of Leme can also be a bit more conducive to family stays than glitzier Copacabana. 

Facilities and Activities

Facilities include an outdoor pool, a steam room, and a gym. 

Our opinion

The Arena Leme is ideal for those looking to be just close enough to Rio’s hustle and bustle to easily explore the city, while remaining just far away enough to relax in a quieter atmosphere. Overall, the hotel’s fresh and forward-thinking approach to design is a welcome addition to Rio.

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