Best of Travel: Brazil

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Brazil: TOP Hotels in São Paulo

1) Hilton São Paulo Morumbi
Situated within the east tower of the United Nations business complex, this hotel has an executive lounge offering great city views plus meeting facilities that include four boardrooms. Address: Avenida da Nacoes Unidas 12901, Marginal Pinheiros/Berrini; Tel: (5511) 2845-0000; Web: www1.hilton.com

2) InterContinental São Paulo
Convenient to the business district and the convention centers, the hotel is walking distance to the chic shops of Rua Oscar Freire. Its City Athletic Club was renovated in 2010. Address: Alameda Santos 1123, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3179-2600; Web: ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental

3) Grand Hyatt São Paulo
The rooms in this business-oriented hotel — especially convenient to the Berrini area — have views of the city skyline or the Estaiada Bridge. Address: Av. da Nacoes Unidas 13301, Marginal Pinheiros/Berrini; Tel: (5511) 2838-1234; Web: saopaulo.grand.hyatt.com

4) Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi São Paulo
Conveniently located next door to the Anhembi Convention Center with its own meetings rooms and exhibit space. Address: Rua Profesor Milton Rodrigues 100; Tel: (5511) 2107-8844; Web: holidayinn.com

5) Sheraton São Paulo WTC Hotel
Adjacent to WTC Convention Center and with direct access to the D&D decoration and design center, the hotel has standard rooms as well as suites with butler service. Address: Avenida Nacoes Unidas 12559, Brooklin Novo; Tel: (5511) 3055-8000; Web: starwoodhotels.com/sheraton

6) Fasano Hotel
A chic hotel, noted for its high style, prime location and trendy restaurant. Address: Rua Vittorio Fasano 88, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3896-4000; Web: fasano.com.br

7) Hotel Unique
Original modern architecture and a stylish rooftop restaurant and bar distinguish this hot property. Address: Avenida Brigadero Luis Antonio 4700, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3055-4710; Web: hotelunique.com.br

8)Renaissance São Paulo Hotel
Well situated in the Jardim Paulista district, with 15 meeting rooms and an auditorium. Address: Alameda Santos 2233, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3069-2233; Web: marriott.com/hotels

9) Staybridge Suites São Paulo
Spacious rooms and ample work areas in the Brascan Century Plaza business and entertainment center. Address: Rua Bandeira Paulista 555, Itaim Bibi; Tel: (5511) 3706-6600; Web: ichotelsgroup.com

10) Hotel Emiliano
Sleek boutique-style property with a helicopter pad, 24-hour spa and garden views. Address: Rua Oscar Freire 384; Tel: (5511) 3068-4393; Web: emiliano.com.br

Brazil: TOP Restaurants in São Paulo

Restaurante Figueira Rubaiyat

1) Restaurante Figueira Rubaiyat
Top steaks and seafood with a patio shaded by a 130-year-old fig tree. Address: Rua Haddock Lobo 1738, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3087-1399; Web: rubaiyat.com.br/restaurantes/figueira-rubaiyat

2) Fogo de Chao
The first location of the now-global chain, this churrascaria has been serving carnivores for 25 years. Address: Avenida Moreira Guimaraes 964, Moema; Tel: (5511) 5056-1795; Web: fogodechao.com

3) Fasano
Contemporary Italian fare in an elegant setting. Private dining room available. Live music every night at the bar. Address: Avenida Vittorio Fasano 88, Se; Tel: (5511) 3062-4000; Web: fasano.com.br

4)  Skye Restaurante at the Hotel Unique
A haven for power diners who enjoy Brazilian fare, pizzas and sushi. The rooftop locale transforms into a trendy lounge after-hours. Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio 4700, Jardim Paulista; Tel: (5511) 3062-4000

5) Bar des Arts – Itaim
Traditional Brazilian fare, along with Italian and Argentine dishes, are available at this acclaimed Grupo Leopolldo restaurant. Address: Rua Pedro Humberto 9, Itaim; Tel: (5511) 3074-6363; Web: bardesarts.com.br/pt

Brazil: TOP Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

1) InterContinental Rio
A beachside resort offers proximity to the Fashion Mall and access to the Gávea Golf Club next door, plus complimentary shuttle service to certain city destinations. Address: Avenida Aquarela do Brasil 75, São Conrado; Tel: (5521) 3323-2200. Web: ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental

2) JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Great views from the rooftop pool as well as the executive lounge, plus 12 meeting rooms, all on Copacabana Beach. Address: Avenida Atlantica 2600, Copacabana; Tel: (5521) 2545-6500; Web: marriott.com

3) Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort
A beachfront resort with 559 rooms and suites, and 15 event rooms, in a pedestrian-friendly residential district of Leblon. Address: Avenida Niemeyer 21, Leblon; Tel: (5521) 2274-1122; Web: starwoodhotels.com/sheraton

4) Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express
A classic beachfront luxury hotel with beach and city views. Address: Avenida Atlantica 1702, Copacabana; Tel: (5521)2548-7070; Web: copacabanapalace.com

5) Fasano Hotel
Modern luxury in Ipanema designed by Philippe Starck with a hip and trendy scene at the rooftop pool deck. Address: Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema; Tel: (5521) 3202-4000; Web: fasano.com.br

6) Sheraton Barra Hotel & Suites
Every room has a private balcony at this beachfront property that is close to many corporate offices. Address: Avenida Lucia Costa 3150, Barra da Tijuca; Tel: (5521) 3139-8000; Web: starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/

7) Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro – Ipanema
Classic décor on the beach with amenities that include butler service and a private reception area. Address: Avenida Vieira Souto 460, Ipanema; Tel: (5521) 2525-2525; Web: caesar-park.com

8)Hotel Sofitel Rio de Janeiro
Situated on the beach between Copacabana and Ipanema, near the fort, some rooms boast private terraces. Address: Avenida Atlantica 4240, Copacabana; Tel: (5521) 2525-1232; Web: sofitel.com

9) Mercure Rio de Janeiro Ipanema
With 52 rooms, this apartment hotel is steps from the beach but close to corporate offices. Address: Avenida Rainha Elizabeth da Bélgica 440, Ipanema; Tel: (5521) 2114-8100; Web: mercure.com

10) Hotel Santa Teresa

The former mansion of a coffee plantation has been converted into a chic boutique property in a historic district of the city. Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Santa Teresa; Tel: (5521) 3380-0200; Web: santa-teresa-hotel.com

Brazil: TOP Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

1) Hotel Cipriani Restaurant
Sophisticated and elegant Northern Italian dishes served in a classic setting inside the classic Copacabana Palace hotel. Address: Avenida Atlantica 1702, Copacabana; Tel: (5521) 2548-7070; Web: copacabanapalace.com

2) 66 Bistrô
Cozy surroundings and authentic French cuisine, along with varieties of risotto. Address: Avenida Alexandre Ferreira 6, Lagoa; Tel: (5521) 2266-0838; Web: 66bistro.com.br

3) Terral at the Sheraton Barra Hotel
Mediterranean fare, with a Thai touch, at this oceanside resort. Address: Avenida Lucia Costa 3150, Barra da Tijuca; Tel: (5521) 3139-8000; Web: starwoodhotels.com/sheraton

4) Sushi Leblon

A place to be seen, this ultra-chic Japanese restaurant attract a high-profile clientele with its top-notch sushi. Address: Rua Dias Ferreira 256, Leblon; Tel: (5521) 2512-7830; Web: sushileblon.com

5) Le Pré-Catelan
Contemporary French fare in a classic atmosphere. Address: Avenida Atlantica 4240, Copacabana (inside the Sofitel); Tel: (5521) 2525-1232

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