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Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Premises 

The collaborative brainchild of Yoo Design Studio and Philippe Starck, Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro hotel is a riot of colour and contemporary Brazilian style – and has some of the best views of Sugarloaf Mountain anywhere in the city. Overlooking Guanabara Bay and Botafogo beach, the rooms unite bold, bright furnishings with a more understated strain of industrial design, capturing the city’s vibrant soul but keeping the look contemporary. Mod-Brazilian restaurant Cariocally is split between a wood-panelled dining room and verdant winter garden, where flavoursome small plates are paired with choice South American wines. The real feather in the hotel’s cap, however, is its rooftop terrace, home to a lively pool and cocktail bar with the best vistas in town.

Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro

Praia de Botafogo, 242-Botafogo Rio de Janeiro, 22250-040Brazil



Compliments of the House 

A bottle of champagne per booking

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates include breakfast. Muesli, waffles, fresh fruit, juices and cheeses are available at the buffet; hot items like eggs, sausage and bacon are cooked to order. Alternatively, go local with tapioca and pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread).


Beach, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; free bottled water; Granado bath products, including a scented candle.


This one gets lively after dark, so bring your party shoes – and perhaps an eye mask for the following morning…


The pool is on the roof, giving swimmers uninterrupted views across the bay. It’s a lively spot, with guests mingling over cold beers during the day and reconvening for cocktails at night. There are a few poolside sunloungers, and a larger terrace scattered with white chairs and bright-blue sofas.


All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and there are several adapted rooms.
The nearest beach is Botofago, and can be reached on foot in a matter of minutes.


Guests under the age of 18 years old cannot be checked in at the hotel unless they have an express authorization (notarial authorization of parents) or are accompanied by parents or person in charge (as per Law 8.069 of the ECA). If they are accompanied, their identification document must be presented upon check in (as per Law 12.038). Cribs, extra beds and sofa beds are charged and available only upon reservation. One Child under 7 year old is complimentary if shares the same bed with the parents. Check-in/Check-out rules Will be charged 5% of ISS and 10% service taxes.


Every room is splashed with bold colours and striking patterns, capturing the city’s energy and tendency for flair. We’ve got a particular soft spot for the Bossa ‘n Sugar Rooms, which have the best views of Botafogo Beach, Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and Corcovado.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Contemporary Brazilian restaurant Cariocally is split between a wood-panelled dining room and a winter garden, the latter clad in striking tiles and finished with cascading ferns. The menu is seasonal and locally inspired, reinterpreting Rio classics for the current century. There’s a strong emphasis on healthy eating, too, with superfood salads and wheat- and dairy-free dishes. If you’re stuck for choice, order the feijoada, a hearty meat stew with black beans.

Liquid Bliss 

The Rooftop is arguably the hotel’s social heart, sought for its uninterrupted views of Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Cocktails are the focus, complemented by an extensive wine and champagne list. If you get peckish, there's a menu of comfort foods like bruschetta, chicken drumsticks and meat platters. DJs spin on Fridays and Saturdays, when things tend to get a little more hedonistic.

Experience the Extraordinary 

You’ll likely be aching to hit Rio’s inimitable beaches, bars and restaurants, but the hotel has a lot to offer in that area too. The rooftop bar has some of the best views to be had anywhere in the city, making sundowners a daily highlight; local DJs take to the decks on Friday and Saturday nights, taking the energy up a gear. And, when you do head out, swing by the concierge first. They’re as connected and clued-up as any in the city, and will help you avoid the tourist traps so you can dig deeper into the city’s soul. They can also arrange local street-art and samba tours, guided morning runs and exclusive viewings at local art galleries. During the midday heat, slip into the Basílica Imaculada Conceição, a Gothic parish church that also serves as a cool, quiet refuge on your wanders around Botafogo. For more Brazilain heritage, visit the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, the former home of Ruy Barbosa, a famed diplomat, writer and politician from Salvador who influenced the first constitution of the republic. The pink house has been restored to its full splendour, and is still filled with Barbosa’s furniture and effects, including his library of 32,000 books. Once you’ve had your fill of history, hit the beach for a mid-afternoon dip and round of cooling cocktails. Botafago has a large beach of its own, but if that's not close enough to Sugarloaf Mountain, try Praia da Urca, a tiny stretch of sand at the foot of the moss-green hills.


Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro is waterside in Guanabara Bay, looking towards Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.


Santos Dumont – the city’s domestic airport – is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, but international arrivals touch down at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, a 30-minute drive away.


You’re unlikely to need your own car: taxis are cheap and plentiful, and the Metro and bus network should have you covered for most journeys. If you do want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.


Praia de Botafogo, 242-Botafogo Rio de Janeiro, 22250-040Brazil

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