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.