The famous RDJ is overrated: overpriced and far away for us from most locations in the world… That being said, if you still want to go to Rio, this is the way to do it…
Hotel wise it is very simple, only two choices, and both of them ideal to suit different styles and I must say that both are very good.
Fasano Rio, boutique, sexy, and modern (Philippe Starck) with great service, good food and beautiful views over Ipanema & Leblon, today’s most famous stretch of beach in Brazil, (now this beach it is better to be appreciated from the terrace of your suite or from the roof top pool, as the crowd on the beach is less than pleasing). Forget about the Garotas as the only beautiful Brazilian models you will see, will be either in a catalog or a runway from Victoria’s Secret.
Food here is very good, I suggest if you are staying at the hotel to dine in, as unfortunately all the other options are either far from the hotel or not so good. From the not so good but OK options, in Leblon (less than 10min by taxi) you have Suka, Sushi Leblon and Brigite’s, all next to each other on a small street of Leblon. Of these three, the most pleasant was the latest one, as Suka was a bit heavy (order the Zuna na pedra) and Sushi Leblon is a less than average Americanized sushi restaurant, but very popular.