Thursday, August 2, 2018

Arena Leme Hotel Rio de Janeiro Reviews, all you need to know

(Rio de Janeiro Hotels) - Leme may have world-famous Copacabana as its noisy neighbour, but a stretch of sand is all that these two neighbourhoods share in common. Like its surroundings, the Arena is compact, casual and friendly, and a safe place from which to sample the best of Rio, minus the madness. Find a full Arena Leme Hotel Rio de Janeiro Review in this exclusive article.

Hotel Arena Leme Rio de Janeiro


The furthest hotel from the Leme-Copacabana frontier. The Arena is the most serene, but far from sleepy, accommodation in a traditional neighbourhood where Art Deco flourishes continue to peer through the more modern apartment buildings.

Hotel Arena Leme Map

It overlooks one of the city’s few remaining ‘those in the know’ beaches, where the sands are less crowded and fishermen cast off the huge rock at its eastern edge. It is a glorious and always entertaining one-hour stroll to the far end of this famous sweep of sand, particularly pleasant on Sundays when the main road is closed to traffic. Several excellent restaurants and some lively bars are a short walk away.

Style and Character

There is little in the way of designer flourishes to elevate the hotel from the everyday, and the oddly sparse rooftop deck would certainly benefit from a few more wooden loungers. The internal communal areas have a sophisticated finish, however, and the whole experience is as laid-back as you would hope for given the setting.

Hotel Arena Leme Atlantica

Service and Facilities

The rooftop pool is a bonus although little has been done to maximise its appeal, making the beach opposite an even more attractive option for cooling off. The management takes its green credentials seriously, and shower water is treated and reused in the toilets. The staff are polite if far from chatty, but are knowledgeable about Leme and full of unclich├ęd recommendations when engaged.

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  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Bar Laundry
  • Pool
  • Wi-Fi Beach


The corner rooms make the most of the hotel’s surroundings, looking out to the Leme rocks and Sugarloaf Mountain or the length of Copacabana Beach and the full ocean view (perfect for the New Year’s Eve firework show). Some effort has been made to bring a little local flavour, with panoramic photos capturing different Rio icons with varied success. 

Arena Leme Room

Standard rooms and their bathrooms are small. The road can be noisy for those staying on the first five floors and the rear-facing accommodation misses out entirely on what elevates the Arena from the everyday. 

Food and Drink

Arena Leme Hotel

The Sampaio restaurant, helmed by experienced chef and Rio native Cosme Clemente, may not be the most innovative, but the menu delivers dependably tasty Brazilian steaks and seafood, and the breakfast is a voyage of discovery in itself, a buffet laden with pastries, tropical fruits and breads.

Value for Money

Double rooms from USD 200 in low season; and from USD 300 in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Several rooms have been adapted for wheelchair users and access to the communal areas is straightforward.


There may not be 'amenities galore' for kids staying at the Arena, but the friendly family atmosphere and beach entertainment on the doorstep more than makes up for it.

Address & Phone:

Avenida Atlantica 324, Leme, Rio de Janeiro 22010-000, Brazil.
+55 21 2244 9200

Arena Leme Hotel