Cheaper accommodation in an area with its own distinct charm.
Travelers looking for a great bargain for a Rio Carnival hotel can consider staying a few blocks away from the beach in the Centro district located downtown. Visitors can easily access the shoreline via the subway that runs round the clock. The subway is considered one of the safest modes of public transportation in Rio and connects to the popular Centro neighborhoods of Flamengo, Gloria and Lapa.
Not only is accommodation cheaper downtown but the area has its own distinct charm. Centro is the historical heart of the city. The neighborhood of Lapa is known for some of the best nightlife in the city and is located in some of the most beautiful historical buildings. Lapa is a great neighborhood to rub elbows with the locals as the nightclubs are known for their Brazilian music including choro, samba and forro. There are also several excellent restaurants in the area that specialize in Brazilian food. During the Carnival, concerts are held at the Arches of Lapa and the parties can last until dawn.
The Sambadrome is located in the Centro district and this is where the large parades for the 2014 Carnival will take place. In Flamengo where the first buildings in Rio were erected, expect to find the largest park in the city. It is home to the Modern Art Museum and a lovely marina. The Gloria neighborhood was where most of the wealthy lived in the 19th century and today these buildings have been converted into hotels, shops, and gourmet restaurants. Gloria is also known for its lovely church, the Church of Our Lady of Gloria.