Right next to the Atlantic Ocean, but far from the bustling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana that define the second most populous city of Brazil, stands the Janeiro Hotel, the last offering of the artist, doctor, fashion designer and philanthropist Oskar Metsavaht. A project that mixes luxury, simplicity and technology and that follows the values of Sustainable Luxury, a philosophy that Metsavaht developed even before the term was coined.
Located in the glamorous Leblon district, the Janeiro Hotel was created in 1975, when the coast-line started to become home to new luxury apartments. Then Metsavaht took control of it, and even if it has been open for less than three years, it has already become a city referent. What makes Janeiro Hotel so unique is how it manages to combine urbanity with nature through its structure and its design. With diaphanous spaces, minimal and exquisite decoration, its enormous windows let natural light illuminate each corner and offer outstanding panoramic sea views over the Cagarras islands, the city, and the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue on the top. In the Janeiro Hotel, the landscape is ever-changing and always present. White dominates the room interiors along with the soft colour of the sustainably harvested Freijo wood of the furniture and the Travertine marble. Rooms have a minimalist design, feature recycled-glass lamps, and showcase design pieces from Brazil’s emerging talents. Black and white beautiful photographs and art books can be found anywhere in the hotel. From the 53 rooms that Janeiro offers, the main one, the Janeiro Suite, stands out among the others, as its spacious space of 75 m2 includes a king-size bed, a sofa, a swing chair and an integrated bathroom with double shower, a dining table, an armchair and a TV. But the Oceanfront Suite or the Oceanview master suite, which is on the top floor, are also excellent choices. In any case, all rooms include cable TV, coffeemaker, mini bar, radio, high-speed internet and yoga mat and blocks. The Janeiro Hotel is also the place of two delightful restaurants. The cosy and intimate Janeiro Restaurant offers dishes made with seasonal and local ingredients, like grilled seafood and farm-to-table vegetables. And the Omakase, on the 18th floor, has a menu of raw fish cold dishes and dessert chosen by the chef himself according to seasonality and the freshest ingredients available on the market. The hotel has a rooftop bar too, next to the outdoor pool, which is the perfect place for taking a Caipirinha while letting yourself be amazed by the fantastic view of the sunset above the open sea and surrounding the magnificent Two Brothers Mountain. The Janeiro Hotel is the ultimate example that luxury can be found in the sustainable hotel industry and the best choice if you plan to spend an intimate and relaxing break in one of the best ocean-front hotels that Brazil has to offer. Av. Delfi Moreira, 696, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro +55 (21) 2172-1001 www.janeirohotel.rio