Following Lapa’s transformation from seedy red-light district to nocturnal hot spot, a couple of its former crash pads have been upgraded.
The formerly down-and-out Arcos Rio Palace (Av. Mem de Sá 117, Lapa, tel. 21/2242-8116, www.arcosriopalacehotel.com.br , R$160–175 d) is now a safe and comfortable hotel with amenities such as a swimming pool, sauna, and cyber café. Aside from the nice price, the real bonus is direct access to Lapa’s vibrant nightlife.