Hotel Emiliano, the new edition to Rio de Janeiro’s luxury hotel scene, is a gleaming white structure that will immediately strike you. Designed by renowned architecture firm, Oppenheim Architecture and Studio Arthur Casas, the building itself is a marvel.You can’t help but notice the swiss cheese-like facade from any point on Avenida Atlantica. But, it’s what lies inside that will keep you coming back for more.
A small and intimate lobby awaits, decorated in white, desaturated Earth and jewel tones. A small bar and reception area unfold to the back of the lobby and a bank of elevators wait at the furthest reaches. The smiling staff welcomed me and I was thrilled to be there after a 10-hour flight from New York City. But, I’m used to that flight as I come to Rio de Janeiro often. A bartender whipped-up a fresh caipirinha for me and I was immediately shown to my room.
My room faced the Atlantic Ocean. It was to my surprise how large it was with a stunning marble bathroom in the entry and an open bedroom with a queen-sized bed, ample closets, sitting area and gorgeous view. That swiss-cheese-like metal facing the building is really just sun protection and it opens, and slides to reveal a terrace with views for days. Brazilian sunsets and the buzzing beach below can all be viewed.
In my room, I had built-in speakers where I could wirelessly connect my music (a favorite when it’s time to get ready for the evening), plush robes, branded Haviana flip-flops, a coffee machine, water and more. The shower, glass and huge, was probably one of the sexiest I’ve seen in a long while. I enjoyed every night of my stay in that heavenly bed.
I loved the design features of the room, the color scheme in white and gold – with accents of marble. One of my favorite looks, and perfect for Rio.
The Emiliano features a stunning spa, where massages are the signature treatment. I had one with one of the best masseurs I’ve met in a while. It’s small intimate and you feel like you’re all alone there – a truly personal experience.
But, my favorite spot in this property is on the rooftop, in the infinity pool. Cocktails, food and sunscreen await at this little piece of heaven. I spent hours here, returned to my room for a nap, slept tight and woke up for a delicious breakfast in the jungle-like breakfast room. You simply can’t miss this hotel.