The longest beach in the city, stretching for over ten miles, Barra da Tijuca and Recreio are on the West Side of Rio. The beach area is an isthmus, when you see from above there are lakes, too. There's the Olympic Park, RioCentro Convention Center, Cidade da Música, and a collection of shopping malls that won't quit.
There is a good combination of residential and commercial areas. Plenty of entertainment and nightlife options. As distances are basically too long to cover on foot, you will depend more on public transportation. This is also a good choice if you are renting a car or driving to Rio. Many hotels have parking garages - a luxury in other parts of the city.
The hospitality industry grew by leaps and bounds and there is a new range of four and five-star hotels that includes domestic and international labels that you may be familiar with. Find your personal favorites! Use your favorite booking service to get the best rates, and enjoy your stay!