Local Area

Bourbon Barra Premium Residence is located in Barra da Tijuca, one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the city of Rio de Janeiro, offering great leisure and entertainment options that are enchanting for visitors. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and blessed with beautiful rock formations (Pedra a Gávea), Barra da Tijuca is known as the neighborhood of the Brazilian high society, celebrities and sports stars.  It is also the new center of business and leisure in Rio. The hotel is surrounded by business complexes, restaurants and different styles of bars that coexist in harmony with 20 kilometers of beautiful beaches. Bourbon Barra Premium Residence is eight minutes walking distance from Rio Design shopping mall. It is 11 kilometers from Barra Beach and 27 kilometers from the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It is close to the Rio Centro Convention Center and Barra shopping malls. The RIO Galeão - Tom Jobim International Airport is 40 kilometers away; the Santos Dumont Airport is 45 kilometers from the hotel.  Both are easily accessible via the Linha Amarela Metrô.  Downtown Rio is 30 kilometers north of the hotel and Niterói is 30 kilometers northwest.
 
There are numerous companies with regional or national headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. For those business travelers visiting the city, Bourbon Barra Premium Residence offers a prime central location.  Within 12 kilometers from the hotel are: TIM, Sotrec, Multiplan, Amil, Abott Laboratories, Vivo, Merck Laboratories, Servier Laboratories and GSK. And within 20 kilometers are: Raizen, Rede Globo Television, Grupo Águia, Brookfield and Famquimica.

L.E. Hotels Top 10 must see attractions

Museu da Seleção Brasileira
 
Football (soccer) arrived in Brazil in 1894. Twenty years later, the Brazilian National Football League had its first official match and won its first trophy, the Copa Roca. This began the revered legend of the sport and would be responsible for transforming football into more than a national passion - into a religion. Trophies, photos, images and the latest technology make the visit to the Brazilian National Museum an amazing interactive experience.
 
Museu Casa do Pontal
 
Situated in Rio de Janeiro, the Casa do Pontal Museum is the largest and most significant museum of popular art of the country. The collection is the result of forty years of research and travel across the country from the French designer Jacques Van de Beuque. It consists of approximately 8,500 pieces from 300 Brazilian artists, produced from the twentieth century. The permanent exhibitions of the museum consist of representative works of various rural and urban cultures of Brazil. Displayed thematically, covering everyday, festive, imaginary and religious activities, the Casa do Pontal Museum is housed on a site of 5,000 squaare meters in Recreio. Its large gardens are specially designed to promote seamless integration among vegetation, museum galleries and the surrounding ecological reserve.
 
Statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado

Christ the Redeemer is one of the country´s main symbols and offers a privileged view of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Estatua do Cristo Redentor is located atop a mountain and is 710 meters tall. It is one of the most celebrated monuments and most visited in the city of Rio de Janeiro. To appreciate its beauty, visitors can take a train from the Cosme Velho neighborhood through beautiful scenery on the way to the Christ monument. The top of Corcovado offers incredible views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Jardim Botanico and Rodrigo de Freitas. At night, the views are magical.
 
Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Located at the entrance of the Guanabara Bay, in the Urca neighborhood, Pão de Açucar is 395 meters high in the middle of the preserved Atlantic forest. It is said to resemble the shape of a sugar loaf. It attracts tourists from around the world who come to see postcard views of the city and its beautiful surroundings. The summit is reached by taking two cable cars, the first to the Morro da Urca and the second car to the summit.  The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars offer passengers 360-degree views. Each car takes three minutes from start to finish.

Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden)
 
The Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro is home to flora found worldwide. The imperial palm trees, the main attractions of the Garden, were planted in 1809.  Old trees, orchids, water lilies, bromeliads and flamboyant tropical foliage add to the beauty of the garden.  This attraction is a favorite among scholars, lovers of nature and all those who seek tranquility and peace.
 
Arcos da Lapa

The Lapa Arches, also called the Carioca Aqueduct, are located in the center of the city in the Largo da Lapa district.  The Arches are considered to be the most monumental work undertaken in Rio de Janeiro colonial times. The aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca River to the population of the city. It is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.  Since the end of the 19th century, the aqueduct has served as a bridge for a popular cable car that connects the city center with the lovely neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
 
Igreja da Candelária (Candelaria Church)
 
Located in the heart of the city's financial district, an area rich in cultural venues, the Candelaria Church is a structure of magnificent grandeur. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Rio de Janeiro.  Built in the 18th century, the church combines a Baroque façade with a Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance inner decoration.  The area around the church was the site of the Candelaria massacre of July 23, 1993, which brought worldwide attention to the issue of police brutality toward street children in Brazil.
 
Maracanã Soccer Stadium

Launched for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracanã was the stage for historic moments, such as Pelé´s 1000th goal and the largest crowd in football matches ever recorded – 194.603 people, in the finals of the Carioca Championship in 1963 between Flamengo and Fluminense. It is the largest soccer stadium in the world with all the glamour that makes it a must-see for those visiting the city of Rio de Janeiro. The stadium has played host to memorable moments, like the mega-shows of Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney.

Aterro do Flamengo
 
Flamengo Park is the largest leisure area of Rio de Janeiro and has a strong sports tradition.  The Flamengo is the result of one of the most beautiful and important landscape projects of artist Roberto Burle Max.  From Santos Dumont Airport to Botafogo Bay, the park offers a variety of attractions. The Park includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Carmem Miranda Museum, the Monument to WWII Brazilian Armed Forces and the Marina da Gloria. An unforgettable experience is the changing of the guard on the first Sunday of each month at the Monument to the Brazilian Armed Forces.
 
Catedral
 
Located in the financial heart of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is a cultural itinerary must. Dedicated to Saint Sabastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro, it is surrounded on one side by the Arcos da Lapa and the other by the grand building of Petrobras.  A unique architectural structure in a pyramid formation, the Cathedral’s interior and exterior are magnificent.