Bringing cool, social, design-led hospitality to the vibrant Brazilian cityMaking its much-anticipated debut in September 2016, YOO Hotels and Resorts is launching the group’s first property under the cool, social, urban Yoo2 brand in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Designed by the acclaimed YOO Design Studio based in London, the 143 room-and-suite Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro will connect Rio’s local soul with cutting-edge design.
The launch marks an exciting phase of new openings for the brand, with hotel developments announced in Bali, Thailand and the UK. The launch of Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro, a partnership with Intercity Hotels, will kick-start the expansion of this striking new brand.
Showcasing the brand’s acclaimed design ethic, Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro’s rooms and interiors offer spectacular, unrivalled views of the beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) from opposite sides. The design reflects local influences and the hotel has worked with local artists and artisans – including Marcelo Ment, a Rio based street artist who has designed a striking graffiti mural in the lift shaft which can be marveled at from glass lifts as guests travel through the hotel. Impressive views across the city and Guanabara Bay can be enjoyed from the hotel’s rooftop bar and pool, where much more than just caipirinhas are served, as the sun sets between the majestic mountains.
Interiors incorporate Rio’s signature colours, patterns and energy with palm-tree and rainforest inspired ceiling prints, street art bedside tables – available for guests to purchase and take home – and the iconic Brazilian-tiled and parquet flooring. The YOO Tree, an organically-designed furniture piece for state-of-the-art AV and books, is a signature feature in every room as is the distinctive YOO Bed. Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro harmonises original design and the city’s native soul, creating a sociable environment for both hotel guests and the local community.
Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro is located in one of Rio’s hippest beachfront neighbourhoods – Botafogo – which is one of the most well-connected districts in the city. Affectionately known to locals as ‘BotaSoho’, guests will find themselves at the beating heart of vibrant Rio de Janeiro, with local artists, boutique shopping and exquisite dining experiences all within a short walking distance from the hotel. The hotel also offers activities including bike tours to see the local street art, guided morning runs, and city excursions.
The hotel’s main restaurant, Cariocally (a ‘Carioca’ is the name given to someone native to Rio) brings a contemporary edge to Brazilian dining. Chef Marcelo Shambeck sources the finest local ingredients to create authentic flavours for his seasonally-changing menus, where comforting favourites complement the regional fare. In true Brazilian style, dining is a sociable experience, with expertly-created sharing dishes to experience the best of Carioca cuisine. Signature dishes include 12-hour slow cooked barbecue ribs, grilled octopus with jambu rice in a tucupi sauce, and fresh, locally caught fish served with pupunha. The wine cellar has one of the largest collections in the city, with the best from Latin America and beyond. The Rooftop, looking out onto the city’s most enviable views, invites visitors to relax poolside in a cabana, or enjoy the buzzing Bar and a delectable selection of seafood tapas, innovative cocktails and an extensive champagne selection.
Rates at Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro start from $150 (approx. £113) per night on a B&B basis.