Best Areas to Stay in Recife, Brazil

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Where to stay in Recife – A guide to the “Brazilian Venice”

Recife is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and northeast of Brazil.

This city is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and stands out for being a city full of rivers and bridges, which is why it is known as the “Brazilian Venice”.

Recife is one of the largest cities in Brazil and is also known for its culture, its history and, of course, for its beaches.
 

As far as attractions are concerned, Recife has a nice contrast between old monuments and modern buildings in the city’s business center.

Add to this the natural scenarios formed by rivers and diverse beaches, such as Boa Viagem, with natural pools, many bridges, and art.

It is possible to reach this city through the Recife International Airport, which receives flights from Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Miami, Lisbon and Panama City, among others.

The Recife Bus Terminal is the largest in Pernambuco and allows you to reach the city by land from, pretty much, every other city in Brazil.

The best area to stay in Recife is Boa Viagem, as it has many hotels and holiday homes that adapt to the travelers’ needs (See accommodation in Boa Viagem).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Recife, Brazil

The best areas to stay in Recife, Pernambuco

1. Our favorite area: Boa Viagem

The Boa Viagem area is one of the most beautiful and visited beaches in Recife.

Boa Viagem offers an interesting combination of natural attractions and the impressive skyscrapers distributed along the coast.

This beach has natural pools created in the sea, between the sand and the reef. In addition, it is bordered by a large avenue with numerous palm trees and a promenade of stones.

This beach is located in the Zona Sul, one of the most modern areas in Recife.

What makes Boa Viagem special is that there are many hotels, shops, restaurants, and a great nightlife, which makes this area a lively place 24 hours a day.

Here, you will find extraordinary hotels, in addition to guest houses and all kinds of accommodation near the beach, so it is considered one of the best areas to stay in Recife.

Where to stay in Recife - Boa Viagem

Where to stay in Recife – Boa Viagem

Alojamiento en Boa Viagem – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Boa Viagem – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Recife:

  • Beach area
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Great hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Internacional Palace Hotel

The International Palace Hotel is located in front of Boa Viagem beach. This hotel features an outdoor pool and a bar, provides free Wi-Fi and serves a daily buffet breakfast with croissants, jams and natural juices.

from US$59
Budget

Arcada Hotel & Bistro

Located just 2 blocks from the famous Boa Viagem Beach, Arcada Hotel offers an outdoor pool and air-conditioned rooms. The Arcada hotel offers simple accommodation, equipped with TV and minibar. The safe is available upon request.

from US$25
Luxury

Grand Mercure Recife Boa Viagem

The Grand Mercure Recife Boa Viagem is ideally located just in front of the famous Boa Viagem beach, within walking distance of several shops and entertainment venues, and features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi throughout and parking private.

from US$88
 

 

 

2. Historic Center

The Historic Center of Recife houses most of the city’s diplomatic and religious buildings, including chapels, churches, and Catholic convents.

It is in the Historic Center or Old Town where you can find many of the tourist attractions of Recife, such as the market, the cathedral and many of its squares.

An interesting place in the area is the ‘Capela Dourada’ or Baroque Golden Chapel, which represents the golden age of the religious orders of the past.

Important cultural centers also stand out on Benfic Street, known as the “street of palaces,” with old, summer houses that belonged to nobility such as solar Benfica.

Here, you will also find the oldest synagogue in America, Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, and the Sao Jose Market, the Apollo Theater, the Torre Malakoff Cultural Observatory, the Placa do Arsenal and the Marco Zero.

The Historic Center is a dynamic business district and, at the same time, a lively point of the city during weekends. For these and other reasons, it is among the best areas to stay in Recife.

Best areas to stay in Recife - Historic Center

Best areas to stay in Recife – Historic Center

Accommodation in Recife City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Recife City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Recife:

  • Historical monuments
  • Good transport connections
  • Good area for business travelers

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Recife Plaza Hotel

    The Plaza Hotel is located in the city center of Recife, just 6 km from the beach. Offers views of the Capibaribe River. The rooms are comfortable and have air conditioning. There are different types of rooms to choose from.

    from US$53

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3. Boa Vista

The Boa Vista area is close to the Old Town and is where the embassy headquarters in Recife are located, as well as shops and cafés.

It is considered the bohemian area of the city. In addition, it is where the Carnival of Recife is celebrated every year, one of the most important holidays in the city.

Boa Vista is also a meeting place for intellectuals and poets, with bars where poetry recitals are improvised from time to time.

Boa Vista is one of the best areas to stay in Recife, for having hostels, hotels and all types of accommodation.

Dónde alojarse en Recife - Boa Vista

Dónde alojarse en Recife – Boa Vista

Alojamiento en Boa Vista – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Alojamiento en Boa Vista – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Recife:

  • Bohemian area
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Near the City Center

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

NovoHotell Recife

NovoHotell Recife is located in Recife, 400 meters from the US Consulate. It offers free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast, which is served on the outdoor terrace surrounded by greenery.

from US$49
Budget

Reef Hostel & Pousada

The Reef Hostel & amp; Pousada offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in Recife, 500 meters from the US Consulate and 16 km from Guararapes Shopping Mall.

from US$21
Luxury

Othon Suites Recife Metrópolis

The Othon Suites Recife Metropolis Hotel offers free parking and spacious rooms with air conditioning, a bathroom and an equipped kitchen. Free WiFi is available throughout.

from US$68
 

 

 

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