I just got home and will post more later. But I just spent a few days in a nice hotel in Rio for $50/night. No, this is not a luxury hotel, but it does fit the needs of a single traveler. There were also quite a few Brazilian families staying there.
Few foreigners stay here as they tend to congregate in the Copacabana Beach area. I used to love Copa, but now it has gotten too expensive for my tastes. Apartments in Copa start at around $70/ night, which is still cheap compared to hotel rates in the US. But for a person, such as myself, who is in Brazil at least four times a year, I would rather save my money for future travel and nights out in town.
I will be talking about places to stay in Rio in my next podcast.
Here was my room:
I especially enjoyed the balcony in the room. The hotel had lots of open spaces where you can stand or sit and watch the city!