My first surprise was that no one at reception when I checked in spoke even a little English. I indicated with sign language that I would like a room on a high floor and was assigned a very pleasant room on the top (13th) floor with nice views of the area, The location is an easy walk to the TV tower with an observation deck from which you can see almost all of the cities important structures. I recommend going there soon after arrival to get your bearings of the layout of the city. A huge shopping center is only about a half block from the hotel with probably 30 restaurants on the top floor food court. It is an easy walk to the famous Dom Bosco shrine and not to far from the cathedral and bus and metro stations. Only one of the two elevators was operation for the entire 3 days of my stay but it did not seem to matter much as I got the feeling that the hotel was not very full. A male night receptionist spoke fluent English and said he had lived in England for several years. Most of the hotel staff were pleasant. The breakfast buffet was very extensive, fresh and tasty with hot and cold items and lots of local fresh fruits.
The hotel is modern, clean and comfortable. It is a short walk to the metro, and a half-hour walk to Brasilia's monumental government centre. The 'hotel sector' and adjacent 'commercial centre' are uninspiring, with few evening restaurant options. However, there is one Brazillian barbeque nearby.
There is (payable) internet access in reception.
There is an hourly bus service from this area direct to the airport.
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Very nice hotel with good amenities to pass the time. The outside is also pretty, so there is plenty of space to walk around and appreciate nature. The best of all for me was the free ride (hourly) to the downtown. With this service, I could enjoy the tranquility offered by the hotel area (you get to be neighbors with the president) while still being able to visit the locations with the famous architecture and malls.
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The staff is courteous and has somewhat limited English.
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