The staff at the Hotel were very friendly and helpful even before we flew out to Rio. One staff member in particular, Marcus helped us get settled and made a lot of recommendations. He's a great asset to the Hotel.
Although there is not much to do nearby, Lapa is a short(and cheap...for a Londoner) taxi ride away. Copacabana and Ipanema can also be reached by Metro.
The buffet breakfast was good value for money, although there was not that much variety.
The wifi was very bad in our room, but we were told they were changing providers at the time.
It was just the right kind of place to stay for a conference and for a two week long visit to Rio. The hotel was centrally located, next to the palace and city Metro. Great breakfast each morning with some of the best waiters and hosts. We highly recommend this place for the money and comfort. Loved it and will repeat it in the future.
Whatever you do, don't mess with the knobs outside of the shower, they are the supply valves and I accidentally turned off the hot water (oops!). Other than that, the location is amazing (10 minute walk to the beach or Metro) and our room overlooked a mini-forest of palm trees. And we were only on the 3rd floor :)
"If i will visit Rio again i will definitely stay "
Stayed there for 5 nights (from June 19)in a Double room in the second floor with window,excellent free WiFi,very nice free soap
Room has minibar,safe,ac,hairdryer,tv( no English channels ),shampoo
Excellent breakfast (included)
Free early check in was a major plus ,thank you
Staff speaks good English and was extremely helpful
Very nearby metro station ,and buses to the Christ the Redeemer
Paid 105 Real for maracana match(transportation and ticket arranged by hotel),bus was full, at stadium they give me my ticket and they left me on my own after the match there was a pickup location the bus took us back to our hotels (I was the last one to be transported to my hotel about 2h).Maracana stadium experience was great ,however the tour company was an ok(it could be much better )
The hotel does have an eco choice program (10 rial minibar discount/day if towels and linens wasn't changed maximum 3 days), however room will be cleaned if u want.I use it and got my discount .
To the downside:
Hotel exchange rate 2.8 for the $ ,however near the metro you will find much better rate (3.08)
Room price a little bit high (210 Real/day)
Flamengo is a quiet residential area within easy reach of downtown and Copacabana. Here, foreign embassies stand alongside restored art-deco homes. The 300-acre Parque do Flamengo park complex dominates the neighborhood’s shore. Nearby, the hilly artist commune of Santa Teresa—accessible by a trolley atop a Roman-style aqueduct—is renowened for its bars, restaurants, museums, and ateliers.
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