The hotel is simple. Furnished modestly, but comfortable sleeping, Nice breeze from the balcony, I slept with the doors open the whole time, did not turn on the AC. The desk staff spoke English but no other. Breakfast was okay. The hotel was very clean and , grounds well keep, pool area nice. Busy street in front, but great beach view and a little crossing street because of traffic flow, but very nice beach once you are there. The restaurant Hollandaise next door was nice, reasonable and the food was good.
I stayed for 7 days on business. It worked out well for that. Breakfast was very good, much better than anything you see in the US. The staff didn't speak much English but that is to be expected. Their limited English and my limited Portuguese worked out ok. The room was nice other than a small issue with flies in the bathroom a few days into my stay.
It is too far from Copacabana if you wan to do touristy things, about 30 minutes by cab with little traffic. Otherwise there are plenty of malls and different restaurants to try. A trip to the local beach is only a few minutes and not as busy as Copa. If I am back in Barra, there is a good chance I will stay here.
Pocket Guide: Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca Hotels
Once a desolate sandbank, Barra da Tijuca has become one of Rio’s fastest growing locales. Here, clear-green waters lap along Rio’s longest beach, which stretches for about 11 miles. Barraca do Pepê (Pepê’s Shack) is popular among surfers. Barra da Tijuca has a few large shopping centers, including the American-themed New York City Center that is a bite of the Big Apple in the Marvelous City.
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