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.
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.
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 :)
Close to metro and Flamengo beach. Flamengo is nice for walking, running, casual meal at the cafes in the park. Nice street and the hotel is well run, clean, nice breakfast and free soup and bread in the evening if you're around. A little outdoor patio in front which is nice for relaxing. Neighborhood is grittier than Copacabana or other more upscale areas, but genuine and pleasant. A great value. Staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. Probably best for couple and business travelers (although no business services that I could see).
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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