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Icarai Praia Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Belisario Augusto No 21, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Niteroi
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Expected better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

The locatie is okay with the beach and shopping street nearby. But the beds are very hard and the airco very noisy. I stayed in Rio In much better hotels. To finish with a positive note; Wifi is relatively fast.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We found this hotel while looking for a place to stay in Rio during the Carnaval. All of the hotels in Rio were outrageously expensive, and the Icarai Praia Hotel looked very reasonable in comparison. The obvious drawback is that you have to spend time getting to and from Rio. There are options though. In addition to taxi (around 100 Reals to Copacabana), there is a bus to Copacabana/Ipanema that passes right by the hotel every 20 minutes (6 Reals), and takes 45 minutes to get there, and there is also a ferry boat across the bay that will take you to Lapa - you will enjoy the view during your sail. The rooms are nice and clean, the hotel staff is friendly and helpful. Breakfast is fine. This is not a 5-star hotel, but still is a good choice. The location - Icarai Beach in Niteroi, is pleasant. You could get tanned or go for a stroll at Icarai beach, but do not count on swimming there - it is the inner bay and the water could be not as clean as one would wish. The neighbourhood is very safe, with nice restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The big selling point of this hotel is the location, a block away from a relatively underused beach and a block in the opposite direction from a good shopping street. It's a fair way from the ferries, though, and you should reckon on $60 for the taxi from the airport unless you want to explore the non-trivial challenge of finding a bus to get you there (neither the information desk or anyone else I asked there could tell me). Similarly, going to Rio from there is an expedition best accomplished by taxi, and I wouldn't really recommend it if that's where your business is.

The room is comfortable (and in my case had a spare bed) with a slightly spartan shower arrangement (fixed jet, just step under it). The staff varied in helpfulness and knowledge of English but were in general pretty good. The breakfast was average - Continental with local juices and some bits of bacon and scrambled egg. I didn't eat other meals in the hotel as there's a vast choice of inexpensive restaurants nearby. Curious waterpipe noise, presumably whenever anyone flushes their toilets, but as another poster has said, shut the bathroom door and you won't notice.

Overall perfectly adequate, and according to other conference delegates a cut above some other very downmarket Niteroi hotels.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indaiatuba, SP
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5 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Niteroi hotels are fully booked most of the time, so it's always a tough job to find a place to stay. Icarai Praia provided me and my family a nice and comfortable stay. although a bit pricy. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The hotel is in an excellent location, mostly residential, half a block from Icarai beach and a few blocks from nice stores and restaurants. Breakfast is included in the price.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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13 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

This hotel is situated in a very good location, close to Icarai beach, shops, coffee shops and a number of restaurant. I really enjoyed walking around as everything is close. I booked through internet using email. I was answered instantly with price estimate and then confirmation. I was not asked for credit card details.

The staff are kind and polite. The breakfast was good but I did not use the restaurant for other meals. On the last day, there was a leakage in the toilet so I informed the reception at evening. The receptionist apologized and mentioned that a plumber was not available at that time and he could only come on the following day. The good thing, the receptionist offered me to change the room if I felt un comfortable but I preferred to stay in the same room. A bar soap was provided in the toilet. Keep your toilet door closed as most of the sounds travel through the toilet. Once closed it is OK. The room was fine with a safe. If you need to exchange money in the hotel, you better do it in the morning because I wanted to exchnage in the evening but I was advised to do it in the morning.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2007

I stopover in the Icarai Praia Hotel.
It was a grateful surprise !
Located in a street close to the Icarai beach (50 meters); in the other street (Rua Coronel Moreira Cesar) has an excellent shoppings.
60 apartments, conditional air, safe, mini-bar, telephone, tv, internet, bar, restaurant, parking for car.
The price is correct for a city like Niteroi.
You can pay with some credit cards.
It has excellent breakfast. It is between the best ones that I know.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner until 10PM.
There are two computers in the lobby, if you need internet.
Make reserve.
Many executives pass the weekend in the hotel.
The reception staff is very nice.

  • Liked — The breakfast.
  • Disliked — None.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo
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5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2007

Rooms are clean, mattresses are okay, air conditioning is perfect, as expected in a umid and warm city. You will find everything you need near this hotel and breakfast can be ordered at your room for a little extra money (less than USD 2.00/ person).

Stayed January 2007
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Additional Information about Icarai Praia Hotel

Address: Rua Belisario Augusto No 21, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Niteroi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Niteroi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Icarai Praia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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