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“A decent money-saver in tremendously expensive Rio” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Monte Castelo
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Rua Candido Mendes 201, Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-220, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #108 of 250 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Timisoara, Romania
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“A decent money-saver in tremendously expensive Rio”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

If you are budget-minded, yet do not want to share the room with 5 other people in a dorm room, Hotel Monte Castelo is your solution in Rio. It is a great hotel for those who are seeking a place to sleep, not necessarily a place to "be" (that place to "be" is Rio itself). It is conveniently located near the Gloria metro station, and is quite clean. Rio IS extremely expensive (because the Real is so much overvalued); Monte Castelo is about the only under-100 Real a night place which is also decent. The staff is friendly and helpful, the wi-fi works - so if you don't want to take a second mortgage, and you are ok with a decent, no-frills hotel, then Hotel Montecastelo is ok for you. One word of advice: the bathrooms are small, the sinks are minuscule - they do their job unless you want to wash your clothes.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Monte Castelo in Gloria while she was recovering from surgery in Rio de Janeiro. We needed a clean, inexpensive, comfortable and quiet place to stay for at least two weeks. Most of the hotels in Rio de Janeiro were fully booked during the time we needed to be in Rio de Janeiro but Roberta, the General Manager of Hotel Monte Castelo, was very gracious and professional in accommodating us. She promptly responded to all of our emails and phone calls.

The Hotel Monte Castelo is an older style of small, Brazilian hotel (my wife and I found it to be both quaint and at the same time a little more chic than you would typically expect from a low cost property). The Hotel Monte Castelo has recently been renovated throughout including new beds, furniture and split AC units which really reduce the noise / hum levels.

The Hotel Monte Castelo's café de manhã / breakfast is simple but they use only high quality ingredients and everthing on the buffet is very fresh. The Hotel Staff, who also take their breakfast from the same buffet as the guests, give extra care and attention to the buffet because they want it to always be nice for the Hotel's guests and themselves.

The Hotel Staff are all very friendly and accommodating and many speak quite good English which is often hard to find in Brazilian hotels.

While the end of the street where the hotel is located, Rua Cândido Mendes, empties into a park-like setting and is quite close to a Metro / Subway Stop, it is important to be careful during the day and night when you are walking as there are many types of people out and about. However, there is a Taxi Stand in front of the hotel so it's easy to take a Taxi and avoid the pedestrian trafffic on the sidewalks.

Lapa, one of Rio de Janeiro's major nightlife and entertainment districts, is just a few blocks away from the Hotel Monte Castelo as is Centro or downtown Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the hotel, depending on traffic.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The staff was nice at check in, however the night i checked into the room the bathrooms was really dirty. Because of this, I could not have a bath until the next day. They said that the maid would come at 8 am, but she didnt come to my room until 12pm. The maid cleaned the bathroom floors but she didnt clean the tiles on the wall, but they said that when i go she's going to clean the rest of the room. When I came back, she didnt clean the room or change the sheets and there is no english speaking staff available at nights. In the morning tried to have some breakfast but there were flies everywhere on the food; which was sliced papya, diluted drink, coffee and slices of bread, all uncovered with flies pitching on them. So i couldn't have breakfast and decided to find another hotel. When I came back for my luggage at about 5pm, a new guy was present and he demanding money for another day. I was shocked, as I checked in at about 10pm in the night and they didn't clean my room I thought he would allow me to leave considering these factors,but he started acting aggressive, so I gave him the money. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS DIRTY, FILTHY, MONEY HUNGRY PLACE!!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

I spent about a week in this budgeet hotel and was not disappointed. It has been recently refurbished, it is very clean and staff are friendly. It's a no frills hotel with basic breakfast - bread, butter , jam e cheese, coffe, tea and one fruit. It is quiet, safe and very close to the metro which is around the corner. It's a lovely lively area, with the true carioca soul. I will came back! Look for Fabricio, the receptionist, the most helpful and kind guy I have ever met in a hotel.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Candido Mendes 201, Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-220, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
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Ranked #108 of 250 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Monte Castelo 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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