The hotel is in a very good position, which faces the seafront and is close to some restaurants and shops. Rio is an expensive city to stay in, and as such this hotel provides good facilities for the price you pay. There is a small roof top pool with sunbathing area and bar that has great views over Copacabana beach and a side view of Christ the redeemer statue. There is also a small gym and steam room, which is little used and has no changing facilities or lockers. We had to ask for the steam room to be turned on because it had not been used for so long, and then leave our bags and towels in the corridor.
Our room (210) was a standard double room which contained the usual modern facilities and aircon. We knew that it was unlikely to have a sea view but we were not prepared for a view of ceramic tiles and an extract fan, within a few feet of our window. We asked for a change of room because of the noise, and the disinterested staff offered us room 310 – one floor immediately above with exactly the same view! That said, after going out for the day and asking again we were able to secure a room on the 10th floor away from the fans. This might be unusual service because we arrived at the tail end of a national holiday in November, but it was not a good start to our holiday.
The pool bar staff were friendly but others seemed to be not bothered in helping, but that may be due to the very limited amount of English that was spoken in Rio and our nearly non-existent Portuguese. We only had breakfast at the hotel, but it was an extensive buffet with a variety of dishes and fruit juices. It was nice to be able to have breakfast and look out onto the seafront drive, knowing that people outside were unable to see into the dining room. During the day, we made good use of the beach front juice bars and in the evening we tried local restaurants & bars. Restaurant Villar (45A Paula Freitas) was near to the hotel, the staff were very friendly and the food was good and plentiful. The Belmont restaurant (Rua Bolivar) was a 15 minute walk but well worth it – a lively atmosphere, colonial surroundings and good food/wines. Pavao Azul (Rua Hilario de Gouveia) was a ten minute walk and was a great find – a popular local pavement bar, which does very good tapas and a selection of beers.