We recently had a family reunion in Rio de Janeiro. There were 8 of us and we stayed at the SESC and it was just perfect! It is right in the heart of this famous area of Rio, just a block from the beach and surrounded by restaurants, shops, coffee shops, supermarket close by, etc. Staff were friendly, informative and helpful. The hotel is not new, but impeccably clean and well maintained. Breakfast is included and they offer a varied buffet of fresh fruit, juices, eggs and sausage, coffee, tea, cereals and the obligatory (and delicious!) Brazilian cakes and breads. Rio is expensive in terms of accommodation, but this was very affordable and could not have been better located. Completely recommend this hotel!