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Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Atlantica 1500, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021, Brazil (Copacabana)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 212 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Dallas, Texas
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Great hotel on Copacabana beach. Very ideally located. Great views from the balconies. One of the very few hotels that have balconies. We did not have a deluxe room but view from our side room was also great. Staff was courteous and friendly. Hotel is clean. There is absolutely breathtaking view from the roof top swimming pool and exercise room. There is also a baron the roof top which is open till 10 pm. This hotel is very popular among foreigners. Hotel could use some upgrading. I did not appreciate that they charged almost $40 for 3 days of WiFi. Otherwise it was great.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms have balconies directly facing the beach. The side rooms are OK too. U can see the stat...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Nashville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We booked suite 1801. Luxury hotels are pricey in Rio (roughly $500 per night). Our room was spacious; certainly not the posh elegance you would expect at this price point (bathroom had L'Occitaine, room had Nespresso machine, welcome champagne drink...but tub was plastic). Still it was nicely decorated and the view (bay/beach) from our balcony was delightful. Great buffet breakfast with incredible views of bay included in room rate. Rooftop pool was awesome. I would stay here again. Service was friendly and fast. We used hotel service for return booking to airport. It was convenient. Used prepaid taxi into city from airport.

Room Tip: Given that there were 3 of us, I would recommend ponying up for the suite.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

My guests there complained that they were treated rudely by staff. When they had questions about restaurants or activities, the hotel was unhelpful. When they miscommunicated with a tour guide on a start time, they refused to help and made the guests resolve it on their own. The breakfast was reported as very good, and the rooftop pool enjoyable. But the staff treatment of guests must improve. I doubt I would send a guest there in the future given the complaint.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Let me tell you why we loved it.

First, the rooms are big, clean, modern -- we had a HUGE bed, large bathroom and a flatscreen TV. Our room looked out at Copacabana beach and the main drag, which, from memory, is the Avenida Del Sol (avenue of the sun).

Then there's the roof-top bar and pool -- which was pretty quiet while we were there. Which was great. Because we had it pretty much to ourselves, and we sub-baked, ordered drinks and splashed around in the pool. (Note, it's only a bit over waist-deep, but that was perfect for us, because we just bobbed down, glided a bit and splashed around.)

They gave us a free glass of champagne on arrival.

It's right across the road from Copacabana beach, which is always full of people playing volleyball, soccer or this weird soccer/volley ball hybrid.

We hired a driver from there to take us to Sugarloaf Mountain and the big state of Jesus... He looked after us all day long, and always bobbed up at the right time (when we were just starting to think "hey, where is this guy" -- bang, there he was.)

The hotel guys did everything we wanted them to -- getting us a car to the airport, letting us borrow their DVD player etc.

It was kind of expensive. But we budgeted for it. (We had roughed it in other parts of the country and wanted this to be a bit more luxurious.) And had a great time. Highly recommend to anyone travelling to Rio.

P.S. The buffett breakfast was brilliant.

Room Tip: I don't know what other people's rooms were like, but we really enjoyed ours -- it was on a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Rio is an expensive city and you don't get value for money for hotels. The same applies to the Porto Bay, which is why my rating is 4 stars not 5. Having said that, the hotel itself is lovely. Location is perfect, room was clean and comfortable and yes, as mentioned in some of the other reviews the rooms face a side street, but when you're on your balcony and can see Copacabana Beach in one direction and Cristo Redentor in the other, you can't really complain. We arrived at midnight after a delayed flight and were greeted with a glass of champagne. Breakfast was a fantastic buffet. Rooftop pool and bar is a great place to watch the sunset. The staff were all polite and helpful. If I came back to Rio, I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Rio has never been a cheap holiday relative to the rest of South America and staying at the Porto Bay Rio International will reinforce this. The hotel was perhaps once fashionable but now it’s just old and needs gutting from top to bottom. Our room came complete with mould in the shower and a toilet door that was rotting from the ground up. Breakfast is just ok. Roof pool has a good view but like the rest of the hotel is well past its use by date. The most annoying aspect is they charge considerable fees by the hour for WiFi access…. Just walk down the road to a free internet café..... The place really needs to get itself into the current century.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My wife and I went to Rio from 12/20-12/25/11 as part of an extended South America holiday. We wanted a hotel that had direct views and access to Copacabana Beach. And we were meeting friends there who are also picky. From the minute we entered the hotel and were greeted with Caipirinhas we knew it was the perfect place. The staff were terrific, the room had panoramic views of Copacabana Beach, and the included breakfast buffet was out of this world. The hotel had beautiful accommodations on the beach, but we were surprised to discover that the water was cold in the middle of their summer. But the hotel saved the day! Our friends said that I did such a good job picking the hotel, especially the rooftop, ocean view pool. I said that I didn't know they had that. As it turned out the Porto Bay has an incredible rooftop warm pool with spectacular views of the beach, the mountains, the Christ statue and Sugar Loaf. This hotel is outstanding and perfectly located with excellent amenities. We can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Make sure you get an upgraded room with the curve windows, it's awesome!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Atlantica 1500, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#3 Spa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#4 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#5 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#12 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on Copacabana beach in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Bay Rio Internacional offers you the best of two worlds – the sensational city and a breathtaking view over the beach right on the doorstep... Step into Rio Internacional and feel at home - make the most of your stay! Look out over Copacabana beach and revitalise yourself with the sea breeze. The ideal location for an unforgettable holiday or to counter the stress of a day's work in Rio ... 117 apartments/rooms decorated in the best taste... a range of flavours at La Finestra and a roof-top pool with stunning views over Copacabana beach and Corcovado... The hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional offers free Wi-Fi throughout the whole hotel. ... more   less 
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Rio Internacional Hotel
Hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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