My key card never worked. My room was on the 7th floor. So I would go up, notice it wouldnt work, then have to go down and ask to get rekeyed. it was super annoying because we stayed there for a week. The manager even had to come up and change the battery to the door but it still didn't work. But that took the last day for the manager to even do that.
The elevators were super slow. The food was good. They had a wide variety. However if you eat there everyday it would be really annoying. It's like eating same thing day in and day out. The pool was cool. It was walking distance to shops, but you have to ask where the souvenir type stuff are specifically. It is centro - so it's not too touristy. Across the street you have to try their hotdog, it's a stand and it is so unique! It beats NYC hotdogs for sure! It has sautéed onion, potatoes, corn, peas, sauce, Parmesan cheese and boiled egg. Yum! Their 'empadas' which are empanadas across the street are delicious too.
Tons of bancos around this area. Get money this way but in bulk. You'll get the best rate this way instead of hotel. The better way for me was charging credit coz I got 5%. Whereas debit cash was 5% plus the ATM fees in Brazil and my bank in USA.
Do NOT order a taxi through hotel. We went to copacabana and they insisted to order through the hotel both ways and they'd drop us off at their sister hotel. A) super expensive!! I must've paid $20 more going with them than just hailing one down the street. B) once it's time to go home, the sister hotel doesn't know how it works and have to call the home hotel to call the taxi company to come to the sister hotel. It takes another 20-25 min to get there. Just don't do it! As long as you catch an official cab with serial numbers on the outside and it's yellow -- then you're ok. Don't ever catch the public transports and especially the vans that go around!
Overall, this hotel was OK. The beds were ok. The church bells woke me up every 6am which was super annoying. The upside is the food, if you are only staying for a short time.
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