We are a family of 4 (kids aged 7 and 6) who won a trip to Rio de Janeiro. The travel agent in charge of the contest made our arrangements for our hotel and shuttle.
Aug 12, 2008. - Arrive Rio de Janeiro, collected by Leni of Mar Tours and taken to Marina All Suites Hotel in the Leblon section of Rio. The Marina All-Suites is an upscale boutique hotel with a great staff, great breakfasts, a small, but nice rooftop pool, in a great location. The location is probably the best in Rio for convenience for shopping and going out to nice restaurants, access to the beach and for safety. Leblon is a very upscale part of the city, but in Brazil that means “nice” or devoid of huge amounts of graffiti.
Aug 13 – On this day I had booked a tour on line with Marcio Guedes. He is not associated with the Marina All-Suites, but I found him on-line and he had an all day tour of Rio in his car for less than $200 US. Since there was four of us and since I had read about bus to hotel to hotel to hotel pick-up routine by Greyline, I decided on Marcio. What a great decision that was. He took us up to Corcovado in the morning when there were fewer tourists. The view we got was great and with less tourists it was easy to walk around and take pictures (in the afternoon this place would be packed) After that he took us through Lapa, into the downtown, where he helped us to order food from a local restaurant and showed us the Cathedral and another amazing church. He then took us to a park and to the lagoon. It was an excellent tour and perfect for our two younger children. I highly recommend getting a personal tour of Rio because of the traffic and access to things that may be difficult to get to on a tour bus and personal views of a Rio citizen (eg. Selaron’s Steps in Lapa). This was a great day, one of the best on our trip because it was planned, we had great weather and we got to see a lot, hassle free. When we got back to the Marina All-Suites, we went to the roof top pool for a "swim" (the pool is quite small, but was a great size for my kids). After the swim, I had a my first caipirinha from the nice young lady at the bar, which is on the top floor, next to the pool and workout room. A great day.
Aug 14 – Got some good advice from the excellent concierge at the Marina All Suites and we decided today to go to the Jardim Botanico via taxi. (The cabs are good in Rio and not overly expensive. You can get one via the hotel or just walk around the corner from the Marina All-Suites, where there is an informal taxi gathering place). The botanical garden was really good and besides palms, orchids, etc. there were even monkeys and some nice birds (the place would be awesome in the Brazilian spring/summer, when things are really blooming). Our children had a good walk and even managed to walk from the Jardim Botanico all the way back to the Marina All-Suites. In the afternoon, we went to the beach, as it was 29 degrees. The Marina has a guy on the beach who provides towels and umbrella’s. There are also locals who will come by all the time to ask if you need anything, they will even go to Bob’s to get you a burger. Just watch out for the waves, if you are going in the water, they can get big.
Aug 15 -After another great hotel breakfast, we went from the Marina All Suites by cab to the Rio Sul Mall and then went to Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is very worthwhile, in part because of the different views of Rio and the cable car ride (especially for kids). After that, we went back to the hotel via the Rio Sul Mall. Another good day in Rio.
Aug 16 - Left Rio. All in all we had a great time in this city and I credit much of that to staying at the Marina All-Suites and the location in Leblon. We really found the hotel very comfortable and its' location was perfect for restaurants, shopping, going to the beach and as a base for seeing the sites. Having read about all Copacabana and seeing that area, I am glad we stayed in a less touristy part of the city. I would only stay in Leblon or Ipanema if I was returning to Rio and despite the cost, stay at the Marina All-Suites.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina All Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Marina Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Marina All Suites Rio De Janeiro, Brazil