I stayed at this property for two weeks on business in October 2013, and was pleasantly surprised.
As already mentioned by other reviewers, the decor is nothing to write home about, but overall, the room was very nice. I had no complaints whatsoever about cleanliness, the water pressure in the shower really was fantastic, and staff were always friendly and helpful.
There is a small gym with good-quality, relatively new equipment, that I was usually alone in when I worked out in the morning.
Breakfast is great - everything's fresh, and the selection of fresh fruit and fruit juices was amazing. Makes you realize just how awful those 'free' breakfasts in some American hotels are.
I had dinner a couple of times at the restaurant. It's just as over-priced as all the other restaurants in Copacabana, but service is impeccable, and the food's pretty good, so it's a pretty good alternative as far as I was concerned. Avoid the Trattoria around the corner, which is equally expensive and totally not worth it!
Wireless internet is free and not too slow - I was able to use Facetime to talk to my husband without experiencing too many freezes, although a separate attempt at Skype didn't go so well.
On the downside (and I have to mention that they put me in an accessible room, so a regular one may look a bit different), the wardrobe was one of the most badly designed I've ever seen (see picture) - I couldn't actually figure out where to put my clothes without just piling them all up in a heap. I also wasn't crazy about the hairdryer, which was one of those mounted-on-the-wall-and-keep-your-thumb-on-the-button affairs that drive me nuts.
A couple of notes on the room:
- the hotel provides bars of soap, shower caps, shampoo and conditioner, but no lotion
- for whichever reason, voltage in the bathroom is 220, but 110 in the rest of the room
- power outlets come in American and what looks like German standard, so no need to bring an adapter
Regarding the location, I felt like the hotel is at the wrong end of Copacabana. As a single, female traveler, I avoided going out at dark. As you head towards the Ipanema end of Copacabana, you do feel that you're moving up market and there are more people about. Having said that, you're on the same block as the Copacabana Palace Hotel, so maybe some of the glamor will rub off :-).
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