Yes a great location on Rua Francisco Otoviano which links Ipanema and Cocacabana Beaches – but as the others say there's location, location and then there's this little horror show. If there is a Rio hotel inspectorate they ain't been here.
The place needs pulling down or at least completely refurbishing.
I doubt it's ever seen crystal (or cristal) and it's certainly a thousand dreams from being a palace.
And it's not cheap - but then everything round this part of Rio is VERY expensive which I guess is how they get away from it.
Let me tell you about our room. Just a few(!) faults:
• The internal door lock falls off when you shut the door.
• No electric plugs where you need them
• Only plug was over the kitchenette sink
• Taps not marked hot & cold
• And the hot water takes a long time to come thru so first time...!
• Shower base cracked and dirty
• Wash basin cracked and dirty
• All bathroom grouting black grey or moldy
• Shower grab rail loose / falling off
• Soap tray filthy
• Toilet roll holder loose / falling off
• Mirror reflective backing peeling off
• Bathroom mirror propped up by an off-cut of wood
• "Formica" plastic peeling off basin unit harboring filth behind it
• Bathroom light switch crooked and loose (!)
• Cheap laminate flooring, scuffed, peeling and in places downright filthy
• Never saw the (only) maid with a vacuum cleaner
• Hence plenty of sand around the room and on surfaces
• No fire escape instructions in the room
• There is a stairwell marked Fire Exit across the small and scarcely lit lobby on each floor
• Electrics, switches and plugs throughout the room and hotel needed rewiring
• Outer sound insulation totally inadequate - that's a very noisy street out there
• Inner sound insulation poor - I could hear every phone conversation of the girls next door
• The filthiest, smelliest plastic carpets you ever saw in the lifts / elevators
• The spa tub on the roof was sandy, rusty, dirty - well I wouldn't trust the electrics
• The nearby shower was dirty and rusty
• The surrounding decking was worn, dirty and in some places - loose
• As for the staff? Of the school which tells you hotels would be much nicer to work in if they didn't have to deal with these awful people called guests. And some of them aggressively rude.
My wife tells me I have to say at least the breakfasts were quite good. Nice croissants and lovely fresh mangoes is what I remember.
Oh and there's a quite reasonable little bar / café opposite "The Bar Informal"
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- A little beautiful hotel situated between Copacabana E Ipanema No Bairro Do Aspoador recently renovated with Italian style, near all the sightseeing in the city, we try to give the taste of a second house for your holidays. 24 rooms with all the comforts for your stay. ... more less
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