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Hotel Galicia

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#266 of 294 hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Located in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Galicia offers 56 rooms for your convenience, wether for business or for leisure: Our services: . Accommodations: Individual rooms, double, triple and quadruple, all with air conditioner, wi-fi, cable satellite television, work desk, external phone line, minibar and Electronic safe. . Restaurant: Breakfast included in daily, a la carte dining and room service. . Own parking at hotel.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
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Non-smoking rooms
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Rua Carlos de Carvalho 6, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-180 Brazil
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Santos Dumont Airport2 mi
Internacional Airport7 mi
Central10 min
Presidente Vargas11 min
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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I arrived at around 9:00 AM and was charged half the rate so I could check in early, before 1:00 PM. As I was very tired and had to take care of urgent business, I paid. The room was average size with a double and a single beds, the TV, an old fashion tube TV, hung on the wall and the reception was terrible, even if it was satellite or cable. The first night there was someone screaming from the top of his/her lungs for a while. The hotel offers a dinner time buffet for about 6.50 Dollars. The food is terrible (rice, beans, meat & potatoes, drink included) but the surroundings did not invite me to go out looking for a place to eat at night. I can't say it was dangerous, but it certainly looked the part. The mattress, I am sure, had seen better days. Finally, the front desk man (Jefferson) was not a pleasant soul. Long faced and if I wanted a cab I would have to ask him, who would then call one using the computer. The first time I did he decided to argue with me saying that the street I wanted to go was very close by, not bothering to ask If I was up to a walk or if I was concerned with the area. I had to insist everal times until he, apparently upset, decided to comply (the cab ride took about 10 or 15 minutes, so it wasn't that close). There were other more pleasasnt front desk people. I went there because my original reservation was for Sunday, at another hotel, but I suddenly had to be in Rio on Friday morning, and I couldn't find any other hotel at a decent price range. On Sunday I moved to the other hotel.
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We stayed here during the World Cup and we had previously heard it wasn't safe in this area. The walk from the train to the hotel was interesting, as our clothing gave away the fact that we were tourists. The locals were nice, and guided us in the right direction. The staff were great, most spoke English and were very helpful. The room was pretty dismal, however. Noticeable stains were on the bedsheets. We slept on top of the blankets anyways, also because there was no air conditioning. What was odd to me was the bathroom was almost the same size of the room. The bathroom could have used a little work. We went out at night, and we were fine. However, I would recommend being very careful if you decide to do this. For the price, this was a good stay for us in Rio. They also had free Wifi.
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I stayed here during the World Cup as it was a reasonably priced hotel. First thing to note is this is located in the centro area of Rio. Not the best place to be walking around on your own at night time, but not as bad as people suggest. Most tourists stay in ipanema/copacabana area. A taxi to this area will cost you between 30-40 real. The hotel is basic but clean and front desk staff are helpful, friendly and speak english. It appears that they are working hard on improving the quality of rooms and standards. We stayed in a triple room. I must say it is a tight fit for 3 people, with 3 single beds and not much room for anything else! Luckily one of my friends came late, so it was just two of us, so the room was in that case more than big enough. There is a tv with local channels and one wardrobe. The bathroom is tatty and could do with an urgent update. There were broken tiles behind the sink (which could have easily been discarded by staff) The shower was hot and functional, the toilet was a bit weak and flimsy. The included breakfast was mainly made up of instant coffee, squash like drinks, breads (toast, french bread, brioche) ham, cheese and a local cake. Its basic, but does the job. If you want a cheap functional place to stay then this is more than adequate. I would liken it to a western 2 star hotel, or perhaps a travelodge.
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With warped passages, ruddy carpets, faded paint and the lack of safety equipment, Hotel Galicia in Rio Centro is sure to give you a unique experience. Noisy pluming and the hallways that have never seen the light of day give a prominent "bad horror film" feel to this establishment. The location of Hotel Galicia, being in a particularly dingy part of town, is sure to yield homeless vagrants and their excrement along the walk to the main road. Expect to explain to taxi drivers exactly where this place is because not even the individuals meant to know this city off by heart can't find this place without consulting a gps or asking for ditections. Even if after reading this you still decide to visit the Hotel Galicia, just a block down you will find the Rio Emporium which hosts good meals, friendly service and a clean and professional presentation. Speak to Luan...
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$26 - $51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
BrazilState of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroZona Central (Central Region)Centro
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