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Arriving in Rio NYE

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Arriving in Rio NYE

We are due to arrive in Rio International airport at around 10.30pm on 31/12 ahead of our cruise leaving on Jan, 4th. Not a deliberate choice, just how the flights worked out. I had no idea NYE was such a big deal.

However I am now looking for an hotel in a very crowded market and it occurs to me I may have a real problem actually travelling to an hotel. Suggestions please as to what area to look at and what to avoid. I have no particular need to be near a beach but do want to be near public transport. It looks as if I will be lucky to get away with about £250 per night unless I stay at the Ibis Botofogo.

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1. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

It'll be very hard, indeed, for you to find a hotel room for a decent price. Moreover, they usually book with a minimum stay of some days. The Ibis Botafogo is a brand new hotel, which can be an alternative. However, it'll be hard for you to reach Copacabana (in case you want to see the fireworks) arriving that late.

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2. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

if at all possible, i would try to change flights and arrive in Rio the next day (if you dont mind spending NYE on a plane). that will save you loads of hassle upon arrival.

if that is not feasible, and you manage to find a hotel willing to book rooms for your specific dates, I would say that you have to rule out anything in Copacabana as you will have a very very hard (if not impossible) time to get there at that specific date and time.

i would have suggested Barra, as you can get there from the intl airport bypassing Copa altogether, but that area is really lacking in god public transportation. I did not mention Ipanema or Leblon as these areas are usually the most expensive and with the most restricitve hotel packages (minimm stays etc) during NYE. But if you find a hotel there, you can also arrive there bypassing Copa.

maybe you have to look at Centro (downtown), not the most charming area to stay. but it is close to where your cruise will leave from.

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3. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

Rokatoo brought some detailed info, but between staying in Barra and staying at Ibis Botafogo (a brand new hotel close to the subway and to many services, besides being not so far from major attractions), I'd go for Ibis Botafogo.

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4. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

Thanks for the speedy replies. I think that after having been en route for 16 hours or more fireworks will not be high on my agenda! If you think that Botafogo would be accessible so close to fireworks time I will try for that despite Ibis not usually being a chain I would consider.

The Windsor Asturias and Florida both appear available - would either of these be a better bet? You will gather I have no clue at all as to the geography. Only discovered yesterday that hotels could be an issue.

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5. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

The three hotels are not far apart, & before you get anywhere near Copa from the airport (although there'a also a big NYE party on nearby Flamengo beach), Windsor & Florida are a bit nearer to metro stations than the Ibis.

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6. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

Given the circumstances, I'd recommend the Windsor Asturias. It's in Centro, close to a Metro station and not far from the cruise terminal.

Centro is not a great place to be at night, so you need to be careful of your surroundings.

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7. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

The Windsor's actually in Cinelandia, architecturally a very attractive square (check out Teatro Municipal on streetview) with some busy restaurants so something of a tourist spot & a cut above the rest of Centro, which is an empty office area in the evening & weekends.

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8. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

Thanks folks - The Asturia it is!

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9. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

travguy: lots to see in the Centro area:

Santa Teresais replete with charming colonial houses, little shops, fruit and vegetable markets, galleries, and restaurants.

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You might like Bar do Gomez (Armazém São Thiago) in Santa Teresa, one of the oldest bars in Rio de Janeiro as well as one of its finest botequins (neighborhood pubs). It was featured recently in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations: Rio.”

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After Santa Teresa you might want to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral

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and the Confeitaria Colombo in nearby Centro. This elegant Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894 and is a good example of Rio’s café culture reminiscent of 19th Century Europe.

http://www.confeitariacolombo.com.br/siteen/

Confeitaria Colombo now has a location in Copacabana, Café do Forte, located at Copacabana Fort, facing Copacabana Beach.

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Centro, the Heart of Rio:

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The beautifully restored neoclassical building housing Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is itself a work of art and definitely worth a visit. One of the city's most important cultural centers, the CCBB is located at Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, in the Centro (downtown) district. (Subway: Uruguaiana.)

The building includes an art gallery, three theatres, a cinema showing art films, and a large exhibit of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian money. With a bookstore, café, and tea salon, it is a favorite meeting point for both tourists and Cariocas.

Exhibits are always free and many of the programs are also free, although some theaters or events may charge a small fee. Check local newspapers for entertainment listings before you go. Phone: (21) 3808-2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guided tours in English by appointment.

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Also in Centro: Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mosteiro de São Bento, Rua Dom Gerardo 68.

The Benedictines founded this magnificent hilltop monastery and church in 1590. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat and boasts richly decorated interiors that date from the 18th century. The elaborate interior of the church took almost seventy years to complete and was the life work of a series of artists, notably the Benedictine monk Frei Domingos da Conceição.

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Walking Tour: Lapa, Cinelândia, and Largo da Carioca:

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10. Re: Arriving in Rio NYE

Thank you for this helpful and detailed response MonteCD