The hotel grounds are very safe and the pool area is beautiful, but do not wander off the property at or near nightfall. There are wonderful views of the Rio skyline from the pool area and rooms in the back. Nice landscaping. Staff were very friendly, but I wish I knew more Portuguese since they did not speak English. (I am working on learning more Portuguese. It is their country after all!) This is a reasonable alternative to expensive hotels in Rio, if you have business in Niteroi or friends/family in the area. If you want to travel to and from Rio itself every day, there is only one "bridge" to/from Niteroi and it can take awhile.
The room was large and clean, but "no frills" as compared to an American hotel. (For example, this is not a Hampton Inn with wonderful sheets and a free breakfast in the morning. Seeing as this is Brazil, and that's the point of travel, I certainly did not expect it to be.) You can opt to add breakfast to your room rate, but I did not choose to do so since it was expensive.
This room is much larger than a standard room in America, the size of a small, one-bedroom apartment. It is what we would call a suite. There are tile floors, and the bathroom has a nice size shower and sink area, but no tub. (This is fine by me, but if travelling with small children, that's something you need to know.) There are window units of AC which will be turned off when you leave the room so the first thing you need to do is turn them back on at night. There is an in room safe, kitchen, and refrigerator (a large one at that).
I was not in the most expensive room category, I was in the second highest category. I will certainly return.
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