Finding a hotel in Rio during Carnaval was a challenge but we were pleasantly surprised to find the Jucati Apartment Hotel. It appears to be a converted apartment building - there is a patio in the center with tables and chairs. We were post cruise just spending one night... the two of us had a family suite, on the first floor, but we were glad just to have space for the night. The location of the hotel is great - a quiet neighborhood across the street from a park - and a 10 minute stroll to Copacabana beach.
Our suite was spacious - two bedrooms (two twin bunks in one and a double bed with nightstand, closets in the second), bath with shower, kitchenette with full size stove, table wear, coffee maker, fridge and sink; and a living room with big television and table with chairs for 6. There was a safe in the master bedroom. There were towels, sheets, soap and hair dryer provided (is this standard for hostels? I don't have experience with them.). The rooms were clean but basic. The beds were comfortable. Our suite was not air conditioned, but there were overhead fans in the bedrooms and a floor fan in the living room. Had we been there a few days before, we might not have been comfortable, but there was a break in the summer weather this week and we were okay with the fans.
The front desk folks are bilingual and were giving a lot of advice regarding busses, restaurants, and activities to their guests. There are two computers in the lobby area (for a fee - we didn't use so I don't know cost) and a water filter - we were advised not to drink the tap water as the pipes are old and metal.
Be advised that they do not accept credit cards but will direct you to the closest ATM which is at the close by full service grocer.
If you require a lot of creature comforts, this hotel is probably not what will make you happy. But I think for a family or friends who would like a clean extended stay place, the Jucati will be a good pick. I would return for the location and cleanliness and service.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Jucati Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Jucati Season Apartments Rio De Janeiro, Brazil