awesome location.. exactly in the middle of copacabana. beach view rooms. compact and basic compared to US hotels. you have the room only to crash for the night so its okay :) ... nice spread for breakfast -- especially the tropical fresh fruits and pastries; good room service at reasonable prices as well...
very helpful staff at reception -- they speak good english and helped us with calling restaurants to check for vegetarian options, called up taxi for airport ride. they even hailed cabs every single time and gave the destination details to the drivers in portuguese.. that avoided us a lot of hassle since taxi drivers do not understand/speak english.. housekeeping staff were really courteous.. we called couple of times to get things like bandaid etc., and they sent it promptly to the room. they even stored our luggage for few hours before check in (arrived at 10 am) and more hours after checkout since we had a late night flight... this was in addition to the early check-in and late check-out they gave us.
if I were to pick on something, it would be the extra charge for accessing wifi in the room.. since we were on a vacation and wanted to be disconnected it worked well... we could connect for free at the lobby and the pool though.
overall, a nice place to stay on copacabana.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2009, the Arena is the newest hotel in Copacabana Beach. Contemporary design with WiFi, King Size Beds, Accoustic Windows, Central Air Cond, among other features place this property as a top choice in Rio de Janeiro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Copacabana Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil