We arrived at the hotel at about 9am so well before the usual check-in time but this wasn't a problem for the hotel staff and we were informed that despite our early arrival, our room was available and we could use the room straight away.
The hotel and the rooms are modern and very clean. Room service was excellent and very reasonably priced. The pool on the roof is small but who cares when Copacabana beach is right across the road? The cocktail bar on the roof is wonderful and provides excellent views of Copacabana. Breakfast provided enough variety for even the most fussy of diners.
Located on Copacabana beach, the hotel couldn't be better positioned. Ideal for walks up and down the beachfront and across to Ipanema.
Rather than go on organised tours we decided to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain ourselves. Very easily done with a short and relatively cheap taxi ride to each.
On our return to the airport we used the hotel car which was only slightly more expensive than a taxi and obviously more reliable in terms of price as it is a fixed rate so less chance of being ripped off by a taxi driver. One hint though is that if you are going to the airport at anywhere near peak rush hour make sure you allow plenty of time as the traffic congestion is horendous.
In summary, an excellent hotel with modern facilities and a location second to none. I'd have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for anyone wanting a Copacabana beach location.
- 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