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Novotel RJ Santos Dumont
Ranked #58 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Walking distsnce from downtown, its location is convinient to got the office..... And thats it. Not appropriate to walk about at night and a taxi will be required for dinner if you decide to go out (and you should!).
Confortable, new and clean rooms. Very practical at a reasonable price

Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed at Novotel Rio de Janeiro during the Easter Holiday. The hotel is great. The room is spacious, comfortable and very clean. The staff was perfect, giving us directions and suggesting great places to visit. They offered to book the restaurants for us and seemed to be always worried about our needs. The only thing missing is the beach, because the hotel is located downtown, so to go the beach we needed to take a cab every time. Still I would stay at Novotel again in another travel to Rio.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank rac_br
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Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

If you are holidaying in Brazil... This is absolutely the wrong location ..
The hotel is nice and decent .. however I was surprised by a few things

1. They don't pre authorize your card but charge your card for the entire stay when you check in.. so that leaves no flexibility in your plans. One can of course leave earlier and they would refund the money back .. but that's a long procedure

2. Food is very expensive in the hotel and with not many things around.. it can kill your budget

  • Stayed: March 2013
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2  Thank rajneeshsoni
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This hotel is startlingly good value! The rooms & service are excellent (but the bar closes early...!) and a fantastic breakfast buffet. It's adjacent to the Santos Dumont airport, but well positioned for access to Rio International airport too - about 50R taxi ride on main highways, without having to hustle through town. It is easy walking to historic Rio - Centro & Lapa - which is where much of the nightlife is focused too. Very helpful staff, taxirank outside, and the ability to leave bags safely pre- or post-checkin. It made our stay in Rio stress-free! Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mike D
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed in the Novotel just one night as we were transferring out to the Santos Dumont airport the next morning. We were SO pleased. I had mentioned that we had a child and so they put us in an extra large room so she could sleep on her own.
The best part that I didn't see in other reviews was that the hotel is only about 15/20 minutes from the GIG airport and literally the Santos Dumont airport is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel! I knew it was close but not that close. I was so pleased as that allowed us a bit of extra time to get over the long trip and no extra charge for taxis. We didn't try the breakfast, food or bar so I can't say anything but for our purposes it was just perfect! And the best part....I didn't hear any noise from the planes.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank PregoInSwiss
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We (a middle-aged couple) stayed three nights at the Novotel Santos Dumont during the peak period of Rio Carnaval 2013 – when hotel rates across Rio de Janeiro tripled or quadrupled, and most hotels offered only four-night stays.

This mid-range Novotel, located on the edge of the Rio central business district, next to the Santos Dumont regional airport, was not our first choice, but it turned out to be a good one for our purposes. We had a tightly scheduled two-week holiday in Brazil, Argentina and Chile in which four days for Rio, even at Carnaval, would have been too much. We wanted to take in the major sights of Rio, and a night watching the samba schools parade at the Sambadrome (the most amazing, unforgettable experience offered by Rio, in our opinion).

Outside Carnaval time, most tourist visitors to Rio might reasonably choose to stay on either of the two famous beaches, Copacabana or Ipanema, to be amidst the beach culture for which the city is famed. During Carnaval all of the good beach hotels insist on four-day packages costing around USD$5000 and up.

Novotel Santos Dumont offered us three nights for BRL2170.35 (USD$1100), buffet breakfast and wi-fi Internet included. This was excellent value for money. Our room was bright, clean, well maintained, adequately furnished, with good bedding, a good bathroom, good soundproofing, and a fine view over the Santos Dumont Airport next door (from which we heard no disturbing noise in our room) across Guanabara Bay. Sleep quality was excellent. The many hotel staff with whom we interacted (reservations, front office, restaurant and housekeeping) were mostly young, but unfailingly competent, courteous and helpful. Wi-fi Internet in the room was fast and reliable. The Novotel’s central location was handy to the Sambadrome (a little over 3km away), and short taxi rides from all the major sites we wanted to see, including the Cristo Redentor statue, the Sugarloaf Mountain, and the major beaches. It was also well-located for the 21-kilometer transfers from and to Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport – particularly a consideration in the period of road closures and traffic delays due to Carnaval.

Novotel Santos Dumont is not a luxury hotel, but it is a well-run, clean, modern, very reliable and comfortable mid-range hotel offering great value for money in a convenient location. We recommend it to business and holiday travelers seeking these features.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Gato188
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I have been here a number of times with my G/F and baby. Good rooms, reasonable location (for us) and decent restaurant. Wireless and gym are good and included. Generally my stays have been pleasant. I do not always stay as the price can vary - when they have a weekend promotion and we are in town, then I am happy to book. When promotion not on then price can be too high IMO.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Rob P
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Address: Avenida Marechal Camara 300 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20020-080, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Centro
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#8 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#18 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#19 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#33 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $69 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel RJ Santos Dumont 4*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Novotel has more than 400 hotels in 60 countries, located in the centre of key cities and suitable both for business trips and for holidays. Whether you visit us to relax, eat, work or find yourself, our facilities and teams are entirely at your service. ... more   less 
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