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Novotel RJ Santos Dumont
Ranked #53 of 283 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

On our trip to Brazil we stayed in the Novotel 2 times and were satisfied on both occasions.

On our first night we arrived from the international airport to be picked up for our trip to Ilha Grande the next day by Green Toad/Easy transfer (booked at Green Toad, operated by Easy transfer). The advantage of staying at this Novotel compared to staying in Copacabana/Ipanema was that it is closer to the international airport and it takes less time to reach Ilha Grande.

We took a regular yellow taxi from the international airport and we got a fixed price at a booth in the arrival hall which was around BRL 50. This is considerably cheaper than the radiotaxis which go for around BRL 85. Considering the distance, the taxi is quite a good value.

Check in went smooth. The rooms are typically Novotel, well organized, good bedding and clean. Although you are next to the Santos Dumont airport, the sound proofing is very good and you cannot hear any outside noise. Every time we entered the Novotel it feeled like an oasis in the hectic jungle of Rio.

There is a subway station about 700 meters walk. Both times we were there during the weekend and the during the day we did feel safe in the area. However, at night we preferred to go by cab. During weekends there is really nothing open in the area except at the domestic Santos Dumont airport where you can also visit ATM's. Not all ATM's are taking international debit cards but Banco do Brasil worked for us. It is really a five minute walk to the airport which was also convenient because on our second stay we departed from the Santos Dumont airport.

The variety and the quality of the breakfast was good, we especially liked the fresh omelettes. We had a little discussion on check out on our second stay about whether or not the breakfast was included. The Novotel website seemed to have gotten us a rate that combined one day with and one day without breakfast. The manager solved this issue very well but watch out for this little "surprise" from the Novotel website.

The Novotel is a very excellent option if you don't want to pay a lot for staying near the beaches (taxirides to Copacabana are only BRL 30 or so and Copacabana is imho overrated anyway) but want a good quality hotel in Rio.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

This hotel was recommended to us by a Brazilian friend. We were looking for a safe location close to attractions and good value. The Novotel Santos Dumont provided all! Firstly it is less than 5 minutes walk from Santos Dumont airport. Some rooms have an airport view with stunning landings and take-offs but little to no noise. The beautiful bay provides a backdrop to this thrill. The location is busy Monday to Friday and is great to explore on foot. (though quiet and a bit dead at the weekend). There are reasonable buffet restaurants nearby which serve authentic brazilian food. There are many historic buildings in the area and it is close to Lappa (night life) and Santa Theresa. The sugar loaf is a 10 minute taxi ride, Ipanema 25 minutes. There are plenty of Taxis at the hotel. Staff are competent and have good english. They were really helpful assisting with a restaurant booking, friendly at breakfast, made great Caipirinhas and gave good tips for bars in the area. It is seldom that you come across a hotel where all staff are so professional.

Room Tip: If you are not too sensitive to noise ask for one with an airport view.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank KeemBay
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I really liked this hotel as it included some perks that other hotels don't offer for the same price. The room was spacious and clean and included a desk and sofa area with windows that faced the tree-lined front street. The internet signal was good and the instructions were clear without having to request additional information from reception. I liked the skirt hangers, and the bathroom size with large enough bath towels that wrapped all the way around. There was a great selection of snacks and cold drinks. The bed was very comfortable with lots of pillows and there was a good variety of late-night TV. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the restaurant food, much better than most hotels. I had an omelet and salad, which was delicious and not salted to death. The breakfast had lots of choices and included tomatoes, bacon, and one whole sideboard of fresh fruit and fruit salad. The staff was efficient and professional and some speak English.
The best part of all this comfort is that it's less than 10 minutes walk from Santos Dumont airport! Just take the pedestrian overpass in the small park beyond the taxis/buses on the arrivals level and on the other side take a hard left to get to the street side of the buildings facing you. Walk to the end of the block to the hotel entrance.
One suggestion: the hotel needs to upgrade the hallway carpets

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank xena888
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was my third stay at the Sofitel Santos Dumont Airport Hotel, within walking distance to the airport, and I will be coming back for more. Efficient and attentive service, good restaurant, clean rooms. Daily rates a bit pricey but then this is Brasil.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ekvall
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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Room is so small, seems like a íbis or formula one hotel
Bed is not comfortable and the walls are so thin that you can hear everything !
Extremely expensive, more than us$150 for this?
Do not recommend

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The hotel is located in the centre. although there are no restaurantes close to the hotel in the eevening the food in the hotel is better than normal for brazil. the rooms are modern and clean - and the sound insulation is good.

the carpet in the main corridors needs to be cleaned or redone - as it is not up to par with the rest of the hotel.

overall this is the most modern and renovated hotel i had stayed in Rio - and friendly and helpfull staff. in european terms this would classified as a 4 star or 3 star + hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This hotel is located in the center of Rio de Janeiro, there are 5 minutes from Santos Dumont airport, walking. The attendants are friendly and the hotel is clean and nice. The city Rio de Janeiro is the most beautiful in Brazil, with beaches, restaurants and shopping mall. In this city you can visit other cities in Brazil, because air travel is easy. Brazil is a big country, being the southeast the richest, followed by the southern region, where many descendants of Europeans live.

Room Tip: I prefer the rooms that are on the higher floors.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Sanelcosta
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Address: Avenida Marechal Camara 300 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20020-080, Brazil
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
#32 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $74 - $132 (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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