I recently enjoyed a Baazilian vacation which started with a few days in Rio, at the Porto Bay. The pros: great location (right at the top of Copacabana beach), great views (I had one of the "deluxe" corner rooms which offer 90 degree views of the oceanfront and down Copacabana beach), and a fantastic hot breakfast buffet. The cons: dated, cheaply done decor - reminded me of those 1980s off-white laminate kitchens with oak trim, not a whole lot of amenities (although the rooftop pool was very nice), not a lot of service (no real concierge service), and the price. The room I was in is advertised at about US $425, which seems rather a lot for a hotel with basic amenities and basic decor. The drinks and food at the pool bar were outrageous, running about $15 a drink or so.
This hotel needs some maintenance. If you are looking for a high end vacation and you are willing to pay for it, take your $425 next door to the Orient Express chain's FABULOUS Copacabana Palace. For $300 more a night, you will thank yourself..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right on Copacabana beach in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, PortoBay Rio Internacional offers you the best of two worlds - the sensational city and a breathtaking view over the beach right on the doorstep... Step into Rio Internacional and feel at home - make the most of your stay! Look out over Copacabana beach and revitalise yourself with the sea breeze. The ideal location for an unforgettable holiday or to counter the stress of a day's work in Rio ... 117 apartments/rooms decorated in the best taste... a range of flavours at La Finestra and a roof-top pool with stunning views over Copacabana beach and Corcovado... The hotel PortoBay Rio Internacional offers free Wi-Fi throughout the whole hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Internacional Hotel
- Hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional
- PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil