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PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel
Ranked #19 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you're looking for a hotel on Copacabana beach, this is the one! It's got everything... great location, wonderful staff, awesome breakfast buffet, clean & modern rooms, daily happy hour, etc.

We stayed for three nights and I was impressed from the minute we walked in. We came off a cruise ship, so we arrived early, around 9:30 a.m. We were given our room an hour later. We had booked a panoramic room and the view from our corner room (703) was great. (One of the best hotel showers I've ever experienced as far as temperature and water pressure. There was an intermittent problem with the hot water, but it always seemed to be working in the morning when we needed it between 7 - 10 a.m.)

Breakfast was included in our room rate and it was one of the highlights of the day. The variety of fresh fruits and juices was amazing. Plus, there was a large assortment of meats, cheeses, pastries, bread, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Take advantage of it, if it's included in your stay.

Happy hour drinks in the bar were delicious! The bartenders are very skilled and the caipirinhas are excellent.

The rooftop pool has amazing views from all sides.

The metro is a few blocks away, as well as, the city buses. There are supermarkets, an outdoor weekend market, souvenir shops, and restaurants just around the corner.

To get to the airport, we arranged a car through the hotel to GIG International and I think it was a good deal (around $40.)

I would stay at Porto Bay Rio again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: The higher the floor, the better if you're facing the beach.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Dear guest,

We greatly appreciate you for taking the time to qualify us on TripAdvisor. We are extremely pleased with your compliments regarding our staff. is really gratifying to know that you had a memorable stay at our hotel and that you will come back to stay with us. Thank you very much and see you next time!

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Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

If you are staying in Rio for a short time and would like a very nice hotel with a good location then do try this one. The staff are friendly, efficient and speak very good english. The room with balcony was pleasantly situated unfortunately not on the front but just on the corner and still with a good view of the beach. Toiletries are provided in the bathroom and you have use of a dressing gown and flip flops of which the latter can be taken but do please double check at the front desk first.
The buffet style breakfast was very nice and the restaurant is situated at the front so you can appreciate the beautiful scenery whilst eating. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the front so you can eat out in the evening or just take a stroll. I am led to believe you can also use the bars of other hotels should you wish. This hotel does have a swimming pool on the roof but do check before you book to make sure the pool is not having any maintenance work done at the time of your stay. On the beach there are loungers and towels provided with a member of staff present at all times.

Room Tip: Try for either a room on the front if you have a longer stay but a room on the corner is good as you...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear guest,

We greatly appreciate you for taking the time to qualify us on TripAdvisor. We are extremely pleased with your compliments regarding our staff, rooms and all the facilities from the hotel. Please be sure that your preference is very important to us and we will be more than honoured to have the opportunity to welcome you again in our hotel, next time to enjoy our new and renewed pool area.

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Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Would recommend this hotel for for it's good location and excellent service.The rooms are spacious and very comfortable.Staff is very attentive and helpful.
Lots of restaurants,shops and cafes in the area.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel as your accomodation in Rio.
We are so delighted to read all your comments about our service and location. Thank you for your choice to use our services, and in order to achieve this aim, it is always important to know your opinion on it.

Warm Regards from Porto Bay!

Yours faithfully,
Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

The hotel is right across from the Copacabana beach (FYI there are no hotels on the beach itself). The outside of the hotel appears to have been renovated and they are still renovating the roof bar, but the rooms need upgrading. The staff speak English and are friendly. Lots of restaurant near by. The included breakfast buffet was ok. You can hear noise from the street as well as the hotel. For the cost of the room I would probably look for a nicer place even if it costs more. If they upgrade their rooms it could be a great hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Guest,

In the name of all our staff I would like to express our gratitude for your comments at Trip Advisor. We have reviewed your feedback in details. We do welcome all suggestions, so that we can focus more accurately on improving our standards.

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Porto Bay Rio International Hotel.

Best Regards,
Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

The dilemma when staying in a city for a short stay is do I book a hotel in the old historic centre for ease of access to the points of interest, night life, etc..., or do I book outside? Rio certainly has a very interesting historic centre, however this is one of those occasions when there is something else , that extra bit special, to draw you away from the city centre. Here it is Copacabana Beach. It has a special life/attraction all of its own, therefore a hotel right on the beach, albeit across a very busy dual carriageway, is the ideal.
Porto Bay fits the bill. Yes it is getting rather tired and dated. We had a side on/partial ocean view room which was clean, comfortable, and everything worked.
One particular point we have to make after touring Chile and Argentina for the 5 weeks, is the quality of the reception staff. They were excellent, probably the best we encountered. So pleasant, helpful, always smiling, good English, efficient, yes top quality.
Breakfast was very good indeed with a lovely panoramic view of the beach.
Yes the swimming pool still wasn't finished, but the provision of sunbeds/chairs/towels, and shades on the beach more than made up for it not being available.

You are warned by so many people about the crime, pickpockets, dangers etc.... on the beach and the surrounding beach area. During our 3 days there, we saw no evidence whatsoever to support such a reputation, either during the day or certainly up to around 11pm. We strolled along the promenade in the evenings with all the walkers, joggers, skaters, past the numerous cafes and groups still playing football and volleyball on the beach sensing no threats at all to our safety. Common sense regarding what you wear and carry is of course essential. We loved the whole atmosphere and life of the beach. During the day it is alive with people, locals selling every conceivable thing you might want on a beach, (never with any pressure to buy), bathers of all shapes and sizes either soaking up the sun, exercising, playing sport, strolling along the surf, or even braving the rollers as they crash onto the beach.

We found Porto Bay perfectly adequate for our needs, using it as a base to explore Rio, and perfect to enjoy Copacabana Beach which is one of the star attractions. It is not a luxury hotel, it could be, but they will have to extend the renovations from the swimming pool throughout the entire hotel if they are to compete with other beach front hotels to meet the expectations of modern day tourists.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you sharing your comments concerning your recent stay at Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel.
All criticisms are taken constructively, as they are a valuable path to helps us get our services better. We have reviewed your feedback in detail with our whole staff, and we really apreciate your comments about the front desk staff! We hope to welcome you again so you can see our new pool area. Do not hesitate to contact us for any request.

With best regards,
Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3-night stay at Porto Bay in Nov 2013. Our room was spacious and it had a little patio and we got a side view of Copacabana Beach. Strategic location. It was across the street from the beach, 10 minutes away from the Sugar Loaf Mountain, within walking distance to the Metro (subway station), and many restaurants nearby. The housekeeping staff was thorough and efficient. We put on the sign requesting for the room to be made up and left for a little bit. By the time we came back, our room was already done. Wow! Breakfast was great: staff were friendly and attentive, great selection of hot items and fruits, and they offered different selections of pastries each day. Front desk staff speak excellent English so getting information was a breeze. Our return flight was late at night and even though we checked out in the morning, the hotel offered to provide us with a shower room prior to leaving for the airport in the evening. That was extremely nice!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Guest,

In the name of all our staff I would like to express our gratitude for your comments at Trip Advisor. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast, and your lovely comments about our staff will be certainly shared with everyone.

Warm Regards,
Amanda Vieira
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Would recommend this hotel for it's position and service. Other reviewers have complained the pool was closed but there was a note on the bed explaining there was a kiosk on the beach supplying sun beds, towels and umbrellas to guests which was fab. The attendant was very helpful and would get drinks for you as requested.

We had a room on the seventeenth floor and we could see Copacabana beach and Christ statue from the balcony which was amazing. We took the bus or metro everywhere and the reception staff told us the routes and how to get tickets for Corcovado.

A welcome drink was a nice touch and happy hour in the bar between 6-8pm made the price of cocktails very reasonable. The bar lady took great pride in her work and made every cocktail expertly (yes, I did try them all for research of this review, you understand!).

Late check out was not a problem and the staff at breakfast were very friendly. We appreciated the vast variety of fresh breakfast items and the delicious detox drink. I recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to soak up some of the vibe of Rio.

Room Tip: A room on the higher floors gives a better view but might be noisier when the pool is open.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Guest,

It is a pleasure to hear that you were satisfied with our staff service that's always trying our best to assist all the guests with their doubts and their needs. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our beach service, welcome drink and late check out. It's very important for us the well being of our guests. We will be informing all the staff of your positive observations to motivate them even further.
We all look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Rio. Do not hesitate to contact me for any request.

Best Regards,
Amanda Vieira
Front Office Manager

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Address: Avenida Atlantica 1500, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#6 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#10 Spa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#13 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#18 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $138 - $424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — PortoBay Rio Internacional Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 117
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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