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“Pre-Cruise night on the beach”
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Windsor Leme Hotel
Ranked #43 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pre-Cruise night on the beach”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

We wanted a hotel on the beach, but did not want to pay the high prices of the big hotels. We really loved staying at the Leme Othon. It is located on the beach just as most of the main hotels are, but costs much less. We arrived early and it was obvious this is a popular hotel for people leaving for or coming back from a cruise. There were 6 of us, but rather than make all of us wait for our rooms, they upgraded one of us to a suite so we could all cool off while we waited for the rooms to be ready. What a treat. The rooms are beautiful with a lovely view of the beach. We got a great price via the AAA travel website. The free breakfast was wonderful, high quality, and wifi is free. They have a nice outside restaurant/bar on the beach and the food was good.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2012

The title says it all. Bedroom and bathroom a bit tired, though spacious. Staff happy to help me when in business dress but not when dressed for the beach on days off. Very good buffet breakfast. A bit far off the beaten track, but fine if you're happy to walk to public transport or take a taxi.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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New York
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We stayed here for a night before boarding a cruise. The hotel is right across from Copacabana Beach. A ten minute stroll on the beach finds you right in the heart of things across from the Copacabana Beach Palace Hotel. The rooms are a good size, the beds are comfortable and the shower is good and strong. The room was very clean. Ask for a room on a high floor and you get a view of the beach and the mountains. The breakfast buffet was plentiful. Not all the front desk clerks speak flawless English, but they are polite and friendly. One downside is there is no pool. But with the beach so close, there really is no need for one. If you are in Rio for a day or two and want to be close to the beach action, then this hotel is a reasonably priced option.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We had a great stay at the Leme Othon Palace for two nights just before Christmas. It is located right across from the beach, on a short, quiet street in the Leme neighbourhood of Rio, which I found to be a nice change from the intensity of Ipanema and the heavy touristic feel of Copacabana. We are a family of four with two kids (aged 11 and 13). We had two spacious, clean, comfortable adjoining rooms with a wonderful sea view. There were many good restaurants within walking distance and it wasn't too loud at night. The breakfast (included in the price) was substantial and good quality, and the service in the hotel was excellent. To note that the room that our kids were in had two double (not queen) beds. Our room had a king size. We probably could have fit all four of us in the one room with the two smaller beds, although it would have been a bit snug with kids our size. But it you are travelling with smaller children you could probably make do with one room instead of getting two. As it was, we were very pleased with our accommodation, and having the rooms connected internally was very reassuring in terms of security. The only comment I would make is that the hotel doesn't have a swimming pool. As the ocean is quite rough and not particularly clean for swimming in Rio, this might be important for you. As we were heading down the coast of Brazil to nicer beaches after our stay Rio, we weren't troubled by this.

Room Tip: We had connecting rooms on the 16th floor with a sea view. Highly recommended.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Stayed there for one night....the room was quite smelly due to humidity. The bathrooms were renovated so that was a plus. The breakfast buffet was OK but I asked for an omlette but they said it was not possible. Generally, the hotel staff has a take it or leave it attitude. Somewhat expected considering the location.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Shanghai, China
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2011

Location is good, room is ok,clean and big, beach was not so crowded, I remember that people in reception doesn't have enough information about their own city.
Breakfast is very good, I can recommend this hotel if you are new in city,

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2011

Good things about this hotel:

1. Location is good.
2. Clean rooms
3. Polite cleaning room staff(something the front of staff can actually learn something from)

Bad things about this hotel

1. No Iron in room...they say that do not issue irons to guests for SECURITY reasons?? In other words they do not trust their guests...and haven't they thought that they already have people's credit card numbers anyway. Love them to explain their logic.

2. They were so keen to push some sort of jewelry tour by a compnay called H Stern, even tried to delay us going out the next morning and putting their leaflet packs in our room!

3. No local maps on display and a RELUCTANCE to hand over more than one decent map to our group of nine, so we felt compelled to approach them at differnt times.

4. When enquiring about travelling by Metro they said it was a long complicated journey which would take a 35 minute walk to get to(station is in fact only an easy 10 min walk away and the Rio metro system is very clean and very efficient.)

5. Disgraceful computer facilities in th lobby(2 terminals only)...charge is if you do not have a wi-fi enabled device at £12 or $18/hour. With two terminals their own staff would be hogging it for themselves for long periods at a time using the webcam facility...very unprofessional why could they not use a back office one and leave these for the actual PAYING customers? If you had a wi-fi enabled phone then it was £3 or $4.50/day.

6. Although cleanliness was pretty good the let down was the towels were marked with black markers of some sort which left a mark on my face. Embroidered towels would be an idea perhaps??

Overall experience was...poor knowledge by staff at front desk..or reluctnace to impart knowledge. They are not all bi-lingual in my opinion as the brochure claims..if there is a problem with that then more literature in other languages would have helped...I am not one of those that believe that the whole world should speak English. A lot of misinformation by the staff and I would not necessarily take their information as gospel. Stay here if you have done a bit more research otherwise go somewhere else....maybe Ipanema as that is a nicer beach.

Hotel would get better reviews if the front of house staff actually gave better information. First impressions really do count. You may ask why I did not put all these complaints to the hotel at the time..I and the others I was with wanted to spend our time productively and did not feel we could really get our issues resolved there and then. Will be emailing the Othon group directly or actually hope they see this review and respond directly.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Windsor Leme Hotel
Address: Avenida Atlantica 656, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22010-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Leme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#29 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#29 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#38 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#50 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Windsor Leme Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 168
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