This is a very mediocre hotel.
The room I stayed in (I picked the "executive" rate, which is better than the most basic one) was very spacious, as was the bathroom, the A/C worked well, the shower was powerful and warmed up quickly, the mattress didn't give me anything to complain about, and that's about all the good things I can say about it. The pillows were bad (too slim). They didn't replace the bars of soap in the bathroom (I stayed four nights). But, most incredible of all, this hotel DOESN'T HAVE WI-FI. I don't even know how this still exists in a city this big. If you want internet in your room you have to get an ethernet cable at the front desk and the internet is still not that fast. But the rooms are the best part of the hotel.
One advice: if you decide to stay here, do yourself a favor and do not eat at the restaurant. I seriously think that some of the waiters at this place (the ones that work at night) have worked here so long that they've gone insane. It's like something out of a horror movie. They haunt your table and sometimes stare at you with this blank expression or walk away while you are trying to order. Worst of all, though, is that the food is not good and is ridiculously overpriced. They tried to charge me 23 reais (12 dollars) for two scoops of ice cream that I can buy in the supermarket for about 12 reais a gallon. The breakfast is not good either. The juice I tried tasted like Tang, and the food was disappointing.
Finally, there's the location. There's nothing to do in Centro at night. If you're here for work, you might want to stay at Botafogo near the beach, where there is some human activity (not that of shady types or street vendors) and where you won't be far from Centro. If you're here for vacation, stay the hell away from this hotel. I don't know why someone said that architecture was a plus of staying in Centro. Rio has some of the ugliest architecture of any city I've visited. (Granted, Candelaria cathedral is nice inside, but you don't wanna stay in Centro just for that.)
Overall, this is a depressing hotel. Rio is expensive and this is not money well spent. I'm at the Mercure hotel in Ipanema right now where I'm paying 60 reais more per night and the facilities and location are way better. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Heart of Rio. Tranquility and refinement, in the Heart of Rio de Janeiro. Windsor Guanabara Hotel has a privileged location in the cultural corridor of Rio de Janeiro. Within a few minutes you can reach several tourist attractions and also the main transportation terminals of the city such as: Subway, Trains, VLT, Santos Dumont Airport, Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport and Novo Rio Bus Station. Ideal for those visiting the city on business or pleasure, the hotel offers ample space for events, meeting rooms with state-of-the-art equipment, business center for printing services, copy and scanning, international cuisine restaurant, and a beautiful view of the great sights of the city on our Top Floor. Explore the region's highlights such as the Olympic Boulevard, Tomorrow's Museum, Rio's Art Museum, the city's new transportation: the Light Rail Vehicle (VLT) and the newest AquaRIO to enjoy a complete and unforgettable experience, Besides other renowned and known areas of the region. Parking available for guests with an additional charge of R $ 35.00 (Monday to Thursday). From Friday to Sunday, parking is free. Tourist attractions nearby: Rio Museum of Art Museum of Tomorrow National Historical Museum Museum of Modern Art of Rio Banco do Brasil Cultural Center Olympic Boulevard Pier Mauá Maravilha Porto Candelária Church AquaRIO Pedra do Sal Monastery of St. benedict Confectionery Colombo Square XV Arco dos Teles Imperial Palace Santos Dumont Airport Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport Vivo Rio Arena Marina da Glória Odeon Theater (Centro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro) Lapa Arches Theatro Municipal France Brazil Museum ... more less
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- Windsor Guanabara Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil