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Windsor Guanabara Hotel
Ranked #90 of 283 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Reviewed October 6, 2012

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.

Room Tip: They might try to place you in a room near the elevator, and if they do, ask to be changed immediate...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

My flight was cancelled so Airline put me up here.

The good=> its big, clean, spacious room, good location for city (not near Airport though)
The bad => no WIFI which is a pain, the claimed there was some in lobby but i couldn't get it to work and reception advised me to go outside to get city WiFi which didn't work either
Checkout was a bit chaotic...

Rooftop pool is small but nice

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a week August 19-26, 2012. The rooms were clean. It is a little better part of downtown. Since it is on the main street in downtown it was a little better in the evening. The busses run right past the hotel and the subway is a short walk from the hotel. The breakfast was very good with a good selection. I was happy to be staying away from the tourist area and there are plenty of sights to see in downtown Rio (The theater, national library, and cafeteria colombo to name a few) If you are here for only the beach, then you may want to stay closer to the beach even though it's about a 10 minute metro ride. However if you like to take in the culture too and see some great architecture, then Windsor Guanabara Hotel is a great find.

Room Tip: The higher rooms hava a better view. The view from the pool is very good too!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

First, this hotel is in the center of Rio de Janeiro so it does not compare with the touristic areas like Copacabana or Ipanema. Stay here if you have a reason to be in this area. The hotel offers little frills - rooms have all the necessary but no more; but I suspect that standards in this area may be lower than in the south zone. In most place of the world this would be a three star hotel.
Extreme traffic noise in front rooms even as early as 5am. In spite of being on the 22nd floor, the noise was quite disturbing.
The restaurant is acceptable but not particularly nice.
The hotel is huge and gets crowded with groups.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Hotel Guanabara

Title: Where else are you going to stay?

So if you must stay in Downtown Rio, which I needed to do, where else are you going to stay? There aren't many good alternatives, and most major chains are over at the Copacabana.

The Hotel Guanabara is a no-frills 3 star hotel. It provides for your basic needs, but if you need anything beyond that, you need to look elsewhere. For example, your room lacks an alarm clock, wireless internet (they have wired), a deadbolt, etc. You are given exactly two large towels and two small towels. If you need something else, you won't find it. Or if you go to the gym… do you think there is a water cooler in there? Nope. Maybe a rack of towels? Nope. You need to bring one of your four allocated towels. I forgot my toothpaste. I went downstairs to ask the front desk if they had some toothpaste for me, and they looked at me like I was crazy.

The room itself looks more like a convent than a hotel room. The mattress is quite hard, and the bedding is meager, at best. Now that being said, it was quite clean at least. The cleanliness is what's keeping the star rating at three. I did feel like everywhere I went in the hotel, it was clean.

The pool is quite small, and it didn't look very relaxing, but the view from the rooftop pool is actually pretty nice. The gym up there has a couple treadmills and a few random machines. If you want to burn some calories off before you go to meetings in the morning, then it's functional, but if you're planning on getting any other type of workout done, look elsewhere.

I think three stars is fair for the hotel. Your'e getting a place to sleep in Downtown Rio, and it will be clean. You get no creature comforts beyond that. I was there for just one night. If I had to stay a few nights in Rio, I would just stay at Copacabana and deal with the traffic to my meetings. If I had to do another single night downtown, I'd stay at the Hotel Guanabara again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Strange yellow upholstery, unfriendly front desk, and poorly trained bell staff. This prime location hotel does not do justice to either its price or potential. There is very little to recommend, though you could very easily also get by. Just don't expect the front desk to be helpful or be sensitive. Especially to foreigners who will find communication more difficult than in the rest of the city.

Room Tip: Just step out for a snack / meal on the sidewalk outside instead of the depressing dining room. It w...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Good location in town.. good range of breakfast offerings and staff who were helpful though limited in english...

At times not very efficient and customer focussed... but always lots of them...

Price.. omg.. not good value for money but i guess that's what goes in Rio...

Room was neat and tidy if somewhat 70's... small .. for what i expected...

Room Tip: Make sure you are not close to the lift.. else you'll be counting the trips to get to sleep...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Avenida Presidente Vargas, 392, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20071-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Centro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#49 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $66 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Windsor Guanabara Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 542
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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