I have to echo what Maria W. said. We recently got back from our stay at the South American and were pretty disappointed with it.
On the positive side, it is convenient to Copacabana beach (5 minute walk) and to Ipanema (10 minute walk) and right near several bus stops and a supermarket. Also, the breakfast was pretty good, with a nice selection of food and fresh juices, though it did end fairly early (10AM).
But these positives were outweighed by the many negatives, which included a very high price for the quality of the hotel (yes, we are aware of how expensive Rio is and still thought is was not a good value at a little over 200 USD per night).
In addition, the room we had (1203) was very small and very noisy as it was adjacent to one of the elevators and you could hear it moving up and down all night long, accentuated by occasional beeping noises. We asked to be moved and the man at the front desk said that there were no other rooms available. I may be wrong, but I got the distinct impression there was space but he just couldn't be bothered to make the effort to move us.
And, as others have said, the hotel is very 'tired' overall. The rugs in the common area are dirty and stained. The elevators look like they are designed to carry freight, not people, plus they aren't air-conditioned, which is incredible considering the heat of Rio. In fact, all the common areas did not have enough air conditioning. This, combined with the extremely dim lighting in the common areas, left us the impression that the owner was simply penny-pinching to save a few dollars, at the expense of the comfort of the guests, which is inexcusable for a supposed 4 star hotel.
Also, to second another reviewer, we had several problems with the card key. It seems the hotel couldn't keep straight what day were checking out, so we had to get the card re-validated a few times. More of a nuisance but clearly not indicative of a 4 star hotel.
Which brings me to my final point--there is NO way this hotel should ever have gotten a 4 star rating and whoever gave it to them should be ashamed. Best case, this place is a 3 star if they did some extensive renovations and in its current state, more like a 2.5 star hotel.
So to summarize, the location is convenient, the hotel is seriously overpriced for what it is and make sure you don't get a room near the elevator shaft!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets, Orbitz and Cancelon so you can book your South American Copacabana Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel South American Copacabana
- South American Copacabana Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil