I stayed at this hotel as booked by our conference organizers. It is a terrible place: damp, run down, not to mention the extreme variance in the quality of rooms: from horrendous to barely adequate. A bunch of rooms have no windows, only a wooden semblance of a window behind the curtain, and guess what, you open the "window" to see nothing but a garbage dump. Uncomfortable beds, rooms with no hot water (yes, I changed my room 3 times and ended up with the adequate room on my fourth day). Seems they renovate from the top down, so their "best" rooms are on the highest floors. Still I had to argue and beg to change the room. Several of my colleagues had similarly horrible rooms and had to fight to change them. Some were more successful that others. Other colleagues who learned of the bad experience of those staying at the Novo Mundo made sure to book somewhere else, and they were grateful.
I will always go back to Rio but certainly, never EVER get close to the Novo Mundo. My recommendation: Avoid under all circumstances!More
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