I stayed here for Carnival during my trip this year with my friends. all the hotels were pretty pricey in Rio ( i shopped around) and was advised by my travel agency to stay here. it is a few blocks back from beach which is a "minus" for location, but it is very quiet so I actually got to rest and the street is tree lined and not bad. The hotel is a bit dated but clean and I was actually quite comfortable. no complaints. good value and I don't regret my choice.