I had a nightmare with this place. It was booked by my company, and I was travelling with a colleague and meeting my partner in Rio for the night we were staying there. It should have all been booked and paid for in advance (2 double rooms) and I called twice to let them know that my partner would be arriving before me leaving his details and explaining he'd be checking in first which they said would be no problem.
We arrived off a flight at about 11pm and not only had they not let my partner into the room (he'd been waiting in the lobby for 2 hours) but they had lost one of our bookings and said the hotel was full. After arguing for half an hour with reception they finally found the second room - with name spelt wrong. They also refused to accept that the rooms had been paid in advance and so I ended up paying again for the rooms just to be allowed to go up and sleep, although the refund takes about a month so I'm still waiting for the money back.
As if this weren't enough, the rooms are tiny and dark, there's no minibar and no room service so if you want drinking water then it means going all the way down to the hotel bar in your pyjamas.
As for the area it's not safe to walk around at night, it's convenient for central/north Rio but I'd recommend taxis any time of day and especially at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 star hotel with 200 rooms. Ibis Rio de Janeiro Centro is located in the centre of Rio de Janeiro close to Tiradentes Square and 25 km from the Galeao Intl Airport.The hotel features the Pasta e Pizza restaurant with a full buffet breakfast and "A la carte" lunch and dinner. All rooms are fully equipped with cable TV, airconditioning, direct telephone with voicemail and wake up calls, minibar, WiFi access and work desk. Reservations, front desk, bar and Menu Express available 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Rio De Janeiro Centro Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Hotel Ibis Rio De Janeiro Centro Brazil