Spent 5 nights here with my girlfriend in Feb 2012 before flying back to the UK. Previous reviews have set the scene for this unique place and its owner Bob Nadkarni and family. Yes, the Maze is in the middle of a favela however this area is very safe and I would go as far as aying it is one of the safest places to be after hours anywhere in the city. Bob is a great host, full of stories and jokes. There is a huge fridge full of beer that you can make use of and pay for at when you leave. One of the previous reviews suggested that it was not entirely clean. We had the top room and it was clean. The courtyard I agree could do with a lick of paint as could other areas of The Maze but I think that this only adds to its appeal. A few practicalities that you need to be aware of. The Maze it at the top of a very steep hill. Walk it by all means but I would get one of the VW minivans that go up every 5 minutes or so and costs 2.5 reals each (only 1 real each going down). the Metro station is a five minute walk from the bottom of Rua Tavares Bastos. Bob will give you a map that explains everything. If you want the top room then it is a bit of a hike up the stairs including a narrow spiral stairway but the view from the balcony is superb. The favela is a noisy place at night and at dawn you may be woken up by dogs barking, workmen building or cockrells crowing. Breakfast is good and usually a relaxed affair. Malu, the lady of the house, will cook you some great eggs if you want. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and liked the relaxed feel about the place. Don't be shy or nervous, get to know the favela, have a drink in a few of the many bars there and enjoy the fact that you are staying somewhere different in Rio.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- National Geographic describes The MAZE as "Unique and Original". Designed and built during 4 decades by Bob Nadkarni (Stanley Kubrick's sculptor-2001 A Space Odyssey). The architecture reflects the Atlantic Forest, the foothills and the sweeping bays which surround it. Situated in a Rio favela, it reveals the source of Brazil's creativity whilst being the safest location in Rio de Janeiro. The MAZE is a family home, family run. It's typical guests are architects, writers, photographers, artists, musicians and adventurous souls. Probably not for anyone with serious mobility difficulties or cat phobia however. The view is probably the finest in Rio. The Breakfast is big. Guest chat'n'mingle is wonderful and stimulating. The MAZE is a fine-art museum with a jazz night celebrated (4 years running) by US DOWNBEAT Magazine amongst the "World's Top Jazz Venues" The owner, ex BBC TV correspondent, ex war cameraman, painter, writer and jazzman welcomes you into his home and his world. The MAZE is a place to lose yourself and find yourself. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Maze Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- The Maze Inn Rio De Janeiro, Brazil