An unforgettable and outstanding experience in an unusual building and setting. Great views and great hosts (Bob & Malu). The building, except for the rooms, is mostly open air with stairways, terraces, and lobby unenclosed. The favela, in which it is located, is quite interesting with narrow corridors, small shops, friendly neighbors - and accessed up the side of a hill on a curving road by shuttle car, shuttle motorcycle or taxi. Best of all are Bob & Malu, friendly, helpful and entertaining. Bob is a raconteur with humorous stories of travels both near and far. A couple of times a month they have music nights (until 4am) and attract a crowd from the city and around the world (jazz on the first Friday of the month). Be aware that this is not the Ritz, which is part of its allure. No air conditioning other than fans, the plumbing works (a receptacle for used paper sits next to the toilet), and the water in the shower is hot, what more could one want? I hope to soon return.
- 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